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Sesame Street
Elmo and Zoe claim a ball
Air date September 20, 2005
Season Season 36 (2005)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors X, 17
Releases Hulu, HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Healthy Moment: Telly and Max play ball with each other by tossing it in the basketball hoop and throwing it to each other. Maria watches and comments that exercising is good for us.
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SCENE The camera zooms in on a ball lying on the ground in the arbor. Elmo and Zoe both welcome the viewer to Sesame Street and see the ball. The two of them quickly start fighting over it. Elmo says the ball is his because he got to it first, while Zoe claims she saw it first, so it's hers. They launch into a song, both insisting, "It's Mine!"
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SCENE, cont'd Luis enters the scene, and Elmo and Zoe explain their situation, which turns into a brief reprise of the song. Luis helps them realize that neither of them are having fun with the ball by fighting, and suggests that they share it. Zoe and Elmo take turns having the ball, but they learn that just taking turns isn't fun either. Luis gets them to think of a more fun activity to do with the ball: play catch. The two decide to take the ball to the park.
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SCENE, cont'd In the park, Elmo and Zoe continue to play catch when Baby Bear notices the ball and claims that it's his lost ball. This sets Elmo and Zoe off arguing again, and they reprise their song once more. Baby Bear explains that he had found the ball yesterday, but left it behind when Mama Bear called him home for lunch. He also shows that he marked the bottom of the ball with a letter "B" for "Baby Bear."
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SCENE, cont'd Elmo and Zoe are now convinced that the ball belongs to Baby Bear, and begin to sulk. Baby Bear is about to head home when Zoe and Elmo ask to say goodbye to his ball. After Zoe and Elmo's long, dramatic farewell, Baby Bear notes how sad they are and decides it's better to share the ball with his best friends.
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SCENE, cont'd Baby Bear invites Zoe and Elmo to play Porridge Ball. A Bear family favorite, Porridge Ball is a game where the person who throws the ball yells, "Porridge!" and then the catcher yells, "Porridge!" also. They play their first round successfully, but Zoe forgets to say porridge on her second try. Rather than being out of the game, she now has to say porridge twice rather than once.
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SCENE, cont'd Suddenly, a woman comes by and is relieved to see the ball they're playing with. She introduces herself as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and reveals that the ball is actually Cinderella. The godmother explains that when she tried to send Cinderella to the ball, she made a mistake and turned her into a ball instead.
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SCENE, cont'd The fairy godmother waves her magic wand and recites a special spell to transform the ball back to Cinderella, who is woozy after being thrown around and mutters "Porridge. Porridge. Mine. Oy, do I have a headache." Just as the fairy godmother is about to leave, Elmo, Zoe, and Baby Bear wish for a ball to play with. The godmother relents and waves her wand to give them a ball.
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SCENE, cont'd Elmo, Zoe, and Baby Bear are accidentally transported to a fairy tale ball. Elmo offers to dance with Zoe. Baby Bear declares this the craziest playdate he's ever had, and soon after, the fairy godmother steps in as his dance partner. Across the aisle are a still woozy Cinderella, who does a bounce-step with her prince.
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Animation Two clay figures take turns playing basketball.
(First: Episode 4068)
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Muppets Dr. Phil and Dr. Feel: "The Dr. Phil and Dr. Feel Show".
(First: Episode 4077)
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Film Cookie Monster sings "What is Friend?" against a clip montage of kids.
(First: Episode 3886)
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Muppets Letter of the Day: X

Cookie Monster eats the letter cookie without reservation...as an X-ray soon reveals!
(First: Episode 4018)

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Animation A group of 19th-century sportsmen have fun with an X ball, which falls out of the painting. (Martin P. Robinson voiceover)
(First: Episode 3506)
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Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2862)
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Cartoon A family comes across a giant X.
(First: Episode 4018)
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Muppets The Spanish Word of the Day: Silla
(First: Episode 4066)
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Cartoon Traction Jackson sings "Me and My Chair".
(First: Episode 4057)
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Muppets Journey to Ernie: "One of These Things"
(First: Episode 4062)
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Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie invites Bert and the viewer to rub their tummy and pat their head, and sings "Rub Your Tummy."
(First: Episode 4040)
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Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
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Muppets Global Grover: Grover arrives wearing an Indian vest and holding an Indian board game called Carrom. He has just come from Queens, where he was visiting his Indian-American friend. In the film clip, James talks about how great it is to be Indian-American, because he gets to learn about things from two different places. In addition to playing baseball, he likes to sing Indian music, read Indian stories, play Indian games, and eat and make Indian food. When the film is over, Grover attempts to play Carrom with the Elephant, who excitedly tosses the game pieces everywhere and claims to have won when he lands one of them in Grover's vest.
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Muppets The Number of the Day: The Count counts and sings up to 17, accompanied by the Countess and their band of musicians.
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Animation Masked March #17
(First: Episode 3368)
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Film Kid mural painting #17
(First: Episode 3639)
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Cartoon Rap #17
(First: Episode 2488)
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Muppets Elmo's World: Balls
(First: Episode 3786)
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Insert The Adventures of Trash Gordon
Chapter 538
On the Planet Spaghetti, Trash distracts a pasta dish with a pair of meatballs.


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