Sesame Street
Waiting for the Present
Air date December 16, 2014
Season Season 45 (2014-2015)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors G, 16
Syndication HBO


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

SCENE Alan welcomes the viewer while Leela samples his new drink creation. Elmo comes by, calling out to Rosita. When she arrives, he shows her a present he's made for her. It's not her birthday, so it's a "Just because" present. Just as Rosita is about to open it, Elmo's mommy calls him for lunch. Elmo makes her promise not to open it until Elmo returns. Rosita is eager to open it, however. The grown-ups give her a strategy to help her resist opening the box: sitting on her hands. Rosita gives it a try, but still wants to open the box.

SCENE cont'd Suddenly, Abby poofs on the scene and offers some magical help. She casts a dancing spell (since dancing will take her mind off opening the present), but enchants Leela and Alan instead (who dance to an instrumental version of "Amigo"). The two can't stop dancing and Rosita begins getting close to the present. Abby doesn't know how to reverse the spell, so she freezes them all instead. They all don't want to remain frozen until Elmo gets back, so Abby unfreezes them all.

SCENE cont'd Abby remembers a non-magical strategy her mommy taught her: imagining the present is something else. Through song, the gang helps Rosita imagine the present is stuff she wouldn't want to touch (a porcupine, a crocodile and an ice block).

SCENE cont'd Rosita likes the strategy, but still can't resist opening the box. Just as she's about to, she stops herself. She realizes if she opens the present, she'll hurt Elmo's feelings by not waiting. Rosita decides to wait for Elmo to return, which he does shortly after. Rosita opens the box, which contains a clay sculpture of her and Elmo hugging. She thinks it's the best present ever! Alan calls for a celebration and cues up the dance music for them to groove to.
Cartoon A girl learns about patience while waiting for many things.
Artist: Mari Jaye Blanchard
(First: Episode 4301)
Muppets / Celebrity Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Cookie Monster demonstrate the word resist using a cookie.

Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray shows off a picture of his mother and states it's her birthday today...but he doesn't know what to get here. Ovejita brings him to the Recycled Art School, where he can learn how to make a gift. He talks with the teacher, who shows him samples of recycled items. Murray isn't sure what he'll make and cues the next segment.


Muppets Cookie's Crumby Pictures presents When Cookie Met Sally (Rated WYT: For Waiting Your Turn)
Many years after meeting in a car ride, Cookie Monster and Sally run into each other at a New York City deli, where Cookie immediately barges to the front of the line. Sally helps him come up with strategies to get him to wait his turn. They play a few games and imagine and soon, it's Cookie's turn to order! The two gobble down their dessert in typical Cookie Monster fashion, as an onlooking woman tells the waiter, "I'll have what they're having."

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, G, with a song and dance.
Film / Animation Two girls find G words.
(First: Episode 4306)
Celebrity Tilly and the Wall perform “The Alphabet Song.” (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 4181)
Muppets Back at school, Murray sees the different types of projects the kids are working on. Some are making journals, others are making owl-shaped bird feeders and another group works on (toilet paper) tube monsters, which sounds like the perfect present for Murray's mommy!


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Today, the students are growing their own plants. Abby, Blogg and Peck grow their own flowers, but Gonnigan has no luck, even when trying to shove Puck in his pot. His friends convince him to use magic to make it grow. He uses his "Gigantic Spell" and turns the plant into a large beanstalk that stretches to the sky, with Peck hanging on. Mrs. Sparklenose has them poof to the top to retrieve her. Once at the top, they discover a giant using Peck a tiny feather duster. They try to communicate, but they are not heard. They call Spot, who shows them images of ears. Abby makes Gonnigan perform his spell again, so they can be giants and talk to him. They grow to be as big as the giant and swap Peck for a large feather duster. Once back down in the classroom, they find Niblet has grown large by eating parts of the beanstalk. (re-orchestrated theme song)
(First: Episode 4203)
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 16.
Cartoon Sixteen acorns sprout from tree branches.
(First: Episode 4202)

Muppets Back at school, the instructor shows Murray and the kids how to make their tube monsters. Murray makes one in his likeness. He finds his mommy and gives it to her; she loves it!
Muppets / Celebrity Michael Bublé sings "Believe In Yourself" with Elmo, Abby and Murray.
cut from the HBO version


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Mountain Climber the Musical
Elmo imagines himself as a mountain climber and (though initially making a molehill instead of a mountain) plans on climbing Mount BiggestEverest, the biggest mountain in the world. Some mountain goats warn him about the yeti, but Elmo doesn't believe in it. He then imagines up a sheep sherpa, who leads him up the very squarey trail that'll take him to the top. On the way, the encounter a yak, who cannot let them pass unless they mimic his yodels. As they climb some more, they hear some yeti growls and Sheepa makes a run for it, causing Elmo to slide down and dangle from the cliff. He is saved by the yeti, who introducers herself as Hetti the Yeti. She leads him to the top, where they perform the "BiggestEverest Finale."
(First: Episode 4418)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.

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