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Sesame Street
Bug Scouts
Air date December 9, 2021
Season Season 52 (2021-2022)
Sponsors B, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Elmo and various bugs introduce today's theme of bugs.
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SCENE 1 Today, Elmo, Abby, and Cookie Monster are "Bug Scouts," doing various kind deeds for bugs in the neighborhood. Currently, they are watching over a troupe of ants to make sure they return to their anthill safely with their food. With food on the brain, Cookie scarfs down a cookie, spreading crumbs everywhere and nearly harming the ants. The bugs begin to pick up the crumbs and carry them home.
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SCENE 1 cont'd The Bug Scouts then notice a runt ant struggling to move a very large piece of the cookie crumb. Abby believes they're too big and intimidating to help out directly, as Cookie muses about being small enough to help. Abby magically turns Elmo and Cookie Monster the size of the ant, while she remains big to watch over them. The ant, Artie, accepts their help, but they find the crumb is too heavy for them all to carry.
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SCENE 1 cont'd With a chant of "I wonder, what if, let's try," the three think of another way they can move the crumb. They try pushing it this time, but to no avail. Next, Abby provides them with a bit of yarn from her sash so they can pull the crumb. They manage to move the crumb a little, but the yarn eventually snaps. While brainstorming a new idea, Cookie accidentally breaks off a piece of the crumb. Elmo believes that if they can't move the large, heavy crumb, they can easily move smaller parts of it. Cookie uses his "Biscotti-Karate" to break the crumb apart into three managable pieces.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo and Cookie help Artie load the crumbs into his anthill, then Abby returns them to normal size. They are soon met by a bee (Jennifer Barnhart) in need of help finding her hive. The Bug Scouts are to the rescue!
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Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Leah and Kai want to move a toybox in the Community Center, but it's too heavy. They make it lighter by removing all the toys.
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Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, B, with a song and dance.
(First: Episode 4524)
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Film B is for Bugs: Sonia and her grandmother, along with a guide, explore their woodland area for various bugs.
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SCENE 2 Abby tells Elmo about how bugs can be helpful to a garden. Elmo jokes they could also be helpful in cleaning his room. The two then hear the Foodie Truck approaching...
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Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
Lorenzo wants a leaf-inspired drink, such as mint iced tea. Cookie Monster and Gonger have everything except enough mint; Cookie ate all but two leaves (which he consideres personal growth for leaving anything behind). The two drive off to retrieve more from the mint farm, then prepare the tea.
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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 4.
(First: Episode 4713)
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Cartoon Elmo & Tango's Mysterious Mysteries
Elmo and Tango help out in Abby's community garden, when suddenly Abby's cricket friend Chirpy goes missing and must be found.
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SCENE 3 The Bug Scouts sign off as Artie snacks on some of the cookie crumb.

Notes

  • Additional performers include Peter Linz (ladybug) and Stephanie D'Abruzzo (grasshopper), with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (butterfly).
  • Artie is the only ant in this episode that is a hand puppet. The rest of the ants are computer generated, but look and move like Muppets in order for Artie to blend in.


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