Sesame Street
Magical Hide-and-Seek
(repeat of 3513)
Air date April 2, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors T, 0


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 At the park, Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. A princess comes by, looking for her prince, thinking Big Bird is him at first. She gives him a kiss, thinking he'll turn back into her prince, but it doesn't happen. Just then, a crown-wearing chicken comes by. She kisses it, and it turns into the prince! Big Bird learns that they were playing a game of "Magical Hide-and-Seek," which involves hiding from each other by turning into different things, with the help of the royal magician. The prince and princess summon the royal magician, and ask him to make the game a little harder (finding a chicken was too easy). Big Bird asks to play, so the magician lets him (and the viewer). With a spell and a puff of smoke, the princess is gone, hiding somewhere on Sesame Street as ... something beginning with the letter T.
Cartoon Ten tiny T's in top hats do the tippy tappy tango and take tea.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3230)
Film The floating kids make a small T.
(First: Episode 3126)
Animation T for toothbrush and toothpaste
(First: Episode 2811)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns how to use a toothbrush.
(First: Episode 1189)
Song "Take Care of That Smile"
(First: Episode 2745)
Muppets / Celebrity Zoe counts the number of times Michael Chang bounces a tennis ball.
(First: Episode 3148)
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3084)
Muppets Elmo and Telly sing "Baby Say It Loud", a silly song about a silly cow and a silly duck.
(First: Episode 3611)
Film Kids play loud and soft notes on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3428)
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself swimming.
(First: Episode 3611)

SCENE 2 Bob waits near a telephone booth for Gordon to join him in a tennis game. Big Bird and the prince come looking for something that begins with T, and notice that Bob has a tuna sandwich. Before he eats it, the prince tries kissing it, but nothing happens. The same thing happens with Bob's tennis racket. Bob decides to give Gordon a call when he sees the telephone booth (which he hasn't noticed before). Some kids come by with some toy boats, which the prince also tries to kiss, but again, nothing happens. He needs another clue, and decides to give the royal magician a call on the nearby telephone booth ...
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase T.
(First: Episode 3230)
Film Kids dance with the letter T, which is for triangle.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon A young bespectacled man with an accordion asks how much it costs to cross the bridge. The Bridgekeeper says admission is free, but requires that the young man show him three triangles. Two of them are found in the bridgework, and the man uses the bridgekeeper's staff to draw a third triangle in the dirt. Although the bridgekeeper has his order filled, he asks the man to play a tune on his accordion. This additional request takes the young man by surprise, but he is told to do so for the opportunity to cross the bridge.
(First: Episode 1572)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Film Bethany visits the doctor.
(First: Episode 3585)
Cartoon A woman uses the telephone to order biscuits for her dog.
(First: Episode 3401)

SCENE 3 Bob is about to call Gordon, but then he lets the prince go ahead of him so the prince can call the royal magician. The magician picks up at the castle, and gives him another clue about what the princess is disguised as: not only does it begin with T, but it makes a ringing sound. They go off to look for it, without realizing it was under their noses ...
Big Bird and the prince encounter a turtle ringing a bell, and think it must be the princess - but again, nothing happens when he kisses it. The turtle explains that he is so slow that he needs a bell to indicate to his friends that he's coming. The prince needs another clue, so he decides to call the royal magician again.
Film How to say "turtle" in sign language
(First: Episode 3339)
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)
Film Cooperation: A girl gets a coconut handed down to her from a tree, by people on different-size stilts.
(First: Episode 3404)
Cartoon A coach gives a pep talk to the number zero.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3725)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Muppets After the previous segment, the offended "Ms. A. M. Goat" gives a disclaimer that not all goats eat sneakers -- she eats corn and grass, but not sneakers. Another goat enters to eat the sneakers on her desk, further irritating her.
(First: Episode 3354)
Cartoon A girl's friend tries to guess how many elephants she saw at the zoo today; the answer is zero.
(First: Episode 3609)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Shortywaterfountain Cartoon Shorty reaches a water fountain with a stool.
(First: Episode 0954)
Muppets Snuffy says the "big alphabet," while Alice says the "little alphabet." (new music added)
(First: Episode 2553)
Cartoon Jazzy alphabet around a city
(First: Episode 3267)
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(First: Episode 2889)
Animation Two frogs demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3225)
Muppets Kermit and some Anything Muppets sing "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above."
(First: Episode 2679)
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
SCENE 4 The prince calls the magician again for another clue on the princess's whereabouts. The third clue is: she is hiding as something that you use to find out things. Big Bird and the prince go over all the clues they were given, as the phone rings, and Bob informs the caller that they've dialed the wrong number for Charlie's Pizzeria. Bob then calls Gordon, and finds out they were actually supposed to play tennis tomorrow.

It suddenly dawns on Big Bird that the telephone is the object they were looking for. The prince kisses the receiver, and the phone booth turns back into the princess! They explain to a confused Bob what they were doing, as the magician announces the sponsors.
"And Slimey's spaceship is still on its way back to Sesame Street!"
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Elmo waters Stinky, which makes him feel good.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 3753 Episode 3755
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+