Sesame Street
Letter "R" Mystery
Air date November 11, 2011
Season Season 42 (2011-2012)
Written by Annie Evans
Sponsors R, 19
Releases M is for Mystery (altered)


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

SCENE The camera pans from the arbor to Hooper's Store where Chris serves a bowl of raisin raspberry ravioli to Detective Alfie Betts (Adam Rodriguez), who's on vacation from his duties. Elmo and Abby Cadabby pop into frame to welcome the viewer and walk over to meet Betts. The detective already recognizes who they are, deducing their names and some things about them (including Elmo's third person speech). Betts explains that he investigates to find answers to problems.

SCENE cont'd Suddenly, a scream is heard. Telly runs to Detective Betts panicking that his robot and remote have gone missing. Leela comes by looking for her roses and rake that have disappeared from the garden. Elmo and Abby ask Betts to investigate, but he insists that he's on vacation. However, once Betts realizes his ravioli is gone as well, he's on the case. Elmo and Abby volunteer to be his "crackerjack team of detectives," with Abby poofing her and Elmo into formal detective suits. Still in his relax-wear, Betts goes off to change and starts the investigation by striking a detective-y pose.

SCENE cont'd Betts and the group deduce that all the missing items make the "rrr" sound, and therefore, they all start with the letter R—but why are they missing? Just then, the Amazing Mumford arrives fretting that his rabbit disappeared before he was able to pull off his magic trick. Since "rabbit" also begins with R, it's deemed to be part of the mystery. Mumford and Telly claim to have seen someone running away, so Betts draws out their description of the suspect, revealing to be the letter R!


SCENE cont'd Elmo, Abby and Detective Betts formulate a plan to bait the letter with something that starts with R. Elmo suggests using rigatoni. Once the trap is set, they hide behind the fruit stand at Hooper's Store and observe a letter nibbling the bowl of pasta. They compare him to the drawing to verify that it's the letter R, but just when they rush over to catch him, he quickly vanishes having eaten all of the rigatoni. The team determines that they need a heavier R item, so Abby and Elmo propose using a large rock from nearby. The letter R promptly carries the rock away, but the detectives are able to catch up and confront him. The letter R confesses to taking all the items because he loves R words. Feeling repentance, the letter R returns all of the items from his room.

SCENE cont'd Telly, Leela and Mumford are reunited with their belongings. The letter R vows not to take any more R items, stating that he's "rehabilitated." Detective Betts thanks Elmo and Abby for their hard work, and the letter R brings him his ravioli as he gets back to relaxing.
Muppets / Celebrity Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony compare their basketball skills with Grover.
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School is on the way, but first, Murray wishes to know the letter of the day. Ovejita provides him with a radio, rock and rabbit, all R words!
Film R for Run: A montage of kids running.
(First: Episode 4205)
Muppets Murray and a group of girls introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4261)

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Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
The students are in the middle of music class, but the music they make isn't too great. Abby requests they just use magic to play their instruments, but Mrs. Sparklenose says practice is the right path. A flying boombox swoops in the window and they press "play," releasing Morty the Musical Muse (who speaks in rhyme). Before he can leave, they must pass his three challenges. With a wave of his baton, Abby's trombone flies out of control. In order to get down, she must change the pitch; by playing high notes, she goes higher, and playing low notes, she makes it back to the ground. Next, Gonnigan's maracas shake violently, quaking the entire school. To top them, he needs to change the tempo. He discovers that means fast and slow and is able to stop the shaking by moving them slowly. Finally, Blogg's drum starts bouncing on top of him and must change the dynamics of the music (how loud and soft). Blogg grabs the drum and plays it softly, sedating it. The students have learned many new things about music and Morty takes his leave. The kids decide to apply their knowledge and make music instead of snack time.
(First: Episode 4265)
Film Children dance to a succession of musical styles.
(First: Episode 4130)
Muppets Before Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures, Murray and Ovejita draw the lottery number of the day - the number 19.
Cartoon Counting to 19 using Indian imagery
(First: Episode 4228)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
(First: Episode 4187)


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Duck-Detectives Bert and Ernie are called upon by Veronica Lambshank to investigate the strange behaviors of her friend, Malty, who claims to be a "Maltese duck". Bert and Ernie disguise themselves as Veronica’s sheep cousins and meet them by the pond. Rubber Duckie suggests that they get Malty to swim, and then maybe he’ll quack. Ernie pushes Bert in the pond and Malty saves him, but he does not quack and flies off. Later, they follow him through the town and listen for him after losing his path. They also find Veronica has followed them. They hear whistling and follow the sound, leading to Malty’s house. He confesses to being a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, and explains he pretended to be a Maltese duck so she would be his friend. They all celebrate by whistling.
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets "Elmo's World" is coming up, but first, Murray plays "Dare to Compare" with pairs of vegetables.
Animation Ziggy the Zebra-saurus raps about shapes.
Muppets Murray, Elijah and Jet-Lee introduce "Elmo's World."
(First: Episode 4259)
Muppets Elmo's World: Eyes
(First: Episode 4180)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description

Muppets On the DVD release M is for Mystery, the episode's opening and title card are omitted, and The Word of the Day segment is replaced with "The Closer." (First: Episode 4213)

Additionally, the Elmo's World segment "Eyes", which is retained in the other included episode, is replaced here with "Open and Close" (First: Episode 4041)


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