Sesame Street
Plot Guntag Gelman-Jones' Flea Circus
repeat of 3275
Air date December 13, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors F, Y, 2
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GuntagGelmanJones

Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Big Bird presents the sponsors, then meets Guntag Gelman-Jones, who will be showing off his flea circus today by the Furry Arms.
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SCENE 1 Guntag's show begins, having attracted a small crowd. Humphrey and Ingrid are impressed as Sherry Netherland accurate predicts which acts will occur (including a trapeze and tightrope act), revealing she's reading the program. It next reads "DUCK!," cueing them to take cover as the cannonball act begins.
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Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(EKA: Episode 0335)
F-Cheerleaders2
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F.
(First: Episode 0092)
Version 3
F-flames
Cartoon F / f (Gordon voiceover) (new sound effects added)
(EKA: Episode 2398)
Agoodday
Film A three-year-old African boy narrates a film about a day in his life.
(First: Episode 3267)
Africamap.animals
Cartoon A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
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SCENE 2 Inside the hotel, Humphrey is disappointed the circus didn't have the types of acts regular circus have. He was especially looking forward to Guntag stick his head in a flea's mouth. Benny Rabbit and others point out it'd be impossible, so the monsters perform the act on each other (and Guntag). After failing, they find Benny's mouth is the right size and a chase ensues.
Bigoctopus
Cartoon A man has a small octopus on his head, but a little boy has a big octopus.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3270)
3142w
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
2485g
Cartoon Two flies land on a man's nose and take a bite.
Artist: Cordell Barker
(EKA: Episode 2485)
Song.two
Muppets The Count admires an elegant number 2, which belongs to Lady Two. Together, they decide to share the number and sing "Two for Two."
(First: Episode 3381)
Number2.ChrisHinton
Cartoon A man points to the number 2 on a door, and counts 2 of his fingers (and 2 dinosaurs).
Artist: Chris Hinton
(First: Episode 2602)
Braid-yBunch
Song "The Braid-y Bunch"
(First: Episode 3357)
3956v
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend Amelia.
(First: Episode 2784)
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SCENE 3 Guntag leaves for awhile, putting Humprhey and Ingrid in charge of the fleas. To keep them safe, they decide to put them there (across from the desk), but start fumbling all over the lobby when there turns into here. Benny intervenes and the box ends up falling, releasing the fleas. Soon, everyone is itching.
Cacti.Hereweare
Cartoon Two cartoon cacti sing "Here We Are."
(First: Episode 3153)
Annettebening
Muppets / Celebrity Cookie Monster and Annette Bening demonstrate here and there.
(First: Episode 3080)
3136v
Cartoon A brief animation of pouring milk in a glass, coupled with the word milk.
(First: Episode 3012)
DogMilk
Film Chundo, one of Wegman's dogs, drinks milk from a glass.
InYourImagination
Muppets Elmo sings "In Your Imagination."
(First: Episode 3119)
0871z
Cartoon Sand "Y"
(EKA: Episode 0871)
Jaws.Y
Film Jaws spoof with the letter Y.
(First: Episode 3323)
Toon.Yak
Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1858)
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SCENE 4 Benny has a solution to clear the fleas away, but Miss Netherland silences him. She asserts that they should take turns brainstorming and since she's the boss, she shall go first. She recites a poem to the fleas (similar to "Trees"), which doesn't work. She calls for Humphrey and Ingrid's turn next.
CountingFleas
Cartoon A girl writes a poem about the number of fleas on her dog, which add up.
(First: Episode 3481)
Song.scratchmyback
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(EKA: Episode 2424)
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Animation F / f (space paint)
(First: Episode 3215)
4119za
Cartoon Letter F words are found on the street.
(First: Episode 3353)
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Cartoon Typewriter: F for Fly
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 0812)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBert tells John-John that he's lost his paper clips, and he feels sad. He asks John-John to show how he looks when he feels sad. Then Bert feels angry about losing his paper clips, and John-John acts out that emotion. Bert remembers where he left his collection, and John-John acts happy, too.
(EKA: Episode 0729)
BobbysDog
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
(First: Episode 3455)
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SCENE 5 Humphrey and Ingrid's idea is to use a butterfly net to catch the fleas. They only succeed in trashing the hotel and bothering the guests. Finally, it's Benny's turn and he rushes out of the hotel.
ManDogScratchBack
Cartoon A mosquito bites a man and a dog, who agree to scratch each other's backs.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3217)
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Song "Sharing Swing with Kids Song (Share in Your Fun with Another Someone)"
(EKA: Episode 0926)
007
Muppets Grover climbs a tree and finds a bird's nest with some eggs in it. The eggs hatch, and the baby birds think Grover is their mommy. When the real mother bird arrives, she mistakes Grover for one of her babies. She gives them all a flying lesson, but Grover promptly falls to the ground.
(EKA: Episode 0693)
Motherbirdeggs
Cartoon A mother bird adds her eggs that hatch.
(EKA: Episode 2636)
Alottoseeunderthesea
Film "There's a lot to see under the sea," according to some young swimmers who narrate a poem about the ocean-dwellers they find.
Music: "Kyisio Calypso" by Dermot Stewart
(First: Episode 3032)
NancyEinstein.Brain
Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein shows how the brain works.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2607)
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SCENE 6 Benny returns with bug expert Roxie Marie, armed with her book - "Know Your Fleas." She finds to get them back in their box, all she has to do is yell, "Hey, fleas! Get back in the box!" The fleas do so and Roxie leaves. Miss Netherland accidentally knocks over the box, releasing the fleas. While everyone scratches and tries to remember the phrase, Benny announces the sponsors.


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