Sesame Street
Zoe calls Elmo a "rotten egg"
Air date April 11, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors V, 3
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon gives Elmo and Zoe some money to get some ice cream at Hooper's Store. Elmo says, "Last one there is a rotten egg!" Zoe's never heard of this before and Elmo explains how it works. Zoe gets there first and enjoys the game so much, she repeats "Elmo's a rotten egg!" over and over.
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie are glad the viewer is here.
(First: Episode 3808)
Animation Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm)
(First: Episode 3045)
Film A girl dances a butterfly dance.
(First: Episode 3681)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 2 Zoe continues calling Elmo a rotten egg as she does everything before he does, including sitting down, ordering and finishing her ice cream.
Cartoon A poem about Vinnie the Vampire
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3800)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter V, for violin and valentine.
(First: Episode 3532)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Speech Balloon: V for Violin
A musician plays a violin, which instantly breaks.
(First: Episode 0052)
Muppets Telly is in the park demonstrating things you can find when you look up and when you look down. When he looks up, he can hear an object moving at great velocity, which he first assumes to be a bird or a plane. Ultimately, Super Grover crashes down upon Telly and asks if he can point him in the direction that goes up.
Cartoon An arrow doesn't know which way is up.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3681)
Muppets / Celebrity Margaret Cho tells Big Bird a story about her friend Karen and acts out the various emotions she felt during it.
Two viewers with Picasso-esque facial features in an art gallery critically examine the portrait of a viewer.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3442)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie introduce the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3786)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1339)
Video Three kids dance in three columns.
(First: Episode 3167)
Cartoon In Egypt, three lemons make lemonade.
(First: Episode 3285)
SCENE 3 Elmo wants to say the alphabet now, but Zoe turns it into another rotten egg game.
Cartoon Aliens have a hard time playing basketball, until they decide to take turns.
(First: Episode 3814)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie laugh out loud, thinking the previous segment was funny.
(First: Episode 3808)


Cartoon "Museum Boogie": In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930s, Cab Callowmouse sneaks into a museum and leads the painted characters in a "Sing" medley.
cut from the Noggin version
Film V for voice, violin, Victrola, etc.
(First: Episode 3399)
V in space
Catoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)
SCENE 4 As Elmo gets more frustrated with Zoe, an egg named Egg appears, fuming over Zoe's game. He says not all eggs are rotten and the monsters apologize. Zoe instead starts calling Elmo a rotten potato chip, so Elmo decides to stop playing with her.
Animation The word EGGS is shown, followed by eggs frying in a skillet.
(First: Episode 3045)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets All types of wild animals that lay eggs sing "Let's Lay an Egg."
(First: Episode 3060)
Film Shapes vibrate as girls beat on their drums.
(First: Episode 2873)
Cartoon Different emotions are drawn on a face, until the character grabs the pencil.
(First: Episode 3531)
In the Noggin version, this segment is placed before "Let's Lay an Egg."
Muppets Even though Rubber Duckie didn't like the previous segment, he doesn't have to like everything.
(First: Episode 3845)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Leanna and her best friend Sarah have a tea party which goes well at first, until they argue over which cupcakes are better.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3864)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Grover demonstrates "surprise" with Prairie Dawn in thirty seconds.
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #3
Cartoon Luis counts three blackbirds, which lay three eggs.
(EKA: Episode 2242)

SCENE 5 Elmo talks to Gordon about what's happened, when Oscar intervenes, saying he should stay a rotten egg. Elmo talks to Zoe about his feelings and she agrees to stop saying it. The two decide to call themselves "happy, smiley eggs," forcing Oscar to name himself a rotten egg.
Muppets Elmo's World: Dogs
(First: Episode 3852)
SCENE 6 Oscar plays the rotten egg game with his pets as Gordon announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo's World: Flowers, Plants & Trees
(First: Episode 3895)
This replaced "Elmo's World: Dogs" in the Noggin version

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