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SESAME STREET
Plot Super Nanny visits
Air date APRIL 20, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors I, W, 6

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Picture Segment Description
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OSCAR THE GROUCH explains that he’s too busy to point out the letters & number of the day. He’s trying to sort his TRASH, but he’s also babysitting a particularly belligerent IRVINE. OSCAR could sure use some help.

Right on cue & underscored by heroic music, a Superman-esque announcer (MARTIN P. ROBINSON), says, "Look, in the sky! Faster than a speeding mommy, nicer than a friendly doggy, it’s a plane, it’s a nurse...it’s Super Nanny!" Hearing the distressed cries, Super Nanny heads to SESAME STREET to be cheerful, sing songs, & clean up.

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SCENE 1
OSCAR asks IRVINE to just settle down so he can work, but IRVINE refuses. Super Nanny suddenly lands & introduces herself as Penny Pipkins. She offers to take care of IRVINE while OSCAR works. OSCAR considers himself lucky, until he realizes Super Nanny is concerned primarily with cheering her up. Super Nanny sings a happy song which always works, "Chirrup" while a dubious OSCAR covers his ears. The song summons 3 birds (yellow, blue, & red) who join in the chorus. IRVINE stubbornly refuses to cheer up, so Super Nanny resorts to singing the song again.
20 Eggs
Animation
A chicken lays 20 eggs, which hatch.
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Muppets
Ernie & Bert: Bert has gone to visit his brother Bart. Ernie pretends that Bert is still there using a drawing & a pillow, but it isn’t the same. Then, Ernie remembers Bert will be back tomorrow, & can go back to bed.
3806 g
Film
"One Thousand Faces"
6 piglets
Cartoon
6 pigs
Artist: Owe Gustafson
Computer In Out
Animation
Computer: in/out
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SCENE 2
Back at OSCARs TRASH CAN, Super Nanny is still singing, while a group of discontented GROUCHketeers sit & rustle TRASHbags. Gina, at Hoopers Store, notes that Super Nanny has been singing the song continuously for 10 minutes. OSCAR tells Super Nanny to forget about making IRVINE smile, but Super Nanny concludes she’s crying because of OSCARs home: "Did you do all that alone?" "I had some help." Super Nanny peers down & observes the china closet on the sofa floating in the swimming pool, while OSCAR’s pet rhino goes down the water slide. OSCAR jeers that she can’t possibly clean all that up with her feather duster. Super Nanny insists that it can & explains that it’s a super feather duster, showing different ways one can use a feather duster (as a baton, a bouquet, or a tickling implement, among others). She then claims it also doubles as a magic wand, & proceeds to show OSCAR.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
With a wave of the featherduster & the word "Alakazam", Super Nanny instantly transforms the surrounding area. OSCARs TRASH CAN is now a shiny new receptacle. The GROUCHketeer girls are well-scrubbed in nice Sunday dresses while the boy wears a Fauntleroy-style suit. The unsteady stack of barrels, crates, & rags has become a single wooden box. TRASHbags are brightly colored & neatly tied, while a white picket fence & roses growing on a frame complete the decor. OSCARs hair is neatly scrubbed (save a cowlick sticking up ala Our Gang member Alfalfa) & he's wearing a collar & bowtie. OSCAR regrets opening his big mouth, but he's even more appalled when he looks closely at his clean TRASH CAN: curtains everywhere, no furniture in the swimming pool, a Princess phone, & track lighting. IRVINE laughs at her uncle's neat look, while OSCAR bemoans the fact that 24 years of work have been destroyed. As the last straw, FLUFFY surfaces, wearing a pink ribbon around her trunk.
Full subway
Film
Kids shout "empty" & "full" to describe a subway car.
3963 j
Cartoon
CGI sheep graze out I & i.
Monsterpiece Theater The Sun Also Rises
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater
"The Sun Also Rises"
Wih Witch
Cartoon
W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
It's Zydeco
Muppets
"Its Zydeco"
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Film
The floating kids form a triangle.
Elmo's Song
Muppets
Elmo writes his own song & sings it for BIG BIRD & Snuffy, who then wish that they had their own songs. Elmo lets them insert their own names into the lyrics, resulting in "BIG BIRD’s Song" & "Snuffy’s Song".
6 snakes
Cartoon
6 mice, 6 snakes, 6 fish, 6 monkeys, 6 witches
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Film
6 children dance in a colorblock grid.
It Soon Gets Done
Muppets
"Daddy Helps with the Dishes" - 3 families sing about how they help each other doing chores, cooking & homework. They all agree that when they all do it, "It soon gets done!"
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Film
Kids talk about building sand castles & sand structures at the beach.
Snake swing
Song
"There's an Exercise That's Right" even for a snake.
Humphrey Natasha GO
Muppets
Humphrey thinks Natasha will help him demonstrate the words GO & STOP, but she does the opposite of whatever he says.
Stop Scribble
Animation
Scribbles move around a black screen, until they see a STOP sign.
Telly Shaun faces
Muppets
Telly & Shaun make happy & sad faces.
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Cartoon
A scientist builds a robot that has real feelings, such as sad, happy & afraid.
Antarctica!
Muppets
As a SESAME STREET Travel Tip, a pair of Anything Muppets sing about the latest travel destination, Antarctica!
Luis & Linda COLD
Cast
Luis & Linda assemble the word COLD, & it snows.
3150 p
Song
"It's Harder the 1st Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) & progressively improve.
Sand I
Animation
Sand I / i
Barnyard Rap
Muppets
Maria & some kids rap along with Moo Cow Hammer & the Barnyard Rappers.
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Film
Ornate Ws spin around in accompaniment to a song.
Fish Cowboy Hat
Muppets
Ernie tries to put a pot on Bert’s head. Bert asks Ernie why he’s doing that, & Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – & put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that Ernie had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, & the fish in Bert’s cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert’s head & says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
3806 d
Animation
"Six Circus Balls"
Artist: Jane Aaron
1563 m
Film
Old paper, new paper
Music: "Blue Nosed Gopher" by Graham Preskett
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Muppets
Tim Robbins & Elmo talk about surprise.
Rabbit Cow
Cartoon
A man pulls a rabbit out of his hat, but the rabbit turns out to be a cow. "Surprise!"
Artist: John Schnall
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SCENE 3
OSCAR & the GROUCHketeers are working on the TRASH CAN, banging with a hammer to create new dents & rubbing some "Mr. Dirt" to make IT filthy again. It doesn't seem to be working, though, & Gina admits IT still looks clean. & although OSCAR asked her nicely, Super Nanny refuses to dirty IT up again, saying he'll learn to like IT. OSCAR hates IT, likening IT to life on Sunnybrook Farm, & fears IT will remain that way forever once the Nanny leaves.
OSCAR asks Gina to intercede for him, noting that if he weren’t a GROUCH, he’d even go so far as to say "please". Gina talks to Super Nanny & explains the essential cultural & physical differences between GROUCHES & humans (or humanoid Anything Muppets). She quickly explains that GROUCHES take extreme pleasure & pride in amassing a mess, & that they HATE anything clean. Super Nanny finally realizes she remodeled OSCARs HOUSE completely against his wishes without even asking. With her newfound multicultural awareness, Super Nanny utters another "Alakazam" & restores OSCARs TRASH CAN to the usual status quo (& the GROUCHketeers get their standard uniforms back). OSCAR admits that Super Nanny isn’t "so bad for a neatnik". Penny Pipkins returns the compliment, saying he "isn’t so dusty for a GROUCH" & she tickles OSCAR, who asks her to keep it up. OSCAR opines that "This could be the start of a beautiful mismatch".
W-Wash
Cartoon
W for Wash
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Film
Alphaquest: W
Grover John-John Backwards
Muppets
GroverJohn-John count backwards from 10 to 1.
1041 scuba
Film
Scuba diver - on, into, under, through, around
Music: Joe Raposo
Letter I Beep Beep
Cartoon
Letter I (Beep Beep)
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SCENE 4
Everyone’s gathered around OSCARs TRASH CAN when Super Nanny’s super hearing picks up a distress cry (as the heroic music starts again). Parents in Chicago must go to work, but their baby is crying & the sitter hasn’t arrived. Clearly another job for Super Nanny beckons, so she tells everyone to keep smiling (except for OSCAR. She also tells IRVINE not to cry, so the infant defiantly cries anyway (& tries to bite Gina’s hand). With a final "Alakazam", Super Nanny flies into the air again, with everyone (even the GROUCHES) waving farewell. Super Nanny announces the sponsors & asks a passing off-screen pigeon for directions to Chicago.

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