Sesame Street
Plot The Princess and the Golden Goose
Air date February 7, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors K, 11
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 A king tells his daughter a joke, but she doesn't find it funny. Maria, Luis, Carlo and Big Bird happen by and wonder what's going on. The king explains he needs to laugh to break the sorceress' spell, though Carlo recommends he start his story further back. The king proceeds...
SCENE 1 cont'd Once upon a time (about an hour ago), a sorceress visited his kingdom with a golden goose. The citizens couldn't resist touching it. As it turns out, the sorceress has cast a spell on the goose, causing the citizens to become stuck to it and each other and allowing her to control the kingdom. The only way to break the spell is if the princess can laugh, which the citizens recognize is a futile effort.
SCENE 1 cont'd Back on the street, the king finishes his story, when the sorceress shows up. She casts a spell on Big Bird, causing the grown-ups to get stuck to him and each other. Unless the spell is broken, the sorceress will take over Sesame Street too!
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
SCENE 2 Big Bird suggests the king and princess go find a joke book at the library. While they do so, the grown-ups realize they have work to do and can't while they're all stuck. Big Bird proposes they cooperate and help out in both Hooper's Store and the Fix-It Shop. They shuffle between stores trying to answer the phones, until Luis points out they should just close both shops and get the princess to laugh themselves.
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(EKA: Episode 2449)
SCENE 3 The princess isn't amused by any of the joke book's material. The gang arrives, dressed in funny nose glasses, and make silly faces, but the princess still doesn't laugh. Big Bird leads them in a silly, counting conga song, which still doesn't work.
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Cartoon Leanna Williams explains why she loves her brother’s shoes - she has fun with the box they came in.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2985)

SCENE 4 The gang continues to conga, even though it doesn't seem to work. Big Bird finally asks the princess about the happiness in her life. She's glad she has so many thinks to be happy about, which makes her think of some humorous situations from the past week. She starts laughing, breaking the spell. The king takes her back to the kingdom to break the spell there, when the sorceress appears, sobbing her plan failed.
Cartoon The story of Tommy LaPlaid, the painter so sad until he discovered the joys of kicking his paints on the canvas.
Artist: Mo Willems
(EKA: Episode 3208)

SCENE 5 Big Bird tries reforming the sorceress and show her she can be happy using her magic for other things, like making the sponsors appear. This doesn't seem to make her happy, so Big Bird continues to find the root of her problems.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Kathleen the Cow is in love with Telly.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Cartoon Pinball #11
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1195)
Film Milo Counting: 11
Animation Eleven Cheer
Animation by Jim Henson
(EKA: Episode 0273)

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