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"A tribute to Sherlock"

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Rosewood, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Rosewood

    Rosewood Well-Known Member

    I remember, a long time ago, when Sherlock Hemlock used to get a few minutes of glory once in a while on the show. They actually used to show various muppets in situations where they would be in need of his expertise to solve a problem. They would be ready to give up when, suddenly, the old organ music would start to play, (Lum, da duddle de DU, dum!, Lum, da duddle de DU, dum!, LUM, da duddle de dum, da dum, da DU dum! Duddle de, duddle de, DUM!) Anyone could hear it, and, (especially if it was Ernie with the problem), would usually make a startled comment like "Wait! I hear dective music!" and, when the music stopped, Sherlock would make his grand entrance with his famouse opening line, "EEE, gad! Sherlock Hemlock, here! The world's greatest detective! What seems to be the trouble?"
    At which point the person(s) would present him with the problem, Sherlock would put together the clues, and, (in most cases), would come up with an answer to their problem that would be a genuine mystery case, usually complete with mystery, plot, culprit, climax, and closure, and, when the case was solved, and the person he had solved it for would try to thank him, he would simply say something like "No need to thank me, I'm just doing my job." Does anyone out there have specific "case" memories thay would like to share? :)
  2. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless Well-Known Member

    It seems like in the early days Sherlock was always paired up with Ernie. It seemed like they were a regular duo for a while. They were even in a book together called The case of the Missing Duckie. After a while they went their seperate ways and Sherlock started appearing with Watson his dog and the whole Ernie/Sherlock thing was canned. I remember back in the 80's Sherlock Hemlock was seen on the street every once in a while. He was with Big Bird once when Big Bird had a stack of papers that where missing and Sherlock (with Big Bird's help of course) discovered they had been blown away. Another time Bob was waiting for Gordon outside his apartment because they were going to play Tennis and Sherlock came by and helped Bob figure out why he was late. In the end they both realized Bob was supposed to meet Gordon at the Tennis court, and NOT at his apartment and Bob was very upset and angry.
  3. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    For some reason, I can't think of any specific Sherlock Hemlock moments as clearly as I'd like, but I love the song he sings called "X Marks the Spot." I wish Jerry Nelson would bring the character back. His only regular character on Sesame Street these days is The Count.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Sherlock Hemlock should have helepd the cast look for Big Bird in Follow That Bird or help the cast find Elmo in Elmo In Grouchland (none of Jerry nelsons characters looked for Elmo).

    Sherlock should have been in Do De Rubber Duck.

    Does anybody know what year the Mysterious Theatre sketches were first seen?
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    The Sherlock Hemlock one that usually comes to mind first for me is the one at the beach with Ernie and Bert. It's pretty funny. Ernie is playing in the sand and without realizing it buried Bert up to his mouth. So Bert can only make muttering and grumbling sounds. Plus, he has his hat on over his head. So Ernie just sees Bert's hat and wonders where Bert is. Sherlock comes on the scene and solves the mystery. Ernie lifts the hat off and says, "Bert!". Then he rapidly shovels away all the sand around Bert. Bert thanks Ernie and Ernie says, "Oh don't thank me, Bert, thank Mr. Hemlock." Bert says, "Who?"
    Ernie says, "Mr. Hemlock." Bert says, "Where?" Ernie looks over and sees that he has now buried Sherlock in the sand up to his hat too! Ernie exclaims, "Mr. Hemlock!" and starts furiously brushing the sand away. But we hear Bert sputtering and saying, "Hey watch where your throwing that sand, Ernie! Ernie!!" So poor Bert is going to be back in the same predicament!

    Good job with that music description, Rosewood! Reminds me of my kind of descriptions of how SS sound effects and music went! :)
    I always liked that opening music for Sherlock Hemlock. Almost as good as the opening music for Lefty the Salesman. (Dum dum DUM DUM DUM DUM dum dum dum! ... )
  6. Mickey Moose

    Mickey Moose Well-Known Member

    I always liked the "Caveman Days" sketches where Ernie was the king and Sherlock was the "Royal Smart Person". I remember a couple of those. One, he invented the "Exit" sign so they would know where the door to outside was. He also invented the toothbrush(after inventing several other brushes, hair brush, paint brush).
  7. SesameMike

    SesameMike Well-Known Member

    I used to think that Sherlock Hemlock was saying "Eat that!" instead of egad when he arrived on the scene. And on that note:

    One day, Ernie opened up a lunchbox and found half of his chicken salad sandwich. The other half was nowhere to be found, much to Ernie's dismay. SH arrives and tries to solve the mystery. First, SH admits that chicken salad is his favorite. Next, they comb the evidence for clues, and they find a button in the lunchbox. Ernie notices that the button belongs to Sherlock, at which point SH solves the case: SH himself ate the other half of the sandwich!

    Ernie is so grateful that SH solved the mystery, that he asked how he could reward him. SH suggested with the remaining half of the sandwich. The skit ended with some music as Ernie made a "hey, something's amiss here" look.
  8. Rosewood

    Rosewood Well-Known Member

    "Remember this one?"

    Here's a challenge to throw to you guys. Who remembers the one where a little boy walks by a house, looks at the ground, and notices various party things scattered about, such as baloons, wrapping paper, streamers, (possibly left-over cake) but, (most importantly) birthday cake candles. Speaking out loud to himself, he basically says something like "Gee, I wonder what happened here?" At which point, Sherlock makes his grand apearance and offers to "solve the mystery!"
    The boy says "O.K." and Sherlock starts listing the clues: the baloons, the wraping paper, the streamers, (possibly the cake) but, (most importantly!), the candles! Taking all these things into concideration, he then comes up with the following answer: "There was a party here. But It wasn't just any old party; it was a Twiddlebug party, complete with baloons, streamers, preasants and all. But half way through the party, a big, hairy monster showed up, and, angry that he hadn't been invited, he began to pick up the candles and proceeded to throw them at the Twiddlebugs, at which point they all ran away, with the monster chasing after them! And there you have it: the reason why all these things are lying on the ground, but there is no one here!" The boy, in the mean time, is trying to take all this in, when the door to the house opens and a little girl comes out, greets the boy and tells him its her birthday today, and asks him if he would like to come play with some of her presents with her. The boy gives Sherlock a glance, shakes his head at him, and then proceeds to follow the girl into the house. Poor Sherlock just cant figure out how he possibly could have been so far off from the truth, and, puzzled and dejected, leaves the scene, (stage left). A few seconds of silence go by when, suddenly from across the screen, (stage right) a bunch of Twiddlebugs appear, along with a big, hairy monster (in fact I think it actually is Harry) who is throwing candles and cursing at them for not inviting him to the party! (at which point the clip ends.) :p
  9. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless Well-Known Member

    I remember this skit very well and I also had a book of this skit believe it or not when I was really little. I had forgotten all about it until I read this thread. I love this place, a trip down Sesame Lane every day. Ahhhh Heaven.
  10. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    YES i Loved that

    i remebr he was in a book also to help find who trashed Praire daawns hosue i think
  11. superfan

    superfan Well-Known Member

    I believe there's a discussion on this book on toughpigs.com! Quite funny!
  12. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    The book you're talking about has the same story as the sketch with Herry just described.

    And Sherlock Hemlock was a great character. I definitely remember the sketch with Bert and Ernie at the beach (I've got the video clip! :p :( ) and the CaveMan Days sketches. Those were great.

    Sherlock also showed up as a contestant on one of Guy Smiley's game shows one time - I believe it was Mystery Guest. Cookie Monster, Don Music and Sherlock Hemlock had to guess the mystery letter. They all got it wrong and it turned out to be an "X", which quickly left at the end to take its place in the word "Exit" on the sign.

    Does anyone remember the kinda creepy horror type segments that would start with the name of the sketch on a gravestone? It was the ones with "Vincent Twice, Vincent Twice" as the host. I'm not positive, but I'm thinking these sketches starred Sherlock Hemlock and his dog, Watson. Come to think of it, I think I almost remember one of those sketches. The dog figured out the case before Sherlock Hemlock ever did and tried to tell him all along. That was a good sketch too. :)
  13. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    I think that happened most of the time.
  14. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I remember that skit quite well, with Sherlock using his brilliant powers of deduction, and the way the skit ended. First the boy (or was it the girl?) comes out and invites the girl (or was it the boy?) to see his birthday presents, leaving Sherlock alone. First the camera shows a tight close-up of Sherlock's face before slowly pulling back:

    "But, no Twiddlebugs dancing?
    No monster throwing candles?
    No note for help?
    Egad, how will I ever live this down? (Sniff!)"

    Sherlock leaves, and there's a few moments of silence (very suspenseful)
    then some eerie music starts playing, then the Twiddlebugs come in, and Herry starts throwing candles "Here's a candle for ya!!" Then jellybeans start raining from the sky. Very surreal, but I LOVED it!

    I wish they would rescue Sherlock from Muppet Limbo and give him a new lease on life. If Jerry Nelson will only perform the Count these days, they could always bring back Peter Linz (Muppeteer in the late 80's/early 90's who went on to The Puzzle Place and Between the Lions) since his and Jerry's vocal range were pretty similar.
  15. Rosewood

    Rosewood Well-Known Member

    :) thanks so much for clarifying that! I knew that something was not quite right about the way I was remembering this, and your right about the jellybeans! I had totally forgot about that. ( with help from great people like you, I just might beat this "S.S. Alzheimers" yet! ) ;)
  16. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Dear Rosewood

    I love sharing memories from days gone by. I'm the same age as you, and we're lucky to be old enough to remember when skits like these were brand new! And I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but I can remember miniscule details from a clip I haven't seen since Carter was in the White House.

    Maybe with your help, I'll beat the Alzheimer's rap too! :sleep:

    God bless and keep you :)
  17. salemfan

    salemfan Well-Known Member

    YES! Mysterious Theater was the name of the series.
  18. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    That's what I was thinking of- I loved those sketches.:)
  19. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    As a kid, I mostly remember Sherlock Hemlock from "Mysterious Theater," particularly two sketches I distinctly remember watching, the "Circle Search" and "Missing Toast" ones (the latter was obviously due to the twist ending where Vincent Twice was the culprit, and was my favorite one as a result). I also did a YouTube Poop on that one:


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