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Abby Tries & Tries Again
Air date December 31, 2010
Season Season 41 (2010)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors Z, 15
Releases Monster Magic


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


SCENE At dusk, Leela welcomes the viewer as she closes the laundromat, as she and Chris are going to a party tonight. Abby, having overheard the word "party", appears to help her get ready. Although the party isn't a grand ball like Cinderella's, Abby insists she make her look beautiful. Abby thinks up a rhyme for "clothes" and sings a "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"-style spell to change Leela's outfit, but instead of a ball gown, she ends up dressed as a pirate (complete with a parrot). Abby waves her wand a different way this time, resulting in a football uniform. Abby is dismayed her trick isn't working, but Leela asks her to press on, telling her to be more specific with her rhyme. Using a more specific spell, Leela now sports a beautiful ball gown.

SCENE cont'd Abby thinks Leela looks great... except her hair isn't "party hair". Abby sings another spell, giving Leela a red, punk-style hairdo. Abby uses a different rhyme, resulting in a Bride of Frankenstein look. Leela reminds Abby to be clear with what she wants. Abby gives the spell one more try and gives Leela a hair style to go perfectly with her dress.



SCENE cont'd Chris arrives to get Leela and finds she's a tad over-dressed (although Abby thinks she's beautiful looking). Chris suggests they leave, but Abby thinks they need a way to get there. Although Chris says the party's a couple of blocks away, Leela's glass slippers will prevent her from walking far. Abby tries a transportation trick, but her poor aiming sends the spell toward Chris, who turns into a horse. Chris insists he be turned back. Once done so, Abby tries the trick again, giving Chris a model airplane. They tell her it's too small and Abby's idea of shrinking them won't do. Instead, Abby tries her trick once more, providing a lovely coach. Chris, looking to fit in with Leela and the coach, requests to be dressed like Prince Charming. Abby tries the clothing spell on him, putting the pirate outfit on him this time. Abby tries to fix it, but Chris actually prefers the outfit. As the two ride off to the party, Abby yells to them to be back before midnight and concludes "I love to help!"
Muppets / Celebrity Zoe Saldana and Elmo pretend to be various types of transportation.

Muppets Murray pumps us for Abby's Flying Fairy School, but first, he and some kids play "What's On Me That Starts With Z?"
(First: Episode 4211)
Cartoon Elmo sings the Z sound in "Z - Zebra Song."
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4188)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose announces today in class, the students can earn their Fairy Godmother wings by participating in the “Cinderella Challenge”. With a brief game of “Eeny Meeny Miney Ming”, Blögg is chosen to the Cinderella. First they must poof a gown on him. They turn him into a hula dancer (dressing “down”), a clown and James Brown, until they come up with a good rhyme and make a gown appear. Next, they need glass slippers, but they ones they conjure up are too small and too big (and end up breaking, forcing Niblet to clean them up). They call on Spot, who shows them images of the number 12, which Gonnigan realizes is Blogg’s shoe size. Next, they need to turn a pumpkin into a coach, but Niblet has already eaten it. They improvise and turn Niblet into a motorcycle, which sends them all around the room. Gonnigan steers them to the ball pit, which counts as going to the ball, which means they pass and get their wings!
(First: Episode 4191)
Muppets Murray announces it's almost time for "Super Grover 2.0," but first, he finds 15 kids, paintings and backpacks.
(First: Episode 4207) (with "Murray Has a Little Lamb" mention)
Cartoon Fifteen trucks are counted. They then make a large 15.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
Muppets Murray and Nika introduce "Super Grover 2.0".
(First: Episode 4213)

Muppets Super Grover 2.0: How Now Down Cow
At a beauty parlor in the city, a lady cow finds herself stuck at the top of the stairs. Super Grover 2.0 arrives on the scene and offers a solution: dancing the down the stairs! When that doesn't work, he observes the stairs and tries to get rid of them using karate, but hurts his hand instead. He dashes off and returns with a trampoline. The cow makes a leap, but is bounced right back to the top. Grover observes some more and finds the stairs are bumpy and they need to "de-bump" them. Luckily, he has his "stair de-bumpifier" (a board). He holds it up as the cow walks on it, but he collapses under her weight, making a ramp that the cow goes down on.
(First: Episode 4232)
Muppets Murray announces "Elmo's World" is coming and gives a demonstration of upside-down and right-side-up.
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets While taking a trip down Memory Lane, Cookie Monster sings "The First Time Me Eat Cookie."
(First: Episode 4059)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets Elmo's World: Cameras
(First: Episode 4108)
Muppets Murray watches a large screen to announce the sponsors.


  • This episode was originally intended to include the Katy Perry segment "Hot and Cold", until a pre-airing preview caused controversy and the segment was banned from airing.

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