Sesame Street
Ruthie makes a list
Air date March 10, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors L, 10


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Ruthie gives Brandon some string to fix his yo-yo, then finds she's out of string. She adds it to her list of things she needs to get at Hooper's Store, but has no time to go. Telly offers to help, but runs to the store without her list.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Film Jake and his family have moved from the city to the country. He corresponds with his best friend Kan by mail.
(First: Episode 3564)
Cartoon L for life, love, lizard, leap and lump
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1833)
Film Kid jungle explorers spot a wild letter L.
(First: Episode 3483)
Cartoon L for Lion (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz sings "Songo's Song."
(First: Episode 3279)
Cartoon Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Fast and slow
(First: Episode 3705)

SCENE 2 Rosita finds Ruthie looking for Telly and sees the list Telly forgot. Telly arrives back with a pad and pencil he got from Hooper's, but learns Ruthie has a list already. Telly runs back tot he store to return them and Rosita follows with the list. Just after they leave, Ruthie remembers she needs a red marker as well. Big Bird arrives and goes after them, chanting "Red marker" over and over so he doesn't forget.
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets Grover sells newspapers in the street. He thinks they are for making paper hats, but a customer shows him they are actually for reading. The customer wants to buy a newspaper, but Grover won't stop reading the paper that the customer wants to buy. Grover reads about construction of a new building, a parade, and an expected rain shower, all of which occur as Grover reads.
(First: Episode 1966)
Animation L / l (space paint)
(First: Episode 3216)
Film The letter L dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3573)
Cartoon A strange poem with L words.
(First: Episode 3715)
Muppets Cookie Monster demonstrates fast and slow while eating cookies.
(First: Episode 3105)
Film Fast and slow on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3455)
SCENE 3 Elmo prances down the street, when he sees his friends rushing past without time to talk. Big Bird says "Hi" to him, but his chant turns to "Hi Elmo" instead. Elmo is confused and goes to investigate.
Cartoon A Zerkel named Jake demonstrates -ake words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3522)
Film A girl dances a butterfly dance.
(First: Episode 3681)
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
Film Bill Irwin performs a dance called "Body Parts Cooperation," which is commented on by Biff and Roxie Marie.
(First: Episode 3624)
Cartoon Some animals want a boy to share his birthday cake with them, but he keeps changing his "No ______ allowed" sign, until they all offer him a glass of milk.
Artist: Gene Barretta
(First: Episode 3558)

SCENE 4 When they all arrive at the store, they try to sort out their thoughts and read what Ruthie needs. Big Bird has forgotten what Ruthie told him. Elmo tries to tell them, since he remembers, but they ignore him and run back to Ruthie to ask her. Elmo, who has heard the whole list, asks Carlo for the items.
Cartoon A family goes over their camping checklist before they leave for the woods.
(First: Episode 3411)
Bath Precautions
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie brings an umbrella, a flashlight, and Bert's bowling ball to the bathtub, just in case the electricity goes out, the roof leaks, and somebody shows up asking to borrow a bowling ball. Bert thinks that Ernie is being ridiculous -- but everything happens, just as Ernie predicted.
(First: Episode 0269)
Song "Let's Go Tubbin' Today"
(First: Episode 3024)
Cartoon The Bellhop must take ten terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)
Film Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
SCENE 5 Ruthie adds the red marker to their list. They can't all agree on who will take the list, so they each take a piece. Elmo arrives back with Ruthie's items. Excited and a bit confused, she tells Elmo to go back to the store to tell them she has the items.
Cartoon "Cooperation" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together. (re-recorded version)
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2139)

Film A girl helps her family prepare Trinidadian roti dishes for her dad's food truck. She and her dad drive to New York City to serve the roti to customers.
(First: Episode 3567)
Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein shows how the brain works.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2607)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Small, smaller and smallest men will cut a log with a saw. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 1243)

SCENE 6 The gang reads their list to Carlo, who claims Elmo already got those same items. They are upset to learn Elmo did their job for them and wonder how he knew. He catches up with them and explains he just wanted to help and remembered the list when Rosita recited it. Just then, Carlo gets a call from his friend who needs things from Finders Keepers for a school play. They run off without a list again, but come back after Carlo announces the sponsors and the progress of Slimey's spaceship.
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