Sesame Street
Plot Placido's Sesame Street opera
Air date March 24, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors R, Z, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Olivia welcomes the viewer and invites them to go shopping with her, but then Placido Flamingo appears and presents her with the new opera he's written. He explains what an opera is in song. His opera is titled La Villa Sesamia and features a flamingo and woman wandering the street, meeting their friends, with a special solo for Olivia.
Toon.ZigZag
Cartoon Zig...zag...zoom...zoo.
(EKA: Episode 0307)
Oranges!!
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
HappySadVaudeville
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names.
(EKA: Episode 0789)
GladysKermit.directs
Muppets Gladys the Cow helps Kermit direct the dance scene of his movie. Her task is to count backwards from four and yell "action", but she counts forwards instead. Kermit shows her the right way to count and yells "Action!", which Gladys uses as an excuse to begin her dance scene.
CatLion
Cartoon A black cat chases after a white one, until a white lion steps in.
Artists: The Hubleys
(EKA: Episode 0269)
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SCENE 2 While Maria and Luis tend to their work, an announcer introduces the opera. In Act I, Plaicido visits the Fix-It Shop where he sings about the sounds he hears in there. Olivia brings in his toaster, which needs fixing. They tell him it will be done tomorrow and they sing about what awaits "Tomorrow." After the applause, Olivia does her best to try to explain why she's doing this. After they exit, Luis remarks, "Ya' know, living here can sometimes be very strange." "Yeah, I've noticed," Maria replies.
1449-Legs
Cartoon Five feet stick out from a barrel, all belonging to a strange five-legged being.
(EKA: Episode 0859)
Film.Were5
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(EKA: Episode 1449)
8figures
Cartoon Counting eight figures
(EKA: Episode 2253)
Erniebert-goldfish
Muppets Ernie & Bert: Ernie wants to go outside and play catch, but Bert gets him interested in watching his goldfish.
(EKA: Episode 1456)
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Cartoon A mysterious little box on a tightrope entraps a bird, a train, and a cat, which can still be heard. A large frog eats the box, and makes all of the sounds inside..
(EKA: Episode 1540)
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SCENE 3 In Act II, Placido and Olivia visit Big Bird, who is sad because Mr. Snuffleupagus is away, but Big Bird isn't as sad as Placido's song is making it out to be. He tells them Snuffy will be back tomorrow, leading to a reprise of their "Tomorrow" song. Plaicido still bawls, wishing Snuffy would return sooner.
ManLegs
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(EKA: Episode 1691)
Winditup

Winditup2
Film A montage of the evolution of mechanical technology, from wind-up toys, to robots that can spell "SESAME STREET" with blocks, to satellite transmitters.
(EKA: Episode 2226)
News-Hopping
Muppets / Celebrity Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit watches as Suzanne Farrell does some hopping. He joins in until he collapses.
(EKA: Episode 1498)
1041Zebra Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(EKA: Episode 0307)
2356-4
Muppets Over the Top, a ZZ Top-like band, sings "ZZ Blues."
Yellowflower
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(EKA: Episode 2290)
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SCENE 4 In Act III, the two singers visit Oscar's trash can to get him to cooperate with them. Oscar hears the announcer and decides to sit and do nothing, which turns out to be exactly what they wanted him to do. He goes back into his can, saying he won't come back out until tomorrow, cuing another reprise of "Tomorrow."
LetterZcrayon
Cartoon Z for zigzag, zero, zoo, and zebra
Summer-Song
Song "Summer Song" - A singer describes what happens in the summertime.
(EKA: Episode 1460)
1839zb
Cartoon Jive Five
(EKA: Episode 1762)
1091-17
Muppets Grover demonstrates how a phone booth is used, but it becomes crowded when he receives a call asking for "Mondipoorg."
(EKA: Episode 0675)
1091-30
Film George the Farmer demonstrates empty and full.
(EKA: Episode 0974)
ZooEscape
Cartoon A crocodile, snake, and kangaroo all cooperate to escape from the zoo and get ice cream.
AlienAlphabet
Muppets Alien Alphabet
(EKA: Episode 0311)
Rhino Limerick
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1691)
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SCENE 5 In Act IV, Placido sings with a quartet of Honkers (including Mr. Honker), but only three are there. Placido puts Olivia in the fourth Honker's place and Placido sings about the quartet to the tune of the "Toreador Song" from Carmen.
UncleAlStory
Cartoon Uncle Al tells his nephew a story about a dog he had, but gets mixed up with the details.
Artist: Marv Newland
(EKA: Episode 1145)
ShapeDancers.rectangle
Insert Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a rectangle.
(EKA: Episode 1646)
Film.babylearnstowalk
Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(EKA: Episode 2124)
Yomama
Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(EKA: Episode 0815)
500026
Cartoon "Yo Soy Un ..."
(EKA: Episode 0815)
EB.BertsFace
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie tells Bert to stand still in front of the camera so that he can "trace" Bert's face on the screen.
(First: Episode 0536)
500017
Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(EKA: Episode 0671)
Ssnews.cinderellaball
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit is interviewing Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to find Cinderella...so he can have the other glass slipper.
(First: Episode 0516)
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Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(EKA: Episode 1736)
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SCENE 6 When the announcer announces the last act, Olivia gets upset that she hasn't done her solo yet. Placido assures her she will get to do it and points her to 123 Sesame Street, where her costume will be.
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SCENE 6 cont'd Olivia emerges from the brownstone, wearing a flamingo-inspired outfit. Her solo is singing the sponsors and says they'll see the viewer tomorrow, leading to a finale reprise of "Tomorrow."

Notes

  • This episode was taped on January 5, 1987.
  • Throughout the episode, Olivia refers to Placido as "Maestro Flamingo."


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