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Sesame Street
The Tutu Spell
Air date August 21, 2007
Season Season 38
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors E, 6
Releases Hulu


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN "What's the Word on the Street?" -- ballet
SCENE Abby and Zoe are playing in the courtyard. They love dancing so much, so Zoe lets Abby try on her tutu. To return the favor, Abby lets Zoe try out her wand. As she's figuring it out, she inadvertently wishes that everyone would wear a tutu and dance ballet.
Suddenly, a penguin wearing a tutu crosses their path, followed by a mail carrier. In the Fix-It Shop, Maria and Luis have promised to fix a giant 8-toast toaster just when they appear to be wearing tutus and begin dancing. Similar scenarios play out for Gina and Horatio, Chris and Big Bird, Oscar and Slimey, a Honker and Dinger, Grover and Mr. Johnson, and Telly Monster.
Abby and Zoe think it's great, but they soon realize that their spell has caused an inconvenience on Sesame Street. Unsure of how to reverse the effects, they eventually figure that Abby's mommy would come up with a rhyme to undo the spell. After a short exchange, everyone turns back to normal, but they all seem to have enjoyed it enough to dance ballet again some other time. Abby and Zoe are convinced that the spell is undone, until a pig happens by in a tutu. Zoe and Abby think something has again gone wrong, but the pig assures them that he just loves to dance ballet, and the tutu was given to him by his Aunt Isidore, star of Swine Lake.
Song "Dancin' Shoes"
(First: Episode 2949)
Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres presents "ballet" as The Word of the Day.
Animation Zoe narrates an animation of a ballet painting by Edgar Degas.
Muppets The Letter of the Day: E
Prairie Dawn begins to introduce the Letter of the Day segment, when Cookie Monster comes in, saying the green letter E is a cookie. Prairie tries to correct Cookie, and is relieved when Cookie says he pretending. He cites "Eat", "Egg", and "Elephant" as E-words. Prairie compliments him, saying that it's excellent. The cookie Cookie imagines has chocolate chips, sprinkles, raisins, and vanilla icing. Cookie's eats the letter E, stating "Me have good imagination". Frustrated Prairie Dawn says that "I'm going to pretend this never happened."
(First: Episode 4061)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
Animation School supplies make the letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Muppets Hero Guy
Baby Bear and Hero Guy show how to dance the Bear Family Dance, the Bunny Hop, the Twist and the Swim.
(First: Episode 3982)
cut from the Hulu version
Song Hop, Hop and Shake Your Head and Wriggle Like an Octopus.
(First: Episode 4030)
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing "Share." (ending edited)
(First: Episode 3825)
Animation Cavemen look for a place to sit.
(First: Episode 4031)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird introduces ballet dancers Jock Soto and Lourdes Lopez, as they demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3622)
Song "You Can Get Right Up": a song about getting active to cheer up. (removed sound effects)
(First: Episode 3142)
Muppets Count von Count presents 6 as The Number of the Day.
(First: Episode 3985)
Cartoon Rap #6
(First: Episode 2502)
Song The Count sings a song of "Six at Sea" off-screen, while children play on the beach.
(First: Episode 4062)
Muppets Grover conducts a piece of very emotional music. That is, the music that he conducts changes, and his mood changes with it. When he's had all he can take, he steps out of frame to stop that cassette tape that has been playing.
(First: Episode 3975)
Cartoon Martin P. Robinson narrates a cartoon about a green violinist.
(First: Episode 3974)
Muppets Elmo's World: Violins
Muppets Oscar's Trashtime Band (the Not So Hot Four) sign off with the episode's sponsors as various Grouches and Grouchketeers play and clap along.


Picture Segment Description
Insert Snuffy teaches the kids how to "Do the Spaghetti."
(First: Episode 3216)
This segment replaced the "Hero Guy" segment in the Hulu version.
Insert Two dancers from the New York City Ballet dance to classic music. (excerpted from Episode 3851)
This segment replaced the "Hero Guy" segment in the Hulu version.

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