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Sesame Street
Tough Monster Race
Air date January 21, 2021 (HBO Max)
October 6, 2021 (PBS)
Season Season 51 (2020-2021)
Sponsors O, 2


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo sets up today's theme of opposites while Grover gives his patented near and far demonstration.

SCENE 1 Nina shows Elmo and Abby pictures from a "Tough Mud Race" she participated in. Her pictures illustrate how the obstacle course had her go over, under, around, and through various things. Abby believes they should make their own obstacle course on Sesame Street, which Nina dubs a "Tough Monster Race." Grover rushes in, claiming to be an expert on "popsicle races." Nina tells them that to make their race, they'll need some supplies.

SCENE 1 cont'd Nina tells them that they'll need things they can go over, under, around, and through with. Grover is discouraged that they don't have anything suitable, but is constantly reminded of their problem-solving motto. They first employ a broom and some laundry baskets to go over, then a blanket and chairs to go under, then pool noodles (attached to plungers) to go around, and finally a cardboard box to go through. To help the youngsters remember what to do during the race, Nina sings a short tune about the directions.


SCENE 1 cont'd The obstacle course has been set up across Sesame Street, as a small crowd of people and monsters (including Herry Monster) gather to watch. Grover shows up covered in mud, believing it was a requirement. Guy Smiley appears to commentate as the race begins. Using Nina's song as a reminder, Elmo, Abby, and Grover go through the course using the various directions. After they reach the finish line, Grover celebrates with a muddy group hug.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Audrey and Izzy find something they can use for their own obstacle course (a hula hoop).

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - O.
Cartoon O is for Opposites - A round, green character demonstrates various opposites as he chases his pink friend's wayward balloon.
(First: Episode 4721)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Abby play the opposite game by looking for things that are opposites. They see a chicken go by who is under an umbrella, which is over the chicken.
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket turns Abby and Rudy into a racing team and they compete in a car race.
(First: Episode 4934)
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there are 2.
(First: Episode 5013)
Animation Two fish swim in opposite ways.
(First: Episode 4721)
Muppets Elmo's World: Maps
(First: Episode 5029)
SCENE 3 Elmo and Abby recap the events of the day, then sign off as they decide to run the course again.

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