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Sesame Street
The Grover Game
Air date February 22, 2024
Season Season 54 (2023-2024)
Sponsors G, 17


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Grover introduces today's theme of games while playing tackle football with some chickens.
(First: Episode 4631)
SCENE 1 It is Street Carnival Day over at Sesame Street, and Cookie Monster is looking around, not sure what game to play first. Elmo suggests they look around together.

SCENE 1 cont'd After passing around an arts and crafts table, they find Nina hosting the worm races, with Slimey and the other worms. Elmo and Cookie Monster are astounded, and then they move to the next game. Abby is hosting the ring toss game. Elmo is eager to play, but Cookie Monster first wants to check out this next booth.

SCENE 1 cont'd It is Grover, as he's hosting The Grover Game. Elmo wants to play the ring toss game first, but when Grover reveals that a cookie is the prize, Cookie Monster is excited to play this game, not knowing the rules. Elmo leaves to get in line for the ring toss.

SCENE 1 cont'd Grover explains the rules of The Grover Game: all Cookie Monster has to do is move three ping pong balls off the plate. Sounds easy, but then Grover explains he cannot touch them, Cookie Monster sees this as a complicated problem. But when there's a problem to solve, you say I wonder, what if, let's try! Cookie Monster wonders how he could get the balls off the plate without touching them. Grover spots Alan carrying a tray of cups, as he tips the tray, and the cups fall off. This gives Cookie Monster the idea of tipping the plate to roll the balls off. Let's try!


SCENE 1 cont'd The Grover Game begins, then Cookie Monster tips the balls right out of the plate. Cookie Monster thinks he won, but Grover explains that Cookie Monster didn't win because he touched the plate, and the rule is you cannot touch anything. Cookie Monster is sad he didn't win the cookie, but Grover encourages him to try again. Meanwhile, Elmo is next in line for the ring toss, but when he tries to get Cookie Monster, he's eager to give The Grover Game another go. Abby tries to get Elmo to play the ring toss game, but Elmo is helping Cookie Monster with a problem. Cookie Monster wonders what he could use to move the balls off without touching them or the plate. Grover spots Alan pushing dust into the dustpan. What if Cookie Monster uses something to push the balls off the plate? Abby suggests her cardboard tube. Let's try!


SCENE 1 cont'd Cookie Monster knocks off the balls with the cardboard tube. But he still doesn't win the game, as Grover explains you cannot touch them with anything. Grover offers to give Cookie Monster the cookie or he could try again for 3 cookies. Cookie Monster wonders what else he could use to get the balls off the plate without touching anything. When Cookie Monster looks through the tube, he sees a chicken feather. He blows it out, knocking out Grover's hat. This gives Elmo the idea: what if Cookie Monster uses the tube to blow the balls off the table? Let's try! Cookie Monster does it, much to Grover's surprise. Cookie Monster is the very first Grover Game winner. Three cookies are awarded to Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby, as Cookie Monster eats his in the end.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Elmo observes Sam and Paris playing their ping pong game with the extra challenge of having extra blocks. What if they bend a straw to blow the ball the extra direction? Let's try!

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - G.
(First: Episode 5004)
Film G is for Games: A girl talks about playing different types of games.
(First: Episode 5006)
5416 segue
SCENE 2 Elmo is playing hide and seek with a bunch of chickens. Elmo hears the sounds of the Foodie Truck as he finds the chickens.

Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
Lulu and her sister order something sour to play a sour-face-related game. Cookie Monster gets the ingredients for a pickle and cheese sandwich, but he tests to make sure the pickles are sour enough, eating all of them without realizing it. Now, he and Gonger must head off to the pickle factory...
(First: Episode 5230)
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there are 17.
(First: Episode 5003)
17 squirrels jump rope
Cartoon 17 squirrels playing jump rope.
Nature Explorers Title Card

Cartoon Sesame Street Nature Explorers
Elmo and Gabrielle are playing tic-tac-toe with rocks and leaves. After Elmo's leaves blow away, and they use acorns to play instead, they find an extra rock and wonder how it got there. It's not like rocks move by themselves. Or can they? They observe different rocks, but none of them move. Tango spots the rock moving, and when Elmo and Gabrielle follow Tango, they find the extra rock isn't a rock at all: it's a turtle.
5416 closing
SCENE 3 Elmo, Abby, and Cookie Monster sign off. When Abby asks Cookie Monster where his cookie is, he says he ate it 16 minutes ago.


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