Sesame Street
Maria spends the day looking after everyone's pets
Air date November 23, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors M, 12
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, PBS Kids Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird notices that Gabi has a bunny rabbit with her. Gabi tells her she's watching the bunny, named Flo, for her friend. She has to go to school and doesn't want to leave it cooped up in her cage all day. She asks Maria to watch over it at the Fix-It Shop.
Animation The word LOVE is formed on paper.
(First: Episode 3586)
Superguy pet.jpg
Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy
RW wants a pet spoon, so TLSG teaches him the importance of being responsible with a pet.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1986)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Gabi set up Flo at the shop and head off, Gabi to school and Big Bird to a counting appointment with Zoe. Telly and Elmo stop by to see Flo and then run off, having had an idea.
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie brings a surprise home, and he tells Bert to guess what it is. The surprise turns out to be a puppy. Bert wants to call the puppy "Norman"; Ernie suggests "Godzilla the Wonder-Dog".
(First: Episode 1956)
Cartoon A boy talks about his big dog, that will be his best friend no matter what size it will have.
Muppets Big Bird and Zoe count to 17.
(First: Episode 3457)
Film How to say "bunny rabbit" in sign language.
(First: Episode 3300)
SCENE 3 Telly returns with Chuckie and asks Maria to watch over him too. He tells her all it takes to keep Chuckie entertained is to say the alphabet. He runs off, having a list of things he needs to demonstrate...
Luxo Jr.jpg
Animation Luxo Jr.: Up and Down
(First: Episode 3130)

Muppets / Celebrity Gymnast Dominique Dawes demonstrates up, down, fast and slow for Telly.
(First: Episode 3705)
Cartoon Melba spells her name and her brother's name on their robot, Meltro.
(First: Episode 3363)
Film Wegman's dogs make an M.
(First: Episode 3276)
Cartoon Don't mess with the Mighty M.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1578)
SCENE 4 Elmo now brings Dorothy to Maria to keep her company. He then plays a round of "Three of These Things" using the pets and a toaster.
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
SCENE 5 Big Bird returns with Trilby, Herry Monster's pet bird. Herry leaves a note, saying he needs someone to watch the bird as he heads off on a daycare mission. Big Bird offers to help Maria and recites the alphabet for Chuckie.
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
Film The letter M dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3636)

Muppets Monsters in Day Care
Nicole shows Herry Monster the letter M. Later on, he and the daycare monsters make a letter M of their own, sing "M-M-M Monster Meal," and eat their M.
SCENE 6 Trilby "tells" Big Bird that he feels left out, as all the other pets are on the workbench. Maria has no more room to work if they put the bird on it, but relents and decides to work inside. However, Trilby doesn't want her to leave.
Cartoon Twelve birds count themselves.
(First: Episode 3393)
Film Milo Counting: 12
(First: Episode 3568)
Cartoon The Ringmaster has 12 frenzied finches. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 1295)
SCENE 7 A girl named Emma shows Gina her kitten.
Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(First: Episode 2835)
Cartoon Kids try to guess what a bunch of shapes will form; eventually they form a chicken.
(First: Episode 2838)

SCENE 8 Everyone returns for their pets and Telly also comes to pick up his toaster, but Maria hasn't had time to fix it. He panics and tells everyone to take their pets so Maria can do what "she does best." Elmo thinks their pets will be lonely on their own, but Maria assures them they'll be fine. Big Bird sings the "Alone Song" and everyone lets Maria work by herself.
Muppets Elmo's World: Shoes
SCENE 9 Maria finishes Telly's toaster and announces the sponsors.

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