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Sesame Street
Cardboard Castle
Air date December 10, 2020 (HBO Max)
September 20, 2021 (PBS)
Season Season 51 (2020-2021)
Sponsors P, 17


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo tells the viewer that today, they'll be seeing many things made out of paper, including a cardboard box Ernie pops out of.

SCENE 1 Elmo helps Chris bring out the Hooper's Store paper recycling, which he, Rosita, and Cookie Monster start to play with. Rosita's cardboard tube-telescope spots a nearby queen (Issa Rae) with two bricks. She tells them she wants to build a playcastle for her daughter, the princess, but with just two bricks, she can't do much of anything. She draws up a design and the monsters propose making the castle out of the various pieces of cardboard. The queen asks them to construct it in exchange for a million "thank yous" (and a cookie for Cookie Monster).
SCENE 1 cont'd While the queen goes to Hooper's for a cabbage smoothie, the monsters study the plan to see what kind of shapes they'll need. They then get to work making the castle.

SCENE 1 cont'd The cardboard castle is now completed. The queen is impressed, but realizes she forgot to add in a large door for the dragons to use (the dragons are their neighbors). There's no room to add anything but small doors, when Elmo comes up with a way they can make a big door using the space they still have, designing a drawbridge over the normal door.

SCENE 1 cont'd The queen sees the new door and is again impressed, but then confesses she's forgotten another design she wants - one tower must be taller than the other. There's not enough cardboard to make one tower taller, so Cookie chops the other one shorter.
SCENE 1 cont'd The castle is finally complete, just in time for the princess (voiced by Rae) to see it. She's amazed that it was not only handmade, but from paper products no less. She pretends a tube is a trumpet, then invites everyone in the castle to play. The queen finally rewards Cookie Monster with his cookie.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Elmo watches as Izzy and Isaiah use paper products to pretend to be in outer space.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - P.
(First: Episode 5008)
Animation "P is for Paper," a song about fun things one can use paper for.
SCENE 2 Elmo and Abby have made a small city out of paper. Abby has made a polar bear (named Poley), which Elmo thinks might be out of place in a hot city. To help him adjust, they give him a paper skating rink.
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket, Abby, and Rudy go to a kite festival, where Abby and Rudy must make their own kites to fly.
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there are 17.
(First: Episode 5003)
Muppets Elmo's World: Newspapers
(First: Episode 4903)
SCENE 3 Elmo signs off as he draws all over a cardboard box. Oscar the Grouch appears from it, having made a wrong turn on his way back to his trash can.

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