Sesame Street
Plot Elmo helps Gordon with chess
Air date April 14, 2003
Season Season 34 (2003)
Sponsors I, 10
Syndication PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Elmo comes across Gordon setting up a chess board. He plans on playing chess with Alan today, but since he always gets beaten, he's going to practice with the help of his new book - How to Be a Better Chess Player. Elmo gets disappointed when he learns there's no way he can help, until Gordon comes up with something - set up the pieces. Elmo becomes very fascinated with the "horsies" (the knights). Elmo thinks he's won the game by finding and counting them, but Gordon explains there's more to it.
SCENE 1 cont'd Gordon shows Elmo how the pieces are supposed to be set up and reads off their names. Elmo thinks it's a story game and comes up with a story about the royal pieces, thinking that's how the game is won.

SCENE 1 cont'd Gordon explains the actual rules of the game and states he'll be practicing his opening moves, which could make or break the game. Elmo demonstrates some of his silly moves (misunderstanding what Gordon meant) and knocks over the table, spilling the pieces. One of the knights is missing, so Gordon tries substituting it with a salt shaker. Elmo begs Gordon to think of the horse's feelings and has an idea.

SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo puts up a flyer advocating a search for the missing piece (that only Elmo can read). Some real horses answer the call (including an actual knight), but none of them are match. Just as Alan shows up, two of the racehorses (Epitaph and Fortune Cookie) have started playing their own game of chess.
Muppets Grover is a personal trainer of his workout video called, "Grover's Monster Workout Video." He exercises with Bobby and Sissy, but he gets tired from swinging his arms, running, and jumping up and down that he faints.
(EKA: Episode 3227)
Song "Jump" (soul)
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets The Number of the Day: 10
A talking number ten appears after The Count reveals that 10 is the number of the day. "Finally the ten-sion is broken!"
(First: Episode 4005)
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Pigs Will Jump Into This Mud?" The answer is 10.
(EKA: Episode 3390)
Film Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(EKA: Episode 3271)
Animation Martin P. Robinson counts 30 racehorses.
Muppets Monster on the Spot: Play of the Day
Telly watches and comments as Melissa asks three other kids if she can play catch with them.
(EKA: Episode 3580)
Film J.D. competes in a chess tournament, and wins fourth place.
(EKA: Episode 3779)
Muppets Journey to Ernie: Musical Instrument Land
(First: Episode 4031)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: In song, Ernie tells Bert to "Wake Up!" even though it's far from morning. By the end of the song, Bert is restless.
Muppets Hero Guy
Hero Guy hits a fly ball, but will Hero Guy be able to catch it?
(First: Episode 3984)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: I
Instead of eating the Letter I Cookie, Cookie Monster decides to just lick its icing. Now it's no longer The Letter Of The Day cookie.
(First: Episode 4007)
Cartoon You've Got A Letter: I
(First: Episode 4007)
Muppets / Celebrity At the beach, Sheryl Crow and friends sing "I Soaks Up the Sun."
Cartoon Pencil box I/i
(EKA: Episode 3040)
Muppets The Spanish Word of the Day: hola
Everyone tells Grover "hola," (hello) but he doesn't know what it means. Maria tells him, but now there's no one for Grover to say hola to... except the viewer.
(First: Episode 3996)
Muppets Elmo's World: Games
(First: Episode 3967)
SCENE 2 Gordon and Alan play a round of chess together as Elmo and a knight have a horserace. Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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