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Itsy Bitsy Spider
Air date October 29, 2010
Season Season 41 (2010)
Written by Annie Evans
Directed by Ken Diego[1]
Sponsors N, 8
Syndication HBO


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

SCENE Rosita, Telly and Elmo are chanting "Isty Bitsy" while waiting for The Itsy Bitsy Spider to appear at the water spout. Chris arrives and requests they sing the song. Afterward, Chris returns to work, but the Itsy Bitsy Spider has still not arrived. Telly begins to freak out, thinking she may have gotten lost. Elmo calms him down and they decide to go look for her, but where do you find spiders? They recall seeing bugs around plants and dirt...the garden!

SCENE cont'd In the garden, the monsters look for the spider. They see a bug in the dirt, but learn it's a beetle. He tells them he's an insect (having six legs) and that spiders have eight legs (making them arachnids). They search some more thanks to that clue.
SCENE cont'd In another part of the garden, they spot another bug, who's really jumpy. They count his legs and discover he's not a spider, but a humble grasshopper. Before he goes off, he tells them that if he were looking for someone, he'd check their home. The monsters take his advice and look for where the spider lives.
SCENE cont'd They look for the spider's home, but aren't sure what it looks like. They find a hill of dirt and count the legs of the bug going inside it, which turns out to be an ant. He tells them that ants only live in anthills and spiders live in sticky stringy webs.


SCENE cont'd Farther down the street, they look for a stringy web. Telly gets caught in some sticky string and they follow it up to the web, hanging on the street sign. In the web is the Itsy Bitsy Spider! She explains she's too busy to perform her rhyme, as she's waiting for her egg sack to hatch. She sings a new rhyme to reflect this. The egg hatches and many little spiders flood out.
Muppets / Celebrity Jim Parsons has been called upon to talk about the word arachnid, but has no idea what the word means. He gets chased by a spider trying to help.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming, but first he plays "Bring Out Your N", asking people to show him N words they have on them.
(First: Episode 4201)

Muppets / Celebrity When Elmo can't get to sleep, Ricky Gervais arrives with a celebrity lullaby about the letter N. However, his song turns out to be to noisy for Elmo to sleep to.
(First: Episode 4201)
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4188)


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.
(First: Episode 4215)
Muppets Murray announces it's almost time for Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures, but first, he finds things in groups of 8.
(First: Episode 4204) (with "Murray Has a Little Lamb" mention")
Muppets The Count sings β€œEight is Great.”
Muppets Murray and Avery introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
(First: Episode 4216)


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert are setting up camp in the Australian Outback, where Ernie hopes to get a picture of the duck-billed platypus (claiming it’s a distant cousin of Rubber Duckie). While Bert sets up the tent, a mama kangaroo knocks it over and begins going through their stuff. They are introduced to her Joey, who takes a liking to Rubber Duckie. While they aren’t looking, the Joey switches places with Rubber Duckie. Ernie and Bert take notice and go off to find the mother. They get a flat tire in their jeep, so they all hop on a pogo-stick. They collide with the mother, sending Rubber Duckie into the lake. Rubber Duckie’s saved by a platypus, who they take a picture with.
Muppets Murray announces "Elmo's World" is coming, but first, he gives a demonstration of outside and inside.
(First: Episode 4190)

Muppets EMC (The Emotional Movie Channel) presents Mad Men.
Two sycophants pitch their ad ideas for "Happy Honey Bear Honey" to Mr. Draper, but their ads make them all mad, then sad, finally finding one to make them happy again.
(First: Episode 4188)
Song "The Honey Bee Hullabaloo"
(First: Episode 4189)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets Elmo's World: Dinosaurs
(First: Episode 4082)
Muppets With the aid of a nearby newsstand, Murray announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo's World: Bugs
(First: Episode 3917)
This segment replaced Elmo's World: Dinosaurs in the HBO version.


  1. ↑ Sesame Family Robinson "The Itsy Bitsy Spider Shoot," 10/8/09 (defunct)

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