Sesame Street
Elmo and Lulu write a story together
Air date April 21, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Jim Martin
Sponsors S, 4, "the Princess Who Had Very Very Very Long Hair"
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Lulu welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. She is excited today because she is going to write a story. At that moment, Miles calls out to Lulu and tells her that he is ready to write her story as he comes out from 123 Sesame Street with a pen and a binder full of paper. Lulu explains that since she doesn’t know how to write very well, Miles will do the writing for her.
As they go off to find a place to write, Elmo appears and asks what Lulu and Miles are doing. Lulu explains to Elmo that she is going to tell a story while Miles writes it down. Elmo wants to help Lulu with the story, but he doesn’t know how to write. So Lulu tells Elmo that he can help tell the story while Miles writes, much to Elmo's delight. Before they can start on writing the story, Elmo and Lulu hug Miles to thank him for his help.
Cartoon Hands embrace the word "LOVE." (new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0926)
Animation S for shadow, soccer balls, sand, and slide
(First: Episode 3639)
Cartoon The letter S grows on a vine.
(First: Episode 3278)
Song A cowboy sings about S words.
(First: Episode 3649)
SCENE 2 After everyone finds a place to sit and get ready, Lulu and Elmo are ready to tell the story to Miles. However, they both talk at the same time that Miles can’t hear what they're saying for him to write. So Lulu suggests that she and Elmo take turns at telling the story. Once they settle on Lulu going first since it was her story, Lulu comes up with the title of the story called, ‘‘The Princess Who Had Very Very Very Long Hair.’’ Miles writes the title and also writes Elmo and Lulu’s names as the author, which delights Elmo and Lulu.
Cartoon Aliens have a hard time playing basketball, until they decide to take turns.
(First: Episode 3814)
Muppets Sesame Street Goes to Day Care
Big Bird and Navona sing the alphabet song.
(First: Episode 3837)
Animation A Navajo blanket is formed as tribal music plays.
(First: Episode 2963)
cut from the Noggin version
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about a fish named Billy, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3358)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 3 Lulu starts off the story by introducing us to the princess, who had very very long hair. The princess loved her hair that she took care of it by brushing and washing it. However, the hair was so long, the princess couldn’t walk, skip, run, or do anything without tripping over her hair.
At that moment, Lulu gets stuck on how the princess was going to solve her problem, so she lets Elmo take a turn on telling the story to see how he can solve the problem. So Elmo thinks and says that he might need a minute to think.
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Grover attempts to sell Mr. Johnson a wig, but when he finally finds one that suits him, it turns out to be a guinea pig.
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Number Guy: ‘’’How Many Elephants Can You Fit in a Room?’’’ The answer is 4.
(First: Episode 3358)
cut from the Noggin version
Film Four kids dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3149)
Cartoon Four dolphins
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1491)
In the Noggin version, this segment is duplicated to replace "Fixin' My Hair."
SCENE 4 After thinking, Elmo is ready to tell the next part. The princess called her Royal Problem Solver to help solve her long hair problem. The Royal Problem Solver told her to not move so she would not trip over her hair. So the princess stood very still for a long time and she didn’t trip, but she was not happy standing still in one place. Even when she took one step, she tripped over her long hair.
The story comes to a halt because Elmo doesn’t know what to tell next and Lulu also doesn’t know what to tell either. So Elmo, Lulu, and Miles all do some thinking.
Insert None, some and all of the dancers dance as Big Bird narrates.
(First: Episode 3360)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Characters on a quilt form the letter S.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3368)
Film Kids hold an S and a square
(First: Episode 3278)
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange. (new music added)
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2352)
SCENE 5 After much thought, Lulu comes up with an idea and gets ready to tell her part. The princess called the Royal Problem Solver again and told him that she is tired of standing still so she won’t trip over her hair. The Royal Problem Solver came up with an idea of having someone carry her long hair from the ground. The princess liked the idea and gave her hair for the Royal Problem Solver to carry. Although she was able to do things without tripping, the Royal Problem Solver got tangled in the princess’ long hair and got dragged whenever the princess moved. Elmo wants to take a turn at telling the story, but he feels thirsty. Lulu also feels thirsty, so Miles goes to get them something to drink.
Song "Drink of Water"
(First: Episode 2545)
Cartoon The word AGUA is shown, followed by a river.
(First: Episode 3280)
cut from the Sprout version

SCENE 6 After they all drink their juice boxes, Elmo is ready to tell the next part. The Royal Problem Solver decided that the princess should get a haircut. However, the princess didn’t want her hair to be cut because she loves her hair and taking care of it. The Royal Problem Solver says that she can still do that even though her hair is short, but she won’t trip over it. After the princess thought about it and after tripping as she thought, she decided to send for The Royal Barber to cut her hair.
Elmo and Lulu continue to say “cut and cut” because the princess has a lot of hair to be cut as Miles tries to write every single word down.
Film At a barbershop, Wegman's dogs act as hair stylists.
(First: Episode 3814)
cut from the Sprout version
Muppets / Celebrity Squirrel Nut Zippers sings "Put a Lid on It," and put various objects on Mr. Johnson's head.
cut from the Sprout version, cut from the Noggin version
Film Ornate 4s fly through the air.
(First: Episode 3317)
Cartoon The Quadratic Equations (from the Lunar Lounge) sing about 4 and their four heads.
(First: Episode 3712)
SCENE 7 After much cutting, the Royal Barber is finished. The princess took a look in the mirror to see her short hair and replied that she doesn’t like it…she loves it! She then became the Princess who had Very Very Very Short Hair and was able to do things without tripping on her long hair. However, when she started to run, she still had to watch where she was going after she crashed. Still, the princess was so happy that she hugged and kissed them.
Lulu ends the story with a “Very Very Very Happily Ever After.” Miles comments on what a good story it is and Lulu thanks him for writing it. Elmo also thanks Miles and thanks Lulu for having him help with the story. Before Elmo goes off to feed Dorothy, he asks Miles to read the story title again. As Elmo leaves, Lulu asks Miles if he could read the story again and Miles gladly does it.
Muppets Elmo's World: Babies
(First: Episode 3854)
SCENE 8 After Miles finishes reading the story, Lulu comments what a great story that she and Elmo told. Miles asks if she wants him to read it again and Lulu happily accepts it. Elmo announces the sponsors. A credit crawl follows.


Picture Segment Description
2096t Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
(First: Episode 0063)
This segment replaced the AGUA film in the Sprout version.
Cartoon A cat tries to teach the alley cats to play music in harmony.
(EKA: Episode 0926)
This segment replaced the Wegman's Dogs film in the Sprout version.
Cartoon Anansi the spider tells the story of how the sun and the moon came to live in the sky.
(First: Episode 3320)
This segment replaced "Put a Lid on It" in the Sprout version.

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