I remember that guide from when it began and yet I am surprised that it's his first appearance as a regular. Somehow I thought he'd have been seen a bit more before that. And it's season 20 after 1988 had ended (perhaps he was busy doing his scenes from UHF). But I figured it out when I looked at the guide and apparently Gina introduced him as "an art student", which I don't remember being mentioned in the guide before (I should look at past edits), and I guess no mention of the fact that he had been Bob's penpal and visited before? I guess I overlooked the fact that there hadn't been an episode involving Hiroshi moving to the area from Japan, I think his first appearance was just meant as a visit and not a full move to New York. Was he just using the garage as an art studio, or was it meant to also be his home (and wouldn't he have been living somewhere near the street by this point anyway)?
This came just a season after Squeal of Fortune, and they came up with new parodies of those people, instead of using the characters from Squeal of Fortune? I guess Jim Henson wasn't available to perform the host, but that didn't stop Captain Vegetable from being in street scenes. And Matt Playback looks so similar to Pat Playjackss, only his teeth look bigger and I think his hair looks shorter. The scenes with Maria feel more like Sonny Friendly scenes.
Gina remained for a good, long run. And to an extent, Uncle Wally stayed for a good amount of time, even if it seems somewhat small by comparison (actually, he might have been on the show for as long as Mr. Handford).
Y'all don't forget that HBO Max launches in 5 weeks when we'll find out what's included in the "broad collection of Sesame Street episodes selected from the past 50 years – many available to the public on-demand for the first time ever."
I'm not going to count on anything too special, so that if nothing special comes, I won't be disappointed. If there is, that will be a nice surprise though.
Someday I will likely take a trip to Boston like I said to view some rare episodes. I live far, but it would be worth the trip. It would be like a 14 hour drive. I could drive there myself, as I have a driver's license. I may have to stop for gas a few times so that would probably cost the most money and maybe some money to view the episodes.
Maybe I will run into some of you guys there! I never thought I would meet any of you guys, but now that I think about it, I easily could by going there! It would be so exciting if I got to meet any of you!