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Sesame Street
Mine-itis sweeps Sesame Street
Air date October 24, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Production March 10 & 31, April 1, 2008
Sponsors G, 20
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Making Friends, Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Friend


SCENE Leela plans to have her lunch break with Elmo, when Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster wander by in a trance, chanting โ€œMine!โ€ and swipe her food one by one.

SCENE contโ€™d Just then, in a โ€œSesame Street Nightly News Updateโ€, Brian Williams reports that no one is sharing on Sesame Street. He then continues to interrupt them when they have a question to ask. Leela and Elmo are in disbelief, so they set out to prove people are still sharing.


SCENE contโ€™d They find Big Bird, whom they are sure will share. Elmo asks if he can hug Radar, but Big Bird holds his teddy bear back and shouts โ€œMine!โ€ Snuffy then walks by with a balloon, but he too shouts โ€œMine!โ€ and walks off. They then ask Alan for a newspaper, but Alan quickly grabs as many as he can and runs inside Hooper's Store. Brian Williams returns with another update โ€“ โ€œI told you so.โ€ They stop him and ask what is wrong with everyone. He shows clips of some interviews he made, asking the same question.

SCENE contโ€™d In his clips, he interviews Bob, who takes his microphone, and a chicken, who does the same. Leela concludes that he has no idea whatโ€™s going on, but assures them he will find out, until the chicken returns and takes his microphone again. Leela and Elmo then hear the sounds of someone sharingโ€ฆ
SCENE contโ€™d They walk into the arbor, where Luis, Maria and Gabi are having their annual family picnic of Mexican food. They are relieved to see someone still sharing.



SCENE contโ€™d Leela and Elmo walk down the street, where Elmo makes his own report that people are still sharing, until Oscar points out that it will not last, as there is a case of โ€œMine-itisโ€, a Grouch disease, but everyone else seems to have gotten it too. (โ€œJust lucky, I guess!โ€) Oscar watches through his binoculars as Maria begins showing symptoms of Mine-itis: she gets itchy, then hops like a kangaroo, spins around, and finally starts taking all the food for herself. Brian Williams reports of another person getting Mine-itis, and his tie and microphone and stolen by another Grouch, who doesnโ€™t have Mine-itis, but just likes to take stuff. Leela hopes no one else gets it, but it quickly spreads to Luis and Gabi.


SCENE contโ€™d As we pan down the street, we see all of the residents grabbing whatever they can, chanting โ€œMine!โ€



SCENE contโ€™d Brian Williams makes another report and soon catches Mine-itis himself. Elmo and Leela become depressed, while Oscar couldnโ€™t be more delighted and celebrates with an anchovy sundae. Brian walks by again and takes Oscarโ€™s binoculars and sundae. Now painted into a corner, Oscar is forced to tell them the cure, which is to get a Grouch to share with you. Oscar offers Brian an old shoe, which he takes and is immediately cured. Oscar then cures the rest of the street, but not before getting one last look at the greedy street residents.
SCENE cont'd Brian Williams wraps up the story, and the chicken returns to borrow his microphone this time and signs off for the both of them by saying "Good night, and good cluck."
Film Cookie Monster sings "What is Friend?" over scenes of a kid playing with his friend.
(First: Episode 3886)
Animation Cavemen look for a place to sit.
(First: Episode 4031)
Celebrity Tilly and the Wall perform โ€œThe Alphabet Song.โ€

Insert Letter of the Day: Chris planned on showing the view the letter of the day, but it was dirty so heโ€™s washing it. In lieu of that, he shows the viewer the letter G in the washing machine.
Film Kids so on a safari for the letter G.
(First: Episode 3498)
Animation Pencil box G / g
(First: Episode 3042)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murrayโ€™s lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela, with the clues of medias (socks), un gorro (a hat) and patines de hielo (ice skates). The school turns out to be Ice Skating School, where Murray learns the basics of skating.
(First: Episode 4176)

Cut from the Sprout and online versions (see Alterations noted below).
Animation Cecille sings โ€œI'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
Insert Number of the Day: Now, Chris washes the number of the day, 20.
Masked March 20.jpg
Animation Parade of Numbers #20
(First: Episode 3365)
Cartoon Counting 20 fish
(First: Episode 4076)
Muppets Elmo looks for a friend to play with when Abby Cadabby shows up, who thinks she can make a friend for him appear. First, she tries making Dorothy appear, but makes a pumpkin in a fish bowl. Then, she tries making Bert appear, but conjures a pumpkin with Bertโ€™s hair style. Abby thinks sheโ€™s a failure, until Elmo points out she did bring a friend to play with โ€“ her!
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings "Somebody Come and Play".
(First: Episode 3786)
The final inclusion of a Suzie Kabloozie cartoon on the show.
Song Dan Zanes and friends sing "Jump Up."
(First: Episode 4064)
Muppets Elmo's World: Friends
(First: Episode 4109)
Insert Chris announces the sponsors and proceeds to clean his โ€œlaundry of the day."


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Global Grover: Grover comes back from Paris with a shopping basket. None of the foods he finds wants to get in it, though! In his film, Lia and her father visit a farmer's market and bakery in Paris for food at a French market. Afterwards, the food are in shock and Grover thinks they don't get it and demonstrates by putting himself in the basket. The food then takes Grover in the basket to his grandma's house. (First: Episode 4085)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout and online versions


  • Behind-the-scenes footage of this episode appears in the InFANity special about Sesame Street.
  • This is the first time since Season 37 that Bert appears in a main street scene.
  • Arthur from the Japanese version of the show is seen in a tree near Hooper's Store.

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