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Sesame Street
Plot Firefly Show
Air date August 15, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Sponsors F, 6
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies

4165

Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN
What's the Word on the Street?: Insect

SCENE 1
At dusk, Chris welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street as he closes Hooper's Store, and listens to all the nighttime sounds. Telly and Baby Bear pass by him with a net and a jar, and tell him that they're trying to catch fireflies. Chris goes home, and Telly and Baby Bear tell the viewer to help them out by pointing out any fireflies they see. One flies above their head, and they scramble to catch it as they follow it near and far.

SCENE 1
cont'd
Gina leads Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and Super Chicken in a wing exercise ("wingercise"), and invites Telly and Baby Bear to join them. They'd rather just sit and watch, and as they do, they notice the firefly "wingercising" along with them. They swing their net, and accidentally catch Gina.

SCENE 1
cont'd
Maria and Luis sit on the steps with some kids. Just as they're about to sing something, Telly and Baby Bear ask them if they've seen the firefly, which inspires Luis to play "The Firefly Song." Maria points out the Spanish word for firefly, luciernaga, and everyone tries saying it. Telly and Baby Bear wait until the song is done before they continue their firefly chase.


SCENE 1
cont'd
The chase leads them to the front of the laundromat, where Telly gets an idea to use a flashlight to attract the firefly. The method works, but then they start to notice that the captured firefly doesn't look so happy and bright anymore. They wonder why he looks so sad. Leela encounters them, and instead of telling them explicitly why the firefly is sad, she suggests that they all pretend to be fireflies, who fly around and suddenly end up in a jar. They realize that there's not much flying room in a jar, so they decide to set the firefly free.
SCENE 1
cont'd
After Leela goes home, they decide that pretending to be fireflies is more fun than catching them, and sing the "Firefly Song" again.
The street story can be seen at Sesamestreet.org. (SSvideo)
Song
"I'm a Little Airplane," with film of kids pretending to be airplanes.
(EKA: Episode 3698)
Muppets / Celebrity
Jenny McCarthy tells the viewer what an insect is, and pretends to be some, attracting a bee.
Animation
A red insect wants to play with some green insects.
(EKA: Episode 4127)
SCENE 2
Chris realizes that he forgot to show the letter of the day, and the fireflies help him out by forming a letter F.
Animation
Fs are found on a city street.
(EKA: Episode 3436)
Film
A big F emerges, "Jaws"-like, in a swimming pool.
(EKA: Episode 3702)
Muppets / Celebrity
Ernie and Aaron Neville sing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(EKA: Episode 3300)
Film
In sign language, a boy reads his poem, "Night."
(EKA: Episode 3954)
SCENE 3
Chris chats with six fireflies, who form the number of the day, 6.
Film
Six kids dance on a playground to the same beat.
(EKA: Episode 3897)
Cartoon
Rap #6
(EKA: Episode 2580)


Muppets
Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un leotardo (a leotard), unos aros (rings), y una voltereta (a cartwheel). The school turns out to be a gymnastics school in Chelsea Piers, where kids do exercises.

Cut from the Sprout version (see Alterations noted below).
Animation
Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(EKA: Episode 2900)

Muppets
"Pre-School Musical:" in a parody of High School Musical, students at a pre-school learn to take turns.
Muppets
Elmo's World: Bugs
(First: Episode 3917)
SCENE 4
It's now nighttime. Before Chris goes home, he announces the sponsors, which the fireflies display once again.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
Muppets

Global Grover: Grover opens a box he brought back from Iceland, but discovers that it is empty. To give us a glimpse of what was supposed to be inside the box, Grover rolls a clip about puffins in Iceland. Arna is a young, Iclandic girl who rescue baby puffins that have flown into town instead of out to sea where they belong. Arna and her family bring these baby birds back to their home, take care of them overnight and then take them to sea the next morning where they release them.
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout version.


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