Sesame Street
Plot The King's Dirty Shirt
Air date April 14, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors V, 10
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Rosita welcomes and invites the viewer to see something Telly did, which attracts Oscar the Grouch peeking from nearby. Telly reveals that he (with Gordon's help) has written a book, which Oscar finds uninteresting, until he hears it's called The King's Dirty Shirt. The story is about a king who is in a panic because he's gotten mustard on his baseball shirt, and it must be clean for the upcoming game. He calls for his royal know-it-all (Oscar) to help him, who decides to pour mustard all over the shirt to hide the stain. This concerns Telly, when Humblina (Rosita) is on her way to the royal laundromat to wash some of her clothes. Telly thinks it's a better idea and takes his know-it-all to accompany her there, to the know-it-all's dismay.
SCENE 1 cont'd Having heard the events, Oscar stops listening to the story, but comes back when Gordon mentions their problems aren't over. He'll read the next chapter after the following break...
Song "(The Name of the Place is) The Laundromat"
(First: Episode 3159)
SCENE 2 Oscar is expecting problems to occur as Gordon reads the next chapter. The trio arrives at the royal Laundromat, but the royal know-it-all can't bear to look at the washing machines. Humblina goes off to wash her own clothes as king Telly excitedly tells the know-it-all they can wash the shirt, but he doesn't even know how to use the machine. Telly panics, but Humblina returns and offers her help by asking Telly to listen to her instructions. However, he cries in despair due to not having any soap.
SCENE 2 cont'd Back at the stoop, Oscar thinks that's the end of the story, but Telly reminds him it's not, and Gordon leads everyone to some more "important messages."
SCENE 3 Oscar hopes the king doesn't find any soap as Gordon begins Chapter 3, where the king is still in despair and worries it'll be an unhappy ending. Humblina offers her soap powder, an idea the know-it-all hates, but the king lets her to put some in the machine. With a push of the button, the king becomes happy again, eager he'll finally have a clean shirt for the game. However, back in reality, Telly foreshadows there will be more problems, which Oscar looks forward to.
SCENE 4 In the fourth chapter, the king is ready to take the shirt out of the machine, but the know-it-all warns him not to, despite Humblina encouraging him to. The know-it-all proves right when the shirt comes out all wet, bringing the king's hopes down again. Humblina shows him where the shirt properly goes – the dryer – and the king appreciates her kind actions. Oscar still hopes there will be more problems, which Telly reminds there will be.
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (circus elephant)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0309)

SCENE 5 In the final chapter of Telly's story, the king puts on his baseball shirt, all free of stains and completely dry. Humblina returns wearing a baseball uniform; thanks to her kindness, the king allowed her to join the baseball team. As the two head to the field, the royal know-it-all is left alone in frustration.
SCENE 5 cont'd Gordon reveals that during the game, the know-it-all got his own shirt stained; thus ends the story, having both a happy and bad ending, which Oscar likes much better ("I mustard agree!"). Big Bird announces the sponsors.
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