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Sesame Street
The Counting Booth
Air date January 25, 2010
Season Season 40 (2009-2010)
Written by Annie Evans
Sponsors V, 18
Releases Counting with Elmo
Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Booth
SCENE In the arbor, The Count is running his counting booth when he receives an urgent call asking him to make an emergency re-count in Minneapolis. But, he needs someone to watch his booth while he’s gone. He asks Maria, but she is too busy making a scrapbook for Gabi. Elmo and Abby play their game near the booth and are asked to watch it. The Count lays down how his booth works – when people need things counted, you count them. He gives them their capes and swoops away.
SCENE cont'd The Three Little Pigs arrive for their daily counting to make sure they’re still three and are shocked to find The Count is gone. They give the kids a shot at counting them. Elmo and Abby count them and proclaim that they’re still three pigs.
SCENE cont'd Suddenly, Old MacDonald arrives with a troop of chickens he needs counting for. They begin counting them, but MacDonald stops them, since the Count always counts his chickens in pairs. However, the duo doesn’t know how to count like that. They call over Maria, who shows them how to count by 2s and they count the chickens.
SCENE cont'd Baby Bear visits the counting booth with some boxes of crayons and needs to count how many crayons he has. Since each box has five crayons in it, Maria shows them how to count them by 5s. They count his thirty crayons by 5s. Maria tries leaving to get back to her scrapbook, but…
SCENE cont'd Big Bird, Snuffy and the Birdketeers arrive with a counting problem, forcing Maria to stay. They need the total amount of fingers the Birdketeers have. She shows them how to count by 10s, counting each Birdketeer by their number of fingers, totaling to 80 fingers. As the Birdketeers head off, Maria goes back to her memories.
SCENE cont'd The Count returns and compliments Abby and Elmo on the fine counting they've done.
Muppets / Celebrity Christina Applegate and Elmo introduce the word booth and name the different kinds of booths.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming soon, but first, he plays "What's on Me That Starts with V?". He asks kids to point out anything that starts with V on his body.
Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
(First: Episode 3280)
Muppets Murray and Carson introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4187)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose steers the school to their field trip location: Colonial Trolliamsberg. However, Blogg (being half-Troll) seems down about the trip. When they arrive, the Troll guard asks them a riddle so they can pass: "What has one line down and one line across and you need it to tickle and toss?" The guard also notices Blogg's wings, which he tries claiming are "armpit-coolers". Gonnigan and Abby ask Spot, who shows them the alphabet. They then realize the answer is the letter T.
Inside the town, Blogg makes more attempts to hide his wings by putting a backpack over them (causing everything inside to spill out) and a large sweater. Abby and Gonnigan meet a candlestick maker, who asks them to estimate how many ears full of wax it'll take to make one candle. Gonnigan's guess turns out to be right (6 ears worth). They then head to the center of town, where Garfunkel the Griffin is performing. However, Niblet's flash-photography causes Garfunkel to freak out and angrily fly to the sky and the only to get him down to whisper "Nap time" in his ear. Abby tries, but the person must be a troll. Mrs. Sparklenose explains to Blogg that sometimes "Differences make the difference", boosting his confidence and he flies up to put Garfunkel to sleep. Everyone in the town reveres him.
(First: Episode 4205)
Muppets Murray says it's almost time for school, but first, he looks for 18 of things.
Film In time-lapse, a man makes a puzzle of an 18.
(First: Episode 4182)
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 Murray to another escuela (school) using a pig as a clue. The school turns out to be farm school, where kids learn how to be veterinarians (people who take care of plants and animals).
(First: Episode 4162)
"Guessing Game" portion cut, new intro added
Animation A cartoon pig sings "Bein' a Pig." (featuring Joe Raposo vocal track)
(First: Episode 4027)
Shown in widescreen
cut from the online version
Muppets Murray announces "Elmo's World" is coming up, but first, he plays "Sounds of the Street". He hears the sounds of a saxophone, a drummer and a trumpet-playing rooster.
(First: Episode 4203)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert is trying to read his book when Ernie starts singing a song about addition. As Ernie sings, he's joined by Cookie Monster and Grover, some cows, an elephant, and a Martian. At the end of the song, Ernie leaves Bert with a room full of singing monsters and animals.
(First: Episode 3846)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets Elmo's World: Eyes
(First: Episode 4180)
Muppets Murray tries announcing the sponsors, but forgets them. He rethinks the day, announces them and signs off.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie sings "The Ding-Along Song" with the Dingers, much to Bert's annoyance.
(First: Episode 4110)
This segment replaces "Bein' a Pig" in the streaming versions.


Finally, Super Grover runs in. He needs a count down to fly off and save the world! With some help from Super Grover and a number line, Elmo and Abby are able to count down to one as Grover blasts off.

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