Sesame Street
Prairie gives Maria the gift of music
Air date February 20, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-98)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors X, 0
Releases HBO Kids


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria welcomes the viewer, when Prairie Dawn pushes her piano to the shop. She is sad because her piano no longer makes beautiful music, but funny sounds. Maria inspects, then asks if Prairie went to the park today. She recalls doing so, leaving her piano alone while she rested under a tree. Maria shows her that a squirrel stored nuts inside while she wasn't looking and caused the piano to sound that way. The piano sounds fine now and Prairie decides to share her happiness with Maria by singing a song for her (albeit slowly and off-key).
Cartoon A mouse sings "Felines," a song about emotions, to the tune of "Feelings."
(First: Episode 3278)
Film What sound does a cat make?
(First: Episode 3414)
cut from the HBO version
Muppets Bip Bippadotta and friends show none, some and all.
(First: Episode 0615)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon A lizard, a girl and a dog dance.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Song "Look Who's Dancing"
(First: Episode 3665)
cut from the HBO version
Animation "We Are Kids From Far and Wide": Jittar, who lives in Thailand, describes the holiday of Songkran.
(First: Episode 2765)
SCENE 2 As Prairie continues playing, Maria finds the toaster she's fixing is missing a part and goes into the Fix-It Shop to get one. Prairie thinks Maria can't her the music from inside, so she starts pushing the piano toward the door. Maria can't get out and tells Prairie to stop playing when she's inside and take a break from playing. They both start to push the piano back.
Film Various demonstrations of the word PUSH.
(First: Episode 3634)
Cartoon A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success. (new music added)
(First: Episode 1042)
Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred figure on making it into town by nightfall until they come across a fence with no edge in sight to go around. Grover tries getting past it in various ways: going under, over and through, but he's not successful. Deciding that they're stuck for the night, Grover starts to break out the marshmallows and asks Fred for his pajamas. But Fred has another idea that Grover hasn't been listening to: they can go through the gate.
(First: Episode 3449)
Animation A horseshoe and boot pattern
(First: Episode 3577)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter X and demonstrate an X-ray.
(First: Episode 3535)
Cartoon The Typewriter gets a check-up with help from an x-ray.
(First: Episode 0787)
Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2862)
Film Kids play loud and soft notes on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3428)
SCENE 3 Prairie waits for Maria to exit so she can play some more. Maria finally exits, but with a loud drill that Prairie's music can't be heard over. Maria says that music isn't necessary while she works. Prairie decides to find a way for her to hear it anyhow.
Cartoon Gordon narrates "The Maestro Plays," a story featuring adverbs.
(First: Episode 3579)
Film A Japanese boy plays taiko drums in the park.
(First: Episode 3153)
Animation Counting 1-10 and 10-0 in Spanish (Maria voice-over)
(First: Episode 3008)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Union City, New Jersey, where he learns how to play some Cuban games with some kids.
(First: Episode 3061)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon A coach gives a pep talk to the number zero.
Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang demonstrate the concept of zero.
(First: Episode 3386)
Cartoon A girl's friend tries to guess how many elephants she saw at the zoo today; the answer is zero.
(First: Episode 3609)
SCENE 4 Prairie has figured out a way to make Maria hear her music while she drills: a band to accompany, as well as a megaphone to boost her voice. Maria likes it and continues to work.
Cartoon All the instruments in Sousaville love Mr. Tuba's music, but when he plays with them, he doesn't play the same music they're playing.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2829)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Jordan sings the alphabet for Grover.
(First: Episode 3563)
Film Two boys walk though a city neighborhood to some funky break dancing music.
(First: Episode 2679)
Animation The letter X appears on-screen.
(First: Episode 2779)
Film The letter X dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3588)
Animation A group of 19th-century sportsmen have fun with an X ball, which falls out of Henri Rousseau's painting. (Martin P. Robinson voiceover)
(First: Episode 3506)

SCENE 5 Prairie's band has now expanded with more singers, a Honker and a Dinger, while Rosita and Baby Bear dance. Maria doesn't like the loud music, especially when she can't hear her customer. Maria explains she can't get any work done while the loud music plays and asks her to play when she's done working, so she can they concentrate on her music.
Song "See Like a Bird" (Pigeon)
(First: Episode 3670)
Cartoon Noodles and Nedd play shadow games indoors with a flashlight, and outdoors.
(First: Episode 3704)
Muppets / Celebrity Denyce Graves tucks Elmo into bed and sings him an Operatic Lullaby.
(First: Episode 3697)
Animation Stop-motion: The word TOY is spelled in blocks.
(First: Episode 3394)

SCENE 6 Maria is now done working and Prairie begins her show. Baby Bear stars as Prairie, who tries playing his piano (Rosita), but it doesn't work, except at making Rosita ticklish, because a squirrel (Lexine) had put nuts in it. Gabi portrays her mother, who finds the nuts and fixes it.

SCENE 6 cont'd Maria applauds and announces the sponsors in song. A squirrel pops up, looking for a nut-filled piano.
"And Slimey's spaceship is still on the way to the moon!"
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Telly, Baby Bear, Elmo and the kids do a strange workout while Carlo looks on.

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