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Sesame Street
Return of the Fairy Tale Helpers
Air date December 31, 2020 (HBO Max)
September 27, 2021 (PBS)
Season Season 51 (2020-2021)
Sponsors F, 10


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and Abby set up today's theme of fairy tales. They picture a few in a thought bubble, when they mention "The Three Little Pigs," nothing appears. The Three Pigs come in to report that their artwork hasn't been finished yet.

SCENE 1 Chris is reading Elmo, Abby, and Cookie Monster the story of "Hansel and Gretel." To mark the occasion, he's even made a gingerbread house like the one in the story; the frosting used to hold it together has hardened and stuck to the Hooper's Store counter. Elmo then notices something is off in their storybook - the gingerbread house has toppled over. She decides this requires the return services of the Fairy Tale Helpers (previously having helped Rapunzel in her story).
SCENE 1 cont'd Abby magically transports them all into the storybook (giving Chris some lederhosen), where they see the gingerbread house has indeed fallen to shambles. They work together to restore it, but it falls apart within moments. Cookie Monster, eager to snack on it, finds a licorice garden hose, which they think might solve the problem.
SCENE 1 cont'd They tie the licorice all around the house to secure it in place, but it falls inward soon after. As they think some more, Cookie finds a watering can full of maple syrup. Rather than put it on some pancakes like he wants, the others think the sticky syrup might be good as an adhesive.

SCENE 1 cont'd They put the walls back up and cover them with syrup. It starts to run and the whole house collapses once more. Elmo is ready to give up, but Abby insists they press onward. As they think of another solution, Elmo recalls the frosting Chris used for his own gingerbread house was sticky, but solid. They decide to give it a try.
SCENE 1 cont'd This time they use frosting to mend the house and sure enough, it stays repaired. Hansel and Gretel finally arrive and admire the house. Abby claims they'll now live happily ever after, though Chris alludes to some hardships that are going to happen before that. Abby poofs them back to Sesame Street, where Chris can now read the rest of the story.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Jacob and Faith make their own fairy tale castle. To simulate the pointy towers, they use rocket ships.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - F.
(First: Episode 5001)
Cartoon "F is for Fairytale": Franny Jones sings about her and Fearless Fred's encounter with a fiery dragon.
(First: Episode 4615)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Abby play "Little Red Riding Hood," with Elmo as the titular character and Abby as the Big Bad Wolf. They then hear the sounds of the Foodie Truck pulling in...

Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
A young girl orders some porridge, inspired by reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Gonger informs Cookie Monster that porridge is simply oatmeal, but Cookie phones Baby Bear to make sure. He then discovers they're all out of oatmeal mix, so they drive to the oat factory for more. Gonger whips up a bowl and saves a spoonful for Cookie.
(First: Episode 4804)
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 10.
(First: Episode 4518)
Animation Ten knights prevent a dragon from storming the castle.
(First: Episode 4804)
Muppets Elmo's World: Fairy Tales
(First: Episode 4804)
SCENE 3 The gang recaps the events of today and allow Cookie Monster to finally chomp down on the gingerbread house.

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