Sesame Street
Plot The Count gives up counting
Air date March 12, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors M, P, 7


This guide is for a 50-minute episode shown during a PBS pledge season.
Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Luis comes outside, and encounters an upset Telly, who has just learned that The Count intends to give up counting. Even though he loves counting a lot, he wants to try new things. He admits it's not good to keep doing the same thing over and over, but before long, he's begun counting reasons to stop counting. Now he must find something else to be passionate about ...
Cartoon P for Pack
(EKA: Episode 0796)
Song Joe Raposo sings "I Like Alaska", along with a montage of kids saying what their hobbies are, and what they like about their community.
(EKA: Episode 2356)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Ernie's lost the nickel he was going to use for candy, so Shola gives him another one.
(EKA: Episode 1277)
Cartoon Various demonstrations of DOWN and UP
(EKA: Episode 0933)
SCENE 2 At the Fix-it Shop, The Count pops up, now calling himself "Count Von Down-up," going down and up over and over again. Telly joins him.
Cartoon A man jumps up and down on a trampoline.
(EKA: Episode 1449)
Cast Big Bird sings the alphabet while Bob plays glasses of water.
(EKA: Episode 1952)
Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1247)
Film Some kids learn how to use Logo, a computer programming language, to draw shapes on computers.
(EKA: Episode 2003)

SCENE 3 Telly and The Count continue going up and down at the Fix-it Shop, until The Count decides to start counting again. The Count feels bad for failing to give up counting, until Luis reassures him that at least he found something else he loves to do. The Count feels better again, so he and Telly immediately start counting ups-and-downs out of the Fix-it Shop. Once they leave, Misha brings Luis her toaster to fix, because the bread won't go up and down (rim-shot!).
Cartoon 7 Starfish
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(EKA: Episode 1840)
Film A boy narrates a film of cows being fed hay during winter.
(EKA: Episode 0796)
Muppets / Celebrity Forgetful Jones has gathered Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Keshia Knight Pulliam to help him with something, but he can't remember what it is. One by one, each kid has to leave, leaving Forgetful alone. At the last minute, Forgetful remembers what he wanted the kids to help him with: to explain what subtraction is.
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(EKA: Episode 2283)
Muppets The American Revolution
The founding fathers argue over what bird should be chosen as the national bird.
Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
(EKA: Episode 1106)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(EKA: Episode 1090)
Cast Ask Oscar
A grumpy Linda substitutes for Oscar.
(EKA: Episode 2401)
Pinball7 Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
Film A little girl needs HELP getting on a horse.
(EKA: Episode 2411)
Muppets Waiter Grover has a new method of remembering orders: He makes up a poem to remember what is ordered and who ordered it. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger with a pickle and French fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale

SCENE 4 Telly watches as David tries to handle a rowdy Barkley. David tells Barkley to sit and lie down, which Barkley does. Telly worries that something could go wrong after David empties a pail of water, but strangely enough, his harebrained prediction comes true, and David ends up wet.
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
Film A boy takes dance lessons at a dance studio.
(EKA: Episode 1839)
Cartoon P for Planet
(EKA: Episode 2173)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(EKA: Episode 2164)
Animation Two balls play on a seesaw, when a third ball wants to join them (ending up in the middle).
(EKA: Episode 2292)
SCENE 5 Some kids ride their bikes around Barkley while David announces the sponsors.


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