Sesame Street
Plot As the Porridge Cooled
Air date April 8, 2005
Season Season 36 (2005)
Sponsors A, 8


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Healthy Moment: Papa Bear helps Baby Bear get ready to take a nap at home. Strangely, Baby Bear sleeps standing up next to his bed, with his head on the pillow, uncovered, despite legend saying that his bed was "just right."
SCENE Alan brings out a bowl of porridge to Baby Bear, who is sitting at a table in the courtyard. As Baby Bear takes a bite of it, the porridge burns his mouth and Baby Bear quickly takes the spoon out of it. Since it was hot, Baby Bear decides to wait for the porridge to cool.
SCENE cont'd At that moment, Telly came by in search of interviews for Monster on the Spot. Cinderella quickly brushes him off, as do the three little pigs, and their pursuant, Big Bad. Baby Bear offers himself to Telly as an interview subject, but Telly counters that "all you do in the story is wait for the porridge to cool." Baby Bear counters, telling Telly that he'll provide "what wheely happened as the porridge cooled.
SCENE cont'd The Street scene regularly cuts to the Three Bears in an animated forest scene. Baby Bear reveals that the Bear family was exercising their body by running through the woods, jumping through the woods, and soon running and jumping through the woods, not just walking. They sing a song called "We're running fools" as they go.
SCENE cont'd Soon, the Bears get lost in a Wizard's Magic Garden, filled with sunflowers. The white-bearded Wizard (Alan) tells them he will give them something, which Papa Bear suggests might be "a free checking account?" Instead, he places them under a magic spell, turning them to chickens (with Papa Bear as a black feathered rooster).
SCENE cont'd When the Wizard leaves, Papa Bear comments that things are "going to be rough." Suddenly, he turns into a dog. In her comments, Mama Bear says "neigh" (as in no), and turns into a horse. Baby Bear realized that whenever they make something that sounds like an animal sound, they turn into that animal. To experiment, they all go "oink, oink, oink" and turn into pigs. The Big Bad Wolf happened to be coming along at the time, and tries to capture the three pigs. They quickly growl to turn back into bears, leaving the Wolf to mope away in disappointment. Returning to the Street scene, Baby Bear comments "...and that, my friends, is why you never see me doing animal impressions."
SCENE cont'd Back in the Wizard's Magic Garden, the Wizard returns with his sunflower-decorated staff. He challenges them to figure out "three things about vegetables", so they can be released from the Garden. After he disappears, vegetables pop out of the bushes, singing "We are the Vegetables and we are tasty too!" When the Wizard returns, he asks for the answers. Papa Bear replies that vegetables are "good for you," Mama Bear replies that they are "delicious," and Baby Bear hesitates, before mentioning that they "are musical!" The Wizard is repulsed by the answer, until Papa Bear gets the yam, corn, carrot, broccoli, cucumber, and other vegetables to come out and sing the song, ensemble, with the Three Bears.
SCENE cont'd Satisfied, the Wizard calls them all "a cabbage," in a taxi cab. As they drive off in an invisible car, the cabbage warns them, "I hope you got money for tolls." The plot wraps back on Sesame Street with Baby bear concluding the story and eating his porridge which has cooled off.
Song Do the Veggie Dance: First and last verses of this dance are the veggie dance, while the broccoli, mushroom, cucumbers, and corn verses fill up the middle. The kids end the segment by exclaiming righteously, "I LOVE VEGGIES!"
Film "In the middle of the city we have a garden...."

(First: Episode 2889)

Muppets The Letter of the Day: A
Prairie Dawn encourages Cookie Monster to think of words that begin with "A." She can't keep him from eating the letter in question, though, much to her "a"ggravation.
Cartoon A man names various A words. (Cliff Roberts-inspired animation)
Film A for action, acrobat, art, artichoke, and applause.
Animation The word EGGS is shown, followed by eggs frying in a skillet.

(EKA: Episode 3045)

Muppets 'Spanish Word of the Day:'escuela

Professor Grover calls the kids into his courtyard classroom, to learn the Spanish word escuela. He says that the word means where they are now, a "fish bowl," to which kids reply "no!" and reply that it means "school." After class is dismissed, a yellow and orange fish swims up to Grover, asking if he was late for escuela. Grover shrugs, as the two look towards the camera, commenting, "Well, fish do swim in schools."
(First: Episode 4053)

Film Rory, the green-belt aged 6, goes to karate class and learns under his sensei, where he does toe touches, kicking, stretches, jumping jacks, and an unnamed move consisting of tumbling, then posing. Not only do they practice inside, but they also practice outside in the park.

(First: Episode 3423)

Animation An animation about strawberries' green seeds, green crowns, how they can be eaten on cereal, or just on a plate.
Muppet/ Celebrity When Andrea Bocelli finishes his bedtime story, he sings to Elmo about the importance of going to sleep. He sings about how that day, Elmo has counted to twenty (shown, with tulips in the park), sung (with Zoeand Telly), and played (with Baby Bear). The song unfortunately ends with a very loud section, to which Elmo awakens and sighs "Mr. Bocelli, please, Elmo's trying to go to sleep."

There is no sign of Elmo's mom or dad, nor is it suggested that Elmo is sleeping over at someone else's house or being baby-sat in his own house. At the end, Elmo's half-shut, then fully-shut, eyelids fade in before he is finally asleep.

Film A girl takes a bath, and prepares to go to sleep.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment —

Papa Bear asks Antonio how he takes care of his teeth.

Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie insists on watching Bert sleep. He sings a song about sleep, initially to Bert's dismay. He soon falls in, though, and then finds that Ernie is the one who has fallen asleep!
Animation A boy has a dream in which he floats in Outer Spacebetween things.

(EKA: Episode 3093)

Muppets Global Grover: Grover returns from England and is ready to play a new game. In his film, a child learns how to play cricket in London. Afterward, Grover plays cricket with a cricket



Herbie joins two round gnorks in a game of squareball.

(First: Episode 3881) "Elbows and Knees" is a Sesame Street reggae song sung by Tyrone Davis. The song teaches about how you can use your elbows and knees to do various things. The music video features various clips of kids using their elbows and knees.

Film The Number of the Day: A remake of the Number Song Series brings forth 8.
Animation "Eight Waltzing Chairs"

Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2983)

Film Eight girls clap out eight.

(First: Episode 3007)

Song A toucan leads numbers, children, frogs, and fruit as they sing "Go Down Emmanuel Road."

Music: Dan Zanes and Friends
(First: Episode 4079)

Muppets Elmo's World: Violins

(First: Episode 3853)

Insert The Adventures of Trash Gordon

Chapter 648 On the Planet of Rotten Bananas, Trash saves himself by taking out an Intergalactic Space Monkey, which makes the "bananas split." (First: Episode 4061)


  • Characters in the Street scene: Alan, Baby Bear, Big Bad Wolf (white-purple, voiced by Marty Robinson), Chickens, Cinderella, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Telly, The Three Pigs, Vegetables (including a cabbage, voiced by Marty Robinson), the Kids
  • Muppets in segments: Baby Bear, Bert, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Ernie, Grover and a British Cricket (voiced by Joey Mazzarino), Papa Bear, Professor Grover and a fish, Prairie Dawn, Telly, Zoe
  • Guests: Andrea Bocelli
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