Sesame Street
Plot Maria's childhood story
repeat of 3274
Air date April 10, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors F, I, 12
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3274

Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria sees how Elmo, Tarah and Big Bird all use the arbor space to do different things. "We love playing by ourselves, together," Big Bird notes.
HaveYouEver
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
3958l
Cartoon The letter F morphs into cartoon faces.
(First: Episode 2916)
Alphaboy.F
Film Alphaboy fans his father's feet with feathers.
(First: Episode 3442)
Madscientist.FRED
Cartoon A mad scientist teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot", and "Friday."
(First: Episode 1162)
Cookie love
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "You Made Me Love You."
(First: Episode 3456)
PuertoRicoMap
Cartoon A map of Puerto Rico forms into the shape of animals and other things that are found there.
(First: Episode 3030)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird and "Super Teddy Bear" see Maria opening a package from her mother in Puerto Rico. Aside from a letter, it includes a special surprise - a book Maria wrote when she was seven years old, "The Princess and the Monster." Big Bird calls the others over so she can read it to them.
Girlnewspaper
Animation A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, and a letter.
(First: Episode 3142)
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Cartoon Rubber Stamp #12
(EKA: Episode 2932)
NumberTwelveRocks
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(EKA: Episode 0218)
AnimalRock12
Cartoon Animal Rock #12
(First: Episode 3612)
Funny Book
Muppets Ernie and Bert: At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(EKA: Episode 2341)
Toon.ILoveYou
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(EKA: Episode 2140)
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SCENE 3 Maria starts here story, where the Princess Maria and her pet chicken dance far from the castle walls. By nightfall, they try to return home, but a monster with a big hat blocks their path and won't let them pass, forcing them to compliment his hat for eternity. Just as she reaches the conclusion, she finds the last page is missing. The missing page isn't in the envelope and she can't remember how it ended. Tarah proposes she call her mother in Puerto Rico, thinking it may still be there.
Wegman.JackJill
Film Wegman dogs: Jack and Jill
(First: Episode 3464)
Song.Capital.I
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(EKA: Episode 0427)
I-candles
Animation I / i candles
(First: Episode 3107)
Ichant
Animation I / i Gregorian Chant
(First: Episode 3342)
SongoSong
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz sings "Songo's Song."
(First: Episode 3279)
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Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2727)
3904.Telephonefilm
Film A TELEPHONE rings at a phone booth in the city, and someone answers it.
(First: Episode 3274)
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SCENE 4 Maria phones her mother, who claims she can't find it anywhere. The young ones all decide to come up with their own endings and let Maria pick her favorite.
Suzie.Telephone
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie tries to demonstrate what a telephone is, but keeps getting calls.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3268)
BeatnikABC
Muppets Two Anything Muppet beatniks say the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 2403)
1396s
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0817)
BeginTrombone
Cartoon Beginning / middle / end: a beatnik follows a trombonist's note through a long horn.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3266)
3144e
Film Letter Garden: F
(First: Episode 3048)
Flyfrogcartoon
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly.
(First: Episode 0034)
3958ze
Film The letter F appears, Jaws-like, out of a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3353)
Mpiece.howardsend
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Howard's End"
(First: Episode 3263)
Followsnake
Cartoon A snake has a knot in his middle, and he can't find his end. The detective helps the snake find his end ... playing drums in a band.
(First: Episode 2600)
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SCENE 5 They all return with their endings. Big Bird recites his first...
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SCENE 5 cont'd Princess Maria (played by Gabi) and her chicken are trapped by the monster. Suddenly, Super Teddy Bear (aided by Big Bird) flies in and blows the monster's hat away with his super breath.
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SCENE 5 cont'd In Elmo's ending, the monster is told to move out of the way for a passing train (Elmo).
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SCENE 5 cont'd Finally, Princess Tarah spins her wheelchair around so fast, that the monster gets dizzy and faints.
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SCENE 5 cont'd Maria likes all the endings, when suddenly the phone rings. Maria's mother is calling to report she found the missing page, and she'll be sending it via fax.
Billythefish
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about a fish named Billy, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3358)
Word.AGUA.70s
Cartoon The word AGUA fills up with water.
(EKA: Episode 0979)
FaceFacts
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
3958f
Cartoon Parts of a face are drawn in black on-screen before forming a picture.
(First: Episode 3320)
3990p
Song "In the Library"
(First: Episode 3423)
GrubbyGru
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
NightBugBoogie
Muppets A trio of bugs sing "Night Bug Boogie."
(First: Episode 2957)
Girlfamilyportrait
Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
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SCENE 6 The final page comes through the fax machine. In the ending, the monster is so entranced by Princess Maria's dancing that he joins them. While he's distracted, Maria and the chicken head home. Everyone likes the ending, but they each prefer their own versions. Gabi comes home and wants to hear the story. Elmo tells her once they finish, she can hear their versions as well. The monster announces the sponsors.


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