Sesame Street
Porridge Art
Air date April 18, 2013
Season Season 43 (2012-2013)
Sponsors Z, 19, and "by a puppeteer"
Releases Arts and Crafts Playdate


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

SCENE Alan stacks some delivery boxes, then serves Baby Bear and Telly some porridge; Quacker Instant Porridge to be exact, Baby Bear's favorite brand. He notices the box is advertising a porridge art contest, which is art made from porridge (and edible). A heavenly glow appears, enlightening Baby Bear on a whole new way to enjoy porridge. Alan reads the rules, which states the art must portray the Quacker Duck Man and to enter, just call him. There's no phone number on the box and Baby Bear ponders aloud if all he has to do is yell, "Hey, Quacker Duck Man!"

SCENE cont'd Apparently, that's all it takes, as the Quacker Duck Man (Bobby Moynihan) appears, bursting through Alan's boxes (to his dismay). Baby Bear is too star-struck to point out he doesn't have any art, but Telly assures him he will soon. The Quacker Duck Man understands and vows to come right "quack" when they're ready. Alan offers to whip up a big batch of porridge for him to use and Telly offers to be his model. Baby Bear also leaves, to get his supplies.


SCENE cont'd With Telly in costume and the porridge prepared, Baby Bear is ready to begin...only he hasn't the faintest idea what to do with the porridge. Another glow gives him the inspiration to paint with it. With the help of some food coloring, Baby Bear paints a likeness of the Q.D.M. in porridge and displays it on his easel. They call the Duck Man, who bursts through the re-made stack of boxes. Baby Bear then finds the porridge sliding off the canvas, ruining the picture! He and Telly hide it and assure the Duck Man his art will be ready soon. Once the Duck Man leaves, Baby Bear goes to his porridge from before for some brain food, but finds it's gotten all mushy. In another bout of inspiration, he decides to use it for his artwork.
SCENE cont'd The mushy porridge has become glue, which he uses to make a mosaic with some nuts and berries. They call the Duck Man, who destroys Alan's stack again (despite having moved it). While Alan argues with him, some woodland animals start munching Baby Bear's art to pieces. Baby Bear gets another idea (cutting his inspiration glow off short) and drags Telly off, while Alan ponders how to keep his boxes safe.

SCENE cont'd Alan has secured his stack with rope and finds Baby Bear's made a near-perfect likeness of Telly, which is actually Telly encased in porridge! While the Duck Man struggles to get through the boxes, Alan points out that Baby Bear shouldn't cheat and they get Telly out of the porridge. The Duck Man is unfazed by his lack of art and promises to return once more. Baby Bear sees porridge can harden and thinks he can make a sculpture with it. Alan shows him how they can make dryer porridge without having to wait.

SCENE cont'd Baby Bear creates a bust sculpture of the Quacker Duck Man and calls him to finally see. Alan braces for his eventual impact, but he instead walks around the boxes, tired from all his previous entrances. They show him his sculpture and the Duck Man declares him the winner! The prize is lunch with the Quacker Duck Man himself, so they all munch on the sculpture.

Muppets / Celebrity Elmo is busy making a visual aid for Jon Hamm's explanation on what a sculpture is, so he finds various ones of different materials (and increasing weights). Just before Jon gets a hernia, Elmo finishes his sculpture - a likeness of himself, which thanks Jon for his compliment.
Film A man teaches kids how to make a large paper sculpture.
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School can wait, because Murray and Ovejita are going to meet another one of the people in your neighborhood. They meet Paul Zaloom, who's a puppeteer and introduces them to his puppet, Buster.
Film A man paints a Z word on his hand - zebra.
Muppets Murray and Maureen introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4318)


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. (re-orchestrated theme song)
(First: Episode 4207)
Muppets "Super Grover" is in queue, but now, Paul shows Murray the controls it takes to operate Buster and offers to give him some tips in puppetry, right after this...
Cartoon Counting to 19 using Indian imagery
(First: Episode 4228)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Super Grover 2.0."
(First: Episode 4306)

Muppets Super Grover 2.0
On a farm, Super Grover 2.0 comes to the aid of a sheep, who has lost her knitting needle in a haystack. He dives into it, but is unable to find it. He calls upon his utility sock for some tools, first pulling out a bullhorn to call the needle out. He then finds a magnet, which attracts things made of metal (like the needle). He points it toward the haystack, pulling out a cow's bell and horse's bucket instead (who thank the magnet instead of Grover). Just as he gives up, the magnet finally gets the needle out, much to the happiness of the sheep. Grover then pulls out the farmer's tractor, who drives off with Grover still hanging on.
(First: Episode 4323)
Muppets "Elmo the Musical" is up next, but now, Murray receives a puppetry lesson from Paul. He shows him how to make puppets from ordinary objects and even produce effects like clouds, snow and hail.
Muppets / Celebrity Zoe watches as Lorena and Lorna Feijóo perform their version of the Lamberena dance. Zoe notes how similar their version is to her own, only hers involves a dancing lamb.
(First: Episode 4186)
Muppets Murray and two boys introduce "Elmo the Musical."
(First: Episode 4309)


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Athlete the Musical
Elmo imagines he's an athlete, facing off against an Enormous Athlete to win a pair of golden shoes, a coveted prize Elmo wants to win. Enormous Athlete defeats Elmo in the long jump and shot put competitions. They finally compete in the race, which give either competitor enough points to win. During the race, Enormous Athlete trips over a hurdle and falls over. Elmo considers finishing the race and winning the shoes, but instead goes back to help his competition and they tie at the finish line. Despite the tie, Enormous Athlete has a larger total, earning him the golden shoes. Velvet doesn't think it's a happy ending, but Elmo doesn't mind losing - he had fun just playing the game. He passes along the moral to Enormous Athlete, who shares the golden shoes with him.
(First: Episode 4302)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors, which Paul uses as puppets.
Sponsor Stephanie D'Abruzzo announces, "The Federation of Fast Walkers is a proud sponsor of Sesame Street."


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School: Pinocchio Process
(First: Episode 4188)
This segment replaces the "Macaroni-saurus" segment in the HBO version.

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