Sesame Street
Fairy Tale Emergencies
Air date September 4, 2007
Season Season 38
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors S, 1
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN "What's the Word on the Street?" -- prepared

SCENE 1 Prairie Dawn hosts a Fairy Tale News special report, "Fairy Tale Emergencies - Are You Prepared?" She explains that an emergency is something that you have to prepare for, because you don't know when it will happen - and fairy tales are full of them.

Prairie walks over to the arbor, where The Three Little Pigs are preparing their houses in case of a huffing-and-puffing. Two of the pigs are busy playing "Rock-Paper-Scissors-Shoot" but keep tying at Paper. The third pig appears to be the most effectively prepared, since he has his Big Bad Wolf Emergency Kit, which contains un-huff-and-puffable bricks. Sure enough, a thespian Big Bad Wolf does arrive on Sesame Street. The other two pigs try to protect their houses, but to no avail.
The third pig's brick house protects him against the wolf's air. Refusing to be vanquished, the wolf searches for another fairy tale to invade - such as "The Reporter and the Big Bad Wolf." Prairie gets blown away by a gust of the wolf's wind, and promises the viewer that they will be right back after these commercials. The other two pigs invade the brick house.
Animation A sand crab trying to build a sand house builds a moat so it won't be taken by the tide.
(First: Episode 3997)
Celebrity Chad Pennington demonstrates what it means to be prepared.
Song "Danger, Danger" - a man (Rondell Sheridan) falls into a sewer and experiences a series of dangers which he can hopefully rectify.
(First: Episode 3833)
SCENE 2 Nursery rhyme characters have emergencies, too. Humpty Dumpty, one of them, is prepared this time, as he demonstrates in an advertisement for "The Humpty Dumpty Safety Helmet" - a product designed to protect any egg from cracking after falling off a wall. One of the king's men would like one for his egg, so Humpty gives up his own. Just like in the News Flash, the king's man gives him a slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: S
Super Grover has a super plan to keep Cookie Monster from eating the letter of the day. He puts the cookie into a basket, and pulls it up with a rope. However, Cookie Monster pulls down on and eats the basket, sending Super Grover flying.
(First: Episode 4006)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter S.
(First: Episode 3504)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter S.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3368)

SCENE 3 Prairie Dawn continues her coverage of fairy tale emergencies. Her next interviewee is Sleeping Beauty, whose wake-up kit consists of an alarm clock, a rooster, and a bugle that the rooster can play in case his crowing doesn't help. She demonstrates its effectiveness by going to sleep. The alarm goes off, but it doesn't wake her up. Nor does the rooster's crowing - but his bugle playing does!
Just then, the prince shows up, but soon finds out he is not needed. Prairie tells us that they will be back after these commercials, and Sleeping Beauty falls asleep again.
Song A voiceover sings about "Big Bigger Biggest" using clocks, ducks and saxophones to illustrate the concept.
(First: Episode 3731)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — In song, Ernie tells Bert to "Wake Up!" even though it's far from morning. By the end of the song, Bert is restless.
(First: Episode 4036)
Film A little girl explains what energy is, what kind of foods give you energy, and what other animals (and cars) need for their own kind of energy.
(First: Episode 4107)


SCENE 4 Next, Prairie Dawn investigates Baby Bear's way of preparing for a porridge emergency, or as he calls it, "home invasion." His invention, a porridge detector protector, lets him know when Goldilocks is about to eat his porridge. He shows the viewer a training film he has put together demonstrating how his invention works: when Goldilocks enters, a Dinger pops up and starts dinging, which alerts a nearby Honker, who honks to alert a nearby duck, who alerts Telly so he can jump on his pogo stick all the way to Sesame Street to alert Baby Bear.

Just then, Telly arrives on his pogo stick, giving Baby Bear the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the final part on his invention: a big red button, which, if pressed, will drop a cage over the bowl of porridge as Goldilocks is about to eat it. Now that the demonstration is over, Baby Bear invites everyone over to Hooper's for porridge.
Song "You Don't Have to Be a Grizzly" to eat some honey!
(First: Episode 3398)
Muppets Healthy Storybook Moments: The story of Hansel and Gretel backfires when the characters would rather eat bread crumbs than the witch's house!
(First: Episode 4125)
Cartoon "I Eat the Colors of the Rainbow"
(First: Episode 4085)
SCENE 5 At Hooper's, everyone is enjoying porridge, when Goldilocks enters and compliments Baby Bear on his porridge detector protector ... right before she snatches Baby Bear's bowl of porridge. Baby Bear suggests to Alan that he should have a porridge detector protector too.

Telly is hesitant to eat his porridge. Just as Prairie Dawn signs off of the fairy tale emergency coverage, the Big Bad Wolf shows up again - but this time Prairie is prepared! She has her own brick-filled Big Bad Wolf Emergency Kit! The Big Bad Wolf was then forced to find a different fairy tale to invade - such as "The Licorice and the Big Bad Wolf." Prairie then signs off by saying, "May all your endings be happy!"
Animation "Don't You Go Back In"
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentMurray Monster asks Michael Gregory Fung what the word emergency means.
Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
Film Kids talk about firefighters. "Thank You, Firefighters!!!"
(First: Episode 3981)
Cast / Muppets Miles sings a song about his favorite number, 1.
Film Wegman dogs: Batty and Crooky stack wood blocks to make the number 1. (new graphics)
Original version: (First: Episode 4000)
Cartoon Number Guy sings "How Many Birds Can Fit on This Wire?" One bird provides the answer.
(First: Episode 3338)
Song "I'm Holdin' Your Hand" (while crossing the street)
(First: Episode 3658)
Animation A clay boy crosses the street while holding a grownup's hand.
(First: Episode 3952)
Muppets Telly, Zoe, and Elmo are stranded on an island playing the game of "Survivor: Musical Chairs."
(First: Episode 4134)
Animation Traction Jackson sings "Me and My Chair."
(First: Episode 4057)

Insert At night, Abby Cadabby plays peek-a-boo with Marco, and reads him a short bedtime story from her "Real People Tales" book. She turns the book into a pumpkin, and Gina announces the sponsors.

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