In a season 5 Ernie and Bert sketch, Ernie's movie going experience is disrupted by a Lady with a tall hat, who blocks his view. He tries various attempts to watch the movie anyway, such as trying to switch seats with Bert, then trying to sit on his lap. Bert tells him to simply ask the lady to remove her hat. Ernie does so and the lady graciously removes her hat and places it on the empty seat next to her, now blocking Bert's view.
Almost three decades later, the lady re-appeared in the second episode of the 2001 hurricane saga. Among the debris in Big Bird's nest area is the lady's hat, who rushes over to pick it up and declares how happy she is.