Sesame Street
Little Miss Muffet visits
Air date December 5, 1997
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors T, 8
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird teases that some special guests will be visiting the street today. He reads a book of "Little Miss Muffet," then announces Miss Muffet and the Spider will be their special guests, performing a live version of their nursery rhyme! Miss Muffet arrives to thunderous applause, but she has some news to report - Stanley, the spider, isn't coming; he's out of town taking a vacation (his first in 25 years). Big Bird is disappointed and suggests she perform the rhyme solo. She points out that she can't frighten herself, so Big Bird confirms that if he can find a new spider, the nursery rhyme can continue as planned.
Song "I'm a Little Airplane"
(First: Episode 3266)
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase T.
(First: Episode 3230)
Cartoon Spinning T (to the tango beat).
(First: Episode 2933)
Animation A picture puzzle of the letter T is put together. A man walks up to it, and calls a taxi.
(First: Episode 2933)
Muppets When Frazzle is scared of going to the dentist, his mother tries to comfort him by telling him what a good time he will have. In the end, the dentist turns out to be scared of Frazzle.
(First: Episode 3519)
Song "Dressed Up" (remake)
(First: Episode 3399)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has returned with a replacement. Lexine provides the curds and whey as Big Bird begins reading the rhyme. However, instead of a spider, Mr. Snuffleupagus appears, poorly dressed a spider. Not only is Miss Muffet not frightened, she pulls out a photo of Stanley to show how little Snuffy resembles a spider. Miss Muffet is ready to leave, but Big Bird assures her he can find a suitable spider.
Cartoon An alien comes across a pair of tree trunks; one with multi-colored leaves, the other without. He finds and grows leaves to mount on the other tree, then strings a hammock between the two.
(First: Episode 1451)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Cartoon Passengers on a crowded subway illustrate between.
(First: Episode 0795)
Muppets Kermit explains the importance of listening, using the Two-Headed Monster as an example.
(First: Episode 1767)
Cartoon T for tiger, teapot, television, and taxi.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3262)
Film T for Triangle
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon Ten tiny T's in top hats do the tippy tappy tango and take tea.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3230)
Film Wegman's dogs: Little Miss Muffet deals with a spider.
(First: Episode 3449)
SCENE 3 Big Bird comes back, having no luck finding any spiders around Sesame Street. However, he claims the street is populated with monsters and has brought one to replace the spider. The only monster he could find was Elmo, who dresses as a spider. Miss Muffet isn't frightened of him, instead finding him unbearably cute and starts hugging him. Big Bird realizes this isn't working either.
Cartoon Eight spiders subtract themselves.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1510)

Celebrity 6-year-old Joseph Marley records a song with his dad, Stephen. Footage is shown of the Marley family on tour, singing "Could You Be Loved."
Cartoon 1-10, 10-1 count with stripes.
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets / Celebrity At Birdland, Hoots the Owl and Branford Marsalis (Forrest Wimbledon) perform "Listen and Bounce it Back."
(First: Episode 2834)
Film Kids play rhythms on pots, pans, a barrel and a washboard.
(First: Episode 3443)
SCENE 4 Miss Muffet reiterates that the spider is on vacation, then reveals she was given his cell phone number. Stanley is seen relaxing pool-side in a tropical resort, when he receives the call from Miss Muffet. He declines at first, but she prods him enough to catch the first flight back home.
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Telephone Rock."
(First: Episode 0733)
Film Bethany visits the doctor.
(First: Episode 3585)
Cartoon "Wash Your Hands Before You Eat"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1523)
SCENE 5 Miss Muffet places another call to Stanley, who is currently waiting for a taxi at the airport. Miss Muffet isn't sure what to do while they wait, knowing only to eat curds and whey ("That's all they wrote."). She asks Big Bird what he likes to do, and he replies that he enjoys saying the alphabet. Miss Muffet has never heard of the alphabet, so she follows along as Big Bird recites it. She finds it very riveting and asks to do it again, then again. Stanley finally shows up and is ready to go, but Miss Muffet is busy saying the alphabet again. Stanley is intrigued and starts saying it too.
Cartoon Letters appear over a sky-view of a neighborhood.
(First: Episode 3267)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover talks to Carrington about their nose and how they both have it in the same place.
(First: Episode 3281)
Film "Body Dance" (MC Lyte)
(EKA: Episode 2816)
Cartoon 8 Bats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1552)
Muppets The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 8 in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2909)
Cartoon Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3115)
Song "See Like a Bird" (Pigeon)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1692)
SCENE 6 Miss Muffet and Stanley are all ready to perform and come up with a special way of doing the rhyme - they'll recite it themselves. They come up with a new ending, one that allows them to say the alphabet again. Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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