Sesame Street
The Cave Monster Who Wanted a Pet
Air date April 21, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors X, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Luis, Miles, the Count, Barkley, and Oscar have all gathered around to hear the story that Telly has just finished writing. Luis mentions today's sponsors, and lets Telly read the story, which is titled The Cave Monster Who Wanted a Pet.

At the beginning of the story, which takes place in the cro-magnon era, a cave-monster named Brog (Telly) is sad because he doesn't have a pet. He approaches a cave-boy named Glog (Miles), who has a pet rock named "Bouncy" because it bounces like a ball. Glog is also sad because he sees some kids playing Basket-banana, and thinks they won't let him play with them. Brog convinces him to go and ask them, so he does, and they have fun throwing Glog's bouncy rock into the basket. Glog offers to do something for Brog in return, but doesn't know where to get another bouncy rock, so Brog goes on his way.
Telly has just finished reading chapter one of the story. Everyone liked it, including Oscar, who likes boring stories.
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SCENE 2 In Chapter 2 of Telly's story, Brog continues his search for a pet. He meets Scrog (The Count), who loves to count things, and happens to have six pet bats. Brog helps him count the bats, whose names are Spotty, Mousey, Bruce Wayne, Dasher, Dancer and Louisville Slugger.
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SCENE 3 In Chapter 3 of Telly's story, Brog is still looking for a pet. He meets Zog the grouch (Oscar), who just told his pet to scram. Brog is surprised to find that Zog's pet is an affectionate Luis-asaurus Rex. Brog then gets the idea to help Zog out, and gives him a sign that says "PLEASE GO AWAY," which he thinks will work. But it doesn't work because, as the Luis-asaurus points out, dinosaurs can't read!
Everyone liked the previous chapter, including Luis and Oscar. Telly reveals that there's just one more chapter to go ...
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SCENE 4 In the fourth and final chapter of Telly's story, Brog is just about ready to give up his quest, when he finds the previous characters huddled together in fear, trying to hide from a barking creature behind a tree. The barks don't sound scary to Brog, so he coaxes the creature to come out, and the creature (Barkley) comes out and shows itself to be friendly, not scary at all. Brog decides to keep it as a pet, name it "Dog," and teach it tricks.
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SCENE 5 Oscar, taking a cue from Telly's story, hangs a "Go Away" sign on his trash can. He thinks it will keep everyone away from him, but it only prompts visitors to compliment on his sign and bother him. The Count announces the sponsors and reports on the status of Slimey's spaceship.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Goldilocks begins reading to Baby Bear, the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.

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