Sesame Street
Plot The adults are too busy to tell Elmo a story
repeat of 3820
Air date January 26, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Sponsors S, 18
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer as he takes a walk down the street. He runs into Elmo, who is on his way to hear Bob tell him a story. He has a bit of time to sing "The Alphabet Song" with Big Bird before rushing off to Bob.
SCENE 2 Elmo finds Bob, who is too busy with Jenna's music lesson to tell Elmo a story. Elmo thinks Alan might be able to tell him a story instead.
Celebrity Little Richard sings "Rosita," a song about feelings, to Rosita.
(EKA: Episode 3225)
SCENE 3 Elmo runs into Hooper's Store, which is swamped with customers (including Gordon and Benny Rabbit). Alan is too busy to tell Elmo a story too, so Elmo goes to find Maria.
Muppets Prairie Dawn gives Grover 15 seconds to say an "S" word, but Grover has trouble concentrating due to the ticking of the clock.
(First: Episode 3551)
Song Leon Redbone sings "What Do They Do When They Go Wherever They Go?"
(EKA: Episode 3312)

SCENE 4 Elmo arrives at the Fix-It Shop and, seeing all the toasters needing fixing, immediately knows Maria won't be able to tell him a story either. He then gets a great idea - he can tell himself a story! He runs off and a customer complains about her toaster, which turns out to be a radio.
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie can't sleep, because he's afraid of dark shadows and spooky things. Bert comforts him, and the two sing "Imagination" before falling asleep.
(First: Episode 3820)
SCENE 5 Elmo tells the viewer to come closer as he starts to tell his story...

SCENE 5 cont'd As the story begins, the Royal Music Teacher (Bob) is unable to give a lesson on the flugel-Elmo-horn to the Royal Kid (Jenna). The Royal Elmo arrives and saves the day by pointing out Bob has the instrument upside-down. Bob is grateful, when the Royal Elmo is pulled away to solve another problem.
SCENE 5 cont'd The Royal Sandwich Maker (Alan) has a big problem - the Royal Customers want peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but he only knows how to make jelly and peanut butter sandwiches. The Royal Elmo tells him to use the peanut butter first, then another of his friends needs his help.
SCENE 5 cont'd The Royal Fix-It Shop Lady (Maria) can't figure out why the royal toasters aren't working. Elmo shows her she needs to put bread in first.
SCENE 5 cont'd Back in reality, Elmo finds he enjoyed making up the story and decides to add more to it.
Film A visual representation of the nursery rhyme "To Market" with Wegman's dogs.
(EKA: Episode 3684)
SCENE 6 Elmo continues his story, where the Royal Elmo is feeling tired from helping everyone...
SCENE 6 cont'd The Royal Elmo is approached by the Royal (Big) Bird, who wants to play. Elmo tries to muster the energy, but immediately is called upon by the grown-ups, who have more silly problems. Elmo promises Big Bird he'll play with him as soon as he finds the time.

SCENE 6 cont'd Elmo wraps up his story, which is heard by the grown-ups. They tell him how much they enjoyed it and since they're free now, they'd like to tell him some stories. Elmo, sadly, has to go home, but looks forward to hearing their stories tomorrow. Big Bird comes by and enjoys the thought that they can tell their stories to him now.
Muppets Elmo's World: Books
(First: Episode 3817)
SCENE 7 Alan finishes his story on the origin of word "elephant," prompting Big Bird to tell a story of his own. Gordon announces the royal sponsors.

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