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Sesame Street
Ernie offers an Instant Poetry Service
Air date February 22, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors A, 2
Syndication PBS Sprout

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Ernie welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and walks into the Fix-It Shop to promote his new "instant poetry service" to Luis. The way it works is, Ernie will make up a poem on the spot about everything that happens on Sesame Street. Luis tells Ernie about his day so far: he finished fixing Gordon's tape recorder, got Gabi's shoes resoled, and stubbed his toe while rushing to the phone. To Luis' surprise, Ernie comes up with a small poem for all of those things! "I think it's the hat," Ernie remarks.
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SCENE 1
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Gordon comes in to pick up his tape recorder, and Ernie delivers a rap (with a "Rubber Duckie" backbeat) and a dance.
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Film A hip-hop dance class learns some moves.
(First: Episode 3917)
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Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie is glad you're here.
(First: Episode 3854)
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Muppets Nathan Lane and The Oinker Sisters sing "Sing."
(First: Episode 3830)
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Cartoon Suzie comments, "That was great!"
(First: Episode 3854)
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Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3151)
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SCENE 2 Gordon puts Ernie's poetic skills to the test by displaying the number of the day, which is 2. Ernie surprises Gordon: "Curvy at the top and straight at the bottom / No other number but 2 has got 'em!"
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Song "2, 2, 2, Me and You."
(First: Episode 3690)
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Cartoon Animal Rock #2
(First: Episode 3559)
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Muppets Live from the Nestropolitan Opera, Phil Harmonic presents "Wally."
(First: Episode 3347)
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Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie presents the letter of the day made of fudge, but Feff is too fast for her.
(First: Episode 3854)
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Film A for action, acrobat, art, artichoke, and applause.
(First: Episode 3266)
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Muppets The Martians investigate an A.
(First: Episode 3387)
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Cartoon A man is allergic to the letter A.
(First: Episode 3311)
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SCENE 3 Ernie leaves the Fix-it Shop, and finds Big Bird disappointed because his friends, a frog and a duck, have to go to the pond together, and can't play with him today. He was depending on them to help him talk about front and back, but with the use of a clock, a book and himself, he does it well on his own (after Ernie delivers another instant poem).
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SCENE 3
cont'd
After the demonstration, Devon shows them a ball, and they become unsure whether balls have a front and back ...
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Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3016)
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Film J.D. competes in a chess tournament, and wins fourth place.
(First: Episode 3779)
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Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #2
cut from the Sprout version
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Film A parrot announces dos, or two of everything.
(First: Episode 3108)
cut from the Sprout version
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Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
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SCENE 4 Ernie encounters Elmo, who is about to do the alphabet (or "honkabet") with his Honker friend. They do it to the beat of a drum machine, with an instant poem at the beginning and end.
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Song "The African Animal Alphabet"
(First: Episode 3396)
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Cartoon Suzie and Feff jump on a trampoline, and introduce a Cookie Monster segment.
(First: Episode 3888)
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Muppets Cookie Monster sings "If Moon Was Cookie." (underscore added to intro)
(First: Episode 1789)
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Film In sign language, a boy reads his poem, "Night."
(First: Episode 3807)
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SCENE 5 Taryn and Samantha read Ernie some poems which they made up themselves. Taryn's is called "My Trip to Space," and Samantha's is called "Life is Great."
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Cartoon Norris Walnut recites a poem about clouds. (new music added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3345)
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Animation A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, and a letter.
(First: Episode 3142)
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Muppets / Cast Little Red Riding Hood (Ruthie) recites a poem about the things she puts in her basket for Grandma. The Big Bad Wolf ends up carrying the basket.
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Cartoon Little Red Riding Hood uses a map to get to Grandma's house.
(First: Episode 2686)
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Film Wegman's dogs form the letter A, for artist (played by Batty) and airplane.
(First: Episode 3534)
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SCENE 6 At Ernie and Bert's apartment, Bert leaves for the day as Ernie finishes setting up his drums. Telly enters, wanting to do some instant poetry with Ernie. Ernie hands him the letter A, and tells him to come up with an A word that rhymes with whatever word Ernie says as he plays the drums. Telly starts out slowly, but gradually improves and has fun!
This scene was released on Awesome Alphabet Collection.
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Muppets Elmo's World: Birthdays
(First: Episode 3940)
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SCENE 7 Ernie shows Telly how to play his drums, and announces the sponsors with another instant poem.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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Cartoon Jazz #2
(First: Episode 0001)
This, and the following segment, replaced the two number segments following the chess film in the Sprout version.
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Song Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)

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