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Sesame Street
Plot X doesn't want to be the Letter of the Day
Air date November 20, 1997
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Sponsors X, 5

Mpiece.fiddler

Picture Segment Description
3659a
SCENE 1
Big Bird introduces the letter of the day - X (performed by David Rudman), who admits he's humiliated to start so few words. He points out the predictable xylophone and X-ray Big Bird has with him and decides to quit being the letter of the day. He leaves in a huff and Big Bird follows him.
3976za
Film
Wegman dogs form the letter X and demonstrate an X-ray.
(EKA: Episode 3535)
Insideherry
Muppets
Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(EKA: Episode 2254)
ExerciseExercise
Cartoon
A caterpillar sings "Exercise, Exercise."
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2914)
4115zh
Film
A child voice-over talks about a Hawaiian party that her family has.
(First: Episode 3139)
DancingPeppers
Animation
Dancing pepper pattern - which one comes next?
(EKA: Episode 3079)
3659b

3659c
SCENE 2
The letter X relaxes in a beach chair, when Big Bird and Miles approach him. They show him another way he's important - for playing tic-tac-toe, though the X counters people only play that when they're bored. He becomes angrier and storms off, deciding to quit the alphabet all together!
3976p
Film
Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(EKA: Episode 2929)
GroverGirlBody
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover talks to Chelsea about what their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth can do. Chelsea mentions that they both have them and also have hands, feet, bellies, necks, arms, backs, and shoulders. Grover replies they have a cornucopia of parts, which means they have a lot of good stuff.
(EKA: Episode 2453)
4090zg
Cartoon
A girl fantasizes what she could do without leaving her room if her nose, ears, legs, and arms got bigger.
(EKA: Episode 3285)
3816h
Song
"We're All Growin'"
(First: Episode 3141)
3958q
Cartoon
5s are found in an icy environment.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(EKA: Episode 3300)
3958x
Film
Two girls count to 5 as they clap.
(EKA: Episode 3007)
5turtles
Animation
Five turtles walk across the land.
(EKA: Episode 3057)
Song.intheair
Muppets
Elmo sings about "The Sound That's in the Air."
(EKA: Episode 3079)
AnnieEyeball.Air
Cartoon
Dr. Annie Eyeball looks at air.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2616)
3659d

3659e
SCENE 3
Over at the playground, Rosita and the kids take an alphabet break. As soon as they reach W, the X interrupts and explains why they can't proceed. He dashes off, with Big Bird asking where he went.
4148-Xball
Animation
A group of 19th-century sportsmen have fun with an X ball, which falls out of the painting. (Martin P. Robinson voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 3506)
WriteLetter
Song
To the original Fats Waller recording of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a group of kids act out the song in a throwback to the silent film era.
Scribblesbarcode
Animation
Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
(EKA: Episode 2981)
Mpiece.fiddler
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: Fiddler on the Roof
3plus1equals4
Cartoon
A boy solves a math problem: 3 + 1 = 4.
(EKA: Episode 3230)
Song.Somethingsarelittle
Song
"Some Things Are Little, Some Things Are Big"
(EKA: Episode 3559)
Bunnychickblocks
Animation
Stop-motion: A bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
(EKA: Episode 2227)
2096s
Film
Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet. (new music added)
(First: Episode 2096)
The film plays until it reaches W, when it abruptly cuts to...
3659f

3659g
SCENE 4
The letter X interrupts the segment with a special press conference, where he makes it publicly known he's leaving the alphabet.

The film then resumes through to the end, skipping X.
3187u
Cartoon
"I'm Curious" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 3066)
E&BJungle
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: The search for Dr. Livingstone.
(EKA: Episode 1736)
Kidsplaydrums.shapes
Film
Shapes vibrate as girls beat on their drums.
(EKA: Episode 2876)
Cecille.UpDown
Animation
Cecille sings "Up Down, In Out, Over and Under."
(First: Episode 2746)
3659h
SCENE 5
Gordon dons a tuxedo and sings to the X to show him some words he appears within (along with a penguin trio). This gives the X an ego boost and he decides to become a solo act, tap dancing away.
X-on-beach
Film
The letter X dances at the beach.
(EKA: Episode 3588)
ElmoTellyJimCarrey
Muppets / Celebrity
Jim Carrey shows Elmo and Telly how he expresses his emotions - with his feet (in speed-induced footage, no less).
(EKA: Episode 3023)
FarWide.WestAfrica
Cartoon
"We Are Kids from Far and Wide": West Africa
(EKA: Episode 2995)
3957s
Song
"Playground Map Song"
(EKA: Episode 2680)
1449-Legs
Cartoon
Five feet stick out from a barrel, all belonging to a strange five-legged being. (new music and sound effects added)
(EKA: Episode 0859)
Song.countingrobins
Muppets
The Count sings "Counting Robins" with a group of robins.
(EKA: Episode 3375)
Zebrapuzzle
Film
A puzzle of a zebra is put together.
(EKA: Episode 3056)
Prideday
Cartoon
At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2254)
3659i

3659j
SCENE 6
The letters A and W try to convince the X to re-join the alphabet, showing him he can't spell any words on his own. The X fits into their "wax," convincing him to go back to the alphabet. Gordon announces the sponsors.

Notes

  • For an unknown reason, this episode was repeated as episode 3772 during summer reruns.


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