|Plot||Best Pet in the World|
|Air date||April 6, 2004|
|Releases|| The Best Pet in the World|
|Intro|| My Favorite Sesame Street Moments: Joshua Bell|
Joshua shares that the first song he learned to play on the violin was the Sesame Street Theme. A clip of The Tokyo String Quartet is shown.
This segment was cut from the DVD release and the 2019 YouTube upload.
| ||SCENE||Zoe introduces us to Rocco, whom she thinks of as the best pet in the whole wide world, and sings "He's the Best Pet." Telly comes by and greets them. He makes a pun about what Rocco would be if he could sing: a rock singer! Zoe points out to Telly that Rocco is singing, and reiterates that "He's the Best Pet." Telly begs to differ, and rushes off to get his own pet.|
| ||SCENE, cont'd||Telly displays his pet hamster, Chuckie Sue, claiming "She's the Best Pet" - she's athletic, funny, and can count to 20 by 2's. Zoe doesn't believe that a hamster can count, and claims that Rocco can sing the alphabet - which is what Zoe does. She says Rocco was singing in his head, just like Chuckie Sue was.|
| ||SCENE, cont'd||Telly and Zoe get into an argument over whether a rock has a head, when Elmo shows up. Elmo would rather say hi to Chuckie Sue than to Rocco. Elmo learns that they're arguing over whose pet is the best, and attempts to settle the argument by bringing his own pet, Dorothy. Elmo believes "She's the Best Pet" because she can swim, breathe underwater, and imagine Elmo as any animal, such as a dog or a fish. (reusing clips from Elmo's World)|
|SCENE, cont'd||Zoe says Rocco has an active imagination too, and tells Rocco to imagine all three of them in a spaceship. As usual, no one sees Rocco's "fantasy" (or believes it) except Zoe. All three of them resume the argument, but then pretend that it upsets their pets to hear them argue, and decide they want to stop. Telly has a cure for that: agreement that Chuckie Sue is the best pet.|
| ||SCENE, cont'd||The argument carries on until Baby Bear shows up and whistles to get everyone's attention. Once he learns what they're arguing about, he gets a good look at each of their pets, quickly rushes off, and brings his own pet parrot, Ralphie. Baby Bear thinks "He's the Best Pet" because he can make other animal noises besides his own (however he gets them mixed up).|
| ||SCENE, cont'd||Feeling defensive towards their pets' honor, everyone resumes the argument once again, until Maria shows up. Maria settles the conflict by convincing them that each one of them has the best pet for them. They notice the pets saying hello to each other (though Ralphie is the only one with a voice). Telly gets the idea of setting up a pet playdate for the pets, and everyone agrees it would be a good idea. Maria remarks, "You know, these are some pretty smart pets." The scene ends with a reprise of the song, "They're the Best Pets."|
|Film|| Kids talk about why they like their pets. |
(First: Episode 3985)
|Muppets|| The Letter of the Day: B|
Cookie Monster and his mother talk about the letter B. Cookie's mother tries to get her son not to eat it, but gives into temptation. ("What the hey? KOWABUNGA!")
(First: Episode 4025)
|Animation||B for Boat|
|Celebrity|| B.B. King sings about the letter B with Bert, Benny Rabbit, Big Bird and Baby Bear.|
(First: Episode 3962)
|Muppets|| The Spanish Word of the Day: baila|
An elephant hears music, and wants to dance. Rosita then informs the elephant that baila means "dance."
This segment was cut from the 2019 YouTube upload.
|Cartoon|| "Dancing with the Flowers"|
Artist: Karen Aqua
|Muppets||Big Bird and Snuffy can't decide on whether to play hide-and-seek or tag. They think about it, and Big Bird comes to a decision that they'll play tag first, then hide-and-seek. They both sing a song, "We Worked it Out."|
| ||Muppets / Cartoon|| Journey to Ernie: Journey to Big Bird|
In a surprising departure from the norm, Big Bird hides at the circus and Ernie seeks.
|Muppets|| Ernie & Bert — Ernie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.|
(First: Episode 1227)
| ||Muppets|| Global Grover|
Grover comes back from Jordan, where they make baskets from banana leaves.
| ||Cartoon|| Global Thingy|
Everyone sings out of tune until the globe teaches them to sing in harmony.
(First: Episode 4049)
|Muppets|| The Number of the Day: 8|
Eight bats show up when the Count reveals that 8 is the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3989)
|Film|| Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places.|
(First: Episode 3231)
|Animation|| Counting to 8|
(First: Episode 3170)
|Muppets||Elmo's World: Bath Time|
|Insert|| The Adventures of Trash Gordon|
The Planet Mud: Trash Gordon is attacked by the Muddy Mudons, until he gives them some apple pie a la mud.
- This is the first episode to feature a "Trash Gordon" closing.
- The 2019 YouTube upload of the episode is titled "Elmo and Friends Find the Best Pet." It lacks both the "My Favorite Sesame Street Moments" cold open and the "Spanish Word of the Day" sketch.
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