Sesame Street
Maria fixes Snuffy's toaster
Air date November 28, 1997
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Luis Santiero
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors W, 17


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, having just finished fixing Mrs. Guzman's toaster. It works! Gabi congratulates her mom on the good job she did, but Maria says it was no big deal - there was just this little spring that needed tightening.
Suddenly, Big Bird and Snuffy approach the Fix-it Shop with a giant, broken toaster that belongs to Snuffy's mommy. They also brought some giant Snuffle-bread that can be used to see if the toaster works when it's fixed. Maria is overwhelmed at the size of the toaster, but Gabi is confident that her brilliant mom can fix it.
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SCENE 2 Maria struggles to get the giant bread in the giant toaster. Once she gets it in, Snuffy explains the problem, beginning with the fact that he and Alice are not supposed to use their mommy's toaster by themselves. Needless to say, Maria has a harder time pushing the toast down into the toaster than Snuffy's mommy does.

Snuffy continues describing the problem, which is revealed to them: the toast always pops up too early, and sails into the sky. Meanwhile, Susan asks Miles if he remembered his umbrella, and Miles doubts it'll rain, when the giant piece of bread falls near them!
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SCENE 3 Maria thinks she knows what the problem is, but not even her biggest screwdriver is big enough to unscrew a small screw. She tapes a paint-scraper and a stick together, which makes her able to unscrew it! Gabi still believes her mom will fix the toaster, but Big Bird and Snuffy are unsure of it.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird and Snuffy have a hard time being patient while waiting for the toaster to be fixed. Maria suggests that they go do something else while they wait. Gabi follows them into the play yard, where they all sing The Alphabet Song twice, then go back to check on the status of the toaster.
Maria inserts another giant piece of bread into the toaster and pushes the lever down, and once again, it rockets out too soon, this time landing near Bob, who thinks the weather looks perfect today before he sees it land ...
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SCENE 5 Maria thinks she's fixed the toaster now, but it launches yet another giant bread slice, which lands near Humphrey and Ingrid. Maria, Snuffy and Big Bird start to lose hope, but Gabi doesn't. She tells her mom to give it one more try, which Maria does.
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SCENE 6 The toaster is tested out, with a countdown from 10 to 0. It finally works! Big Bird misses the flying bread, but Snuffy doesn't. Maria feels proud of having fixed the world's biggest toaster, but just then, Eartha comes by with the world's SMALLEST toaster (and a small loaf of bread)! Miles announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Stinky pretends to be a cowboy, and Snuffy pretends to be a horse.

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