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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 43

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Episode 4309: Practice Makes Proud.

    Word on the Street: Proud.

    Street Story.
    Elmo's ready for a game of basketball, showing off his gear to Leela.
    And then Abby poofs in to see what's happening...


    Okay, anyone else but me think that Elmo struggling, both to get his shirt on and with what word for how he's feeling a throwback to the Tyra Banks Word of the Day segment from years ago?

    Hmm, seems Abby's getting some practice on being a fairy godmother like she wanted to in the show When Elmo Grows Up.
    *Nod to MCR now playing Sesame Street Live music for that reference.

    So Abby's gotten Elmo's shirt on for him and helped peel his banana for his snack, then brushes his teeth for him, which gets us to the game of hoops. Leading Abby to charm the ball so it magically goes through the net. Oh Abby... Don't you know it's not the ball you have to charm, just give the player a confidence potion like Felix Felicitas (that's not really a magic potion after all).

    Then Leela shows up bringing us the inescapable lessonof the day, showing Elmo that all he needs is practice.

    Practice? Practice?
    We're talkin' about practice.
    Now understand, it's just practice.
    Prac-tice.
    Dot Warner: Thank you Alan Iverson.
    Song: Elmo Feels Proud.

    Segments.
    1 Muppets/Celebrity Word of the Day.
    Abby and some guy named Ben talk with Hansel and Gretel about feeling proud.
    Oh, and Jerry's new Humpty Dumpty made an appearance!
    Wait, that's the Big Bad Wolf? I thought it was Blögg.
    2 Animation/Song: Belly Breathe, which kind of shows an angry red monster turning back into his normal self.
    Cute song with Elmo... But I can't help thinking this maybe fuels the Elmo-haters out there.
    3 Murray Tune-Ins: Bring Out Your H.
    4 H is for Home Animation.
    *Misses the hat-hook-hose animated segment.
    5 H Computer Key Animation.
    Lame attempt to update/modernize the Typewriter Guy segments.
    6 Abby's Flying Fairy School: The Rapunzel Dilemma.
    7 Muppets: I Love My Hair.
    8 Murray Tune-Ins: Number 15 with fifteen bookbags.
    9 15 Garden Animation.
    *Hateses these worse than Milo Counting or Mural Paintings!
    10 Muppets: Number of the Day, The Count and his organ count to 15.
    Wha?! Then why didn't you just skip the bogus garden and get fright to the castle. *Pleasantly surprised.
    10 Super Grover 2.0:Up a Creek.
    11 Song: Being A Pig, updated with new sound effects.
    Good that we got a classic song, but can you please not insert these cartoonish sightgags in the next song you decide to update?
    12 Murray Tune-Ins: Dare to Compare.
    Which two tools are different? Two wrenches, hammers, levers, and a sock and wrench.
    13 Muppets: Bert and Ernie Sketch, new! ! !
    Ernie comes in and takes the box Bert keeps his bottlecaps in and starts playing pretend like a spaceship or treasure chest or robot costume.
    Reminds me of when Peter took the box away from Stewie.
    *Laughs at Ernie: "That does not compute Bert."
    13 Celebrity: Ziggy Says.
    14 Elmo: The Musical, Sea Captain the Musical.
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    First up, I might as well give some corrections..

    That actually was a live action segment where someone with writer's block was typing on a laptop.

    The H for house one was both live action and animation. The lame "what's in the garden" segment looks like it was CGI.

    As far as Abby and Elmo go, why didn't they try this episode sooner? Abby's magic should really speak of not letting everything come easy for you and that magic can't solve everything more, instead of just being a gag. Somehow it almost reminds me of Timmy Turner in the episode "Wishing Well," but Elmo comes to this conclusion himself. I wonder if Abby knows of Da Rules yet.

    The Belly Breathe song was fun, if ONLY for Frazzelmo and the Monster version of Common. I hope Frazzelmo gets used some other time. They always make an excuse to reuse puppets. He'd be a much better reused character than homunculus Zoe or random Duck Telly. I swear they made that old episode just to reuse that puppet.

    And yeah... surprise new Ernie and Bert sketch. I think it speaks for itself. And yes... Ernie saying "Does not compute" made my day as well.

    Now, I just gotta say, I know I'm not going to harp on reruns... I can see why they used the Cee-Lo or Ziggy bit from several episodes back again... but did we really need to use the Murray's Dare to Compare from the last episode?
  3. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    That's cool, I hope a video of the new Ernie and Bert segment comes up.
  4. cahuenga

    cahuenga Active Member

    Who was doing bert? Frank or Eric?
  5. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    The new street story was good. I liked the proud song. The Word of the Day was good. Great to hear Jerry's voice as Humpty again. The Belly Breathe song was good. I liked that they showed the best of the Number of the Day bits. The biggest surprise was the new Ernie and Bert sketch. This gets my hopes up that someday, we'll see a sketch with Ernie and Abby. I don't understand why they reused the Murray tune-ins from season 40.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Why are some of you asking for an Ernie/Abby pairing? I can't think of anything funny they'd be able to do together unless they were somehow messing with Bert. From their personalities, I see almost nothing funny coming from Ernie and Abby in a sketch; there's almost nothing that could cause conflict between them.

    I mean, they do a sketch not meant to be funny, but where's the fun in that?
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  7. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    It would just be nice to see. Besides, if idiots who believe the rumors see something like that, they might stop thinking that the rumors are true. Also, Ernie and Elmo make a good pair, why not Ernie and Abby?
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't think Elmo and Ernie doing some song covers equates to being a good pair.
  9. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    I was wondering about that too. I'm guessing Frank because he sounded more like the classic Bert rather than in "Great Adventures," but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this.

    I didn't think that was Jerry as Humpty. I may have to listen to that again, or maybe he used a different voice than he had before. I don't know. Speaking of Jerry, it was nice to bring back the Count Number of the Day segment, but too bad we sort of had a spoiler because Murray gave away the number in advance. That's the trouble with the block format.

    Anyway, it was good to see a new B&E segment. I don't know if they have any new "Great Adventures" episodes planned for this season, but seeing them in puppet form is much better any day.
  10. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    One Fine Face was an original song.
    It was Eric.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    How about Ernie, Bert and Abby? Bert would give the necessary comedic tension. Or maybe just Bert and Abby. The only thing I can see Ernie and Abby doing is having Abby screw up a spell and doing something to Rubber Duckie, but they already did that with Mumford a decade ago. But then of course, the fleeting demographic rule is on their side. Plus, Abby would really feel bad about it.

    Anyway, I agree with the Count. I'm glad someone else thinks the "look what's in the garden" segment is lame and lacking in variety. They need better stand alone segments for double digit, or just teen numbers. We need another stand alone 15 song.
  12. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    You're kidding! He's really improved with the voice since last season. That's why it would be nice to see more new "Great Adventures" with Eric getting better at the
    :( voice.
  13. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Eric really has improved. It started with Conversations with Bert last year.
  14. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Okay. I must have missed those. I do recall Eric's Bert voice when they were on GMA though. I guess I wasn't really listening hard enough there. Lol.
  15. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Conversations with Bert is a 2-part YT video.
  16. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here are the "Conversations with Bert" videos with Bert and Saturday Night Live comedian Andy Samberg...



  17. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    The new Ernie & Bert skit surprised the heck out of me. I love unexpected surprises like that. Hope there's more this season. :p :(
  18. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    Finally saw the episode with Barkley today, it was worth the wait to see the big dog again.:super:
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hey! Bob was in it. That's probably his one per season.

    It was a very cute episode, but it's too bad that there was nothing other than that and the Murray Tune in that was new. I don't think I'd dig a Kim Chi taco. Kim Chi is Korean for "Burn your dang face off pickles."
  20. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I liked the new street sorry. Great to see Barkley again after 2 years. I liked Tau Bennett's cameo. The Word of the Day was good. I liked the cat being allergic to her own kind. The new Murray tune-ins were good. It was great to see the Private I sketch again. Leslie looks gorgeous in that bit.


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