Sesame Street
Zoe pretends to be Gina
Air date March 12, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors C, 2


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Out in the arbor, Zoe notices Gina reading a book. She tells the viewer to look at the way Gina touches her hair, opens her book, turns the pages, and the way she reads. Zoe sighs and thinks that Gina is wonderful.
SCENE 1 Zoe thinks that Gina is so cool that she wants to be just like her. Zoe asks Gina what the best way to find out about something is, learning that asking questions is the best method. Zoe proceeds to ask her what her favorite color, juice, and sandwich is; Gina's answers are green (like her sweater), apple juice, and egg salad on whole wheat bread with a slice of pickle, respectively. Despite the fact that Zoe doesn’t like any of those things, she thanks Gina and leaves.
While walking away, Zoe tells the viewer that she doesn’t care if she doesn't like what Gina likes, because it would be worth it to be just like her.
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SCENE 2 At Hooper's Store, Carlo tells a Twiddlebug joke to Gina, Zoe (now donning a green sweater), and Baby Bear. Gina and Baby Bear laugh at his joke, and Zoe tries to imitate Gina's laugh. Carlo then takes everybody's orders for lunch, including Gina's favorite sandwich and juice. Zoe orders the same lunch as Gina's, and Baby Bear orders the "Porridge du jour."
As Carlo fetches their lunch, Baby Bear asks Zoe if she wants to play with him afterwards, but she doesn't reply no matter how many times he calls her. She finally tells Baby Bear that she isn’t Zoe, which leaves Baby Bear confused. Zoe gives him three clues about who she is trying to be: the green sweater she is wearing, the egg salad sandwich and apple juice on the counter, and the way she touches her hair. Baby Bear gives up and replies that he thought Zoe was Gina, but the way Zoe demonstrates how Gina touches her hair was wrong. He tries to show her how Gina really touches her hair, but Zoe protests and exclaims that she is Gina.
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SCENE 3 At the Day Care Center, Zoe, Baby Bear, Gina and the kids get ready to say the alphabet. Zoe starts imitating Gina even more - she now starts copying every word Gina says. After they recite the alphabet, Gina compliments the kids on a great job, and Zoe does the same. Gina tells Zoe to stop copying her, but Zoe says she can't be Gina if she doesn’t copy what Gina does or say. Gina states this is going to be a problem, as Zoe copies exactly what she says. Baby Bear comments that two Ginas are too much for him.
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SCENE 4 Back at the Day Care Center, Zoe is still pretending to be Gina. Baby Bear is starting to get tired of having two Ginas around, as he thought this was a one-Gina day care program. Finally, Gina tells Zoe to stop pretending to be her. Although she finds it sweet, Gina misses Zoe being herself, and states that there is no one like Zoe. Heeding her message, Zoe decides to be herself, and has Gina help take off the green sweater. Everyone cheers and Baby Bear feels relieved.
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SCENE 5 As Gina tucks the kids for nap time, she goes over to Zoe and tells her that the best thing she can be is herself. However, Zoe is not listening, as she is paying attention to how cute Baby Bear is. She declares that she wants to be just like him, prompting Baby Bear to groan. She says she's just joking, as from now on she is going to be herself. While Baby Bear mentions how unfunny he thought it was, Gina announces the sponsors...
...and reports the status of Slimey's spaceship.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Robert MacNeil announces that the Wiggleprise has landed and the worms are on the moon, and everyone on Sesame Street cheers.

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