Sesame Street
Elmo, Zoe, and Big Bird can't decide how they want to play together
Air date December 3, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors N, 3
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo and Zoe are in a disagreement over what to play with: Elmo wants to play with crayons, but Zoe wants to play with blocks. Big Bird calls Maria for help, and she suggests that they take turns. Once she leaves, they still have trouble coming to a unanimous decision on what to play with first.
Animation Wooden shapes group themselves by color, then regroup by shape, then assemble themselves into a rocket ship.
(First: Episode 3229)
Muppets Herry Monster and a girl sing "A Song for Two."
(First: Episode 3519)
Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
(First: Episode 3528)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 2 Big Bird brings Maria back to solve Elmo and Zoe's argument. She points out that Big Bird's input will help bring them to a fair vote. However, when voting, Big Bird doesn't want to upset either Elmo or Zoe if they lose, so he keeps switching his decision back and forth, and realizes they still have a problem.
Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets / Celebrity Little Richard sings "Rosita," a song about feelings, to Rosita.
(First: Episode 3225)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Autumn leaves form a capital "N" and lowercase "n"
(First: Episode 3114)
cut from the Noggin version
Film Alphaboy: Nibbling Noodles with Neighbor Nora
(First: Episode 3465)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
SCENE 3 Once again, Maria is called upon to solve the argument. She has an idea for a game: the Chucky Choosing game, similar to "eeny meeny miney mo." The words are hard for them to remember, except for Big Bird, and he ends up choosing Elmo. Maria comes back, thinking she'll be able to help them with the game like she promised earlier, but they let her know that they decided on crayons first.
Cartoon A Zerkel named Jake demonstrates -ake words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3522)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie gets Bert to participate in a rhyming game, but Ernie ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(First: Episode 0798)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 4 Zoe and Elmo gather their crayons for drawing, but Big Bird has a football for playing catch instead (he got inspired while at his nest).
Animation A group of round crayons draws a house, and is hesitant to let a square yellow crayon join, until it draws the sun. They all cooperate to make a rainbow.
(First: Episode 3105)
Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
(First: Episode 1579)
Cartoon A face is drawn, but the mouth complains when it is drawn last. (new music added)
(First: Episode 1897)

SCENE 5 Big Bird tries to talk Elmo and Zoe into playing catch, and they agree to do so before the crayons and the blocks (since Big Bird's tried so hard to help them today). For the second time, Maria comes in too late for another Chucky Choosing round.
Film Kids demonstrate near and far with soccer balls.
(First: Episode 3538)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about three trios of animals who live on a fat lady's lap.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Carrington tells Grover he's three years old.
(First: Episode 3261)
Cartoon Animal Rock #3
(First: Episode 3540)
Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Kerry.
(First: Episode 2776)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 6 Big Bird draws a picture of Elmo, Zoe draws her parents, and Elmo draws a block with the letter of the day, which is ...
Film The floating kids form a letter N.
(First: Episode 3109)
Cartoon A salesman offers a passerby the letter N for next to nothing.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1804)
Cartoon N / n paper fold
(First: Episode 3114)
Muppets Cookie Monster paints a cookie so that he can compare for the audience how true the likeness is to the real thing. After he shows how he even got every little macaroon, he eats both the cookie and the painting.
(First: Episode 3746)
Film Two sisters make their own buildings, both with paper and blocks.
(First: Episode 3686)
SCENE 7 The group has built a giant block structure which takes up almost all of the table. Zoe and Elmo then have to go home, and they agree to do the same activities with Big Bird tomorrow.
Muppets Elmo's World: Hats
(First: Episode 3796)
SCENE 8 Maria is impressed at the block structure that Elmo, Zoe and Big Bird made, and how they took turns together today. She announces the sponsors, and continues looking at the blocks with Big Bird.


Picture Segment Description
Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
(EKA: Episode 2486)
This segment appeared after the Cookie Monster sketch during summer reruns.
Muppets Elmo's World: Books
(First: Episode 3817)
This segment replaced Elmo's World: Hats during summer reruns.


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