Sesame Street
Plot Wanda the Word Fairy visits
Air date February 24, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Sponsors C, P, 3


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Wanda the Word Fairy, while riding her bike to the Fix-it Shop to get her toaster fixed, greets the viewer and presents today's sponsors.


SCENE 1 Maria is about to take Big Bird, Snuffy, and some kids to the park, when Wanda crashes into the Fix-it Shop workbench. Wanda picks herself up and introduces herself to everyone, then leaves her enchanted toaster on the bench and looks around Sesame Street for all the words she can find. With a wave of her wand and the magic words "Elia Kazan," name tags appear on every person and object on Sesame Street! Wanda begins to lead Big Bird, Snuffy, and the kids on a reading journey ...
Cartoon A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All", as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2572)
Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse look for water in the desert. Grover sees mirages of a waterfall and a drinking fountain, and Fred reminds him that he brought a canteen.
(EKA: Episode 2874)
Song "Drink of Water"
(EKA: Episode 2860)
Cartoon A fan reveals the letter C.
(EKA: Episode 2746)
Film The Count (in voiceover) subtracts from five to four to two children on a park bench.

SCENE 2 Snuffy asks Wanda how she got her job as a word fairy. In song, Wanda explains that instead of being a tooth fairy or a fairy godmother, she decided to be a word fairy because she loves words. "And the hours are good," she adds.
Cartoon Pinball #3
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1037)
Film A child narrates a film of him and his brother, Andrew, taking a ride on the ferry.
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(EKA: Episode 2754)
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(EKA: Episode 2687)
Animation A girl unfolds a map and uses it to describe her trip to Mexico, stopping in Texas along the way.
(EKA: Episode 2749)

SCENE 3 Oscar is irritated at Wanda's cheeriness. When she approaches him, he tells her to go away in several ways, but instead, she displays his words on the screen, which drives him into his trash can.
Cartoon Young Chris Columbus explores the world of ants - and they, in turn, explore his house.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2916)
Song "My New Computer"
(EKA: Episode 2885)
Cartoon P for Planet
(EKA: Episode 2173)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(EKA: Episode 1707)
Animation Luxo Jr. examines a box. A smaller lamp pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(EKA: Episode 2861)
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(EKA: Episode 2899)
Song Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."

SCENE 4 Wanda says her favorite kind of words are verbs, and tries to show the gang how to FLY and how to CLIMB a wall, but doesn't succeed at either of them, so they all DANCE to "Feel the Beat" instead.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 2096)
Film On a windy day, Maria (in voice-over) asks a man (Bill Irwin), "Does air move things?" The wind speaks for him.
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2164)
Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(EKA: Episode 2835)
Cartoon A loud-voiced girl talks about her dog Pete.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1453)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(EKA: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and a cricket. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
Song En Vogue sings "Adventure."
Animation A girl plays in, on and under a sculpture.
Ssnews.cinderdress Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother tries to make a beautiful ball dress appear on Cinderella without success: the gown ends up on Kermit instead.
(EKA: Episode 2491)
Film A zydeco band plays "Allons a Lafayette" while people dance.
(EKA: Episode 2595)
Cartoon P for Penguin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2179)


SCENE 5 Wanda's enchanted toaster is fixed by now. Maria asks why it's enchanted, and Wanda explains that it was once a frog (as evidenced by the fact that it can croak like one). Wanda takes her toaster and rides into the sky on her bike, announcing the sponsors, and leaving a litter of word name tags for Maria and the gang clean up.

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