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Sesame Street
Chicken When It Comes to Thunderstorms
Air date September 29, 2010
Season Season 41 (2010)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors C, 9
Syndication HBO
Releases Being Brave


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Comfort
SCENE Chris welcomes the viewer when Elmo, Abby, Leela and some chickens arrive, having won their tee-ball game. Chris announces they should celebrate with lemonade, but then some thunder goes off in the sky. Chris leads everyone into Hooper's Store.


SCENE cont'd Now inside, more thunder and lightning go off and the chickens all begin to freak out and jump all over the store. Elmo tells them to cover their eyes, so they won't see the lightning. But, they can still hear the thunder and begin to tackle Chris while freaking out (they can't see where they're going). Abby gets an idea and magically gives them earmuffs, so they can't hear the thunder. Lightning flashes and the chickens begin to pound on Chris in fear again. Abby gets rid of the earmuffs. Chris looks around at the trash store and sighs "Alan's never gonna leave me in charge again!"
SCENE cont'd Leela decides it's time to comfort the chickens. She hugs them all and tells them there's nothing to be afraid of. The storm makes its noise again, but they notice one chicken (Henrietta) isn't frightened anymore.

SCENE cont'd Chris has an idea of his own. Acting like a barker, he promotes the greatest show on Sesame Street: "The Thunderstorm." Two chickens still freak out from the storm, but Patty is now serene. Elmo remembers that his dad and he count between the lightning and thunder to tell how far away the storm is. After counting, Teriaki joins the group of calm chickens. Abby finally helps Attila the Hen stay calm by banging a spoon on the table, simulating a loud noise, which Tilly isn't afraid of. Chris helps by flipping the lights on and off (simulating the lightning). Soon, the store turns into a rave, complete with glowsticks for the chickens. Now that they're all not afraid, Chris asks if they're ready for lemonade.
Muppets / Celebrity Jason Bateman tries to comfort someone to help explain the word's meaning, but no passing animal needs his help. Elmo finds Jason sad and comforts him himself.
Cartoon "Fear": Kids tell what they are afraid of, then what helps them get over their fear.
Artist: Todd Parr

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming up, but first he and some kids play "What's on Me That Starts with C?". The kids identify his crown, a carrot and his coat.
(First: Episode 4196)
Cartoon A troop of army ants look for C words at a picnic.
Artist: Michael Goldberg
(First: Episode 4196)
Muppets Murray and the kids announce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4189)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
It's now naptime for the class and everyone heads to their beds. Abby, however, can't fall asleep. Mrs. Sparklenose tells her to count sheep. Abby can't imagine sheep and can't consult a sleeping Mrs. Sparklenose. She poofs 3 real sheep into the classroom, who wake up Blogg. They count the sheep, but need more to fall asleep. Suddenly, a chorus line of 7 more sheep appear. They are still not asleep and wake up Peck too. Abby makes more sheep appear, in the form of a football team. Gonnigan is woken up and chased by the team. They call on Spot, who shows them a subtraction video. They get an idea to subtract the sheep and lead each group out of the room. Once the sheep are cleared, the students fall asleep. Mrs. Sparklenose sees them and extends naptime for a bit.
Muppets Murray announces Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is coming up, but first, he counts 9 of things.
(First: Episode 4193)
Animation Salty and Pierre, spicy detectives, ride on a train, hoping it will take them to the number 9. Salt counts 9 puffs of steam that form the number 9.
(First: Episode 4193)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
(First: Episode 4187)


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Bert and Ernie are visiting Scotland, when a passing women tells them the story of the Loch Ness Monster. Ernie borrows the lady's bagpipes and camera and sets out into the lake to take Nessie's picture. Ernie's bagpipe playing seems to lure her from the lake and they begin a chase, until the monster hits land. They talk with Nessie and learn she's shy and wishes to be left alone. Ernie decides to forget the picture and asks her to take his and Bert's photo instead. Back on land, they see Nessie's finger made it into the shot.
Muppets Before "Elmo's World" gets underway, Murray gives a demonstration of over and under.
(First: Episode 4195)
In the HBO version, this is replaced with Murray showing "Outside" and "Inside."


Muppets Oscar introduces the GrouchBO hit series, True Mud.
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and tells the waitress he wants some "true mud." The other customers begin to assume he's a Grouch. The waitress comes back with a "true spud" instead of mud. A cow overhears and asks if he wanted some "true cud," as she's chewing on some. A man named Bud thinks he's been called and offers the man his broken watch (a "true dud"). Just when the man has had enough, the waitress brings a tub full of mud, just in time for the man's mud bath!
Muppets Murray and Avery introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4191)
Muppets Elmo's World: Sky
(First: Episode 3982)
Muppets Murray tries announcing the sponsors, but forgets them. He rethinks the day, announces them and signs off.

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