Sesame Street
Plot Elmo's Butterfly Friend
repeat of 4268
Air date March 31, 2018 (HBO)
September 3, 2018 (PBS)
Season Season 48 (2017-2018)
Sponsors B, 11


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Grover poses as graceful butterfly to set up today's theme of butterflies. However, he proves he isn't as graceful when he knocks over all his flower pots.

SCENE 1 Telly and Elmo welcome the viewer while looking for insects. When they encounter two ants playing, Telly consults his book - Fascinating Facts About Insects - and learns they never sleep. "Fascinating!" They then find two ladybug friends and learn they smell with their feet.


SCENE 1 cont'd The monsters come across a butterfly, who doesn't have any butterfly company. Elmo wants to be his friend and flaps his arms like him, but it doesn't respond. They decide to get its attention, Elmo should be more like a butterfly. Using information from the book, Elmo gets costumes to emulate the various stages of a butterflies life. When he emerges from his chrysalis a butterfly, the butterfly flies down to be his friend.
SCENE 1 cont'd As the two fly about the street, Elmo sings to his new "Little Butterfly Friend." Telly points out the butterfly looks tired and they head to Hooper's Store for nourishment.
SCENE 1 cont'd At Hooper's, the butterfly greets Chris by landing on his head.


SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo now draws a picture of his new friend, where Telly reads that it's a Monarch butterfly. Telly then notices some more butterflies appearing around him. He reads that butterflies tend to migrate in groups, which is what's happening right now. Elmo is sure his new friend will stay, but it flutters off with its kin. Elmo is sad, until it comes back to say goodbye. Elmo notes he'll always have the drawing to remember him by. With the butterfly now gone, the two go off reading more from his book.

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, B, with a song and dance.
(First: Episode 4524)
Film B is for Butterflies


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray’s lamb gives him a flower as a clue to the school they're going to. The school is revealed to be gardening school, where Murray how to grow and take care of plants.
(First: Episode 4173)
Season 40 re-edit, animated butterflies added throughout segment
Muppets Gardener Grover shows how to take care of plants by trying to feed his some salad and other foods. The plant instead wilts more and more. Eventually, the rain revives it. (animated butterfly added to beginning)
(First: Episode 4716)
Muppets Cookie Monster and friends sing as they wait for the number of the day, which is how many cookies are being baked for him (to eat). Today's number is 11.
Animation Counting 11 butterflies in the garden
(First: Episode 4302)
Muppets Elmo's World: Butterflies
SCENE 2 Grover signs off, ready to migrate with his new, butterfly friends (who get a head start).
Outro (PBS) Cookie Monster, Rosita and a girl dance fast and slow.

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