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Sesame Street
Plot Upside-Down Nursery Rhymes
Air date April 3, 2015
Season Season 45 (2014-2015)
Sponsors C, 18


Picture Segment Description
What's the Word on the Street?: Applause

Big Bird sips down a birdseed milkshake as he welcomes the viewer. He adds a special writer is visiting today - Mother Goose! Alan overhears and is enthralled; she's his favorite writer. He reads from one of her works he's in the middle of (Old Mother Hubbard), when Mother Goose (Tina Fey) arrives behind him. She encourages his compliments and even receives some (canned) applause. Big Bird assumes she'll be reading her famous rhymes for them, but she has something better - the actual characters to perform their rhymes!

SCENE cont'd
Mother Goose's first guest is none other than Little Miss Muffet! A stagehand chicken wheels in her tuffet, which begins giving her a bad feeling. Alan deduces she's feeling anxious because she knows the spider will come and frighten her. Alan offers a strategy to help her calm herself down. Big Bird suggests Mother Goose write a new rhyme that makes Miss Muffet less anxious. Mother Goose has a mini-meltdown, until Alan has her calm down too. Mother Goose comes up with a new rhyme, where the spider invites Miss Muffet to play instead.

SCENE cont'd
The next guest is Little Jack Horner. Alan finds out that he's feeling disappointed when he pulls out the plumb from his Christmas pie, as he's "plumb tired" of finding only plums. Alan does his calming strategy with Jack, and Big Bird suggests another change of his rhyme. Mother Goose freaks out, until she's calmed by Alan again. She changes the rhyme, so instead Jack gets to chow down on some Mexican food.
SCENE cont'd
Mother Goose is so grateful for the help Big Bird and Alan have provided, she writes a nursery rhyme starring them! The canned audience showers her with applause.
Muppets / Celebrity
Zachary Levi teaches Elmo the meaning of applause by showing some applause-worthy acts, including a tap-dancing tomato and a fire-breathing chicken.
Murray Monster sings "Old MacMurray" and is joined by a chicken. He's baffled when a lobster shows up, not knowing what sound they make. The lobster likes to go "snap-snap" with its claws, so they sing that.
"How Fun a Book Can Be"


Cookie's Crumby Pictures presents Les Mousserables (Rated ME: For Mixed Emotions)
Cookie Monster appears as "Jean Bonbon," a French monster without cookies. He finds a jar nearby and begins munching them down. He runs into Flantine, who weeps over not being able to give her daughter a cookie. With some help from the narrator, Cookie is able to see she's sad by how she looks and acts; he doesn't, however, provide her with a cookie. He then runs into Epienine, who is jealous of Cookie's snacks. Cookie, too, blows her off. Soon, all his friends march in anger over his selfishness. Cookie soon realizes he needs to share his cookies and they all, with some marshmallows, celebrate "One Day S'more."
(First: Episode 4411)

Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, C, with a song and dance.
Two kids picture C words in the clouds.
(First: Episode 4401)
A troop of army ants look for C words at a picnic.
Artist: Michael Goldberg
(First: Episode 4196)
Murray sings another verse of "Old MacMurray," this time with a pig. He's then met with an octopus, who makes a "glub-glub" sound.


Muppets / Animation
Abby's Flying Fairy School
It's now naptime for the class and everyone heads to their beds. Abby, however, can't fall asleep. Mrs. Sparklenose tells her to count sheep. Abby can't imagine sheep and can't consult a sleeping Mrs. Sparklenose. She poofs 3 real sheep into the classroom, who wake up Blogg. They count the sheep, but need more to fall asleep. Suddenly, a chorus line of 7 more sheep appear. They are still not asleep and wake up Peck too. Abby makes more sheep appear, in the form of a football team. Gonnigan is woken up and chased by the team. They call on Spot, who shows them a subtraction video. They get an idea to subtract the sheep and lead each group out of the room. Once the sheep are cleared, the students fall asleep. Mrs. Sparklenose sees them and extends naptime for a bit. (updated theme song)
(First: Episode 4215)
Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 18.
Counting 18 flowers in the garden.
(First: Episode 4304)
In time-lapse, a man makes a puzzle of an 18.
(First: Episode 4182)

Sons of Poetry
Mr. Browning needs a rhyme for the end of his love poem (rhyming with "blue"). His lover, Ms. Barrett tries to point out it's "you" (meaning her), when suddenly, the Sons of Poetry disrupt their quiet scene with their rambunctious motorcycles. They come up with some rhymes, including "shoe" and "moo," until they suggest "stew." Mr. Browning accepts it, loving stew. Ms. Barrett, offended, rides off with the Sons.
(First: Episode 4405)
Murray sings one last go-round of "Old MacMurray" with a cow and a piece of cheese, who enjoys saying "Wubba wubba."


Elmo the Musical: Tomato the Musical
Elmo imagines himself as a farmer. From the ground sprouts the Big Tomato, who wishes to be the biggest one of all. With more water from Elmo, she grows to a large size, but is she the biggest? A barker turns their attention toward the local "Big, Bigger, Biggest County Fair." As they arrive, an elephant hungers for the large food. Elmo imagines a giant peanut to satisfy him. At the competition, the judge is so awestruck at the sight of the Big Tomato, all she can say (or sing) is "Mamma Mia!" She awards Big Tomato the biggest ribbon.
(First: Episode 4506)
Murray announces the sponsors.

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