Sesame Street
Plot The Count's Australian friend
repeat of 3253
Air date March 14, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors I, O, 2
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 An exhausted letter carrier delivers six bags of mail from Australia to The Count at Hooper's Store. He explains to Mr. Handford that they all come from one of his oldest and dearest friends, Mathilda. Each piece of mail tells him she'll be visiting today and to meet her at the bus stop at 10 o'clock.
BDavis.countto10
Cartoon Ball-dribbling characters count the feet on a wall ruler.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3227)
Deargrandma
Film A girl writes a letter to her grandmother about going to summer camp.
(First: Episode 3270)
Alphabet.girls
Cartoon Two girls sing a reggae rendition of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3269)
Mpiece.ringstwice
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
(First: Episode 2729)
4110zo
Animation Egyptian #2
(First: Episode 3291)
McDoubles.2s
Film The McDouble twins display pairs of things.
(First: Episode 3217)
Bellhop2
Cartoon The Bellhop is told that there are two kids, Betty and Bobby Blobby, who are lost in the lobby, and he must help them find their parents.
(First: Episode 2503)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird wonders why the Count is waiting at the bus stop and he's filled in. The Count counts the passing buses, until one stops and an elderly woman steps off. She's not Mathilda, but has a message from her - she'll call the Hooper's Store phone at 11.
Word.BUS
Animation The word BUS is displayed, followed by a graphic of a school bus leaving.
(First: Episode 3052)
Takingthebushome
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking the bus home with her dad. They play a game where she points to things and identifies them.
(First: Episode 3302)
3963j
Cartoon CGI sheep graze out I and i.
(First: Episode 2896)
I-song
Animation Ornate I's swing through the air to a song.
(First: Episode 2921)
ThatsMyLetterI
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(EKA: Episode 0218)
KidsLovetoBrush
Muppets The Bicuspids sing "Kids Just Love to Brush."
(EKA: Episode 2565)
NancyEinstein.icecubes
Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein learns about ice cubes.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2610)
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SCENE 3 The Count waits at the phone, when a construction worker needs to use it. She agrees to wait, until he starts counting the rings instead of answering. Mr. Handford angrily hands him the phone and Mathilda responds, telling him she will be there soon. The Count uses Mr. Handford's watch to count the seconds.
KHaring.Telephone
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
3136m
Song "Jump" (soul)
(First: Episode 3136)
Detective.exercise
Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
(EKA: Episode 2607)
BeforeAfter.chair
Animation Before / after: Designs of a rainforest are painted on a chair.
(First: Episode 3129)
Paintaround
Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0268)
ThatsLetterO
Muppets / Celebrity "That's the Letter O"
(First: Episode 3066)
Fan-O
Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
(First: Episode 2905)
BigBird.upsidedownO
Muppets Big Bird shows that the letter O looks the same upside-down.
Australiamap
Cartoon A map of Australia morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 2646)
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SCENE 4 Mathilda finally arrives at Hooper's and the two friends share a "Hello," before saying goodbye immediately after. The Count explains to a confused Big Bird and Mr. Handford that he and Mathilda were the best of friends, but as kids she and her family moved to Melbourne. Since then, they've gotten back together 103 times, counting each "hello" as a precious moment. They know that the sooner they say "goodbye," the sooner they can say "hello" again. They begin counting the different ways to say goodbye.
4115t
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
500018
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(EKA: Episode 0288)
Ichant
Animation I / i Gregorian Chant
(First: Episode 3342)
CrossingZone1

CrossingZone2
Cast Gordon hosts "The Crossing Zone," in which a boy named Jonathan has to find a way to cross the street. Susan helps him across.
(EKA: Episode 2729)
DontCrossAlone
Cartoon Don't cross the street alone.
(EKA: Episode 2179)
Wereflying
Cast Big Bird and the Birdketeers pretend to fly, as Big Bird sings "We're Flying."
(First: Episode 2928)
PDocter.Flyboy
Cartoon A determined little boy makes several attempts to fly, and eventually gets his dad to take him on an airplane.
(EKA: Episode 2029)
SeeMyNewComputer
Song "My New Computer"
(EKA: Episode 2857)
Shake
Animation Shake / lake / bake / take / make
(First: Episode 2935)
Folge2277-2
Muppets Bert enjoys a nice day at the park feeding his pigeons when Elmo screams a hello to him, scaring the pigeons away. Bert explains that when pigeons are near, one must be quiet. Elmo understands and helps Bert by loudly calling the pigeons back. Bert becomes happy again and Elmo cheers...scaring the pigeons away again.
(First: Episode 3249)
Bongos
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(EKA: Episode 2862)
Yellowflower
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(EKA: Episode 1949)
Pageant.Island
Muppets Herry, Telly, and Ruby star in a Pageant about an island.
(EKA: Episode 2850)
Song.Island
Song A piece of land with water all around it is an "Island."
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2760)
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SCENE 5 The Count finishes writing a letter for the letter carrier to bring to Mathilda. She's relieved it's only a single letter, but faints when the Count shows her six more bags. The Count begins listing things he can count while he waits for the mail to reach Mathilda, and Mathilda announces the sponsors (in voice-over).


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