Sesame Street
The Kingston Crew
Air date February 10, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Sponsors V, 8


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Kingston Livingston III welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and tells us what he and his crew will be presenting today: the alphabet, the number 8, and other fun stuff. His crew arrives, but Loretta points out that his jersey doesn't have the number 8 on it like theirs do, and he explains that he felt like wearing something different today (sometimes, he feels like doing things his own way). They do their number 8 cheer, and Kingston suddenly comes up with another way to do the cheer. When he does it, the crew reacts negatively, because they intended to do everything in the same way today.
Cartoon "Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
(First: Episode 3554)
Muppets The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 8 in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2909)
Cartoon Noodles & Nedd
Noodles accidentally breaks Nedd's toy airplane, but Nedd glues it back together, and all is forgiven.
(First: Episode 3690)
Film A girl narrates a film of helping her dad, a pilot, fly a small plane. They fly through New York City, past the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
(First: Episode 3431)
Cartoon The word AIRPORT (with photographs of such)
(First: Episode 3373)
Muppets Elmo and his imaginary self sing about what he would do "If Elmo Had Teeth."
(First: Episode 3582)
Cartoon In a circus setting, a girl becomes excited about getting her first loose tooth.
Artist: Steven Fonti
(First: Episode 3266)

SCENE 2 The Kingston Crew intends to do the Alphabet Twist in the same way with some kids. When it's done, he comes up with another dance: the Funky Chicken Alphabet, which none of the other crew members seem to agree with. They are such conformists that they threaten to stop playing with Kingston if he doesn't follow their lead all the time. He decides that the crew is not for him, and feels sad as they walk away.
Film The letters of the alphabet are found in signs all over the city. (ska music, child voiceover)
(First: Episode 3652)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover makes sure Carrington knows the difference between loud and soft.
(First: Episode 3265)
Cartoon African quilt pattern
(First: Episode 3160)
Film A three-year-old African boy narrates a film about a day in his life.
(First: Episode 3267)
Cartoon "Four Friends" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together.
(re-recorded version)
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2242)

Insert As the World Takes Turns
In this soap opera parody, Telly is in desperate need for Gordon's help inserting his straw into his juice box, but Zoe also needs his assistance so she can blow her nose after sneezing. The problem is solved by taking turns.
(First: Episode 3365)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
(First: Episode 3280)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: V for Violin
A musician plays a violin, which instantly breaks.
(First: Episode 0052)
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "I'll Love You in Springtime."
(First: Episode 2088)
Film Kids talk about how they like sledding down snowy hills.
(First: Episode 3276)
Cartoon Snowmen show the word COLD.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3606)
Muppets Big Bird and Zoe play a "same and different" game.
(First: Episode 3537)
Animation In a Van Gogh painting, a baby takes its first steps to Papa.
(First: Episode 3492)
SCENE 3 Ruthie encounters Kingston looking sad. He explains to her that his crew left him because he didn't want to conform to their ways all the time. He sits on her lap and they sing a "same/different" song, which inspires him to tell his friends how he feels.
Cartoon Different emotions are drawn on a face, until the character grabs the pencil.
(First: Episode 3531)
Film Katie is going to be a big sister.
(First: Episode 2769)
Cartoon Lillian discusses the adjustments she had to make when her parents had a new baby. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2746)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster is in a disagreement about where to go for vacation: the mountains or the seashore. Cookie Monster says he likes both, better than going to Cucamonga for the National Cookie Convention. 2-Head gets inspired, and heads off for Cucamonga, leaving Cookie to choose between the mountains and the seashore.
(First: Episode 2837)
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)
Muppets / Celebrity The Count waits for the rain, while Alice Walker explains to Elmo why rain is important. It finally rains, and they start counting the raindrops.
Imagination Rain.jpg
Cartoon "Imagination Rain" (re-recorded audio)
(First: Episode 0353)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is thirsty, and imagines that he's drinking nice cold water. Irritated, Bert tells him to go get a real glass of water. Ernie does, but then he annoys Bert by saying that now he's hungry.
(First: Episode 0459)
Film V for voice, violin, Victrola, etc.
(First: Episode 3399)
Animation V Limerick: A vulture makes valentines.
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter V, for violin and valentine.
(First: Episode 3532)
Cartoon A little boy asks his big brother questions about what happens at school. (new music added)
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1877)
Song "Off to School" A parody of Chuck Berry's "Hail Hail Rock & Roll," accompanied by footage of a day at school.
(First: Episode 2944)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: WALK TALL
(First: Episode 1161)


SCENE 4 The crew looks anxiously for Kingston, even asking the viewer for help. Kingston shows up, and explains that he wants to work out his conflict with them. Through talking it out, they each learn that they're happier with each other. Kingston decides to do a "Funky Chicken" close - announcing the sponsors while dancing. Ruthie announces that Slimey's ship is still moon-bound.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Mr. Handford serves Telly a very tall sandwich with "everything" on it.

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