Sesame Street
Bert’s Sign Painting Challenge
Air date February 19, 2015
Season Season 45 (2014-2015)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors R, 6


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

SCENE Chris serves Bert his oatmeal (which he photographs for Instant Oatmeal-agram). Then, a man known as Vincent van Stop (Josh Gad) appears. Bert, a big fan, explains Vincent is a famous painter; he's made the most well-known signs in history. Vincent explains he's looking for an assistant and Bert immediately wants the job, donning his official Vincent van Stop smock and hat (purchased from the Vincent van Stop & Shop). Vincent states that Bert must first pass his sign painting challenge, then sings about how to paint like him with his Vincent van Stop Singers. Bert gets nervous; he can't handle the pressure of tests.
SCENE cont'd For the test, Bert is assigned to paint a sign reading, "ROAD"...but in 30 seconds! Bert fumbles over his canvas and topples over as the Vincent van Stopwatch reaches 30. They find Bert painted "POAD" instead. Vincent fails Bert, until Chris shows him how the letters P and R look so similar, it could be mistake anyone could make. Vincent allows for another try.

SCENE cont'd The next test is a "RESTROOM" sign. Bert ends up making the same error as before, but Chris convinces Vincent to give Bert one last try. Chris gives Bert a pep-talk to make sure during the next test, he's calm and talking himself through the painting process.

SCENE cont'd Bert's final sign is, unfortunately, "RANDY'S RUSSIAN RESTAURANT." Bert once again makes Ps instead of Rs and freaks out. Since Chris isn't allowed to speak during the test, he paints some messages to help Bert fix his mistakes and get through the test. Vincent is impressed...with both of them! He claims to have seen Chris' signs during the test and thinks he's a natural. He makes them both his assistants and brings them to his studio, while Chris tries explaining he already has a job.
Muppets / Celebrity Abby turns Terry Crews into different kinds of artists as The Count counts them.
Film Anyone can be an artist.
Muppets "Super Grover 2.0" will be here soon, but first, Murray and Ovejita visit another one of the "People in Your Neighborhood." They're introduced to Joe Mangrum, who does sand paintings and will demonstrate, following this... (re-dubbed intro)
(First: Episode 4316)

Muppets Super Grover 2.0
A Parisian pineapple can't paint her still life when all her fruit subjects fall off the pedestal. Super Grover arrives and begins designing a solution. He first uses a cow to hold the fruits, but they all slide off her back. Next, he uses a flat surfboard, but they still fall off. The orange decides to make a design of his own, drawing up a bowl. They use Grover's popcorn bowl, which works perfectly. Grover himself is even added to the piece, with his nose representing a plum.

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, R, with a song and dance.
Animation Kids discover R words in a sidewalk chalk environment.
(First: Episode 4302)
Film R for Run: A montage of kids running.
(First: Episode 4205)
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School is next, but now, Murray asks Joe about why he chose his profession and the colors he uses. He promises to show Murray how it works, after the next segments...(re-dubbed intro)
(First: Episode 4316)


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)
Film A man teaches kids how to make a large paper sculpture.
(First: Episode 4325)
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 6.
(First: Episode 4509)
Film Six dancers break it down in a park.
(First: Episode 4199)
Film Kids discover a 6 in a pile of rocks.
(First: Episode 4268)
Muppets / Celebrity Janelle Monáe and friends sing about "The Power of Yet."
(First: Episode 4502)
Muppets Before "Elmo the Musical" gets here, Joe and Murray create a sand painting of himself and Ovejita.
(First: Episode 4316)


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Detective the Musical
Elmo is a detective, who receives a call from a man who can't stop sneezing following his pizza delivery. Elmo discovers the pizza is covered with pepper and the man claims the culprit was cube-shaped. The same happens at a young woman's apartment, who claims a cube-fellow delivered her pepper-induced flowers. Elmo is then led to the local theater, where a Ham Actor can't stop sneezing before his performance. They discover his false moustache is laced with pepper too. They spot the culprit hiding behind Velvet, who rises to reveal a meek cube with a pepper shaker. He confesses, claiming he wanted to be needed. Elmo and the pig sing about the many different cubes around them every day and the cube is revealed to be a tissue box, which is exactly what the pig needs.
(First: Episode 4318)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School: Niblet's Wand
(First: Episode 4187)
This segment replaces "Macaroni-saurus" in the HBO version.

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