Sesame Street
Plot Elmo wants E to be today's letter
Air date May 2, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors O, E, 3
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Celina welcomes the viewer, when Elmo rushes to her, asking her what's today's letter of the day. He hopes it's the letter E, the first letter in his name. He politely shouts above, when a voice (Martin P. Robinson) responds that today's letter is O. Elmo is upset, but gets an idea on how to change it. He grabs a rag and wipes the onscreen O away, and tries drawing an E in its place. The voice points out the letter will remain O, despite Elmo's efforts. Elmo is determined to find another way.
Cartoon Soul O
(EKA: Episode 3375)

Animation / SCENE 2 Dancing Petroglyphs: Rock characters dance around the letter "O".(EKA: Episode 3375)
Artist: Karen Aqua
Composer: Ken Field

Elmo interrupts the segment midway through and reminds the viewer of his plan. He "cancels" the segment and draws an E onscreen. He then does his own E-dance to the segment's music. Despite some applause, the voice chimes in again to say today's letter is still O.
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(EKA: Episode 2876)
SCENE 3 Celina finds Elmo in the midst of his next plan: he's written a whole bunch of his own Es and handed them out to the kids to stick all over the street. The voice again notes his efforts have been fruitless and the day's letter is still O, like in the following segment...
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon O for open, off, owl, ocean
(EKA: Episode 3091)
SCENE 3 cont'd Celina tries to raise Elmo's spirits with a story from her youth: she tried to climb a big tree, but couldn't, so she found a tree she could climb. Elmo understands how the message applies to him, but still thinks he can change today's, with a song!
SCENE 4 Elmo and the kids sing a hip-hop tune about the letter E. The plan doesn't work, as the voice raps about today's letter still being O.
Cartoon St. Bernard dog leads Zork down the snowy hill.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2766)
Muppets Telly Monster sings "My Outer Space Friend" as he gazes out his bedroom window, musing about space travel and his "outer-space friend."
SCENE 5 Another voice introduces the story of "The Kingdom of O." King Oliver and Queen Olivia meet Elmo, who is looking for the Kingdom of E. He convinces them to change their kingdom to focus on the letter E instead.
SCENE 6 Elmo is disappointed his efforts have been for naught. The voice points out that Elmo's name ends with the letter O. Elmo is inspired and asks the voice to cooperate and make both letters the letter of the day. The voice agrees to the change and Elmo celebrates by helping Celina find a big tree to climb.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Oscar the Grouch leaves Telly with Big Bird's cousin, Abelardo.

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