Sesame Street
Plot A day in the laundry room
Air date November 19, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Sponsors E, O, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar welcomes the viewer and asks if they’d like to hear a good argument. He ducks down into his can…
SCENE 1 cont’d …and reappears in the basement of 123 Sesame Street, where the laundry room is. He watches as Gordon enters with his laundry. Gordon finds another basket already by the machine, so he moves it for his own. Maria enters, claiming she left her basket there while she went and got soap. Instead of arguing like Oscar hoped, they decide to share the machine. Oscar tries to prevent them by claiming HE had laundry to do first, but they end up putting his clothes in the wash too.
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1459)
Cast Linda shows a girl how to sign the word EXIT.
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(EKA: Episode 2376)
Cartoon Everything you need to know about cats.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 0984)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon O is for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
SCENE 2 Maria has finished folding Oscar’s laundry, which makes Irvine cry. Oscar assures her that nothing lasts forever and “It's Gonna Get Dirty Again.” Gordon and Maria finish their loads and head back upstairs, but bump into each other, spilling their clothes on the floor.
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(EKA: Episode 1460)
Film A girls' jump-rope team trains for a contest. They end up winning second place.
(EKA: Episode 2596)
Cartoon Sign Man: TAXI
(EKA: Episode 1136)
Film Looking for squares in the city (Maria voiceover)

SCENE 3 Gordon and Maria have started the wash again. The noise of the washing machine attracts Wolfgang, who thinks there are fish inside the machine. Gordon opens it up and shows him there are just clothes. Maria lures him away, claiming Hooper’s is having a fish sale. A fish then pops out of the machine, asking for directions to the East River.
Song "Starfish" by Joe Raposo (re-filmed version)
(EKA: Episode 2487)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Follow the Arrows Game
(EKA: Episode 1709)
Cartoon The Bellhop must make 12 wake-up calls.
(EKA: Episode 2529)
Muppets Betty Lou learns some Spanish words from her friend Carlos, including "Amigo."
(EKA: Episode 2496)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(EKA: Episode 0666)
Muppets / Celebrity The Professor (Sid Caesar) explains the laws of physics, which begin with soft and loud (as demonstrated by Fluffy).
(EKA: Episode 2375)
Cartoon Ivy Austin sings about a rabbit's day of eating grapes and swimming with pals.
(EKA: Episode 2573)

SCENE 4 Long John Silver and Long Jane Silver, two pirates, arrive. They think there is treasure in Maria’s laundry basket. She looks at their map, which details the basement and labels the basket with an X, meaning the treasure is there. They dig through the basket and find the treasure – Long John’s missing sock.
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 0975)

Insert While fixing Big Bird's record player, Luis tells him of a story he's reading about Captain Swashbuckle, a pirate. He tells Big Bird a synopsis of what he's read so far, but Big Bird throws several ideas what happens next, such as Swashbuckle having run-ins with a giant fish and bird. Luis reads him the remainder of the story: Captain Swashbuckle is sailing in a storm, when Luis' phone rings, and he must put the story on hold. Big Bird then thinks up the obvious ending - the bad guys call Swashbuckle and call off the fight because of rain.
(First: Episode 2173)
Cartoon A girl talks about imagination.
(EKA: Episode 1100)
Song "There's a Lot of Different Ways to Get to School" (sung by Jerry Nelson)

SCENE 5 Maria has now lost one of her socks. As she looks around, the basement lights dim and Vincent Twice appears, introducing today’s episode of Mysterious Theater: “The Case of the Missing Sock.” Sherlock Hemlock and Watson arrive to look for it. Watson quickly spots the missing sock, but Sherlock finds different things for Maria’s clues. Maria finally sees the sock, which Watson swipes.
Cartoon Slot-machine legs: Cowboy & horse
(EKA: Episode 2073)
Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck"
(EKA: Episode 2399)
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1246)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Young George Washington
(EKA: Episode 1060)
Film Sounds around the house: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(EKA: Episode 2122)
Muppets Anything Muppets (including Farley) shout "E!"
(EKA: Episode 1446)
Song "Hot in the City"
SCENE 6 Sherlock looks around for the sock, while Maria chases Watson behind him. Vincent Twice announces the sponsors.

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