Sesame Street
The Count counts mistakes on Sesame Street
Air date January 12, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by David Korr
Production November 17, 1998
Sponsors Y, 9
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 At Hooper's, Big Bird, Miles and Zoe greet the viewer, and Alan comes out with a tray of nice hot fresh yummy muffins. He puts each of them on a plate as they count them, which attracts the attention of the Count, who wants to count them himself. However, due to the way they are stacked, he misses 1. At first, he's very upset that he made a mistake, but Miles and Big Bird point out that mistakes happen all the time, which inspires the Count to spend the day counting mistakes.
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SCENE 2 Prairie Dawn plays the piano and sings a Pageant song about the number 9, and feels proud of herself afterwards.
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SCENE 3 Gordon encounters Elmo, who seems to be in pain. He tells Gordon that his feet hurt after he put on his running shoes, and Gordon notices that he put them on the wrong feet. The Count notices this, and counts the second mistake.
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SCENE 4 Prairie Dawn sings another Pageant song about the letter Y, and feels even prouder of herself.
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SCENE 5 Oscar shows the viewer a sign he made with a picture of himself yelling "Go away! Don't bother me!" Miles and Gabi have a hard time reading it, because Oscar accidentally hung it upside down on his trash can. That makes 3 mistakes! Oscar decides to keep the sign upside down anyway, since it can drive people crazy when they try to read it. He chuckles, "Sometimes good things can come from mistakes."
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SCENE 6 Prairie Dawn sings a song about counting to the tune of "Oh! Susanna."
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SCENE 7 Big Bird and Zoe are almost done with building a block tower, when Big Bird wants to put one last red block on top. He forgets that these are not Jenga blocks, and makes the mistake of telling Zoe to pick a block from the bottom of the tower. She does so, and makes the tower collapse. Big Bird and Zoe argue over whose mistake it is, while the Count goes over the mistakes he's counted today, and counts the fourth 1, no matter whose it was.
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SCENE 8 Prairie Dawn sings another "Oh! Susannah" song about elephants, and still feels proud of herself for being so perfect.
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SCENE 9 Prairie Dawn plays one last song, The Alphabet Song. When she gets to G, she makes a mistake, and is shocked. The Count counts the mistake, and reassures Prairie that it's okay to make a mistake, which he learned earlier today at Hooper's. She tries it again and makes two more mistakes, but everyone suggests that she keep trying. She gets it right the third time, and everyone cheers.
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SCENE 10 Back at Hooper's, The Count talks about his great day counting mistakes, and Alan makes a mistake while announcing the sponsors.

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