Sesame Street
Plot Betty Lou's dolly story
Air date November 29, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors X, 1
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Betty Lou has written a story ("Dolly Dearest"), which will be acted out by the residents of the street. The story begins with Big Bird as "a large, yellow bird," who discovers a long-forgotten doll at the bottom of his toy box. The doll is supposed to talk at the press of its button, but it doesn't seem to work. He assumes it's broken and prepares to throw it back in the box.
SCENE 1 cont'd Before he can, a "fluffy, friendly monster" (Rosita) happens by. The doll reminds her of one she used to own and makes conversation with it, somehow enabling it to talk (in Spanish no less). Unfortunately, the bird isn't able to replicate her success; the doll won't talk when he pushes the button. Stay tuned for more...
Film AGUA: kids play in water.
(EKA: Episode 3367)
SCENE 2 As the story continues, the bird still can't get the doll to talk, even when trying to communicate in Spanish. Suddenly, a "grouchy lady" (Grundgetta) appears and is very interested in playing with a broken doll. The doll starts talking again, speaking in a very Grouchy manner. The grouchy lady is mad at the bird for lying about the doll being broken and storms off. But, the bird still can't get the doll to talk for him.
Esmae's doll
Cartoon Esme's wooden clown breaks, and she is about to throw it away, when it suggests she use glue to fix it.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(EKA: Episode 2916)
Film Wegman dogs form the letter X and demonstrate an X-ray.
SCENE 3 In the next chapter, the bird is ready to dispose of the doll yet again, when a "counting person" arrives. He gives a try talking to the doll, who assists him in counting to 40. The bird wonders why the doll won't talk to him.
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(EKA: Episode 3084)
SCENE 4 The story goes on, where the bird meets the Doll Doctor (Gordon), who is able to get the doll to cough and say "ahhh." He deduces the doll is angry with the bird. Big Bird asks Betty Lou why, but she leaves it on a cliffhanger and introduces another break...

SCENE 5 As the story concludes, the Doll Doctor explains that the doll is angry at the bird for leaving her in the toy box for so long. The bird makes things right by apologizing, which suddenly allows the doll to talk back to him and they start a game of hide-and-seek. The cast gathers to congratulate Betty Lou on her story, as Grundgetta announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird and Baby Bear sing their "B-B Club" song.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
SesameGame show
Muppets The Mystery Guest is the letter X.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson orders soup, roast beef, and peach pie, wants them to be presented in that order (one at a time). Grover doesn't understand the order, keeps bringing wrong item. Upon seeing pie (twice), explains he after "everything else," prompting bring everything else on menu.
(EKA: Episode 2857)
Muppets Elmo and Telly show "forward" and "backward."
(EKA: Episode 3493)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle sings "Oh, How I Miss My X."
(EKA: Episode 2331)

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