Sesame Street
Nursery Rhyme Day
Air date January 17, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors A, 1
Syndication PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. He says today is a special day because it is Nursery Rhyme Day on Sesame Street. Big Bird tells that the first nursery rhyme is, Hickory Dickory Dock, but Telly isn't ready and is reading a book called How to be a Mouse. So Big Bird goes to the next nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, which stars Slimey and Glo Worm, who are singing songs from The Sound of Music. They began to start climbing the hill, but it takes them a slow time for them to get up the hill.

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Film Cookie Monster sings "What is Friend?" over scenes of kids playing with their friends.
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Cartoon CLOSED (sheep running through door)
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Film Wegman dogs: Batty as Little Bo Peep, seeking her sheep.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird goes on to the next nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet. Zoe plays Little Miss Muffet and Baby Bear plays the spider. At first, Zoe doesn't want to play Miss Muffet because she never had curds and whey before. Big Bird suggests to Zoe to try the food, but Baby Bear tells Zoe that she doesn't have to try it since he is going to scare her away and he will get to eat the curds and whey. When they begin the nursery rhyme, Zoe doesn't run away from Baby Bear because she tries the curds and whey and likes it. She stays and keeps on eating as Baby Bear tries to scare her. At the other nursery rhymes, Telly is still busy reading the book and the worms are still climbing up the hill.
Animation Kids describe their favorite sandwiches.
Film Wegman dogs: Little Jack Horner
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Muppets Super Grover says that he's going to fly up into the air and point to the letter of the day. He begins by getting a running start, but only propels himself sideways, hurting himself in the process. Leaning on the brick wall for support, he thinks maybe he will forget the flying part and just do the pointing part.
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Cartoon An ape takes a bite out of a yellow A.
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Animation Pencil box A/a
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie talks to Vincent about feelings.
Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
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SCENE 3 Telly has his mouse costume on and is ready to perform his nursery rhyme. The problem is, seconds after he starts to climb up the clock, he starts to fall down.
SCENE 3 cont'd At that moment, Baby Bear calls Big Bird and says he is ready to perform the Little Miss Muffet rhyme again. This time with the kids now dressed as spiders, they try to scare Zoe, but Zoe finds them funny and not scary. She continues to eat the curds and whey as Baby Bear and the kids try to scare her.
SCENE 3 cont'd Telly now calls Big Bird and says he found a way to get up the clock. Telly gets on his pogo stick and begins to jump up to the top of the clock, but then falls off after he made it. Big Bird becomes unhappy because the nursery rhymes aren't fitting together except for one which is Jack and Jill, but the worms are still climbing up the hill.
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Muppets Super Grover intends to fly into the air and wave at the number of the day. He claims that his springy legs will propel him into the atmosphere. After a few boingy jumps, he decides to forget the propelling part and just do the waving part. The following segment presents the number of the day.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird changes the nursery rhymes to make it a happy ending. The spiders have their own individual bowls of curds and whey and eat them. Little Miss Muffet went for a ride on Hickery Dickery Dock Mouse's pogo stick and Jack and Jill climb up the clock instead of the hill. Big Bird is happy that he was able to tell a nursery rhyme that works out well.
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Animation Sand A / a
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SCENE 5 Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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