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Sesame Street
The Rainbow Show
Air date December 11, 2009
Season Season 40 (2009-2010)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors O, 12
Releases Elmo's Rainbow & Other Springtime Stories


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

SCENE Elmo welcomes the viewer as he makes a drawing using all the colors when he notices a rainbow in the sky. He calls everyone over to see it. Rosita rushes to him, to see her first rainbow, but by the time she looks up, the rainbow has vanished.
SCENE cont'd Leela passes by and finds them looking for the rainbow under the table. She explains rainbows can only be found in the sky and cheers them up by drawing a rainbow for them, using the acronym โ€œRoy G. Bivโ€ to remember the names of the colors.

SCENE cont'd Although Rosita likes the drawing, she still wishes she could see a real rainbow. Elmo gets an idea to make a monster rainbow. He runs off and gets a monster of every color of the rainbow (including Narf and Lulu). They try to get into a formation, but collide and fall to the ground in color order.
SCENE cont'd The monsters pick themselves up and leave, while Rosita still wishes for a rainbow. Abby Cadabby overhears and appears to grant her wish. She tries waving her wand, but gives Elmo and Rosita rain gear. She tries a second time and causes a rain storm. She leaves to consult her mom, while the two monsters head into Hooper's Store for shelter.

SCENE cont'd Inside Hooperโ€™s, Gordon gives Rosita a rainbow using science. He shines a flashlight through a cup of water, which breaks up the white light and separates the colors so they all show, making a rainbow. The rainstorm ends, so the monsters head out.
SCENE cont'd Once outside, Elmo spots a rainbow in the sky. Overcome by its beauty, Rosita and Elmo sing โ€œI Finally Saw a Rainbow."
Muppets / Celebrity Jake Gyllenhaal separates an octopus from his head.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is almost on, but first, he sings "Old MacMurray Had an O" and names some O words, including orange and octopus.
Cartoon Cookie Monster sings about the O sound in the word "octopus".
Taken from Sesame Street English
Film The letter O is in the house tonight! A man break-dances around the letter O.
(First: Episode 4030)
Muppets Murray and the kids announce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4189)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Today for Show & Tell, Abby brings in the enchanted apple from Snow White. During snack time, Blogg takes a bite and falls into an enchanted sleep. Gonnigan and Abby try to think of how they can wake him up, when Gonnigan remembers he wakes up to the sound of an alarm clock. They go through Mrs. Sparklenose's filling cabinet and find one, but it doesn't wake Blogg up. They call Spot, who shows them videos of mouths. Abby thinks they should kiss him, but when she tries, he stays asleep. Abby checks the Snow White story and finds they need a prince to wake him. She turns Gonnigan into a frog so she can kiss him and make him into a prince. Gonnigan kisses Blogg and he wakes up, and notices the apple and heads for it, with his fairy friends tackling him.
Muppets / Celebrity Adam Sandler makes up a "Song About Elmo" using clever rhyming cheats.
Muppets Murray announces Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is coming, but first, he counts 12 kids and a dozen eggs.
Animation Martin P. Robinson (in an English accent) and a girl count 12 flowers by 2s.
(First: Episode 4042)
Animation "Counting Stars by 3's"
(First: Episode 4069)
Muppets Murray and Carson introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
(First: Episode 4193)


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert are now owners of a farm with poor crops. Ernie thinks that if he asks the single, small cloud in the sky, he will rain and the crops will liven up. The cloud complies and replenishes their crops. However, he follows them inside their home to make it rain inside as well. Bert explains he belongs outdoors and the cloud agrees.
Muppets Before "Elmo's World" gets underway, Murray gives a demonstration of over and under.
(First: Episode 4195)

Muppets Desperate Houseplants: Stinky the Stinkweed and a female plant (recycled from Stuckweed) are desperate for sunlight and water, until the scantily dressed gardener arrives to care for them. According to the announcer, Desperate Houseplants airs on the Bloom Network.
(First: Episode 4099)
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4190)
Muppets Elmo's World: Water
(First: Episode 3831)
Muppets Murray watches a large screen to announce the sponsors.


  • An advertisement for "Jon's Pencil Emporium", with a picture of Jon Stone, is seen on a bulletin board outside Hooper's Store.
  • After many attempts to form a rainbow of monsters and the monsters start to leave, one of them comments that this was more fun than Monster Clubhouse.
  • Additional monster performers include David Rudman (yellow), Martin P. Robinson (green), Jim Martin (blue), and Eric Jacobson (violet).

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