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Elmo sends Abby her first letter
Air date September 12, 2007
Season Season 38
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors X, 15
Releases Elmo Can Do It!, Online Streaming


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


SCENE At the Fix-It Shop, Abby Cadabby and Elmo watch Maria fix a toaster. ("I love having an audience," Maria says.) An excited Rosita rushes over to show them the letter she received from her abuelita, and asks Maria to read it. In the letter, her grandma says she was looking at a picture of Rosita, and it made her happy. It makes Rosita happy, too, as she imagines a hug from her abuelita. Right then and there, Rosita decides to write a letter back, and runs off.

Abby realizes that she's never received a letter before. Just then, she gets a call from her mommy and has to poof away. Once she's gone, Elmo decides to write a letter to her. Elmo says goodbye to Maria, and she proceeds to fix another toaster, this time with the big screwdriver.

Elmo sits at a table outside Hooper's Store. Chris asks Elmo if he wants anything, and Elmo asks for paper. When Chris brings it, Elmo realizes he needs something else ... something to write with. He asks Chris for crayons, and Chris retrieves them. He makes sure Elmo has everything he needs, since Chris is running the store for Alan today.

Suddenly, Elmo realizes he only knows how to write his own name. He asks for Chris' help once again, this time with writing the actual letter. Since Hooper's doesn't have any customers right now, Chris obliges. Elmo starts his letter with "Dear Abby" (which has a nice ring to it). Chris is about to sign the letter once he's finished writing it, but Elmo says he'll sign it himself, since he does know how to write his own name.

Chris says he'll mail the letter to Abby, and it will reach her in a few days - but Elmo can't wait a few days. Luckily, Abby poofs into view just then, and has a chance to read the letter. She appreciates it, since it's the first letter she's ever received. Neither Elmo nor Abby know how to read yet, so Chris once again does the honors. Just when Chris thinks he's off the hook, they decide to start writing more letters to each other back and forth.
Song To the original Fats Waller recording of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a group of kids act out the song in a throwback to the silent film era.
(First: Episode 3659)
cut from the online version
Celebrity Christopher Meloni displays a piece of his mail.
Film Kids show the different things they've received in the mail.
(First: Episode 3984)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: X
Cookie Monster eats the cookie with the letter of the day before he can introduce any words beginning with X ("Oh, me feel tremendous guilt."), so an Anything Muppet doctor puts an X-ray in front of Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 4018)
Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2862)
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)
Muppets / Celebrity Ben Stiller sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with Telly, and decides that he'd like to be a person in the neighborhood. But does a cheese count as a person?
(First: Episode 3812)
Animation A white pipe-cleaner family is wary of their new green neighbors. When they see the two babies playing together, they warm up to each other.
(First: Episode 3846)
Muppets The Number of the Day: 15
The Count sings as he tries to get to the number of the day, and a penguin presents him with a number 15.
(First: Episode 3995)
Cartoon Rap #15
(First: Episode 2567)
Film Kid mural painting #15
(First: Episode 3649)
Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Guadalupe, Arizona, and conducts a child mariachi band, who sing "Viva Mexico."
(First: Episode 3012)
cut from the online version
Animation A kid paints a picture for his abuelita in Mexico.
(First: Episode 4096)
cut from the online version
Film A group of kids paint a mural with the help of a mural artist.
(First: Episode 3007)
cut from the online version
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie watches in amazement as Dayle types their names on the computer.
(First: Episode 3898)
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Muppets Elmo's World: Hands
(First: Episode 3925)
Insert Abby gets a call from her mommy, making sure she didn't forget to announce the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Film Jake and his family have moved from the city to the country. He corresponds with his best friend Kan by mail.
(First: Episode 3564)
This segment replaces "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" in the online version.
Cookie love.JPG
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "You Made Me Love You"
(First: Episode 3456)
This segment replaces the "Big Bird's Video Postcards" segment in the online version.
Muppets Ernie joins Baby Bear as he hosts "Drawing with Baby Bear," showing the viewer how to draw a circle. Ernie draws a circle and adds squiggles and polka dots. Baby Bear is angry that their circles aren't the same, so Ernie fixes it by drawing on Baby Bear's circle.
This segment replaces the short film where the kid paints a picture for his abuelita in the online version.
Cartoon A man plays a guitar to a woman on a balcony in drawing done by a giant hand
(First: Episode 0791).
This segment replaces the film of the kids painting a mural in the online version.

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