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Sesame Street
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother's Mistake
Air date April 9, 2004
Season Season 35 (2004)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Jim Martin[1]
Production October 24, 2003
Sponsors E, 5
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN My Favorite Sesame Street Moments: Nancy Kaplan
Kaplan talks about the character Linda and how the show taught sign language.

SCENE Zoe and Baby Bear are excited because visiting the street today are Cinderella and her tool-wielding Fairy Godmother (Andrea Martin), ready to get Cinderella ready for the ball. But, when the Fairy Godmother waves the wand and utters the magic words ("Meatballs, meatballs, meatballs!"), Cinderella is accidentally turned into a chicken. The godmother feels so awful about making such a mistake that she abandons her wand and disappears, believing the only way to avoid making further mistakes is to get out of the godmother game.


SCENE cont'd With the godmother gone and her wand left behind, Baby Bear nominates Zoe to take her place, with himself as her assistant as they figure out how to help Cinderella. They recall how the godmother's magic words didn't work, so they think of new ones they can try; Baby Bear naturally suggests using "porridge." Zoe waves the wand and utters the word thrice, but Cinderella remains a chicken. Instead, Gina is transported from her clinic mid-check-up, wearing a fancy party dress. Zoe next tries using the word "kumquat," thinking it's an amusing word. This time, Cookie Monster appears in a dress, but he doesn't mind; he's on his way to the Cookie Ball and finds the new outfit appropriately classy.
SCENE cont'd The two believe the errors might not be in the magic words, but how they're using the wand. Instead of side-to-side, Zoe waves it up and down. This results in giving Cinderella's chicken form a party hat and party favor. Baby Bear cries out for help from her Fairy Godmother.

SCENE cont'd Suddenly, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother returns to check up on things and is surprised to see she's still a chicken. She's also surprised that no matter how many mistakes they made, Baby Bear and Zoe never felt ashamed to keep trying. They all sing "Everyone Makes Mistakes." With renewed confidence, the Fairy Godmother tries again and restores Cinderella to human form. She follows up by successfully putting her in the dress for the ball. When she then tries to conjure up a horse-drawn carriage, she instead gives Cinderella a pogo stick. The Fairy Godmother fears she's made another mistake, but Cinderella prefers traveling this way and bounces off to the ball.
SCENE cont'd Moments after, Cookie Monster returns and reports what a hit his outfit was at the Cookie Ball.
Cartoon Mummy and Mummy Lou council Frankie and Wolfie on their Cookie Contanulator machine.
Artist: Fred Garbers
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "Just Happy to Be Me."
(First: Episode 3178)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: E
Prairie Dawn and Cookie Monster introduce the letter E. Cookie Monster pretends that the letter is a cookie, prompting him to eat it.
Ornate E's.jpg
Song Ornate E's go easing by to a song.
(First: Episode 2937)
Animation The word ELEVATOR gets on one.
(First: Episode 3372)
Muppets Professor Grover calls the kids into his courtyard classroom, to learn the Spanish word escuela. He says that the word means where they are now, a "fish bowl", to which kids reply "no!", and reply that it means "school". After class is dismissed, a yellow and orange fish swims up to Grover, asking if he was late for escuela. Grover shrugs, as the two look towards the camera, commenting, "Well, fish do swim in schools."
(First: Episode 4053)
cut from the Sprout version
Muppets Hero Guy
Baby Bear gets distracted and draws Hero Guy with a Super Big Hand by accident. Now Hero Guy can play basketball faster and squeeze lemons for lemonade.
(First: Episode 3965)
Muppets Journey to Ernie
Nursery Rhyme Land
(First: Episode 4057)
This and future airings use the full introduction omitted from its original appearance.
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: A girl named Rebecca shows Ernie her crown.
(First: Episode 3826)

Muppets Global Grover: Grover returns from Saskatchewan on his steed Fred the Wonder Horse. In his film, Jody teaches Shelby how to be a cowgirl on their ranch. Afterward, Grover and Fred find themselves herded by cows!
Animation Clay animated cavemen try to whistle, causing flowers to grow around them when they succeed.
Muppets The Number of the Day: 5
Five bats show up when The Count reveals that 5 is the number of the day and he offers them cake.
(First: Episode 3998)
Film Two girls count to 5 as they clap.
(First: Episode 3007)
Cartoon Five outlines of people dance.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3050)
Muppets Elmo's World: Bicycles
(First: Episode 3969)
Insert The Adventures of Trash Gordon

Chapter 269
On the Planet of Rotten Bananas, Trash saves himself by taking out an Intergalactic Space Monkey, which makes the "bananas split."


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