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Episode 3909

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Sesame Street
Plot The Count goes away for the day, and Ernie counts in his place.
Air date March 23, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Sponsors E, 9
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases

3909

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1
The Count, Ernie, Rubber Duckie, and Maria welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. The Count is going to the Count Convention. He asks Maria if she can count for him but she has to fix a broken toaster. He asks Ernie and Rubber Duckie who are happy to do it because they have nothing planned to do today. The Count will have to teach him a fast lesson about counting.
Song
"It's Harder the First Time" Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(EKA: Episode 3038)

Muppets
A magician attempts a suspension act, which fails. Vaudeville team Big Bird and Snuffy then come out to introduce the number of the day ...
(EKA: Episode 3871)
Film
Milo Counting #9
(EKA: Episode 3815)
Cartoon
"Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 0424)
SCENE 2
The Count teaches him a fast lesson about counting. There is always something to count. The Count and Ernie sing "Be the Count."
Cartoon
A man finds and eats five apples, counting the number left after each one.
(EKA: Episode 2487)

Muppets
A rooster comedian is yanked off stage, and Big Bird and Snuffy come back out to introduce the letter of the day ...
(EKA: Episode 3871)
Animation
Letter Garden: E
(EKA: Episode 3009)
Film
Wegman's dogs form a letter E.
(EKA: Episode 3426)
Animation
Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(EKA: Episode 3092)
SCENE 3
Gina is reading her book and Ernie wants to count.
Cartoon
"Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(EKA: Episode 3396)
Animation
Computer E / e
(EKA: Episode 3071)
Animation
E / e (elephant / jazzy trumpet)
(EKA: Episode 2366)
Muppets
Grover gives the viewer a brief explanation of "here" and "there."
(EKA: Episode 3130)
Cartoon
Flash Gizmo, Space Cadet
Here and there
(EKA: Episode 3697)
SCENE 4
Ernie is still counting the pages of Gina’s book.
Animation
In a Van Gogh painting, a baby takes its first steps to Papa.
(EKA: Episode 3492)
Muppets / Celebrity
Chaka Khan sings "A Face" to Elmo, Telly and some kids (including Tyler).
Cartoon
Underwater, there's a 9
(EKA: Episode 3283)

Cast
Chef Ruthée hosts "Cooking By the Numbers," in which she demonstrates a fruity way to cook the number 9.
(EKA: Episode 3841)
Cartoon
Clown Honking #9
(EKA: Episode 3761)
SCENE 5
Oscar the Grouch and The Grouchketeers count to 3. Then Ernie counts what Oscar does making him annoyed.
Cartoon
A little boy describes a time when he got angry after his toy truck was destroyed by a big kid.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2946)
Muppets
The rooster comedian bombs again, so Big Bird and Snuffy introduce an alphabet segment ...
Cartoon
While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0004)
SCENE 6
The Count has returned, having missed every train after counting them at the station. Ernie asks if they can both be Counts, and Count von Count agrees. They get their totals confused, however, so they try counting in separate places. This leads to a collision, when Ernie is caught up in counting clouds. The Count is wearied by it all, yet admits to admiring Ernie's enthusiasm.
Animation
Camels appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(EKA: Episode 3681)

Muppets
An operatic turkey attempts to sing Rossini's "Largo al factotum," but once again, the stage belongs to Big Bird and Snuffy, who feel a song coming on ...
(EKA: Episode 3885)
Song
"That's What's Best About Getting Dressed"
(EKA: Episode 3427)
Cartoon
Noodles & Nedd make the bed.
Artist: John R. Dilworth
(EKA: Episode 3697)
Film
A girl narrates a segment about a Korean festival she attended with her two friends.
(EKA: Episode 3162)
SCENE 7
The Count suggests that he and Ernie count together. They count Little Bo Peep's sheep. The Count is so thrilled he wants Ernie to count with him every day, but the latter declines. He needs time to play with Bert, sing about visiting the moon, and take baths with Rubber Duckie. Ernie can still count for the rest of the day, however, including cows dancing the cha-cha (led by Gladys).
Muppets
Elmo's World: Bananas
(EKA: Episode 3862)
SCENE 8
Maria says the sponsors, as Ernie and the Count count each one (and as the Count laughs and it thunders, Ernie dramatically says "Thunder! Lightning!")


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