Sesame Street
Elmo Wants to Have a Ball
Air date February 6, 2012
Season Season 42 (2011-2012)
Sponsors D, 5
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases HBO Kids


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

SCENE Elmo welcomes the viewer and shows off a dollar his daddy has given him, which he can spend on whatever he wants. He's surrounded by several options - flowers from the Flower Shop, a CD from some rapping penguins and detergent from the laundromat. He settles on some ice cream from Hooper's Store, but Alan reports his ice cream maker is busted and Luis is currently fixing it.
SCENE cont'd Suddenly, a Salesperson happens by with her cart full of balls. She promotes the latest and greatest item she has - Stupendous Ball! Through song, she demonstrates the wonderful things Stupendous Ball can do - bounce, light up and make music! Elmo wants to buy one, but she points out it costs $5 and he's only got one, which can buy him "Stinky Ball." Elmo wishes to have the Stupendous Ball instead.


SCENE cont'd Elmo asks Luis where people get money and replies by working. Noticing Elmo wants some cash, he offers him a job helping him. He hands Elmo a wrench, which he uses to help Luis fix a bolt on the ice cream maker. Luis rewards Elmo with a dollar, making a total of $2 for Elmo. He goes back to the Salesperson, who tells him he's still short of cash, but his $2 can get him "Average Ball." Elmo still wants the Stupendous Ball. Elmo feels as though he'll never be able to afford the Stupendous Ball, when Luis explains how he can save his money. He converts his bolt jar into a piggy bank so can Elmo can keep him money in it until he has enough saved up for the Stupendous Ball.

SCENE cont'd In a musical montage ("Elmo's Gonna Save"), the two penguins sing about the various ways Elmo's earned and saved money. He finally saves enough to buy a Stupendous Ball!

SCENE cont'd Elmo runs into the Salesperson and is about to buy the Stupendous Ball, when Cookie Monster comes by, sobbing. He tells them he ways on his way to the bakery with a dollar for cookies, but he got so hungry, he ate the dollar, so now he can't get cookies. Elmo decides to share a dollar with Cookie Monster instead of buying the ball. The Salesperson points out that with $4, he can buy Fantastic Ball, which is very appealing to Elmo. He buys the ball and plays catch with Luis, while a jealous Stupendous Ball sequesters itself in a nearby tree.
Muppets / Celebrity Gustavo Dudamel shows Elmo some stupendous performances by a violinist sheep, percussionist octopus and an all-penguin choir.
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School is next, but now, it's time for Murray Monster to figure out the letter of the day. Ovejita gives him some clues with dominoes, a drum and a dog; the letter of the day must be D!
Animation D is for dolphin, dive and deep.
(First: Episode 4236)
Muppets Murray and Segi introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4257)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Abby and Gonnigan work on their magic macaroni art. Blogg uses magic to create a life-size Macaroni dinosaur. With a touch of "The Spice of Life", he brings his creation to life. However, it begins wreaking havoc all over the class room, wrecking everything. They try various methods of stopping it, including making a Macaroni stop sign, but to no avail. Mrs. Sparklenose suggests they "Spot the solution." They call on Spot, who shows them things that are humongous. They get the idea they need something big to stop him. A large wall doesn't work for them, however. Blogg comes up with a giant meatball, which the Macaronisaurus begins playing with. Everyone cheers, while the giant meatball pins Blogg to the floor. (updated theme song)
(First: Episode 4207)
Muppets "Super Grover 2.0" is next, but first, Magic Murray presents the number of the day with a magic trick. He waves his wand and 5 cookies appear from his hat.
Cartoon Five dogs and 5 dog bones
Artist: Todd Parr
Muppets Murray and two kids introduce "Super Grover 2.0."
(First: Episode 4272)

Muppets Super Grover 2.0
A cactus tries to play with his new ball, when something starts happening to it. Super Grover 2.0 arrives and begins to use his powers of observation. He sees the ball is shrinking, making a hissing noise (thinking there's a snake inside), air is getting blown at him and there's a hole in it. Grover tries to comfort the cactus, but pricks himself on its stems. The cactus realizes he put the hole in it. Grover helps more by find a ball he can play with. He fetches a bowling ball, which is too heavy. He gets a snowball from Antarctica, but it falls apart when thrown. Grover pulls a hero sandwich from his utility sock, when the cactus notices the foil wrapping can be made into different shapes. Grover makes it into a ball, which becomes the perfect ball for a cactus. They play some catch and Grover asks for a hug. Getting several stems poking him, he claims he's now losing air.
(First: Episode 4217)
Cartoon A sad creature gets a hug, making him happy.
Artist: Tony Dusko
(First: Episode 4228)
Muppets Before "Elmo's World" gets here, Murray plays a round of "Dare to Compare" using sets of balls.
Animation "The Job Song": People sing about how they earn their money.
Artist: Misseri Studio
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World."
(First: Episode 4261)
Muppets Elmo's World: Mail
(First: Episode 4031)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School: Pucking Pete's Petting Zoo
This replaces the "Macaronisaurus" segment in the HBO Kids version.
Muppets Elmo's World: Balls
(First: Episode 3786)
This replaces "Elmo's World: Mail" in the HBO Kids version.


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