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Episode 4142

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Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird Helps Zero
Air date August 27, 2007
Season Season 38
Sponsors I, 0


Picture Segment Description
"What's the Word on the Street?" -- disappear
On a beautiful day, Big Bird encounters a sad number Zero, who is upset because he is nothing. He sings a song about it.

Big Bird sets out to show Zero that being nothing is really something. When they go to Hooper's Store, Zero asks for a banana split, but Alan realizes he's out of bananas, which is the perfect cue for a musical number parodying "Yes, We Have No Bananas." In song, Alan explains how the number zero helps him keep track of what he needs to order whenever he runs out of something in the store. This makes Zero feel a little better, but he is still not convinced of his worthiness.

Meanwhile, there's a baseball game going on in the arbor: it's Chris's team versus Telly's team. They ask Zero to stand by the scoreboard to help keep score. Zero feels better for a little while, but when Telly is upset that his team doesn't have any runs, Zero misunderstands and feels that it is all his fault. Telly reassures him that a score of zero merely serves as motivation for his team to do better, but Zero is still upset. He declares that he is not going to be zero anymore and decides to act like a pig instead ("Please, call me Babe!").

This decision of Zero's causes some serious consequences: The Worm Air and Space Agency was going to send Slimey's friend Glo Worm to the moon, but the spaceship won't lift off because the countdown is stuck at the number nine without the number zero. Zero is reluctant to lend a hand, but Big Bird reminds him of the ways he helped Alan and Chris and now he could help Slimey, too.
Zero agrees to be himself again and completes the countdown! As the worm ship blasts into space, Zero is a valued hero.
"You're Important"
(EKA: Episode 3396)
Chris Brown demonstrates the word "disappear."
Five children sitting on a park bench get subtracted from five to one to zero.
The original voiceover narration by The Count has been replaced with one of Elmo.
(EKA: Episode 4113)
Keb Mo sings "Everybody Be Yo'Self" with the Sesame Street cast
(First: Episode 3969)
Tyrone Traction Jackson plays basketball with Margarita, in spite of her reluctance.
(EKA: Episode 4098)
The Number of the Day: 0
The Count's organ vanishes, leaving him with zero organs. He then counts zero elephants, zero yo-yos, and zero gefilte fish.
(First: Episode 3996)
A man break-dances around the number 0, disappearing to demonstrate "zero dancer."
(EKA: Episode 4040)
A caped 0 helps a child put his toys away, leaving zero toys on the floor.
"Jump Up" (Dan Zanes and friends)
(EKA: Episode 4064)
Ernie and Bert: Bert's reading is interrupted by Ernie with a room of monsters dancing in various styles.
(First: Episode 4031)
"You're a Big Kid Now"
(EKA: Episode 3525)
Baby Bear shows Abby Cadabby how to draw the letter I.
Ornate Is swing through the air to a song.
(EKA: Episode 3056)

Game Show: American I
Prairie Dawn hosts American I, where contestants compete to be the best letter I. Rosita, Oscar the Grouch and a dog serve as the judges. The first two contestants are a letter B and a letter W, whom the judges all agree should be the next American I. Prairie can hardly believe this. The final contestant actually is the letter I, whom the judges all reject. Frustrated, Prairie yells "It should be the American I, do you hear me?? I, I, I, I, Iiiiiii!" which causes the judges to crown Prairie as the winner, even though she's not even a letter. Oscar: "That's what makes it so right!" A flattered Prairie accepts the award.
Suzie Kabloozie sings "Sing."
Artist: Mo Willems
(EKA: Episode 3901)
Elmo's World: Bananas
(EKA: Episode 3862)

At night, Abby Cadabby reads a bedtime story to Marco, from the book "Real People Tales," and announces the sponsors.


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