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Squirmadega Car Race (Episode #4299H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Slimey is practicing for the Squirmadega Car Race. He zooms forward, backward, and around and around on the counter of Mr. Hopper's store. Elmo excitedly gets ready to watch Slimey in the worm car race. Elmo is Slimey's biggest fan and cheerleader! The worms' race cars line up as the sportscaster, Jeff Gordon, introduces the five race car drivers. Elmo cheers! Jeff Gordon discusses the race course. The worms must drive over the laundry basket, under the table and around the fire hydrant to win the race. The worms start their engines and take off! Cars #1, #2, and #3 lose control and are quickly out of the race, but Shawna Wiggleson in Car #4 and Slimey in Car #5 are still going. It's a close race! Slimey approaches the finishing line, but gets caught in Big Bird's toes. Shawna pulls ahead and wins! Elmo is very sad and disappointed. He wanted Slimey to win and thinks Slimey's sad because he lost the race. But Slimey is happy; he loves racing whether he wins or loses and he loves to practice, too. Elmo learns all that really matters is that Slimey did his best. And so did Elmo! He did a great job cheering Slimey on!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Humpty Dumpty's Big Break (Episode #4263H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Telly is very worried about Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, but Humpty explains that he is there to watch a football game. Just as the game is about to start, one of All the King's Horses comes limping in and says he can't play. It's Humpty's dream to play football, so he offers to replace him, but Telly is very worried that Humpty will break. Humpty pulls out his helmet and pads and says not to worry. The game starts, and Humpty goes for the ball, crashes, and cracks. Telly wants to help him, so he asks the question: "How do you keep an egg from breaking when he's playing football?" A real design challenge! Telly first tries wrapping Humpty in a cushion. The game resumes and crack - Humpty is down again. The cushion is too soft. Next, Telly tries a suit made out of sponges, but even though the sponges are bouncier than the cushion, they don't work too well either. Humpty is not giving up, and Telly is determined to help him. As Chris demonstrates how fragile an egg shell is, a chicken enters with a carton of eggs and shows that none are cracked. This gives Telly the brilliant idea to make a special egg carton for Humpty. It fits like a second shell, Humpty goes on to score a touchdown, and everyone is happy.

What's In Big Bird's Nest (Episode #4279H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Big Bird is very excited to go to sleep in the new pajamas that his Granny Bird gave him. Gordon goes to tuck him in and say goodnight, but as he is walking away, Big Bird complains that there is something bothering him in his nest. When Gordon checks his nest, he finds a truck hidden inside. Gordon tucks him in again, but there is something else in Big Bird's nest that is still bothering him. This time Gordon finds the letter C, which they take out. Big Bird is still uncomfortable, though, and each time he calls Gordon back, Gordon pulls out more objects including a cactus, a number 1, and a pineapple. Gordon can't find anything else in his nest, but something is still bothering Big Bird! Just then, the Princess from the Princess and the Pea story arrives and explains that besides being a Princess, her other job is a sleep consultant - helping people who cannot sleep. Through scientific inquiry, she investigates and discovers a pea. Big Bird is convinced, though, that there is still something in his nest. Susan suggests that maybe Big Bird sleep in the cot for the night instead. Gordon sets up the cot and Big Bird lies down in his new pajamas. But once again he feels something. Finally, Gordon realizes that the problem is the tag in Big Bird's cozy new pajamas. He removes it, and Big Bird quickly falls asleep in his nest, as Gordon falls asleep on the cot.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Super Maria (Episode #4275H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Gordon is busy trying to fix lots of things at 123 Sesame Street. Susan tells him that he should think about getting a superintendent - someone who takes care of buildings and fixes things that are broken. Gordon insists that he doesn't need any help. Chris comes by and asks if the doorknob is fixed yet, and tells Gordon that the window is broken, too. Chris also suggests getting a super, but again, Gordon says he doesn't need any help. The Count comes to count all of the things that are broken, and three things become five, as the gate and the drainpipe break. The Count suggests that Gordon gets a super, and Gordon gets even more frustrated. Just then, Super Grover flies in to save the day, and in the process, breaks a light. And then the door breaks. Maria and Big Bird hear the crash and hurry in to see if Gordon is okay, as the Count now counts seven broken things. Maria asks if he needs help, and Gordon finally agrees that he was wrong - he does need help fixing all of the broken things. Maria gets her toolbox, and together they sing about getting it all done as they make their way through fixing everything that is broken. Gordon thanks Maria for all of her help and asks if she would like to be the super. Maria agrees, and everyone is happy.

Furry Potter (Episode #4281H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

It seems that everyone on Sesame Street is excitedly reading the new Furry Potter book. Telly has it too, and can't wait to find Gordon so Gordon can read it to him. He finds Gordon grading papers outside Hooper's Store, and Telly anxiously asks him to read him the book now. Gordon agrees, but cannot find his glasses. Gordon suggests to Telly that he tries to read the book himself, but Telly says it's too long. Instead he goes to get help, and brings back the three little kittens from the nursery rhyme, since they know all about losing stuff. They find their mittens in Gordon's briefcase, but Gordon's glasses are still nowhere to be found. Gordon again suggests to Telly that he should try to read by himself, but Telly takes one look at the book and says it's too hard. Instead he brings back Little Bo Peep to help, since she is also always losing things. One of her sheep shows up with glasses and gives them to Gordon, but they are sunglasses. Again, Gordon tells Telly to give the book a try, and again, Telly has a better idea and runs off to get Schnozola, the glass-sniffing dog. But that's doesn't work either. Telly finally admits that he doesn't want to read the book by himself because it means not reading it together with Gordon. Gordon tells him they can still do that - by Telly reading the book to him, taking one word at a time. Just as they begin, Chris finds Gordon's glasses, but Telly tells Gordon that he kind of likes reading to him, so they keep doing just that.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Letter R Mystery (Episode #4270H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Detective Alfie Betts is on vacation at Sesame Street and is enjoying a plate of raisin raspberry ravioli when Telly rushes in very upset because his robot and remote are missing. Then Leela enters looking for her rake and roses. When the raisin raspberry ravioli disappears, too, Detective Alfie Betts decides it's time to investigate to find out why things keep going missing. He needs a team of detectives, and Elmo and Abby quickly volunteer. By repeating the items that are missing, they realize that all of them begin with the letter R. Just then, Mumford runs in saying his rabbit is gone too. Luckily, Telly and Mumford saw someone running away each time something disappeared. They describe him and Detective Betts makes a drawing of who they saw. It turns out to be the letter R! So the team gathers up some letters, puts them in a line-up, and matches the drawing to them. They match it to the letter R, who then runs off in a panic. Elmo, Abby, and Detective Betts chase him all around Sesame Street, but he is too quick. They come up with a plan to bring him in for questioning. They set out a plate of rigatoni, which begins with the letter R, and hide, watching to see if the letter R takes it. He eats the rigatoni, but takes off before they can catch him. To slow him down, the detectives decide to put out a heavy rock for him to take. It works, and the letter R admits to taking all the things that start with the letter R. He apologizes, returns everything, and Detective Betts resumes his vacation.

A Prince of a Frog (Episode #4273H)

KQED 9: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

There is a princess in distress on Sesame Street! She cannot meet her prince without kissing a frog, but the frog keeps hopping away! Elmo and Abby try to help by learning a little more about frogs on Alan's computer. The first thing they learn is that frogs are amphibians and like to gather in groups and croak together. Abby and Elmo pretend to be croaking frogs to attract the frog. It works, and the frog hops over, but before the princess can kiss him, he hops away. Next they learn that frogs like to eat flies and catch them with their long sticky tongues. They convince Allan to buzz like a fly while they croak. It works! The frog comes back, the princess kisses him, but nothing happens. The frog is still a frog. The princess convinces Abby to work her magic and turn the frog into a prince. She does, and after a few tries, poof - the frog becomes a prince. But the frog prince has no idea what it means to actually be a prince. He still wants to hop, eat flies, jump on lily pads, and croak all night. The prince is sad and sings a song about missing his life as a frog. The princess finally understands that the prince can't be happy as a prince if he was meant to be a frog, and she asks Abby to change him back. The frog happily resumes his life, but this time, the princess is so amazed with all of the things he can do that she decides to forget about looking for her prince and just enjoy being with her friend the frog.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Elmo and the Monarch Butterfly (Episode #4268H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo and Telly are reading the book Fascinating Facts About Insects. First they see two ants, and after looking at them through their magnifying glass, they learn that ants never sleep. Next they see two ladybugs and learn that ladybugs smell with their feet. When a butterfly flutters in, they wonder where his friends are and worry that he is lonely. Elmo decides to pretend to be a butterfly so he will have a friend, but the butterfly won't come over to Elmo. Telly checks the book and learns that butterflies go through a metamorphosis, or a big change, which is made up of 4 stages-starting as an egg and changing into a caterpillar then a chrysalis and finally a butterfly. Maybe if Elmo pretends to go through the four stages, the butterfly will think Elmo is a butterfly and be his friend. It works and the butterfly flutters over and lands on Elmo. They head over to Hooper's for a snack, and after checking their book, they learn that butterflies actually drink nectar from flowers or juice from fruit. Chris prepares them a snack of sliced oranges and they watch the butterfly drink with his proboscis, which is a curly little thing that unrolls and becomes like a straw that he drinks through. As Elmo begins drawing a picture of his new friend, Chris explains that he is a Monach butterfly. All of a sudden lots more Monarch butterflies flutter in and Telly checks the book and explains that Monarch butterflies migrate, or move, when the seasons change. The weather is just too cold on Sesame Street in the winter. Elmo is sad that his friend is leaving, but he will always have his picture to remember him by.

Jack's Big Jump (Episode #4297H)

KQED 9: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Jack Be Nimble is getting ready for his big jump over eight candlesticks! He tries to jump over them, but instead he knocks them over and falls. Jack runs away and hides. He messed up and now is having trouble jumping. Baby Bear and Telly find someone to help him- a kangaroo! The kangaroo sometimes has trouble jumping too, but he sings the Jumping Song to help him get over his fear. Luckily, Jack gets his jump back. He is ready to jump, but instead jumps quickly behind a bench. Jack is upset; he can jump up and down, but can't jump over the candlesticks. Telly and Baby Bear race out and find a special cow- the cow that jumped over the moon! Jack practices jumping with the support and help from the cow and realizes that he is indeed ready to jump over eight candlesticks. Everybody is chanting when Jack flies into the air and jumps over not eight, but eleven candlesticks! He did it! Hooray! Telly and Baby Bear jump too!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Failure to Launch (Episode #4257H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Hubert the Human Cannonball comes to Sesame Street to be launched out of a cannon, across the yard, and into a bucket of blue gelatin. He starts to set up all his stuff in the arbor and takes out a ruler so he can make sure the bucket is exactly five feet from the cannon. Baby Bear helps him measure it, Elmo and Telly help him into the cannon, and?drum roll please?there's a poof and Hubert tumbles out. Baby Bear measures the distance, and, to the dismay of Hubert, he has flown zero feet. They figure out that his cannon is broken and try to come up with another way to launch Hubert five feet to the bucket of gelatin. Telly comes up with the bright idea to try his toy catapult. So they set Hubert up, launch him, and then measure. Once again, Hubert is disappointed - he has only gone two feet. Elmo comes up with a new idea to make Hubert go further and comes back with the Big Bad Wolf, who can make houses fly! He blows and Hubert takes off. This time the distance measures only four feet,. Baby Bear thinks he can engineer something just forceful enough, and designs and builds a launcher for Hubert using a giant rubber band. It works! Hubert lands precisely five feet away, right into the bucket of blue gelatin - and the crowd goes wild.

Humpty Dumpty's Big Break (Episode #4263H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Telly is very worried about Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, but Humpty explains that he is there to watch a football game. Just as the game is about to start, one of All the King's Horses comes limping in and says he can't play. It's Humpty's dream to play football, so he offers to replace him, but Telly is very worried that Humpty will break. Humpty pulls out his helmet and pads and says not to worry. The game starts, and Humpty goes for the ball, crashes, and cracks. Telly wants to help him, so he asks the question: "How do you keep an egg from breaking when he's playing football?" A real design challenge! Telly first tries wrapping Humpty in a cushion. The game resumes and crack - Humpty is down again. The cushion is too soft. Next, Telly tries a suit made out of sponges, but even though the sponges are bouncier than the cushion, they don't work too well either. Humpty is not giving up, and Telly is determined to help him. As Chris demonstrates how fragile an egg shell is, a chicken enters with a carton of eggs and shows that none are cracked. This gives Telly the brilliant idea to make a special egg carton for Humpty. It fits like a second shell, Humpty goes on to score a touchdown, and everyone is happy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Amphibian Show (Episode #4294H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo and Abby are resting when suddenly it's time to play the game show, "Find that Amphibian." Elmo and Abby must find an amphibian before the game show's tadpole turns into a frog. They don't know what an amphibian is, but the announcer gives them a clue- an animal that starts out living in water. Elmo and Abby meet a fish and are convinced they have won the game! As the announcer explains, though, fish only live in water and not on land. Elmo and Abby look for their second clue- an animal that breathes air. They find an amphibian! A bird! They learn, though, that amphibians don't have any feathers. Elmo and Abby look for their third clue-an animal with four legs. Elmo and Abby come across a horse, but a horse is a mammal, not an amphibian. Elmo and Abby use their last clue about metamorphosis to help them. They come across an alligator. Could this be an amphibian? No, an alligator is a reptile not an amphibian. He looks the same way now as he did when he was a baby, only bigger. Elmo and Abby are disappointed. They're never going to find an amphibian! Luckily, they run into Chris who suggests that they find an animal that fits all the clues- an animal that lives in water when it's a baby, breathes air as an adult, has four legs, and goes through metamorphosis. Suddenly, they think of Anne Phibian, the game show's announcer. She matches all the clues. Hooray! They found an amphibian. And just in time! Elmo, Abby and Chris celebrate as they dance with the amphibians!

Super Maria (Episode #4275H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Gordon is busy trying to fix lots of things at 123 Sesame Street. Susan tells him that he should think about getting a superintendent - someone who takes care of buildings and fixes things that are broken. Gordon insists that he doesn't need any help. Chris comes by and asks if the doorknob is fixed yet, and tells Gordon that the window is broken, too. Chris also suggests getting a super, but again, Gordon says he doesn't need any help. The Count comes to count all of the things that are broken, and three things become five, as the gate and the drainpipe break. The Count suggests that Gordon gets a super, and Gordon gets even more frustrated. Just then, Super Grover flies in to save the day, and in the process, breaks a light. And then the door breaks. Maria and Big Bird hear the crash and hurry in to see if Gordon is okay, as the Count now counts seven broken things. Maria asks if he needs help, and Gordon finally agrees that he was wrong - he does need help fixing all of the broken things. Maria gets her toolbox, and together they sing about getting it all done as they make their way through fixing everything that is broken. Gordon thanks Maria for all of her help and asks if she would like to be the super. Maria agrees, and everyone is happy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Jack Grows His Own Beanstalk (Episode #4300H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk comes along Sesame Street and tells Leela and Telly he has a problem. He only has a cow, but he needs a beanstalk! He knows he's supposed to trade the cow for something but doesn't know what. Leela gives him a clue-he needs to find something that grows in the ground. Jack quickly returns with a duck. But ducks don't grow in the ground! Leela gives Jack another clue-to find something that rhymes with "jeans." Jack comes back with a tambourine in each hand. "Tambourine" rhymes with "jeans" but tambourines don't grow in the ground. They're musical instruments. Jack becomes discouraged and is convinced he is never going to be able to grow a beanstalk. Leela gives him one more clue- he needs to look for something little. He trades the cow in and comes back with a handful of beans. They match all the clues- beans grow in the ground, rhyme with jeans, and they are little. Hooray! Jacks found something that turns into a beanstalk. Leela shows Jack how to plant the beans in the garden. She covers the beans with soil, waters the beans, and lets the sun shine down. Suddenly, a huge beanstalk shoots up out of the ground. Telly, Leela, and Jack sing about the greatest green beanstalk that ever grew!

Letter R Mystery (Episode #4270H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Detective Alfie Betts is on vacation at Sesame Street and is enjoying a plate of raisin raspberry ravioli when Telly rushes in very upset because his robot and remote are missing. Then Leela enters looking for her rake and roses. When the raisin raspberry ravioli disappears, too, Detective Alfie Betts decides it's time to investigate to find out why things keep going missing. He needs a team of detectives, and Elmo and Abby quickly volunteer. By repeating the items that are missing, they realize that all of them begin with the letter R. Just then, Mumford runs in saying his rabbit is gone too. Luckily, Telly and Mumford saw someone running away each time something disappeared. They describe him and Detective Betts makes a drawing of who they saw. It turns out to be the letter R! So the team gathers up some letters, puts them in a line-up, and matches the drawing to them. They match it to the letter R, who then runs off in a panic. Elmo, Abby, and Detective Betts chase him all around Sesame Street, but he is too quick. They come up with a plan to bring him in for questioning. They set out a plate of rigatoni, which begins with the letter R, and hide, watching to see if the letter R takes it. He eats the rigatoni, but takes off before they can catch him. To slow him down, the detectives decide to put out a heavy rock for him to take. It works, and the letter R admits to taking all the things that start with the letter R. He apologizes, returns everything, and Detective Betts resumes his vacation.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Siblings (Episode #4269H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Baby Bear and Curly Bear are coloring and start to fight over the crayons. Chris and Christy ask what is going on, and Baby Bear tells them that Curly is aggravating him, and he does not want to share with her. Chris and Christy explain to Baby Bear that sometimes it is hard to share with a sibling, your brother or sister, and they should know because they are twins. They flash back to when they were babies and sing about how much they hated to share their toys, room, and meals, but then they loved to share things like secrets, dancing, and smiles. Baby Bear says he is ready to share, but when he goes back to Curly, she is sitting in his seat. They argue again, and Baby Bear says he will not be Curly's brother anymore. Chris and Christy flash back again, and this time sing about what it would be like if they did not have each other. They sing that being alone would be sad and that they are indeed glad they have each other. Baby Bear agrees and goes to find Curly. He suggests a game of tag, but she does not agree. Chris and Christy point out that they do not always agree either and that is okay. One again, they flash back, this time to when they argued over choosing music, but realized they share a love for jazz. Baby Bear comes to understand that although you can be different from your sibling, it's what you have in common that counts. And siblings are also great friends!

Elmo and the Monarch Butterfly (Episode #4268H)

KQED 9: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo and Telly are reading the book Fascinating Facts About Insects. First they see two ants, and after looking at them through their magnifying glass, they learn that ants never sleep. Next they see two ladybugs and learn that ladybugs smell with their feet. When a butterfly flutters in, they wonder where his friends are and worry that he is lonely. Elmo decides to pretend to be a butterfly so he will have a friend, but the butterfly won't come over to Elmo. Telly checks the book and learns that butterflies go through a metamorphosis, or a big change, which is made up of 4 stages-starting as an egg and changing into a caterpillar then a chrysalis and finally a butterfly. Maybe if Elmo pretends to go through the four stages, the butterfly will think Elmo is a butterfly and be his friend. It works and the butterfly flutters over and lands on Elmo. They head over to Hooper's for a snack, and after checking their book, they learn that butterflies actually drink nectar from flowers or juice from fruit. Chris prepares them a snack of sliced oranges and they watch the butterfly drink with his proboscis, which is a curly little thing that unrolls and becomes like a straw that he drinks through. As Elmo begins drawing a picture of his new friend, Chris explains that he is a Monach butterfly. All of a sudden lots more Monarch butterflies flutter in and Telly checks the book and explains that Monarch butterflies migrate, or move, when the seasons change. The weather is just too cold on Sesame Street in the winter. Elmo is sad that his friend is leaving, but he will always have his picture to remember him by.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Frankly It's A Habitat (Episode #4295H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Big Bird is eating a hot bowl of soup on a cold day outside Hooper's store. Freddy Flapman, from Flychert Real Estate finds Big Bird and tries to convince him to migrate somewhere warm. Freddy Flapman tells him that he might like living in a new habitat. Big Bird thinks it would be fun to see pictures of these other bird habitats, but Freddy Flapman has a better idea! Why not a virtual tour? First, Freddy Flapman takes Big Bird to the beach where there are pelicans and gulls and beautiful ocean views. Big Bird decides that, although he likes to visit the visit the beach, he doesn't want to live there. Freddy Flapman then transforms Sesame Street into a big swamp! Big Bird learns all about this habitat, where owls and ducks like to live, but decides it's not the right one for him. Freddy Flapman pops up again. This time Freddy Flapman claps his hands and Big Bird's nest area is turned into a beautiful rainforest! Big Bird likes it. The rainforest is warm and colorful and has animals of every color and size. In fact, Big Bird likes it so much he wants to move there! Big Bird begins packing and waving good bye to all of his friends on Sesame Street. Just as he is about to leave, Big Bird's friends remind him of all the things he would miss if he migrated to the rainforest. Big Bird realizes he can't leave Sesame Street, after all this is where all of his friends are. Big Bird decides to stay put, Sesame Street is where he belongs!

Failure to Launch (Episode #4257H)

KQED 9: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Hubert the Human Cannonball comes to Sesame Street to be launched out of a cannon, across the yard, and into a bucket of blue gelatin. He starts to set up all his stuff in the arbor and takes out a ruler so he can make sure the bucket is exactly five feet from the cannon. Baby Bear helps him measure it, Elmo and Telly help him into the cannon, and?drum roll please?there's a poof and Hubert tumbles out. Baby Bear measures the distance, and, to the dismay of Hubert, he has flown zero feet. They figure out that his cannon is broken and try to come up with another way to launch Hubert five feet to the bucket of gelatin. Telly comes up with the bright idea to try his toy catapult. So they set Hubert up, launch him, and then measure. Once again, Hubert is disappointed - he has only gone two feet. Elmo comes up with a new idea to make Hubert go further and comes back with the Big Bad Wolf, who can make houses fly! He blows and Hubert takes off. This time the distance measures only four feet,. Baby Bear thinks he can engineer something just forceful enough, and designs and builds a launcher for Hubert using a giant rubber band. It works! Hubert lands precisely five feet away, right into the bucket of blue gelatin - and the crowd goes wild.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Rhyming Block (Episode #4280H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Mother Goose is visiting Sesame Street and needs to write three new nursery rhymes by the end of the day, but she fears she has become a rusty rhymer. Elmo and Abby say they are great rhymers, and they offer to help. Mother Goose explains that to write really good nursery rhymes, you need conflict - when someone wants something or needs something very badly. Just then Alan comes out with 13 fresh cookies that he made for a friend's birthday. Cookie Monster is having a hard time resisting them and Mother Goose sees the conflict. She starts writing and gets stuck rhyming "plate," but Abby comes to the rescue with the word "eight." Mother Goose continues with her rhyme, as Cookie Monster gobbles up the cookies, but this time she can't figure out a rhyme for "done." Once again, Abby calls out a rhyming word - "none!" Elmo feels upset that Abby keeps getting the rhymes faster than him, but Mother Goose assures him that she has two more to come up with. The next rhyme is about Super Grover trying to open a stuck pickle jar for Alan, and Elmo rhymes the next word. But Abby gets the one after that, and Elmo gets more upset. He and Abby get into an argument about it. Their conflict gives Mother Goose an idea for her third rhyme, which is about Elmo and Abby wanting to help, but ending up fighting instead. Together they come up with the rhyming words Mother Goose needs, and they realize that arguing is silly because they are both best friends and good rhymers.

Amphibian Show (Episode #4294H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo and Abby are resting when suddenly it's time to play the game show, "Find that Amphibian." Elmo and Abby must find an amphibian before the game show's tadpole turns into a frog. They don't know what an amphibian is, but the announcer gives them a clue- an animal that starts out living in water. Elmo and Abby meet a fish and are convinced they have won the game! As the announcer explains, though, fish only live in water and not on land. Elmo and Abby look for their second clue- an animal that breathes air. They find an amphibian! A bird! They learn, though, that amphibians don't have any feathers. Elmo and Abby look for their third clue-an animal with four legs. Elmo and Abby come across a horse, but a horse is a mammal, not an amphibian. Elmo and Abby use their last clue about metamorphosis to help them. They come across an alligator. Could this be an amphibian? No, an alligator is a reptile not an amphibian. He looks the same way now as he did when he was a baby, only bigger. Elmo and Abby are disappointed. They're never going to find an amphibian! Luckily, they run into Chris who suggests that they find an animal that fits all the clues- an animal that lives in water when it's a baby, breathes air as an adult, has four legs, and goes through metamorphosis. Suddenly, they think of Anne Phibian, the game show's announcer. She matches all the clues. Hooray! They found an amphibian. And just in time! Elmo, Abby and Chris celebrate as they dance with the amphibians!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Abby Has The Sparkle Fairy Freckles (Episode #4292H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo and Abby are playing tag. Suddenly, Abby's freckles start sparkling! Abby calls the Fairy Doctor who looks at Abby's freckles. Abby has a case of the Sparkle Speckle Fairy Freckles! This is where freckles sparkle and glow, and eventually fall off. The Fairy Doctor tells Abby the magic words to get the freckles back, "Fricka-Fracka, Freckle Back-A". All of a sudden, Abby's freckles jump off of her face, glowing and bouncing all around! Abby with the help of Alan chase one freckle as it bounces into Hooper's store. Chris spots it on a cereal box. Abby says the magic words and poof! The freckle returns to Abby's face. Abby has five more to find! Rosita notices the dot on the center of her flower drawing is sparkling and so is the dot on the "i" in her name "Rosita." Abby says the magic words two times and the freckles reappear on Abby's face. Only three more to go! Abby notices that all the freckles seem to be hiding on little circles and realizes she should look for circles! Abby sees two more freckles go bouncing into the Laundromat. Mama Bear notices a sparkling freckle on Baby Bear's polka dotted underpants and Elmo notices a freckle on Leela's nose ring. Magic word time! Abby leaves the Laundromat and notices a freckle on Cookie Monster's cookie. He's about to take a bite! Luckily, Abby stops him just in time to say the magic words and get the last and final freckle back on her face. Cookie Monster happily eats the cookie, while Abby admires the six freckles on her face!

Jack Grows His Own Beanstalk (Episode #4300H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk comes along Sesame Street and tells Leela and Telly he has a problem. He only has a cow, but he needs a beanstalk! He knows he's supposed to trade the cow for something but doesn't know what. Leela gives him a clue-he needs to find something that grows in the ground. Jack quickly returns with a duck. But ducks don't grow in the ground! Leela gives Jack another clue-to find something that rhymes with "jeans." Jack comes back with a tambourine in each hand. "Tambourine" rhymes with "jeans" but tambourines don't grow in the ground. They're musical instruments. Jack becomes discouraged and is convinced he is never going to be able to grow a beanstalk. Leela gives him one more clue- he needs to look for something little. He trades the cow in and comes back with a handful of beans. They match all the clues- beans grow in the ground, rhyme with jeans, and they are little. Hooray! Jacks found something that turns into a beanstalk. Leela shows Jack how to plant the beans in the garden. She covers the beans with soil, waters the beans, and lets the sun shine down. Suddenly, a huge beanstalk shoots up out of the ground. Telly, Leela, and Jack sing about the greatest green beanstalk that ever grew!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

The Rainbow Show (Episode #4287H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo is drawing when he looks up in the sky and sees a rainbow! Wow! Elmo rushes to show everybody, but when Rosita arrives, the rainbow has disappeared. Elmo asks Leela if there is something he can do to bring the rainbow back. Leela offers to draw a picture of a rainbow. Leela can't remember all the colors of the rainbow, but uses the acronym Roy G. Biv to help her remember the colors. Rosita likes the picture, but she wants to see a real rainbow. Elmo gets an idea! What about a rainbow of monsters? Elmo gathers monsters of all different colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. After many attempts, the monsters finally line up in appropriate order. Rosita enjoys seeing a rainbow of different colored monsters, but still wishes she could see a real rainbow. Abby hears Rosita and recites a magic rhyme to grant Rosita's wish. Poof! Oh no! Instead of making a rainbow appear, raincoats appear on Elmo and Rosita! Abby tries again and again. Her magic rhyme still doesn't work. Abby makes a rainstorm, instead of a rainbow. Everyone rushes inside, where Gordon makes a rainbow appear using a flashlight, glass of water, and white paper. Afterward, as Elmo and Rosita are playing outside, Rosita looks up and sees something special, a rainbow! Elmo and Rosita sing all about the beautiful rainbow in the sky.

Siblings (Episode #4269H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Baby Bear and Curly Bear are coloring and start to fight over the crayons. Chris and Christy ask what is going on, and Baby Bear tells them that Curly is aggravating him, and he does not want to share with her. Chris and Christy explain to Baby Bear that sometimes it is hard to share with a sibling, your brother or sister, and they should know because they are twins. They flash back to when they were babies and sing about how much they hated to share their toys, room, and meals, but then they loved to share things like secrets, dancing, and smiles. Baby Bear says he is ready to share, but when he goes back to Curly, she is sitting in his seat. They argue again, and Baby Bear says he will not be Curly's brother anymore. Chris and Christy flash back again, and this time sing about what it would be like if they did not have each other. They sing that being alone would be sad and that they are indeed glad they have each other. Baby Bear agrees and goes to find Curly. He suggests a game of tag, but she does not agree. Chris and Christy point out that they do not always agree either and that is okay. One again, they flash back, this time to when they argued over choosing music, but realized they share a love for jazz. Baby Bear comes to understand that although you can be different from your sibling, it's what you have in common that counts. And siblings are also great friends!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Getting Centered (Episode #4272H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Leela is finishing teaching an early morning yoga class by demonstrating her version of The Flamingo Pose when Telly comes by.. She explains to him that yoga is a special kind of exercise from India and all the breathing and stretching feels great. Telly is upset that he missed the class, but Rosita and Elmo offer to teach him what they learned. Telly wants to do The Flamingo pose, so they start out by teaching him special yoga breathing - in and out very slowly. Next his arms go up, then out, then leg up? but Telly falls down. Telly tries again, but keeps falling. Elmo suggests that he try lifting the other leg or Rosita and Elmo hold Telly's arms until he's balanced, but that doesn't work either. Now Telly is sure he can't balance because one of his elbows is heavier than the other. Elmo and Rosita give him lots of objects to hold in his hands to make his weight equal on both sides. This doesn't help him balance either and he keeps crashing down. Chris comes by and explains that Telly can find his balance point with some practice. Chris demonstrates by showing how he can find just the right spot to balance the napkin holder on his tray. Chris helps Telly try to find his balance by supporting his arms as he shifts his weight. It works! Telly happily thanks everyone for all their help. He can't wait to practice other yoga poses, too!

Frankly It's A Habitat (Episode #4295H)

KQED 9: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Big Bird is eating a hot bowl of soup on a cold day outside Hooper's store. Freddy Flapman, from Flychert Real Estate finds Big Bird and tries to convince him to migrate somewhere warm. Freddy Flapman tells him that he might like living in a new habitat. Big Bird thinks it would be fun to see pictures of these other bird habitats, but Freddy Flapman has a better idea! Why not a virtual tour? First, Freddy Flapman takes Big Bird to the beach where there are pelicans and gulls and beautiful ocean views. Big Bird decides that, although he likes to visit the visit the beach, he doesn't want to live there. Freddy Flapman then transforms Sesame Street into a big swamp! Big Bird learns all about this habitat, where owls and ducks like to live, but decides it's not the right one for him. Freddy Flapman pops up again. This time Freddy Flapman claps his hands and Big Bird's nest area is turned into a beautiful rainforest! Big Bird likes it. The rainforest is warm and colorful and has animals of every color and size. In fact, Big Bird likes it so much he wants to move there! Big Bird begins packing and waving good bye to all of his friends on Sesame Street. Just as he is about to leave, Big Bird's friends remind him of all the things he would miss if he migrated to the rainforest. Big Bird realizes he can't leave Sesame Street, after all this is where all of his friends are. Big Bird decides to stay put, Sesame Street is where he belongs!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Stinky's Annual Birthday Flower (Episode #4288H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo and Zoe are coloring when they find out its Stinky the plant's birthday. Zoe and Elmo decide to get him a present. Elmo surprises Stinky by giving him a drum, but plants can't hold drumsticks. Zoe has an idea! What about a lovely tutu? Zoe surprises Stinky with a tutu to wear when he dances. Stinky tries to dance, but is unable to, as he is a plant in a pot! Rosita and Cookie Monster come along with their own presents. Rosita brings Stinky a guitar but his leaves scratch the strings and make a horrible sound. Next, Cookie Monster rushes in with a plate of cookies but plants don't eat cookies. Big Bird comes along and gives Stinky balloons. He ties the balloons to Stinky's pot, but Stinky begins to fly away! Luckily, Chris rescues him and brings him back safely to the ground. Elmo explains to Chris that they have been trying to get Stinky the perfect birthday gift. Chris reminds Elmo they should think about what Stinky would like for his birthday not what each of them would like. Elmo asks Stinky what plants need. That's easy! He already has soil, so he needs water, sunlight and love! Big Bird carries Stinky's pot over to a spot on the table in the sun, Cookie Monster carries over a pitcher of water and waters Stinky, and Zoe and Rosita give him a big hug! Then they throw him a big birthday party and sing about the importance of giving sun, water, and love to plants like Stinky!

Rhyming Block (Episode #4280H)

KQED 9: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Mother Goose is visiting Sesame Street and needs to write three new nursery rhymes by the end of the day, but she fears she has become a rusty rhymer. Elmo and Abby say they are great rhymers, and they offer to help. Mother Goose explains that to write really good nursery rhymes, you need conflict - when someone wants something or needs something very badly. Just then Alan comes out with 13 fresh cookies that he made for a friend's birthday. Cookie Monster is having a hard time resisting them and Mother Goose sees the conflict. She starts writing and gets stuck rhyming "plate," but Abby comes to the rescue with the word "eight." Mother Goose continues with her rhyme, as Cookie Monster gobbles up the cookies, but this time she can't figure out a rhyme for "done." Once again, Abby calls out a rhyming word - "none!" Elmo feels upset that Abby keeps getting the rhymes faster than him, but Mother Goose assures him that she has two more to come up with. The next rhyme is about Super Grover trying to open a stuck pickle jar for Alan, and Elmo rhymes the next word. But Abby gets the one after that, and Elmo gets more upset. He and Abby get into an argument about it. Their conflict gives Mother Goose an idea for her third rhyme, which is about Elmo and Abby wanting to help, but ending up fighting instead. Together they come up with the rhyming words Mother Goose needs, and they realize that arguing is silly because they are both best friends and good rhymers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

The Latinization of Marco (Episode #4262H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Gina is reading a book to Marco about the Spanish names for animals. Rosita asks what she is doing and Gina explains that since Marco was born in Guatemala where people speak Spanish, she would like him (and herself) to learn Spanish too. Rosita explains that there is so much more to learn and dashes off to get her guitar. She plays a little guitarrra for them, and then zips off to get more instruments, claves, maracas, guiro, and a bongo, and sings a song about "musica." After they finish singing, Rosita tells Gina that there is also baile which is the Spanish word for dance. Rosita dances the tango, merengue, and conga, and sings a fun song about other kinds of Spanish dances. Next, Rosita tells Gina and Marco all about different comidas which is the Spanish word for food, and chefs deliver a delicious feast for them to enjoy. Rosita says that with musica, baile, and comida there's one thing you have to do- have a fiesta with your amigos! Everyone shows up to the party and sings about being "amigos".

Abby Has The Sparkle Fairy Freckles (Episode #4292H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo and Abby are playing tag. Suddenly, Abby's freckles start sparkling! Abby calls the Fairy Doctor who looks at Abby's freckles. Abby has a case of the Sparkle Speckle Fairy Freckles! This is where freckles sparkle and glow, and eventually fall off. The Fairy Doctor tells Abby the magic words to get the freckles back, "Fricka-Fracka, Freckle Back-A". All of a sudden, Abby's freckles jump off of her face, glowing and bouncing all around! Abby with the help of Alan chase one freckle as it bounces into Hooper's store. Chris spots it on a cereal box. Abby says the magic words and poof! The freckle returns to Abby's face. Abby has five more to find! Rosita notices the dot on the center of her flower drawing is sparkling and so is the dot on the "i" in her name "Rosita." Abby says the magic words two times and the freckles reappear on Abby's face. Only three more to go! Abby notices that all the freckles seem to be hiding on little circles and realizes she should look for circles! Abby sees two more freckles go bouncing into the Laundromat. Mama Bear notices a sparkling freckle on Baby Bear's polka dotted underpants and Elmo notices a freckle on Leela's nose ring. Magic word time! Abby leaves the Laundromat and notices a freckle on Cookie Monster's cookie. He's about to take a bite! Luckily, Abby stops him just in time to say the magic words and get the last and final freckle back on her face. Cookie Monster happily eats the cookie, while Abby admires the six freckles on her face!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Abby's Tricycle (Episode #4284H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Abby is preparing to ride her very first tricycle! She has her basket, helmet, and her friend Elmo, but Abby doesn't know how to ride a tricycle. Elmo suggests that Gordon teach Abby since Gordon was the one to teach him. Gordon teaches Abby about all the different parts of a tricycle; the seat, handlebars, and pedals. Abby has trouble at first. She sits on the bike the wrong way. She also becomes frustrated riding her tricycle and thinks she needs magic to push the pedals. With hard work and practice, though, Abby learns to ride without help from Gordon. Whee! Abby becomes so excited that her wings start flapping and her tricycle lifts off! Abby swoops back down to get Elmo and they both ride off together into the sky singing on their tricycles.

The Rainbow Show (Episode #4287H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo is drawing when he looks up in the sky and sees a rainbow! Wow! Elmo rushes to show everybody, but when Rosita arrives, the rainbow has disappeared. Elmo asks Leela if there is something he can do to bring the rainbow back. Leela offers to draw a picture of a rainbow. Leela can't remember all the colors of the rainbow, but uses the acronym Roy G. Biv to help her remember the colors. Rosita likes the picture, but she wants to see a real rainbow. Elmo gets an idea! What about a rainbow of monsters? Elmo gathers monsters of all different colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. After many attempts, the monsters finally line up in appropriate order. Rosita enjoys seeing a rainbow of different colored monsters, but still wishes she could see a real rainbow. Abby hears Rosita and recites a magic rhyme to grant Rosita's wish. Poof! Oh no! Instead of making a rainbow appear, raincoats appear on Elmo and Rosita! Abby tries again and again. Her magic rhyme still doesn't work. Abby makes a rainstorm, instead of a rainbow. Everyone rushes inside, where Gordon makes a rainbow appear using a flashlight, glass of water, and white paper. Afterward, as Elmo and Rosita are playing outside, Rosita looks up and sees something special, a rainbow! Elmo and Rosita sing all about the beautiful rainbow in the sky.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Elmozilla (Episode #4274H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Baby Bear, Elmo, Telly, and Abby gather around a growth chart as Chris measures them and marks their height. Everyone has their own color lines on the chart, and can see how they've grown over time. When it's Elmo's turn, he sees that he grew only a little bit. He is not happy; he wants to be taller right now! First he zips in wearing a tall beehive wig. Then he tries wearing a pair of his mommy's high-heeled shoes. Chris points out, that while these things do make him taller, he is still the same height. Elmo convinces Abby to grant his wish and make him taller. At first, he grows just a little taller, but thanks to Abby's spell, he keeps growing and growing and soon he is taller than the buildings! Abby tries to shrink him, but the spell doesn't work. Elmo likes being gigantic. But she calls her mommy for advice, and learns that in order for the shrinking spell to work, Elmo has got to want to go back to his normal size. Elmo likes being gigantic. Chris suggests that Elmo just needs to see what he is missing by being so humongously tall. Telly suggests they jump rope, but Elmo is way too tall to jump in. Abby suggests they play hide and seek, but Elmo quickly learns that he is too big to find a hiding spot. Finally, Chris suggests they all go have a snack in Hooper's, but Elmo can't fit through the door. This makes Elmo very sad and he realizes that he wants to go back to his normal size. Abby casts her spell and super-sized Elmo goes back to being Elmo-sized Elmo. Everyone gives Elmo a big hug, now that they can reach him again!

Getting Centered (Episode #4272H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Leela is finishing teaching an early morning yoga class by demonstrating her version of The Flamingo Pose when Telly comes by.. She explains to him that yoga is a special kind of exercise from India and all the breathing and stretching feels great. Telly is upset that he missed the class, but Rosita and Elmo offer to teach him what they learned. Telly wants to do The Flamingo pose, so they start out by teaching him special yoga breathing - in and out very slowly. Next his arms go up, then out, then leg up? but Telly falls down. Telly tries again, but keeps falling. Elmo suggests that he try lifting the other leg or Rosita and Elmo hold Telly's arms until he's balanced, but that doesn't work either. Now Telly is sure he can't balance because one of his elbows is heavier than the other. Elmo and Rosita give him lots of objects to hold in his hands to make his weight equal on both sides. This doesn't help him balance either and he keeps crashing down. Chris comes by and explains that Telly can find his balance point with some practice. Chris demonstrates by showing how he can find just the right spot to balance the napkin holder on his tray. Chris helps Telly try to find his balance by supporting his arms as he shifts his weight. It works! Telly happily thanks everyone for all their help. He can't wait to practice other yoga poses, too!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Elmo Wants to Have A Ball (Episode #4282H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Elmo's daddy has given him a dollar and he is not sure what to buy. He sees lots of things that are interesting, but decides that he wants a Stupendous Ball. The only problem is that it costs five dollars. He asks Luis how people get money, and Luis explains that people usually work to get money. Elmo wonders where he can work, and Luis offers him a job helping him fix the ice cream maker. Elmo does, and Luis gives him one dollar. Elmo now has 2 dollars, but it's still not enough for the Stupendous Ball. Luis tells him he just needs to save some more money, and he can do that by putting his money in a piggy bank. Luis quickly makes him one out of a jar, and Elmo puts his money in it. Elmo earns another dollar helping Leela fold clothes, and another one returning empty bottles to Hooper's Store. Elmo is careful not to spend any of his four dollars and saves them instead. Then he gets a card from his nana with one dollar in it, and finally, after waiting and working and saving, he has five dollars! Just as he is about to pay for his Stupendous Ball, Cookie Monster come by and is very sad that he has no money to buy cookies. Elmo gives him one of his dollars and tells Luis that he will just save a little longer. But then he sees the Fantastic Ball, which is green and makes a cool sound and only costs four dollars, exactly how much Elmo has. He buys it and happily plays a catch with Luis.

Stinky's Annual Birthday Flower (Episode #4288H)

KQED 9: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo and Zoe are coloring when they find out its Stinky the plant's birthday. Zoe and Elmo decide to get him a present. Elmo surprises Stinky by giving him a drum, but plants can't hold drumsticks. Zoe has an idea! What about a lovely tutu? Zoe surprises Stinky with a tutu to wear when he dances. Stinky tries to dance, but is unable to, as he is a plant in a pot! Rosita and Cookie Monster come along with their own presents. Rosita brings Stinky a guitar but his leaves scratch the strings and make a horrible sound. Next, Cookie Monster rushes in with a plate of cookies but plants don't eat cookies. Big Bird comes along and gives Stinky balloons. He ties the balloons to Stinky's pot, but Stinky begins to fly away! Luckily, Chris rescues him and brings him back safely to the ground. Elmo explains to Chris that they have been trying to get Stinky the perfect birthday gift. Chris reminds Elmo they should think about what Stinky would like for his birthday not what each of them would like. Elmo asks Stinky what plants need. That's easy! He already has soil, so he needs water, sunlight and love! Big Bird carries Stinky's pot over to a spot on the table in the sun, Cookie Monster carries over a pitcher of water and waters Stinky, and Zoe and Rosita give him a big hug! Then they throw him a big birthday party and sing about the importance of giving sun, water, and love to plants like Stinky!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Falling Leaves (Episode #4277H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

It is a windy autumn day on Sesame Street, and Chris, Elmo, and Rosita hear Stinky calling from underneath a pile of leaves. They dig him out but he says that it will just happen again since he gets covered with leaves every single day. Rosita suggests that they try to figure out which tree the leaves are coming from by taking a leaf that fell on Stinky and comparing it to leaves on some of the surrounding trees to find a match. So the leaf detectives start their investigation by counting the points on their leaf and comparing the color, shape, and size with other leaves until they find one that looks the same. When they discover which tree the leaf came from, Leela and Chris explain that the tree is deciduous, which means it will lose its leaves every fall and grow them back every spring. Since Stinky doesn't want to move, they all think of ways that they can protect him from the falling leaves. First Elmo and Rosita try an umbrella, but Stinky explains that it's not good since it blocks the sunlight. Then they try a big clear bowl that will let in the sunlight, but Stinky tells them that it will keep out the raindrops that he needs. Then they spot some mosquito netting that will let sunlight and rain through but keep the leaves out. Using the netting, small tools and some wood, they build the perfect covering for Stinky and solve the problem! He is so happy that he has such great friends to help him.

The Latinization of Marco (Episode #4262H)

KQED 9: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Gina is reading a book to Marco about the Spanish names for animals. Rosita asks what she is doing and Gina explains that since Marco was born in Guatemala where people speak Spanish, she would like him (and herself) to learn Spanish too. Rosita explains that there is so much more to learn and dashes off to get her guitar. She plays a little guitarrra for them, and then zips off to get more instruments, claves, maracas, guiro, and a bongo, and sings a song about "musica." After they finish singing, Rosita tells Gina that there is also baile which is the Spanish word for dance. Rosita dances the tango, merengue, and conga, and sings a fun song about other kinds of Spanish dances. Next, Rosita tells Gina and Marco all about different comidas which is the Spanish word for food, and chefs deliver a delicious feast for them to enjoy. Rosita says that with musica, baile, and comida there's one thing you have to do- have a fiesta with your amigos! Everyone shows up to the party and sings about being "amigos".

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Wing in a Sling (Episode #4298H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Big Bird is happily roller skating along Sesame Street. Uh-oh! Crash! Big Bird falls down! Chris runs over to help Big Bird who has injured his wing. Chris suggests they visit Dr. Berger so she can take a look, while the Count offers to watch Hooper's store until Chris and Big Bird get back. Big Bird is nervous when they visit Dr. Berger's office. What if it hurts? Dr. Berger carefully examines Big Bird's wing and explains to Big Bird that while his wing isn't broken, he has a bad sprain. Dr. Berger gently puts a sling on Big Bird's arm and explains he has to rest for a few days. Big Bird is sad because he was planning on roller skating all day! When they return, Big Bird looks around Sesame Street and feels blue; there is nothing for him to do. Big Bird sees Elmo and Zoe who are playing with a beach ball. They ask him if he wants to play, but he can't; not with his wing in a sling. Elmo and Zoe want to cheer up Big Bird. They sing about all the things Big Bird can do with an injured wing, such as singing songs, drawing pictures, and drinking birdseed milkshakes. Big Bird realizes there are lots of things he can do, especially spending time with good friends!

Abby's Tricycle (Episode #4284H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Abby is preparing to ride her very first tricycle! She has her basket, helmet, and her friend Elmo, but Abby doesn't know how to ride a tricycle. Elmo suggests that Gordon teach Abby since Gordon was the one to teach him. Gordon teaches Abby about all the different parts of a tricycle; the seat, handlebars, and pedals. Abby has trouble at first. She sits on the bike the wrong way. She also becomes frustrated riding her tricycle and thinks she needs magic to push the pedals. With hard work and practice, though, Abby learns to ride without help from Gordon. Whee! Abby becomes so excited that her wings start flapping and her tricycle lifts off! Abby swoops back down to get Elmo and they both ride off together into the sky singing on their tricycles.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Baby Bear Is Afraid of Bees (Episode #4286H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Baby Bear and Abby are near a garden when a bee flies by. Baby Bear is filled with panic because he is afraid of bees! Chris reminds him that they are usually harmless when left alone, but Baby Bear doesn't care; he wants nothing to do with them. Abby suggests granting Baby Bear a wish so that he isn't afraid of bees. Abby points her wand at Baby Bear, but Chris, who is standing close by, also gets hits with her magic. Baby Bear and Chris both turn into bees! Oops! Abby doesn't know how to fix the spell. As Abby calls her mommy to find a solution, the bees put Chris and Baby Bear to work! But they don't understand what they need to do- how do bees help flowers? After talking to a bee, Baby Bear learns that bees are important because they collect pollen and nectar, and help living things grow. Later, Chris and Baby Bear find themselves in a beehive. They learn that bees make wax and honey and that honeycombs are shaped like a hexagon. By the time Baby Bear and Chris return to Sesame Street, Abby has learned how to undo the spell. She waves her magic wand, and Chris and Baby Bear turn back into themselves! In the end, Abby's spell really did work! Baby Bear is no longer afraid of bees. In fact, Baby Bear tells Abby all about how important and incredible bees really are!

Elmozilla (Episode #4274H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Baby Bear, Elmo, Telly, and Abby gather around a growth chart as Chris measures them and marks their height. Everyone has their own color lines on the chart, and can see how they've grown over time. When it's Elmo's turn, he sees that he grew only a little bit. He is not happy; he wants to be taller right now! First he zips in wearing a tall beehive wig. Then he tries wearing a pair of his mommy's high-heeled shoes. Chris points out, that while these things do make him taller, he is still the same height. Elmo convinces Abby to grant his wish and make him taller. At first, he grows just a little taller, but thanks to Abby's spell, he keeps growing and growing and soon he is taller than the buildings! Abby tries to shrink him, but the spell doesn't work. Elmo likes being gigantic. But she calls her mommy for advice, and learns that in order for the shrinking spell to work, Elmo has got to want to go back to his normal size. Elmo likes being gigantic. Chris suggests that Elmo just needs to see what he is missing by being so humongously tall. Telly suggests they jump rope, but Elmo is way too tall to jump in. Abby suggests they play hide and seek, but Elmo quickly learns that he is too big to find a hiding spot. Finally, Chris suggests they all go have a snack in Hooper's, but Elmo can't fit through the door. This makes Elmo very sad and he realizes that he wants to go back to his normal size. Abby casts her spell and super-sized Elmo goes back to being Elmo-sized Elmo. Everyone gives Elmo a big hug, now that they can reach him again!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

The Shape O' Bots (Episode #4261H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Telly, Elmo, and Rosita are playing Shape-O-Bots, robots that actually transform into shapes to help people. Andy, a guy in need of shapes, rushes in and explains that he needs an octagon to help stop people from crashing into him. Telly tries to transform into an octagon with eight sides and eight angles, but changes into a triangle with three sides and three angles instead. Rosita gives it a try and successfully transforms into an octagon, which Andy uses as a stop sign to stop people from running into him. Andy leaves but soon returns, this time in need of a pentagon, a shape with five sides and five angles. He explains that he is a baseball coach and needs a home plate, which is shaped like a pentagon, so his players won't slide right into him. The Shape-O-Bots do their thing and, once again, Telly changes into a triangle. Elmo is able to help, though, and transforms into a pentagon. Andy now returns one last time needing a rhombus, a shape with four sides and four angles, for the King of Rhombuses, who is missing his. Telly tries to transform into a rhombus, but, once again, winds up as a triangle. Rosita notices that a rhombus is actually two triangles stuck together. Chris suggests that since Telly hit his button one time to become a triangle, maybe hitting it two times will turn him into a rhombus. It works! Everyone is happy - especially the Shape-O-Bots.

Elmo Wants to Have A Ball (Episode #4282H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Elmo's daddy has given him a dollar and he is not sure what to buy. He sees lots of things that are interesting, but decides that he wants a Stupendous Ball. The only problem is that it costs five dollars. He asks Luis how people get money, and Luis explains that people usually work to get money. Elmo wonders where he can work, and Luis offers him a job helping him fix the ice cream maker. Elmo does, and Luis gives him one dollar. Elmo now has 2 dollars, but it's still not enough for the Stupendous Ball. Luis tells him he just needs to save some more money, and he can do that by putting his money in a piggy bank. Luis quickly makes him one out of a jar, and Elmo puts his money in it. Elmo earns another dollar helping Leela fold clothes, and another one returning empty bottles to Hooper's Store. Elmo is careful not to spend any of his four dollars and saves them instead. Then he gets a card from his nana with one dollar in it, and finally, after waiting and working and saving, he has five dollars! Just as he is about to pay for his Stupendous Ball, Cookie Monster come by and is very sad that he has no money to buy cookies. Elmo gives him one of his dollars and tells Luis that he will just save a little longer. But then he sees the Fantastic Ball, which is green and makes a cool sound and only costs four dollars, exactly how much Elmo has. He buys it and happily plays a catch with Luis.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

Cast Iron Cooks (Episode #4271H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

As Alan finishes packing Elmo's lunch, the lights go down, the music goes up, and Superchef pops up and announces that Alan has been chosen as the next challenger on Cast Iron Cooks. Alan is not even sure what that is, but Chris and Elmo are excited to be his assistants. The first challenge is to prepare a bowl of P Stew, which is made up entirely of ingredients that begin with the letter P. Elmo, Chris, and Alan race around throwing P foods like pickles, peaches, and porridge into a pot. When time is up, Superchef samples their stew, which is horrible. Then he tries the Cast Iron Cooks' stew, which is delicious. But just before Superchef awards the first round to the Cast Iron Cooks', Chris finds a hat in the Cast Iron Cooks' stew, and because hat starts with the letter "h", the points go to Alan. The second challenge is to make an apple pie using exactly 8 apples. Elmo, Alan, and Chris race around looking for apples, and once they find them, Chris accidently adds pepper along with the sugar and cinnamon. The buzzer sounds, and again, Superchef tastes their creations. Alan's pie is horrible. The Cast Iron Cooks', of course, have a delicious pie? but a pair of eyeglasses has been baked into it. So round two goes to Alan! The final challenge is to make a Halfgarian Goulash, which is made up of ingredients cut precisely in half. The buzzer sounds, and the Superchef tastes Alan's goulash and finds it disgusting. The Cast Iron Cooks' goulash is spectacular, with the exception of a wristwatch, which was not cut in half. Alan and his assistants win again, which makes them the overall winners of the Cast Iron Cooks Competition!

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