Sesame Street
The Great Stinkini
Air date February 13, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors S, 19


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Gina is inside the Day Care Center with Baby Bear, Stinky, Zoe and a few kids. Today, a special guest is coming to the day care center. The special guest is Stinky and he’ll be teaching everyone about plants! Stinky says that he can’t teach anything. He’s just a stinkweed. Gina says that everyone will ask him questions about plants and Stinky will try to answer them. Baby Bear has one question: “What is it like being a plant?” Stinky makes a little response and Baby Bear asks if that’s it. Stinky knew he’ll do a horrible job answering questions. Zoe has a question now: “How do plants grow?” Stinky knows the answer to this question. But he doesn’t want to tell them. He wants to show them! Stinky whispers to Gina what he needs to show everyone how plants grow.
Film Kids observe different kinds of bugs and flowers.
(First: Episode 3696)
Cartoon Ranger Armbuckle talks about how plants travel -- by sowing their seeds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
Film The McDoubles (Batty and Crooky) count to 10 on their fingers.
(First: Episode 3224)
Cartoon What if a dog looked like a bird?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
Muppets / Celebrity Tracy Chapman sings with the Muppets about asking questions.
(First: Episode 3702)
Cartoon Why did the chicken cross the road?
(First: Episode 2050)
Film What sound does a baby chick make?
(First: Episode 3419)
Muppets Grover attempts to announce the weather, but it changes, making it difficult for him to keep up.
(First: Episode 3526)
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
Song "S, You're the Best"
(First: Episode 3551)
Cartoon The letter S grows on a vine.
(First: Episode 3278)


SCENE 2 Stinky wants the others to call him “The Great Stinkini”. He tells everyone that today The Great Stinkini is going to show you the way plants grow! Baby Bear tells him to grow, but Stinky tells him that he can’t just grow. He needs two important things: sunlight and water. First, Stinky shows everyone sunlight and he almost falls backward from the table. Gina catches him. Next, Stinky shows everyone water and Gina pours water on him. Stinky tries hard and grows a blue flower. Everyone claps and cheers.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "Don't Waste Water."
(First: Episode 2804)
Cartoon How Andy Fritz Ate the Sun.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2730)
Muppets Rosita observes Elmo yelling the word "hot," and finds out it's because he learned how to read the word.
(First: Episode 3516)
Song "Hot in the City"
(First: Episode 2751)
Animation Marco had a flower. When it wilted, he called his grandpa and told him exactly what the flower looked like. Grandpa told him to water the flower, and it grew again.
(First: Episode 0555)
Muppets Big Bird recites a poem about the sun.
(First: Episode 3357)
Film UN words (sun, run, fun)
(First: Episode 3583)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Eating Cookie" -- there's another reason every season.
(First: Episode 3467)
Cartoon Two hippie kids wonder how to make their droopy plant grow.
(First: Episode 1484)


SCENE 3 Stinky doesn’t know so much about plants because he is just a simple stinkweed. Gina tells him that he knows a lot of stuff and he is doing great. Zoe has another question: “Was he always that big?” Stinky explains that he was once small. He asks Gina to go inside his dirt and find his baby pictures. The first picture is a picture when he was a seed. The next picture is a picture when the seed was being put in the flowerpot he is in today. He was planted by a little girl named Mabel. They still write to each other. His family was there that day (his Aunt Ivy and his Cousin Fern). The next picture is when he was a sprout.
SCENE 3 con't The final picture is when he was grown and looks like him today. Everyone claps for Stinky.
Song "Beautiful Baby" (remake)
(First: Episode 3549)
Cartoon S for scribble, scrub, scrunch, splash, spring, spin, stomp, scream, stop, sorry
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3504)
Song A cowboy sings about S words.
(First: Episode 3649)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter S.
(First: Episode 3504)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — While Bert is trying to read a book about pigeons, Ernie practices walking backwards and always bumps into Bert when he does. To solve this problem, Ernie pushes Bert's chair (with Bert in it) out of the apartment.
(First: Episode 3534)
Cartoon Ladies, birds, and fish march forward and backward.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3083)
Film Nicholas is now old enough to rollerblade, and ride a bike without training wheels.
(First: Episode 3514)
Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
(First: Episode 2733)
SCENE 4 Baby Bear has another question: "What are the parts of your body?" Stinky sings a song about guessing his body parts. After he finishing the song, Stinky has a problem. He pulled his root out of the ground to teach the kids about roots. Gina puts his roots back in the dirt.
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
Muppets Telly sings "My Outer Space Friend" as he gazes out his bedroom window, musing about space travel and his "outer-space friend."
(First: Episode 3645)
Cartoon 19s in space
Film Growing Numbers #19
(First: Episode 2937)
Animation Number creatures #19
(First: Episode 2718)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon A snake has a knot in his middle, and he can't find his end. The detective helps the snake find his end ... playing drums in a band.
(First: Episode 2600)
SCENE 5 Everyone cheers for Stinky another time for teaching them about plants. Zoe asks if there’s anything else they can do for him. Stinky says that he likes to talk to others and Zoe and him ask each other what they want to talk about. Gina says the sponsors, S and 19.
SCENE 5 cont'd Gina announces that Slimey's ship is still on it’s way to the moon.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Celina, Big Bird and the kids dance outside Finders Keepers to waltz music.

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