Sesame Street
The Emperor's invisible mishaps
Air date May 14, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors T, 0


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Ruthie welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and reveals that her friend, the Emperor, is paying a visit to show off his new clothes. Elmo laughs, since he is familiar with the story the Emperor comes from. He and Ruthie giggle as the Emperor makes a grand entrance wearing (just like Elmo predicted) only his boxer shorts and his crown.

The Emperor goes on to describe his elegant wardrobe, while his lackey (the royal "keep the Emperor happy" person) agrees with him. When Elmo points out what the Emperor is wearing, he becomes humiliated, and reminds his lackey to tell him next time. He decides to buy his clothes from Finders Keepers from now on, and gives Ruthie an invisible bag of gold in exchange for a new coat. Elmo: "Gee, maybe the Emperor needs new glasses."
Song "Dressed Up" (remake)
(First: Episode 3399)
Isadora's sneakers
Animation Isadora's sneakers describe all the fun they've had this past year, as the seasons change.
(First: Episode 2758)
Muppets Mr. Johnson goes to a baseball game (populated with monsters) to catch a fly ball. Unfortunately Grover is working there, selling hot dogs. Every time a fly ball comes his way, Mr. Johnson is protected (i.e. tackled) by Grover, who doesn't want him to sustain injury. Grover ends up catching a fly ball that bounces off Mr. Johnson's head when he explains what he's trying to do.
Cartoon Three characters try to watch a baseball game over a fence, then cooperate by stacking their blocks.
(First: Episode 0478)
Muppets "Daddy Helps with the Dishes" - three families sing about how they help each other doing chores, cooking and homework.
(First: Episode 2223)
Film Kids dance with the letter T, which is for triangle.
(First: Episode 3271)

SCENE 2 Ruthie finishes assembling a display of letter T's. The Emperor arrives, this time wearing clothes, holding a letter T ... but Ruthie and Elmo see nothing in his hand. The Emperor considers talking to his royal lettermaker, and scolds his lackey for humoring him again. Ruthie gives the Emperor one of the Ts she just got, and he likes it. He goes off to the royal numbermaker for a number to go with his letter.
Cartoon Ten tiny T's in top hats do the tippy tappy tango and take tea.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3230)

Film Artist/sculptor Milo Mottola teams up with some kids to create a carousel.
Cartoon Lots of bunnies are needed to pull the huge carrot from the ground.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1473)
Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang demonstrate the concept of zero.
(First: Episode 3386)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
SCENE 3 Ruthie finishes putting some zeros on display, and (for the third time) the Emperor shows up with zero (nothing) in his hand. Ruthie gives him a real zero, and he makes sure it isn't invisible.
Cartoon A Spanish-speaking man seeks agua in the desert. A cowboy gives him a glass, and he uses it to wash his hands. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0928)
Muppets Worms in Space form shapes.
(First: Episode 3756)
Song "I Put My Leg in My Pants"
(First: Episode 3402)
Cartoon Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2269)
Muppets Telly must think of a T word in 15 seconds, and just before time runs out, he remembers what letter his name starts with.
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase T.
(First: Episode 3230)
Film Nicholas is now old enough to rollerblade, and ride a bike without training wheels.
(First: Episode 3514)
Muppets / Cast Maria, Big Bird, Oscar and the Count sing "Happy Birthday to Me."
(First: Episode 3241)
Animation A kid makes a birthday card for his mom.
(First: Episode 3614)
Song "Say Cheese"
(First: Episode 3146)
Cartoon A cat learns not to be scared of its shadow.
(First: Episode 3747)
Muppets Kermit at Home: Kermit the Frog intends to talk about light and dark, so he turns his living room lamp off. Grover enters, leaving the door open so that the room doesn't stay dark. He tries to help by eliminating all light in the room so neither of them can see.
Cartoon Ladies, birds, and fish march forward and backward.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3083)

Muppets / Celebrity Gymnast Dominique Dawes demonstrates up, down, fast and slow for Telly.
(First: Episode 3705)
Cartoon Slot-machine legs: Cowboy & horse
(First: Episode 1702)
SCENE 4 After Ruthie re-positions the rack of zeros, the Emperor arrives riding a horse ... which, of course, turns out to be invisible. His lackey didn't tell him because he thought the Emperor was pretending. When he learns how to pretend, he decides to have an imaginary-horse race with Elmo.
Animation Horses appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(First: Episode 3637)

Muppets Theater in the Park
Grover stars in a production of "Richard the Last."
Cartoon Kids and animals alternate in passing letters over themselves, in an alphabet song.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3740)
Film Wegman's dogs bake bread.
(First: Episode 3740)
Sesame Rorschach animation
Animation Rorschach ink blob association with a funky jazz soundtrack.
(First: Episode 0777)
SCENE 5 Elmo comes back from the park, and describes to Ruthie all the imaginary animals he and the Emperor rode today. Just then, the Emperor arrives, once again wearing no clothes - though he claims his clothes are pretend clothes. There's nothing wrong with that, right?

Ruthie announces the sponsors, and reports that Slimey's space ship is still headed for Sesame Street.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: At WASA Mission Control, Oscar learns that thunder and lightning has caused the Wiggleprise to stray off course, and it is now headed directly for Sesame Street!

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