4301: Get Lost, Mr. Chips

Alan is getting ready for the Cookie Connoisseurs Club, the most exclusive cookie appreciation club in the country, to come to Sesame Street to taste his super cookies. Alan asks Chris to distract Cookie Monster while the club meets. Chris tries, but it’s too late. Commander Chiphead, played by David Hyde Pierce, the club’s Cookie Master, says that Cookie Monster can only taste Alan’s cookies if he’s a member of the club. To join, he must recite the Cookie Connoisseurs Club Pledge of Allegiance and follow the three rules: to first look at the cookie, then smell the cookie, and finally, only nibble the cookie to savor its flavor. Cookie Monster thinks he can follow these rules, but devours the first cookie right away! Commander Chiphead is not happy, but gives Cookie Monster another chance. Chris suggests that Cookie Monster try to pretend that the cookie is something else to help him control himself. He pretends that it’s a yo-yo, which seems to be working, but once Cookie Monster smells the cookie, he eats it right up. Next, Cookie Monster tries to pretend that the cookie smells like something stinky, which helps him get past the second rule, but as he goes to nibble it, he loses control again! Cookie Monster has one last chance, so this time he keeps reminding himself out loud that he needs to control himself so that he can stay in the club. The strategy works! Now it’s time for the last cookie, and Commander Chiphead is so excited because it is one of his favorites. He loses control and devours the entire thing just like Cookie Monster had been doing all along. Cookie Monster offers to help teach him self-control since he’s so good at it now.

4302: The Good Sport

Elmo and Abby are playing a game of hot potato together, but Elmo keeps losing the game and starts to feel frustrated. He becomes upset and only wants to win. Abby explains that it’s just a game and says that she doesn’t want to play with Elmo anymore. Telly appears and tells Elmo that practice helped him get better at the game. Elmo asks if Telly will train him and he agrees. After much practice, Elmo feels ready to play hot potato again with Abby. They play together and this time Elmo wins—again and again and again. But when Elmo begins to show off, it makes Abby not want to play anymore. Leela passes by and realizes the problem. She explains to Elmo that it’s fine to be good at something and feel proud of yourself, but sometimes it is easy to get very excited about winning and get carried away. You may even forget how you are making someone else feel. Leela says that the trick is to be a good sport, someone who when they win, doesn’t show off, and when they lose, doesn’t get too upset. Elmo realizes that he wasn’t a good sport and understands why Abby didn’t want to play with him. Elmo apologizes and promises to be a good sport from now on, and they play another game of hot potato.

4305: Me Am What Me Am

A very hungry Cookie Monster is waiting for Chris to finish baking cookies, but it’s hard for him to wait! Chris offers Cookie Monster carrots to eat in the meantime, and he gobbles them all up. All of a sudden Mario Lopez, a reporter for EXTRA Sesame Street, appears and announces on his show that Cookie Monster is now the Veggie Monster! Cookie Monster is panicked and explains that even though he does love to eat healthy carrots, he is not the Veggie Monster. But everyone insists on calling him the Veggie Monster anyway. This makes Cookie Monster really unhappy. He decides to eat a cookie so that nobody will call him Veggie Monster anymore. He asks Big Bird and Snuffy if they have any cookies to eat, but all they have is birdseed, spaghetti and cabbage. Cookie Monster tastes the cabbage for the first time and thinks it’s delicious! Just then, Mario appears and reports that Cookie Monster is eating another vegetable. Cookie Monster tries to explain to Mario that just because he loves cabbage doesn’t mean he is the Veggie Monster. Cookie Monster realizes that the only way he can eat vegetables is if he disguises himself. Cookie Monster eats celery in disguise, but Mario recognizes him and records it for all to see. Cookie Monster is upset and tells Mario that he is feeling frustrated because no one believes him. Cookie Monster sings a song about how no matter how much he loves vegetables, he’ll always be who he is—Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster eats the cookies Chris baked for him and Mario reports that Cookie Monster really is the Cookie Monster!

4306: A Song for the Letter “G”

Elmo, Rosita and the letter “J” are singing a song about the sound that the letter “J” makes. After the “J” leaves, the letter “G” approaches Rosita and Elmo and tells them that he can also make the “juh” sound, just like the letter “J”, but he can also make the “guh” sound. Elmo and Rosita think it is amazing that “G” can make two sounds! Elmo and Rosita need help thinking of a song that is different from the “J” song, so Super Grover comes to help. He sings a super “G” song, but the letter “G” isn’t sure that the song is right for him. Oscar the Grouch offers to make up a different song, but this one is just too yucky. Rosita brings her guitar and sings a song about Spanish words that begin with “G”. He likes it, but it’s too slow. Elmo and Rosita make up a “G” song with a more upbeat sound that gets their bodies moving. The letter “G” loves this perfect song and requests an encore!

4307: Brandeis is Looking for a Job

Brandeis, a yellow Labrador retriever, is looking for a job on Sesame Street. First, Leela hires him to fold laundry in the Laundromat, but Brandeis has a lot of trouble folding the clothing with his paws. Next, Chris hires him to sweep the floor, but he has trouble holding the broom. Brandeis is sad, but just then, Elmo notices that Gina is working with a dog. She explains that she is training Hercules to be a service dog. A service dog works with people who need special kinds of help. Gina says that it takes a lot of intelligence and training for this career, and Brandeis is up for the challenge! He begins training right away, learning how to do things like opening drawers, turning on lights and picking up and bringing things. After many weeks of training, Brandeis officially becomes a service dog! He is very excited and nervous about meeting the person he will be helping. Liliana, who is in a wheelchair, is nervous about meeting Brandeis, too. Liliana’s book bag slides off her lap, and Brandeis quickly fetches it for her. She laughs happily and thanks Brandeis. She then asks for a glass of milk, and Brandeis motions her to follow him into Hooper’s store and opens the door for her. Liliana praises him for his hard work. Gina and Elmo agree that that Brandeis found the perfect job!

4313: The Very End of X

Big Bird and Snuffy are the hosts of “The Letter of the Day Show” on Sesame Street! The only problem is that the letter they were supposed to introduce and sing about is broken into two straight pieces. Big Bird and Snuffy need help determining which letter it is, so they use the guests on the show as clues. Their first guest is a box, which begins with the letter “B”, so they think the letter must be “B.” When they try to put the broken pieces of the letter together, however, it does not form a “B.” Big Bird and Snuffy realize the letter must have two straight lines. The next guest is wax, so Big Bird and Snuffy think the letter must be “W,” but that letter has four straight lines. The next guest is Leela dressed up as a Tyrannosaurs Rex. Big Bird thinks that this has all become too hard because all of the guests start with a different letter — box, wax, and Tyrannosaurs Rex. After he says the words out loud, Snuffy realizes that all of the letters end with the same sound. They figure out that these words don’t start with the same letter, but end with the same letter —“X!” Leela helps them cross the two straight lines of the broken letter together and they form the letter “X!” Other guests that end with the letter “X” appear on the show and they all sing a song together.

4314: Sesame Street-O-Saurus

Grover, Elmo and Rosita are imagining that they are paleontologists, scientists who dig through dirt and stones to find fossils. Chris explains that fossils are what are left of a plant or an animal that lived a long time ago. The first thing they find in the dirt is a colorful, metal soup ladle which Grover thinks is a bone from a dinosaur. Next, they find two clothespins that Grover believes came from dinosaurs as well. Chris breaks the news to them that these things are not fossils, because not everything old that is found in the dirt is a fossil. Grover is disappointed that they have zero fossils and that he won’t be able to build a dinosaur out of what they found. Elmo suggests that they build a dinosaur even without fossils. Chris adds that they can use what they found in the dirt to build a dinosaur model. First, they design a model. Elmo thinks the ladle looks like a dinosaur’s head, Rosita thinks the spring looks like a dinosaur’s tail, Grover thinks keys look like a dinosaur’s arms, the spoons and clothespins could be legs and feet, and the xylophone could be the dinosaur’s body. Then, they put it all together and create their very own dinosaur model. They decide to name it Barbara!

Donald Glover on Sesame Street

4317: Figure It Out, Baby, Figure It Out!

Alan and Telly are very excited that their favorite singer, LMNOP, played by Donald Glover, is performing on Sesame Street. LMNOP finds out that his band is in San Diego and says that his performance on Sesame Street will have to be canceled. But Alan and Telly insist that he doesn’t leave. Chris reassures LMNOP that they could come up with everything he needs to perform. LMNOP agrees and says that the first thing he needs is a guitar. After learning about how to make one on the internet, Chris, Alan and Telly are able to construct a guitar out of a paper towel tube, tape, rubber bands, a pencil and a tissue box. LMNOP is ready to try out the guitar, but there is no stage. Chris, Alan and Telly construct a stage out of vegetable crates reinforced with tape so the crates will stay together and be strong enough. It works! LMNOP jumps onto the stage and asks for a sound check. Together they construct a microphone using lampshades. They will help amplify the sound and make it louder for the audience to hear. The last thing LMNOP needs is flashlights for lights and he’s ready to perform! With help from Chris, Alan and Telly, LMNOP gives a great performance on Sesame Street.

Tim Gunn on Sesame Street

4319: Best House of the Year

Elmo is outside roller skating when he and Leela hear construction noises. They investigate and come across the Three Little Pigs building a brick house to enter the “Best House of the Year” contest. They call for the judge of the contest, Mr. Bill Ding, played by Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, to inspect their house. Just as he’s about to announce that it is the best house of the year, in pops the Big Bad Wolf claiming that he’ll be able to blow the house down. No one thinks that he will be able to do it because brick is a strong building material, but with one big huff and puff, he blows the house down and blows Elmo away on his skates. The Three Little Pigs do not give up and try to think of a building material that is stronger than brick. First, they try building their house out of rock and then out of metal, but the Big Bad Wolf is able to use enough force to blow down both houses! The Three Little Pigs are about to give up, but Leela thinks that “stronger” isn’t what they need. What they need is an innovation, something completely new and different. Elmo has an idea for an innovation. He explains that every time a house blew down, he didn’t blow down but was blown away because of his skates. So the Little Pigs build their house on wheels and call for Mr. Ding one last time. In comes Big Bad too, but after a couple of big huffs and puffs, he is not able to blow the house down because it rolls away. Mr. Ding congratulates the Three Little Pigs and declares their house the “Best House of the Year!”

4320: Fairy Tale Science Fair

Baby Bear and Telly are reporters at the Sesame Street Fairy Tale Science Fair! Everyone’s favorite fairy tale characters are solving problems with science. Little Red Riding Hood is the first and she can’t tell the difference between her granny and the Big Bad Wolf, who is dressed up just like her granny. She decides to solve her problem by observing and comparing. After she looks closely and carefully, she points out their similarities and differences and discovers who the real granny is! Cinderella, who just loves science, asks a question about whether a pumpkin will float or sink. They form a hypothesis and conduct an experiment to test it. Baby Bear and Telly think that it will sink but the pumpkin actually floats! Next, the Three Little Pigs become worried that the Big Bad Wolf is coming and he can huff and puff and blow them away. They decide to build a house to protect them, but can’t agree which material is the best. Baby Bear helps them design an experiment to figure out which material is the sturdiest. They each make a hypothesis and use a fan to see which material won’t blow away- straw, sticks, or brick. The pigs conclude that brick is the best material. The Big Bad Wolf arrives, but to his disappointment, he can’t blow down the brick house. Science saved the day and solved lots of problems on Sesame Street!

4321: Lifting Snuffy

Zoe choreographed a special dance “The Dance of the Six Swans,” that she would like her friends to perform. She asks everyone to pair up for the ‘lift’ part of the dance, but they’re missing one person, so they ask Alan to join the dancers. He is partnered with Snuffy who says it’s been a dream of his to be lifted into the air like a swan. Alan tries to lift Snuffy, but he’s just too heavy. Gina says they need to be a little creative and think of ways they can lift Snuffy. As they observe what’s around them, Elmo points out that Chris is lifting a piece of pie out of a plate with a spatula. Gina explains that a spatula is a kind of lever, so if they design a bigger lever, they may be able to lift Snuffy. Using a long board and a crate, Snuffy sits on one end, and Alan tries to lift him by pushing the board down from the other side, but the board breaks. While looking around again, Zoe sees a girl jumping rope and suggests using a rope. The rope is swung over a beam and tied around Snuffy’s stomach, but no matter how hard Alan pulls, he can’t lift Snuffy. Gordon comes out to help and looks at their design and notices that they are missing a pulley. Gordon explains that pulleys are great tools to help lift heavy things. He redraws their design to include a pulley at the top and one at the bottom. Now they’re ready to try the pulleys and when the ‘lift’ part comes, Alan is able to lift Snuffy into the air like a swan! The pulleys work and Snuffy gets to live his dream.

Bobby Moynihan on Sesame Street

4325: Porridge Art

Baby Bear is excited to learn that his favorite porridge brand “Quaker Porridge” is holding a Porridge Art Contest, where contestants create edible art of the Quaker Duck Man, played by Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan. Alan mixes up a batch of porridge, Baby Bear runs off to get is art supplies, and Telly volunteers to pose as the Quaker Duck Man. First, Baby Bear gets inspiration to paint with porridge, but when the picture is placed upright on the easel, the mushy porridge slides right off the canvas. Baby Bear needs some brain food to help him figure out what to do next and returns to eating his porridge which is now thick and pasty. Alan explains that’s what happens to porridge when it’s left out too long. Baby Bear is inspired again! This time he sticks nuts and berries to the thick porridge to create a mosaic picture. But when everyone is distracted, animals come over and eat Baby Bear’s art. Alan reassures him that they can try something else and just then, Baby Bear is inspired once more. He decides to cover Telly with the thick porridge, creating a statue. Alan explains that this is cheating and Baby Bear understands. He tries to take the porridge off of Telly, but it stiffens even more. Alan tells Baby Bear that the longer porridge is left out, the drier and harder it becomes, just like his breakfast did. One last inspiration! Baby Bear makes his own sculpture out of porridge, and he wins the contest! His prize is to have lunch with the Quaker Duck Man, and together, they enjoy eating Baby Bear’s porridge sculpture.