Sesame Street
Mary Mary Quite Contrary makes a garden.
Air date December 7, 2009
Season Season 40 (2009-2010)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Matt Vogel[1]
Sponsors Q, 19
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout


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

SCENE cont'd As Gordon sweeps, he welcomes the viewer and sees more dirt being thrown onto it. He finds a woman piling dirt around Oscar's trash can. Oscar emerges from his can and complements the pile of dirt. The woman reveals herself to be Mary Mary Quite Contrary, who does the contrary of what people want her to do. She, along with her helper Mother Goose, plans to make a garden around his can, using silver bells, cockle shells and three pretty maids all in a row (who pop out and sing every time they’re mentioned). Gordon points out that what she is making isn’t a garden, as everything (except the pretty maids) isn’t alive and that gardens normally have flowers and foods. Inspired, she decides to plant pretty flowers there instead, much to Oscar’s dismay.

SCENE cont'd Alan brings Gina over to Oscar’s can where they see it has been transformed into a beautiful garden. He explains to them that its Mary Mary’s garden and has them beat it after summoning the pretty maids. Gordon sees the garden and finds it beautiful as well. Bob passes by also, complementing the garden before being shooed off by Oscar too. Gordon convinces Oscar to ask her to move the garden nicely, much to his disgust. Despite asking nicely, Mary Mary refuses to move her garden. Oscar hatches a plant to get rid of her, the grouch way!
SCENE cont'd As Mary Mary plants more flowers, Oscar has Fluffy spray her with water from her trunk. But, Mary Mary likes the water, as it will help her flowers grow. Oscar gets another idea and contacts Mother Gross for help.

SCENE cont'd Hairy Hairy More Contrary (Mary Mary’s Grouch counterpart) then arrives, with stinkweed and skunk cabbage to plant and some pigs to make a mess. Mary Mary comes back and is not offended by the new alterations, commenting that the new additions are alive and beautiful. Hairy Hairy leaves, not wanting her work to be beautiful. Gordon can’t stand the noise and the mess, but Oscar now loves the chaos and hopes she keeps the garden this way. Since she does the contrary, she moves the garden.
SCENE cont'd Gordon sweeps up the last of the remaining dirt. Oscar is sad, but is glad that there’s no more Mary Mary around. However, the three pretty maids are still there, singing their song over and over for Oscar.
Muppets / Celebrity While Jennie Garth describes what a garden is made of, Abby Cadabby makes them appear.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming soon, but first, he and the kids rap about Q words.
Cartoon A page (David Rudman) tries to make way for Queen Quagmire, but a duck gets in his way.
Artist: David Wachtenheim
(First: Episode 4073)
Muppets Murray and Carson introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4187)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Playtime is over for the students and they must clean up. Blogg doesn’t want to put his toys away, so he decides to sweep them under the magic carpet. However, a magic lock is on it. Once unlocked (using Niblet’s horn), a hoard of Fairy Dust Bunnies are unleashed. Unfortunately, Mrs. Sparklenose is allergic to the dust bunnies and once they come in contact with her, her nose sparkles and blinks once. She sneezes and turns the students into frogs. They make up a magic word to return them back to normal (Gezundenshniffle). Her nose blinks twice now, turning them into chickens. They realize they have to say their word for every time her nose blinks to return to normal. Her nose blinks thrice and they turn into cheese and are then chased by a hungry Niblet. After returning to normal, they call on Spot, who shows them a video of a robot “under” various things. They see that to get the dust bunnies gone, they need to go back under the rug. They make a dust carrot and sends the dust bunnies back under. Blogg, however, is stuck cleaning up his toys.
(First: Episode 4197)
Muppets Ernie puts all his toys away and shows Bert how he remembers where Rubber Duckie is: it's under all his toys! (new music added)
(First: Episode 3882)
Muppets Murray announces it's almost time for "Murray Has a Little Lamb", but first, he finds things that are in groups of 19.
Animation 19 bears in 19 chairs.
(First: Episode 3980)
Muppets As Murray rushes off to school, Jordan introduces "Murray Has a Little Lamb".
(First: Episode 4188)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clue of a paintbrush. The school turns out to be an art school, where kids create art of all kinds. Murray and Ovejita draw and paint pictures of fish with the kids.
(First: Episode 4171)
"Guessing Game" portion cut, new intro added
Muppets Murray announces it's almost time for "Elmo's World". He then plays "Sounds of the Street" and asks the viewer to identify the sounds he hears. He listens to the sound of a garbage truck, an airplane and a penguin on a pogo-stick.
Muppets Zoe, Rosita and Abby demonstrate between.
Muppets Murray and Rachael introduce "Elmo's World."
(First: Episode 4189)
Muppets Elmo's World: Noses
(First: Episode 4143)
Muppets Murray tries announcing the sponsors, but forgets them. He rethinks the day, announces them and signs off.



  1. Matt Vogel's Director Reel

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