Sesame Street
Air date November 27, 1997 (Thanksgiving Day)
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors P, 12


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and Baby Bear play a game where they see who can think of the most P words. Telly becomes stuck, then blurts out a made-up word, “popplebubble.” They start exchanging silly-sounding made-up words, and realize that they really like saying “Poconoko.” They decide that it will be a secret password for a best friends club, and even come up with a handsign for it. They swear they will keep it secret, but Zoe comes by and asks them what Poconoko means.
Animation “Letter P Menu”
(First: Episode 3558)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter P.
(First: Episode 3494)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings “Just Happy to Be Me.”
(First: Episode 3178)
Film "There's a lot to see under the sea," according to some young swimmers who narrate a poem about the ocean-dwellers they find.
Music: "Kyisio Calypso" by Dermot Stewart
(First: Episode 3032)
Cartoon A shy girl wants to join a group bouncing a ball. (audible dialogue)
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2849)
SCENE 2 Zoe promises she won’t tell anyone what Poconoko means, but Telly and Baby Bear still won’t tell her, which makes her angry. She starts yelling out the secret password, until they break down and tell her what it means (and show her the handsign). Now she’s a member! Telly and Baby Bear wonder if she’ll keep it a secret …
Cartoon A Zerkel named Dan demonstrates -an words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3515)
Muppets Mr. Johnson wants something to read, so Flight Attendant Grover suggests reading the EXIT sign, the safety manual and the tag on the collar of his shirt. After he informs Mr. Johnson that the airplane is out of newspapers and magazines, he sets the fat blue man on his lap and tells him to read his lips as he recites a story.
(First: Episode 3487)
Song “Praise the Letter P, Please, Please, Please” (James Brown style)
(First: Episode 3400)
Film P for party, picture and puzzle.
(First: Episode 3267)
Animation A clay-animated man uses a palette and a paintbrush to paint the letter P.
(First: Episode 3400)
Song En Vogue sings "Adventure."
(First: Episode 2951)
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
SCENE 3 Zoe loudly boasts that she won’t tell anyone about Poconoko – not even Barkley. She feels proud of not telling Barkley about Poconoko, which she accidentally reveals to Lexine. She asks Lexine to try to forget it, but it’s not so easy, so Zoe swears her into the secret club.
Cartoon A mouse tries looking for his pet, describing to his friend what they did yesterday. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0764)
Film Children in Jamaica learn how to make their own tie-dyed shirts.
(First: Episode 3140)
Song "Counting Alarm Clock"
(First: Episode 3090)
Muppets "Honk Around the Clock"
(First: Episode 1631)
Animation Rubber Stamp #12
(First: Episode 2932)

SCENE 4 Oscar the Grouch spots Telly and Baby Bear repeating “Poconoko!” out loud to each other. Oscar guilt-trips Telly into letting him in on the secret, tearfully reminding him that he once considered Oscar his best friend – “You have cast me aside like an old shoe!” he pretends to sob while sappy violin music plays. Telly breaks down and tells him not to tell anyone the secret; Oscar swears he will not tell one person. However, when Telly and Baby Bear walk away, he spreads the secret to not one, but two kids, and he’s not about to stop there ...
Animation Cecille sings "I Wanna Be Me."
(First: Episode 2791)
Film Wegman’s dogs: Old King Cole
(First: Episode 3448)
Animation Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm)
(First: Episode 3045)
Muppets Rosita sings “No Matter What Your Language.”
(First: Episode 3621)
Video Kids demonstrate surprise by winding a jack-in-the-box, as “Pop Goes the Weasel” plays.
(First: Episode 3624)

SCENE 5 Telly and Baby Bear are upset at Zoe for telling Lexine about their secret club. They realize they have five members so far, including themselves and Oscar – but before long, everyone on Sesame Street (including Big Bird, Maria, Linda, Elmo, Rosita, Betty Lou and a certain parrot) is saying the password and doing the secret handshake!
Baby Bear thinks it’s the end of the club, but Telly and Lexine think it’s good to have more members. Telly swears in the viewer, and says they’ll sing the club song in a moment – once they figure one out.
Animation A parade of toys illustrates first and last.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(EKA: Episode 2857)
Muppets Prairie Dawn and Cookie Monster demonstrate first and last with cookies, but Cookie Monster is hesitant to eat the last cookie because he thinks it’s the last cookie in the world.
(First: Episode 3224)
Song "Brand New Look" - people try on glasses.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon Leanna Williams explains why she loves her brother’s shoes - she has fun with the box they came in.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2985)
SCENE 6 Telly, Baby Bear, and everyone else on Sesame Street sings the Poconoko theme song. Snuffy announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Maria tries to repair Snuffy’s toaster, because it shoots giant bread slices into the sky.

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