Sesame Street
Curly doesn't like porridge
Air date April 7, 2004
Season Season 35
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors N, 3
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout


Picture Segment Description
Intro My Favorite Sesame Street Moments: Frank Caldeiro
Caldeiro describes coming to New York from Argentina, and learning English from watching Sesame Street. A excerpt of Big Bird singing "ABC-DEF-GHI" is shown.


SCENE The scene begins with the kids jumping rope. Suddenly, a Monster on the Spot newsflash begins: Telly Monster reports that Baby Bear's little sister Curly Bear is about to try porridge for the first time.

SCENE, cont'd At Baby Bear's house, the entire bear family is excited about this special day. Baby Bear assures Curly that she will love porridge.


SCENE, cont'd Just then, Telly rushes into the cottage, along with the Monster on the Spot camera crew. He asks an excited Mama Bear about why Curly has never tried porridge before. She explains that Curly was only old enough to eat baby food until recently. Baby Bear also announces that this isn't just any porridge - this is Mama Bear porridge, the good stuff that was famous enough to earn status as a "storybook classic." Telly goes over to Papa Bear, who is so shocked he becomes stiffened as he answers Telly's questions.

SCENE, cont'd Mama Bear announces that the porridge is ready, and from behind a table pop the Fairy Tale Chorus, whom Telly invited, to build the dramatic effect, and to help the ratings. The suspense builds as Mama Bear feeds a spoonful of porridge to Curly ...


SCENE, cont'd ... and Curly spits it out in disgust! This shocks everyone, especially Baby Bear. At first he denies that Curly doesn't like porridge - it may just take her some time to get used to it.

SCENE, cont'd The Fairy Tale Chorus resumes singing as Mama Bear makes a second attempt to spoon-feed Curly the porridge. Curly spits it out again, and the FTC lets out a generic "AWWWW!" Baby Bear is still in disbelief. He thinks she's probably not hungry, but Mama notices Curly eating a banana. Papa, meanwhile, is scared so stiff he can only quote lines from the "storybook classic" he came from.

SCENE, cont'd Baby Bear thinks maybe Curly needs to try some different porridge, so he takes her to Hooper's. Telly, the camera crew, and the FTC, follow quickly.

SCENE, cont'd At Hooper's, Alan watches Monster News on TV, where Humphrey reports the results of a porridge survey. Baby Bear rushes in with Curly, and orders some porridge. Alan knew in advance that they were coming, having seen Telly's detailed coverage, so he started making some of his own apple cinnamon porridge, with just a hint of brown sugar. Telly finally catches up with them.


SCENE, cont'd The FTC pops up and sings the fanfare before Curly tries Alan's porridge. She spits it out again, the FTC lets out another "AWWWW!" and Baby Bear feels devastated. Suddenly, Telly points out that Curly is trying to eat a rutabaga. Telly then signs off, with the conclusion that Curly Bear likes anything but porridge.



SCENE, cont'd Baby Bear feels upset that his wee little sister doesn't like porridge. After all, they're brother and sister - they're supposed to like the same things! And if she doesn't like porridge, then that probably means she doesn't like her brother. Alan reasures Baby Bear that such is not the case: different people can like different things and still be on good terms. He uses Baby Bear and Telly as examples: both of their tastes are different, but they're still best friends. The same applies to family, as Baby Bear sees when Curly gives him a hug - and grabs him by the nose! Telly resumes his coverage, and tells us to stay tuned to find out how long she will hold on. The FTC resumes singing as we fade out.
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