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Episode 4411

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Sesame Street
Plot Count Tribute
Air date October 31, 2013
Season Season 44 (2013-2014)
Sponsors S, 18
Releases Count on Elmo (edited)


Picture Segment Description
What's the Word on the Street?: Impostor
Alan, Chris and Telly welcome the viewer to a special evening on Sesame Street: the Count von Count is receiving the Noble Prize for Counting (being the best counter in the world), and everyone on the street has gathered for the ceremony. The two judges, Lars and Sigrid, wish for a quick ceremony, as they have to present an award to the winning whistler in Whicittaw in two hours.

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As the ceremony begins, the judges introduce the Count, but he does not appear. Chris tries messaging the Count, who replies saying he was helping a counting emergency in Chicago and now his flights are delayed. He even counts the delayed flights and transmits his trademark thunder and lightning through the texts. They tell the judges of his delay and ask to leave the prize with them and they'll give it to him. But, the Count must be present, as he has to pass a final counting test in order to receive his prize. They don't want that to happen and promise he'll be here in a minute. Alan has an idea...


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The judges introduce the Count again and out comes Alan, pretending to be him (cape, monocle, beard and all). The judges are skeptical at first, but proceed with the test: he must count the dancing pickles that appear behind the sign. Alan has trouble counting them all and blows it. To save the Count's reputation, Chris claims Alan's actually the Great Impostor of Sesame Street. Alan shuffles off doing his Gladys the Cow impression. The judges allow one more minute for the Count to arrive. Leela and Gordon approach Chris on the Count's whereabouts and he receives another message from him, now counting the announcements about his delayed flight. Telly claims they need someone who can count really fast and has someone particular in mind...
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The judges introduce the Count again and out comes Telly in Count-costume. He's able to count better than Alan, but still can't get them all and fails the test. Chris tries to cover again, claiming he's the Count's twin brother, Ed. The judges give the Count one last minute to show up, or else his prize goes to the second best counter in the world. Chris is all out of ideas on how to stall the judges and Elmo claims he knows a counting trick the Count once taught him...


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Elmo comes up to the podium now and almost blows the ruse with his third-person speech pattern, until Maria claims it's his Spanish nickname ("El Mo"). Elmo successfully passes the test by counting the pickles by two. However, the judges can't give him the prize; according to his profile, thunder and lightning always follow his counting and they didn't hear any, and they don't accept Alan, Chris and Telly making "boom" sounds behind their programs. Telly pleads with the judges, telling them how the Count's counting has made millions of people happy and is the best counter. But, rules are rules and if he's not here, he can't get the prize. Suddenly, all of his friends in the audience rise up, in full Count-ensemble, claiming they're the Count. The judges see the Count is a special figure on the street, but still cannot give him the prize and award to the second greatest counter: a hand-held calculator from Beijing. Chris texts the Count about his loss, who replies that it's better to count friends who care about you than prizes.
Chris' text to the Count and his reply was cut from the DVD release. It is replaced with a newly recorded reaction from Elmo.
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Suddenly, the Count is lifted down from the sky by his bats and begins counting all his friends, much to their applause.
The street story can be viewed at SesameStreet's YouTube Channel. (YouTube)
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See also


  1. Matt Vogel on Twitter

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