Sesame Street
Best House of the Year
Air date February 21, 2013
Season Season 43 (2012-2013)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Production September 27, 2012[1]
Sponsors O, 16 and "a kinetic artist"
Releases Online Streaming


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



SCENE Elmo shows Leela his rollerskating, when they find the Three Little Pigs building a house on Sesame Street. They explain that Better Homes and Styes Magazine holds an annual "Best House of the Year" contest, and the winner gets their photo in the magazine. They call the editor (by yelling loudly), which summons Mr. William "Bill" Ding (Tim Gunn) and his photographer, Fanny. He positively critiques the house and deems it prize-worthy, that is until the Big Bad Wolf arrives. Elmo knows the story well enough to know that the wolf can't blow down brick, but he's been working out with a personal trainer. Just as Fanny is about to take their photo, the Wolf huffs and puffs, sending Elmo rolling away and leaving their house in shambles. Bill deems their home imperfect and heads off. "Bill Ding has left the building!," Fanny states (to Leela's confusion). Leela suggests that if they want to win, they need to make a house from stronger material. Two pigs suggest straw and twig, until Elmo finds a rock, which seems harder than brick. The pigs go with the idea and sing "We're Gonna Build a New House" in preparation.


SCENE cont'd The pigs have built a new home entirely from stone and call Bill Ding back. Despite their previous house's failure, he inspects the new one and finds it suitable for Best House of the Year. The Big Bad Wolf appears again and reduces the new house to rubble, again just before Fanny can take its photo. Bill and Fanny leave again, forcing the pigs to start from scratch again. One pig suggests straw again, while another suggests a home made of squirrels. Elmo finds a watering can made of metal, a material that should be stronger than rock. The pigs sing their song again.


SCENE cont'd The pigs have made a stylish home of metal and call the editor back. Fanny sings a short song introducing Bill, who is upset to find he's meeting the pigs again. He is again pleased with their work, which cues a re-appearance of the Big Bad Wolf. He's still able to destroy their house with a huff and puff, again before Fanny can capture it. She and Bill head for their limo, leaving the pigs dejected, as nothing's stronger than metal. Leela thinks they don't need something stronger, they just need an innovation. Elmo realizes that when he was blown, he was just sent rolling away instead of being broken up. They see that if their house was on wheels too, it might just roll away instead of being destroyed. The pigs once again sing their building song.

SCENE cont'd The pigs make a duplicate of their first house, only on wheels. Bill Ding arrives and isn't amazed with their design, as it's the same as the first and is certain the Wolf will blow it down. The Wolf appears to huff and puff, but only sends the house rolling away without blowing it in. Bill is impressed and gives them the award, as he and Fanny chase after the house for a picture.
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo comes up with some innovations to help Paula Patton explain the word. He first invents a "Word-O-Pad" that displays the word, then a Word-O-Bot, and finally makes himself into a robot that sings and dances.
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming soon, but first, Murray and Ovejita go to meet another one of the people in your neighborhood. They meet Joseph Herscher, who's a kinetic artist and shows them how his trait works.
Cartoon "The O Show": A letter O (voiced by Oprah Winfrey) meets some O-word guests.
(First: Episode 4213)
Film The letter O is in the house tonight! A man break-dances around the letter O. (white borders added)
(First: Episode 4030)
Muppets Murray and Jordan introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4305)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose helps Abby, Blogg and Gonnigan recycle bottles they brought from home. One of Abby's bottles it dusty, so she rubs it and out comes Gene the Genie. He feels cramped inside and refuses to go back in. The bottle, not wanting to be empty, begins hopping around, looking for someone to suck inside. The bottle entraps Mrs. Sparklenose inside, while Gene plans to spend 1,001 nights in Vegas. Abby reminds Gene he needs to grant 3 wishes. Abby wishes for Mrs. Sparklenose to get out of the bottle, with Niblet then taken in his place. Gonnigan rephrases the wish and asks for not one of them to be inside, so he poofs them all inside, thus there is not one. They call on Spot, who shows them a film on “all” and “none”. They wish for them all of them to get out and none of them would be inside. The bottle looks for some to capture and it gets Mrs. Sparklenose again. Gene refuses to switch places with her, not wanting to be in a small space again. They twinkle think and get an idea to magically recycle his bottle with other ones to make a larger one, complete with sliding glass doors so he can leave whenever he feels. (re-orchestrated theme song)
(First: Episode 4189)

Muppets "Super Grover 2.0" is on the way next, but now, Joseph continues talking about his profession. He states his favorite types of kinetic art are Rube Goldberg machines and begins to design one that will water a plant.
Cartoon 16 acorns sprout from tree branches.
(First: Episode 4202)
Muppets Murray and Max introduce "Super Grover 2.0."
(First: Episode 4314)

Muppets Super Grover 2.0: Ice Block Party
A group of penguins begin their dance practice, but a large ice block is in the way. Super Grover 2.0 arrives in the Super-Grovermobile to help. Using his powers of observation, he sees the ice block is in the way of the problem, but learns it is the problem. Now with his powers of investigation, he tickles the ice to see if it will move. A penguin suggests pushing it, but Grover declares it as his own idea and tries to push, with no success. He makes a bigger push (running into it), but doesn't move. While he goes to get some useful technology, the penguins notice the Super-Grovermobile is big and heavy like the ice, but it can move with the help of wheels. While Grover begins to whack the ice with a golf club to move it, the penguins take his wheels (and his golf club) and stick them under the ice, making it easy to move. As the penguins dance off, Grover wonders why his car won't move.
(First: Episode 4213)
Song "Construction Kids Cars"
(First: Episode 4263)
Muppets Before "Elmo the Musical" begins, Joseph demonstrates his machine, which functions perfectly!
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie finds a circle, and Bert sings "It's a Circle." Ernie joins him naming different objects that remind him of the shape in question, and they sing the two parts of the song together.
(First: Episode 4034)
Muppets Murray and Austin introduce "Elmo the Musical."
(First: Episode 4305)


Muppets Elmo the Musical: President the Musical
Elmo imagines he's President of the United States, living in the Red House. At his sides are the first, second and third ladies and his sheep-ret service. Suddenly, the first lady, first sheep and first President painting go missing! The Pentagon (the actual shape) alerts him there's "first" thief stealing all the firsts everywhere. Elmo can't deal with the problem now, as he has to throw the first pitch at a penguin baseball game. The first base, baseman and even the ball are then stolen! Elmo disguises himself as a number one and creates a set-up for the thief with the numbers 2 and 3. The 2 tries to steal Elmo and is revealed to be the thief. She admits she's tired of being second all the time and Elmo allows her to be the first number. She realizes the number order is thrown off and accepts her place, apologizing. Elmo pardons her and they share a tango together.
(First: Episode 4311)
Muppets Joseph helps Murray announce the sponsors with some more kinetic art.
Sponsor Leslie Carrara-Rudolph announces: "Sesame Street is brought to you by Hands Up Solutions."
(First: Episode 4301)


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School: Henking Day
This segment replaces the "Genie in a Bottle" segment in the HBO Kids version.


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