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Sesame Street
Match It!
Air date April 8, 2021
Season Season 51 (2020-2021)
Sponsors M, 15


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and Grover set up today's theme of matching. Elmo shows how his block towers are matching, while Grover produces a flock of chickens that match each other.

SCENE 1 Elmo acts as a game show host for a special game called "Match It!" Today, Abby Cadabby and Rudy are competing against Julia and her brother Samuel, who gives himself a brief introduction about his interests. In order to explain what a "match" is, Elmo calls upon Alan, who uses an example of clothing at the laundromat. Elmo then lays out the rules of the game - each pair must find something that matches the item Elmo pulls out, then ring the bell upon their return. Elmo produces a green sweater and asks the teams to find something else they can wear.

SCENE 1 cont'd Sam and Julia make their way to the laundromat and ask Alan to borrow one of his pieces of clothing. Alan loans them one of his "super fun shirts." Elsewhere, Abby and Rudy scour the Community Center for something. Rudy finds an umbrella hat, which he considers a perfect match. The teams return to Elmo, but Julia and Samuel manage to ring the bell first, scoring them a point.

SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo pulls out the sweater again and poses their next match to find something green. Rudy tries pulling a large tree out from the ground, while Abby suggests taking a nearby potted plant (which is much easier to handle). Over by Hooper's Store, Samuel and Julia look through the produce and come up with a stalk of green broccoli. This time, Abby and Rudy ring the bell first and score a point, creating a tie game.


SCENE 1 cont'd For the final round, Elmo asks each team to find something about the sweater they want to match. Abby and Rudy find the sweater is soft, so they want to find a soft match. Julia and Samuel will instead find something that matches with the same letter it starts with, S. Abby and Rudy check Hooper's and find a stuffed lion, which is soft (with Alan's help getting it off the shelf). Elsewhere, Julia realizes that Samuel's name starts with S, making him the match. The teams return and ring the bell at the same time, meaning the game ends in a tie. Alan then comes by to collect all the things everyone borrowed from him.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Elmo's friends Jacob and Colton make sock-matching more fun by turning it into a game of "Match It!," seeing who can match all their socks first.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - M.
(First: Episode 5005)
Animation M is for Matching: Kid voiceovers play an animal card matching game.
SCENE 2 Elmo and Cookie Monster play a card matching game. Cookie finds a cookie card, but when he can't find a proper match, he eats it. He then hears one of his favorite movies coming on...


Muppets Cookie's Crumby Pictures presents Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies (Rated LTD: For "Listen To Directions.")
Cookie Monster portrays wizard student, Furry Potter, who yearns for the Goblet of Cookies. Professor Crumblemore states to get it, he must follow his directions to complete some tasks. First, he must separate cookies by color, which gets him into the hall, but also stuck in a giant spider web. To get out, he must do the opposite of the previous rule. Finally, to bring the Goblet of Cookies down from above, he must follow a completely new rule. Furry Potter listens carefully and successfully retrieves the Goblet. He performs his favorite trick - making the cookies disappear. (edited)
(First: Episode 4509)
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 15.
(First: Episode 4916)
Muppets Elmo the Musical: Iguana the Musical (edited)
(First: Episode 4628)
SCENE 3 The gang signs off, encouraging the viewer to play their own matching game.


  • As with previous episodes that prominently feature Julia, this episode aired on PBS concurrently with HBO Max, departing from the established deal between HBO and Sesame Workshop that allows PBS to broadcast new episodes after a nine month window.

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