Sesame Street
Plot Oscar's phone system / Elmo imitates his friends
Air date April 20, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Sponsors H, O, 12


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gordon exits 123 Sesame Street to find a beat-up phone booth, complete with Ernestine the Telephone Operator. She explains Oscar has set up the system and to talk to him, one must pay her a quarter and she'll phone him. Gordon calls Oscar, who tells him the system is to make sure people won't bother him and hangs up. Not only does Gordon lose his quarter, but Ernestine goes on her break.
Cartoon A man laughs out loud as an alligator uses the telephone to call his wife - then he eats the phone booth.
(EKA: Episode 1235)
Song Gina and Maria sing The Word is "No".
SCENE 2 Ernestine demonstrates to Alice how to use the telephone using Snuffy's giant phone.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(EKA: Episode 2096)
Film A boy takes dance lessons at a dance studio.
(EKA: Episode 1839)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon".
(EKA: Episode 2061)
SCENE 3 Oscar feels a little lonely; his phone system's worked too well. He asks Ernestine to scram for fun, but she quits instead. When trying to get Gordon to call becomes too complicated, he abandons the system all together.
Cartoon A cowboy sings about "Feelings That Are Real."
(EKA: Episode 0954)
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Jumpin' Jive" when the Two-Headed Monster can't decide whether to jump or jive.
(EKA: Episode 1575)
Cartoon Two boys peek into a fire house, and write HAT, HOSE and HOOK on the window using their breath. Two dogs come by and wonder what a HAT HOSE HOOK is, but their question is answered when the fire truck leaves the station.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1575)
Muppets Elmo enjoys being Super Grover's friend and thinks they're the same. Grover tries to prove they're different.
Aardvark edited
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(EKA: Episode 0941)
SCENE 4 After imitating Super Grover, Elmo now pretends to be The Count (complete with cape, monocle and sash). Luis and the real Count von Count count the ways the two are similar and different. Elmo goes off to find someone to be the same as.
Film In an Alaskan village, a doctor makes a regular visit to a clinic.
(EKA: Episode 2485)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 0975)
Muppets Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Aklahoma!", "Eeklahoma!", and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
SCENE 5 Elmo now pretends to be the Amazing Mumford, who claims there's more to being the same than just wearing the same outfit. Mumford attempts to demonstrate by magically making Elmo's costume disappear...but only makes his clothes disappear. Elmo offers his smaller outfit to him, who leaves embarrassed.
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1459)
Muppets The American Revolution
The founding fathers argue over what bird should be chosen as the national bird.
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Cartoon Jim Thurman sings "Calcutta Joe."
Animation by Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(EKA: Episode 2492)
SCENE 6 Elmo now tries to be the same as Herry Monster, but can't lift a brick pile the same way (or even at all). Elmo realizes there's no one like himself. Luis is happy to hear that, but Elmo knew it all along; he was only playing a game. He starts playing a new game - riding Luis like a horse.
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(EKA: Episode 2256)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(EKA: Episode 2096)
SCENE 7 Elmo's piggyback has finished and he hopes one day, he can be a little like Luis when he's older. Elmo then announces the sponsors.

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