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Sesame Street
The Oct-Dough-pus
Air date November 16, 2023
Season Season 54 (2023-2024)
Sponsors F, 1


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and a tomato (Pam Arciero) introduce today's theme of healthy food.
(First: Episode 5231)

SCENE 1 Chris gets a call from Nina. Apparently, a bunch of penguins got lost and ended up in Nina's bathtub (again). Chris tells Elmo, Tamir, and Ji-Young that he wants to go over and help, but Alan isn't present, and no one can watch over Hooper's Store. Grover then appears out of nowhere to offer to do so, even bringing in someone to help cook (that someone being an octopus, however). Grover explains the octopus can cook anything, but when Chris leaves, Grover corrects that to "anything as long as it is bread and only bread."
SCENE 1 cont'd The first customer, Mr. Johnson, arrives at Hooper's. Grover tells Mr. Johnson he can order anything he'd like, but whenever Mr. Johnson tries to order something, his request is rejected. Mr. Johnson begins to leave frustrated, but Grover convinces him to stay. Mr. Johnson would like to stay in shape, and his favorite shape today is a circle, so he orders something round.

SCENE 1 cont'd Grover comes back to the store feeling hopeless, but Tamir remembers that his family in the South would make biscuits, a round type of bread. Grover doesn't believe that biscuits are bread, but Tamir explains that bread is made with grains like flour, cornmeal, or oats, then baked, steamed, or fried. Tamir says biscuits are his favorite kind of bread because, in his family, they all bake it together for Sunday dinners. Everyone gets the ingredients ready and bakes some biscuits for Mr. Johnson.
SCENE 1 cont'd Mr. Johnson is pleased with the biscuits but wants to order something else. He's just a little hungry, so he orders something flat.

SCENE 1 cont'd Grover once again becomes anxious, thinking surely there's not such a thing as flatbread. Yasmine arrives, explaining that her Lebanese-American family makes a flat bread called "khubz," which is her favorite kind of bread because her family eats it in all types of ways, such as filling it and dipping it in hummus. The team then puts together some khubz.
SCENE 1 cont'd Mr. Johnson loves the khubz but still wants to order one more thing, this time something sweet, something dessert-y.


SCENE 1 cont'd Grover, for the third time, becomes demoralized, thinking there is no such thing as sweet bread. He retrieves some suitcases (eight for the octopus, one for himself), intending to close the store and go on vacation. Ji-Young then talks about a sweet type of bread her Korean family makes, which happens to be her favorite kind of bread: milk bread. The team then puts together some milk bread for the customer.


SCENE 1 cont'd Mr. Johnson says it's delicious and wonders if the store has any more types of bread. Grover runs back, shouting, "We need more bread!" Yasmine then gives some good news: there's tons more kinds of bread. Families from around the world have their own kinds of bread, and Yasmine, Ji-Young, and Tamir list many different ones as the octopus makes them. Chris then comes back to ask how everything's going, and his question is quickly answered when Grover topples over.
Insert Celebrating Me, Celebrating You, Celebrating Us!
Daliah and Ethan use a tortilla press to make tortillas with their grandpa.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - F.
(First: Episode 5001)
Film F Is for Food: A young girl describes how her family grows and picks food on their farm.
(First: Episode 5113)
Insert Elmo hosts "Guess That Healthy Food": a game show between Rudy and a rabbit (Eric Jacobson) where they determine what healthy food is orange and crunchy. The sounds of the foodie truck then arrive...
(First: Episode 5231)

Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
Lula orders one of her family's favorite foods: baba ghanoush with pita bread. Cookie Monster collects the ingredients, including an egg and plant. Gonger explains this is not what an eggplant is, and they need to go to the eggplant farm instead...
(First: Episode 5304)
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 1. The Count hands Cookie Monster one single cookie.
(First: Episode 5306)
Nature Explorers Title Card

Cartoon Sesame Street Nature Explorers
Elmo, Tango, and Gabrielle are helping Grandma Nell in the greenhouse. For lunch, Elmo wants to make a salad from veggies in the garden. The kids find romaine, arugula, and butterhead lettuce, edible plants that grow on top of the soil. They also find carrots, which grow under the soil, and tomatoes which grow above the soil.
SCENE 2 Surrounded by all different kinds of bread, Elmo and Grover sign off.


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