Sesame Street
The Bookaneers
Air date August 13, 2007
(season premiere)
Season Season 38 (2007)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Directed by Kevin Clash
Production December 18, 2006
Sponsors F, L, 8
Releases Pirates: Elmo and the Bookaneers, Online Streaming

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Murray Monster introduces the word squid.
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SCENE Elmo and Alan are reading in Hooper's Store, when they both hear a boat, then see it (includes a rare appearance of Sesame Street) and the storefront is boarded by a group of Bookaneers. An Anything Muppet and a salty dog are led by their pirate captain, played by guest star Tina Fey. They demand that Elmo hand over his book, but Elmo explains that he loves to read. The pirates invite Elmo to become a Bookaneer, but he must first pass a series of tests.
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SCENE, cont'd After pointing out three words that start with F while dancing a jig, and saying the alphabet with a squid, the Bookaneers set Elmo on a quest with a treasure map.
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SCENE, cont'd Alan, Elmo, and the Bookaneers use the map to make them locate themselves at the Fix-It Shop. The map says to count eight more steps until seeing the surprise. After counting eight paces, the pirates find themselves at the library. Their treasure is the pages and pages found in the books that fill the library shelves.
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Song "In the Library" (new audio)
Original audio: (First: Episode 3423)
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Celebrity Brian Williams reports about uses of the word squid.
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Muppets Abby Cadabby sings "I Love Words."
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Film A big F emerges, "Jaws"-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3353)
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Animation The letter F in storefront signs.
(First: Episode 3353)
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Film Alphaboy fans his father's feet with feathers.
(First: Episode 3442)
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Muppets / Celebrity Chris Brown and Elmo sing "See the Signs."
This segment has been cut from all further airings after February 8, 2009.
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Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
(First: Episode 3460)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster asks Lexine if she knows any words that begin with the letter L.
(First: Episode 3259)
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Film L is for look, legs, light, lemonade, and ladybug.
(First: Episode 3427)
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Cartoon A strange poem with L words.
(First: Episode 3715)
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Song "Sit Down, Stand Up"
Alain Le Lait, Songs for Teaching
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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)
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Film Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places. (gate/plate/skate)
(First: Episode 3231)
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Film Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3115)
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Muppets RSI: Rhyme Scene Investigation.
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Cartoon A beatnik bat reads poetry at a nightclub, as everything rhymes with the "AT" sound.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3396)
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Muppets Elmo's World: The Beach
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Insert Oscar reads to Slimey the book Rotten Eggs and Jam, and The Big Guy (played by Gordon) announces the sponsors.

Alterations

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Insert Big Bird is glad we are here because he wants to count today. He counts us and then him, which makes two. Then he counts his friends including Elmo, Telly, Rosita, Zoe, and four kids, adding up to ten.
(First: Episode 4018)
This segment replaces "See the Signs" in the Hulu version.


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