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Episode 4141

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Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird Breaks Elmo's Tricycle
Air date August 23, 2007
Season Season 38
Sponsors R, 8


Picture Segment Description
"What's the Word on the Street?" -- tricycle
Elmo rides a tricycle and sings "Riding My Tricycle" to express his joy and pride in the activity.
(First: Episode 4083)

Elmo greets the viewer, and says he plans to ride his tricycle all day. Big Bird encounters him, and expresses interest in riding Elmo's tricycle. Elmo agrees to let Big Bird do so, but as soon as Big Bird sits down on the tricycle, it breaks!

Elmo is sad about his broken tricycle and Big Bird feels bad because he didn't mean to break it. Gordon helps them both feel better by reminding them that they can take the broken tricycle to the Fix-It Shop! Oscar objects to this ("If it's broken, don't fix it!"), and asks if he can have Elmo's broken tricycle. Oscar pretends not to mind when Elmo says no, because "It's a lose-lose situation!" As they head for the Fix-It Shop, however, Oscar mumbles to himself "what a waste!"

Meanwhile, Maria is busy working on Mrs. Crustworthy's toaster, which Mrs. Crustworthy desperately needs for the Toaster Lovers Society luncheon - "or I'm toast!" Elmo, Big Bird and Gordon approach the shop with the broken tricycle, and Maria says she'll fix it right after she fixes the toaster - but Elmo doesn't know what to do while waiting for the tricycle to be fixed. Big Bird offers to help Elmo think of something.

Mrs. Crustworthy finds it hard to wait for her toaster to be fixed. Then she decides to play "The Toast Lovers' Participatory Popping Game", which is pretending you're a piece of toast in a toaster. The waiting pays off, because now the toaster is ready! Maria then sets her eyes on the pile of tricycle parts - "Where do I begin?"

Elmo and Big Bird try to think of what they can do while they wait, but all they can think about is how much they both wish Elmo could be riding his tricycle. As Elmo talks, Big Bird motions as if he were riding a pretend tricycle. This gives Elmo the idea to begin riding a pretend tricycle, too.

They both ride pretend tricycles while singing about their imaginary rides, describing all that they see and all they can do. Pretend tricycles are lots of fun because they can ride them anywhere their imagination takes them, even under the sea!
Elmo has so much fun riding his pretend tricycle with Big Bird that when his real tricycle is fixed, he decides to keep playing with Big Bird as they ride their pretend tricycles to the moon!
Suzie Kabloozie sings about the things she can imagine herself doing "In My Head."
(EKA: Episode 3691)
Alec Baldwin really likes the word tricycle.
Nicholas is now old enough to rollerblade, and ride a bike without training wheels.
(EKA: Episode 3720)
The Letter of the Day: R
Cookie Monster sings a rap song about the letter R, naming R words and singing about how he shouldn't eat the letter of the day while singing the song, but then he finishes the song (and after that, he finishes the cookie).
(First: Episode 3995)
A gang of pirates sing about their favorite letter, R.
(EKA: Episode 3995)
The letter R is made out of rocks, painted, and found on the road.
(EKA: Episode 3742)
Ernie sings "Imagine That." He sings about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(EKA: Episode 2598)
A girl likes to pretend she can fly.
(EKA: Episode 2977)
Muppets / Celebrity
R.E.M. sings "Furry Happy Monsters."
(EKA: Episode 3844)
The story of Tommy LaPlaid, the painter so sad until he discovered the joys of kicking his paints on the canvas.
Artist: Mo Willems
(EKA: Episode 3578)
Abby Cadabby thinks of a word that rhymes with milk so she can turn a glass of it into a pumpkin. The spell works, not on the glass of milk, but on The Elephant, who uses his memory to remember what he was before so Abby can change him back little by little.
Elephants appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(EKA: Episode 3712)
Grover borrows The Amazing Mumford's cape to perform as a magician, with Chris as his assistant. Chris chooses a card from Grover's deck and shows the audience that it's an 8. When Grover guesses correctly, Chris is genuinely amazed. After a second and third time that Chris draws an 8 from the deck, he calls Grover on his "trick": every card in the deck is an 8. Determined to amaze Chris, Grover promises to turn into the number 8. When even "a la peanut butter sandwiches" can't help him, he makes Chris look away while he places an 8 on the table.
"OK, We Got a Hip-Hop Beat" - #8
Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(EKA: Episode 3132)
"It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There." (Vocals by Jerry Nelson)
(EKA: Episode 3397)
Elmo's World: Bicycles
(First: Episode 3969)
The Adventures of Trash Gordon
Chapter 692
Trash is heroically tired on Planet Vacation, and relaxes on a lawn chair.
(First: Episode 4128)

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