Sesame Street
Elmo, Telly and Zoe become alphabet explorers
Air date February 19, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors D, 1


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon welcomes the viewer as Telly shares a joke with him, Elmo and Zoe. Suddenly, an Alphabet Explorer appears. He is in search of the rare Dotted Dinging D, who's native habitat is the wilds of Sesame Street. The monsters offer their services and are made Jr. Alphabet Explorers. They split up and look for the D. Gordon tries to tell the explorer Sesame Street isn't a wild place, just as a crocodile shows up to wrestle with the explorer.
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
Animation In reversed film, D / d candles are unmelted.
(First: Episode 3085)
Animation Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(First: Episode 2864)

Insert "Professor Television" (Bill Irwin) tries to demonstrate the word DANGER.
(First: Episode 3627)
Cartoon Zork lands in Australia, where a kangaroo greets him.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2731)
SCENE 2 The monsters have some safari gear and have adopted Australian accents. A Letter D dances from behind a bush, but it's not the Dotted Dinging D; it's the Dancing Drumming D. The letter invites them to dance with him.
Film D for Dance

Muppets / Film Big Bird imagines an elephant dancing, as the kids talk about imagination.
Animation Elephants appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(First: Episode 3627)
SCENE 3 The monsters dance to a drum tune, when...CRIKEY! Another letter D appears, zooming past then. They notice the difference between the D in their picture and the Dotted Driving D that's been passing by. Telly has an idea to get the letter to come to them.
Song "Explore With Me" (reggae)
(First: Episode 3531)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Sydney shows Ernie her drawing of her family, which includes Ernie.
Cartoon Number Guy sings "How Many Birds Can Fit on This Wire?" One bird provides the answer.
(First: Episode 3338)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks, "Would ya like one?"
(First: Episode 0408)
This is the final use of a Harvey Kneeslapper sketch on the show.
Cartoon Kids count one duck in the pond
(First: Episode 3095)
Film What sound does a duck make?
(First: Episode 3298)

SCENE 4 Telly sets out a D-coy to catch the D. He leaves a decorative dish out with a donut and danish, but he feels he needs one more big thing. Just then, Linda exits Gina's office after Barkley's check-up. Linda, however, needs to take him home to be fed. Barkley has then devoured the donut and danish, so Linda takes him to get some dog food. Gina suggests they make the D sound to lure the D.
Cartoon Young Chris Columbus explores the world of ants - and they, in turn, explore his house.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2816)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #1
(First: Episode 3928)
Song "We're Talking 'Bout the Number One"
(First: Episode 3154)
Cartoon African quilt pattern #3
(First: Episode 3160)
SCENE 5 The monsters are tiring of making the D sound, when Telly hears some dinging. The Spotted Dinging D answers their call and they get the Alphabet Explorer to see. Now that he has found the letter, he's ready to find the next rare letter - the Egg-Eating E, but suggests they admire for a short while...whilst he wrestles the crocodile again. Elmo dashes off to feed Dorothy.
Animation Can you find the animals hiding in the T-shirt?
Artist: Deanna Morse
(First: Episode 2873)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
(First: Episode 2733)
Muppets Elmo's World: Teeth
(First: Episode 3919)
SCENE 6 The Alphabet Explorer suggests they let the D back into the wild, but not before they use it to announce the sponsors.

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