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Sesame Street Season 45 Episode 4505 - Enthusiastic Penelope Penguin

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Episode 4505 - Enthusiastic Penelope Penguin
    Friday September 19, 2014

    Penelope Penguin is visiting Sesame Street but admits that she has a hard time making new friends because she is too enthusiastic. Chris tells her she can make friends if she remembers to stop and think. Will Penelope remember to do this?

    Subject: Self-Regulation
    Brought to you by: K & 11
    Word on the Street: Enthusiastic – Really excited about something.

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  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well, at least we get Caroll as Big Bird as part of another episode's street story.
    So penguin pounds are going to replace chestpounds?
    Oh hey, Rosita's finally in an episode again. Probably because Leslie's performing Penelope Penguin.
    Sure, the song's gonna solve everything... Because Penelope couldn't control herself before.
    Nice that the gang remembered that Oscar's the other person who loves fish on their ice cream.

    Song: "Hey, Come and Play with Me."
    Muppets/Celebrity Word of the Day Explanation.
    At least it wasn't as boring thanks to the AM's enthusiastic about jumping instead of dancing.
    Murray the Reporter reporting on friends, again, I find Ovejita's role extremely limited and unnecessary. She should be better incorporated into these sketches like she was in Murray Had a Little Lamb.
    Cookie's Crummy Pictures: Twilight: Breaking Cookie.
    Oh man, these get better and more hilarious!
    "Cookie thirst, it's a yumpire thing."
    Shortbreadward and Belly got married... Eat it Bake-ob!
    Song: "Moving With the ABC's" sung by Usher, from last season.
    Abby's Flying Fairy School: Puckish Pete's Petting Zoo.
    This is the other episode I've been waiting to watch because of the mythic creatures involved in the various tasks.
    Er no, Mrs. Sparklenose... A hydra isn't a dragon, it's more of a sea dragon. And it doesn't necessarily definitively have five heads, it's that it can grow multiple heads for each one you cut off.
    Showing good manners in front of the unicorn so it would let Gonnigan ride her, reminds me of Harry having to bow down and show Buckbeak it's due deference in Prisoner of Ascaban.
    Yeck, another of those annoying garden number bits.
    Song: "Lonely Eleven."
    Film: Some school band singing "Somebody Come And Play."
    Song: "Quiero Ser Tu Amigo/I Want To Be Your Friend."
    For some reason, I liked this better when Luis sang it as "My Name Is/Me Llamo."
    Elmo the Musical: Pilot the Musical.

    This episode had a bland street story, the true highlight was Cookie's Crummy Pictures. And now that we finished Premiere Week for Season 45, I'm a bit surprised that none of the big name parodies have aired yet like House of Bricks or Game of Chairs. Then again, they're probably pacing themselves by saving them for later, especially since the season ends in June because of the Crummy Pictures sketches.
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I know it's part of the character and all, but I'd be glad if Penelope Penguinstop would never appear on the show ever again ever. I get that she's over annoyingly enthusiastic, and the message is that those kinds of people scare off potential friends. But not since Rodeo Rosie has a character been that abrasive. I mean, she gets called on it in a friendly suggestion way, but... seriously, I can't be the only one who wanted a Muppet Walrus to eat her to shut her up.

    But it's great to see Big Bird so much in the first 5 episodes. Second street story he was in too. Kinda wish more of the action focused on him. Finally see Telly and Rosita in a street story too. Too bad the story was kinda dull.

    I agree. While Twilight's completely out of vogue (not complaining at all, by the way), that awesome Cookie's Crumby Pictures was the highlight of the episode today. Loved how even the Belly puppet looked bored and the great faux-wood acting sold it.

    Mindy was cute on the Word of the Day segment. That actress pretty much runs on cute, of course they pair her up with Elmo. Didn't like the Romeo bit. His singing voice was finger nails on a chalkboard to me. Only worse singing was the Somebody Come and Play cover. And it sounded like they recorded it in an air tunnel.

    I'll second that. I'm surprised that we haven't seen a single one of the non-Crumby Pictures parody segments, not even posted online. You'd think they'd lead off on one of those, but all we've seen was that reused Birdwalk Empire bit.

    And yeah. I love Murray talking outside with kids, but I'm not liking this "Sesame Street News Bulletin" bit. It's long and repetitive.

    So far, outside of the Crumby pictures, Numericon, and the (FINALLY) new Super Grover 2.0, I'm not too impressed with this season so far.
  4. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    That "Lonely 11" title makes me think of the "Lowercase n" song, since the n was sad and lonely at the beginning of the song. How does it compare?
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  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Since I don't have/remember the visuals of Lonely Eleven, I'll have to defer this question to others here like Drtooth or Oscarfan. Hope this helps though.
  6. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Really? Hmm. I've felt that this season is the first in a long time in which SS has had that "ensemble" feel again. I know it's still early in the season, but outside of the usual Elmo & Abby and the always superior Grover and Cookie moments/segments, this season has been promising. The inclusion of the new Muppet dance spots, along with the awesome songs "Power of Yet" and "Everybody Raise Your Hand", have given more Muppets screen time opportunities than they would have had in past seasons. Also, we got a new Bert and Ernie street story (with several more to look forward too!), plus A LOT of Big Bird appearances (including an upcoming one on location with Murray) which is always great.

    For the first time the block format is actually proving to be work tremendously with giving characters appropriate screen time.
  7. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. We haven't really seen him this season, other than the number zero segment which was repeated from last season. Hopefully that's a hint that he's going to get some more airtime soon.
  8. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    So does this mean the show will go back to only airing new eps on Thursdays now? I think we may have a full week of new eps in October. I'll have to check on that again.
  9. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Today's episode was pretty good. I guess they finally decided to make a specific character to that penguin cause Leslie loves playing her. The song was pretty catchy. The WOTD was cool. The new Murray tune-ins were good. Mostly cause of the AMs that Peter and Carmen played. The CCP was awesome! Perfect replica of Twilight. Overall, I'm looking forward to the upcoming episodes.
  10. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    I particularly enjoyed this episode. I will say Penelope was a bit of a handful in terms of annoyance. Though, I'm lenient, likely due to my own semi-overbearingness. But, all in all, I thought it was an overall good street story. Not the best so far, but good.

    The segments, I will agree, drive today's episode. The Murray segments are some of my favorites so far. The "Little Lamb" segments pale in comparison to these newsflashes. They make the theme of the episode prevalent through it all and make use of nice Muppet-human interaction.

    The Crumby Pictures is one of the funniest yet! I know I probably said that about Star S'Mores earlier, but this one's good. The parody characters are hilarious and lampshade all the spoof-able things Twilight gave us.

    While I'm here, gotta say, love the amount of Peter Linz characters this season. His Bakob is hilarious, the Luke Piewalker the other day was a spot-on impression, and his AM in the Newsflash today was just perfect. Glad to see him finally implemented.

    The rest flows well too. Nothing jumped out at me, though, with the songs, save for "Lonely 11" (one I'll definitely be coming back to soon. Great song!). All and all, wonderful episode. Simply wonderful!
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There was a lot of good there. The Power of Yet, seeing Big Bird in a couple episodes and having Ernie and Bert get a street story that's not recycled from (or intended for) a foreign skit. But overall, I'm not digging the Special Report bits (even though the Murray and kid segments are good, these seem ham fisted and repetitive), the dance numbers introducing the letter and number sponsors aren't that great, despite the presence of major characters, and of course, Abby's 9 minute block is still present, now at an even worse time that slows the pace of the show to a dead crawl. I still wonder what the heck became of the English version of the Monstruos Supersanos segments. THAT would have been a better filler for the middle of the episodes. Not to mention how cheap they are to only make 2 new Elmo the Musical segments.

    Plus, we had one great street story, a couple good ones, and two really weak, bland ones. I'm sure things will heat up as the season goes on.
  12. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Obviously, I'm partial to any episode that features Big Bird, And I'm pumped that this is technically the third street story THIS WEEK where he appeared! (He appeared in the background of Bert's story, and considering Big Bird's lack of airtime in recent seasons, I'm counting it.) And especially episodes with Caroll as Big Bird so I was just in heaven again today.

    Penelope was a little much. I get that Leslie is just transferring her own energy into the character, but I'm thinking maybe Stephanie or someone could have played the character with a little more subtle character without losing the essence. But, who am I to say?

    I also had great appreciation for the (likely ad libbed) Oscar line.

    I agree with @SSLFan . This first week of the season has the most ensemble feel than many of the past seasons combined. We have gotten Elmo, Ernie and Bert, Segi and Big Bird stories so far, and it seems like the rest of this season is following suit. I hope all seasons from here on out are like this.

    So, side note, are they trying to fit a song into every episode now? I know it didn't use to be that way, but it seems lately they are really forcing these songs in. Some of them are welcome ("Color of Me," I'm looking at you.) But this one and a few others in these past few seasons just seem incredibly unnecessary.

    And also something I just thought of: it seems like they are really trying to get Bert and Ernie re-familiarized with the viewers. They have their street stories this season and also they are included in the letter and number intros while heavy-hitters like Telly, Baby Bear and Zoe aren't. That's a good sign.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2014
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  13. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    I don't know what else I would expect from them. I'm just happy it's not just Murray doing all of them anymore.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I'm giving SW the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their budget. Unlike the past two seasons, this season has no repeats among the main 26 episodes. They also did a bunch of new Crumby Pictures and SG 2.0, I think two new ETM was all they could afford. This show has a crazy amount of different elements to it, each with varying costs.
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The thing is yes and no with me. The yes is that we're getting more of the classic characters in a segment. The no is that it's the same song every episode. And even then, only the Count one varies. At least with the Murray ones, there was some variety. Sure, they reused the heck out of them, but once they made shorter bits like the Lottery and Chef Murray bits, they really found a rhythm.

    No argument there. It's just a shame they couldn't squeeze at least one or two more ETM's in the budget. But if it means less repeated episodes in the new episode count, I'm all for it. Still, if the budget is such a problem, why do they make so many segments for international consumption that never get seen in the US? I think Monstrusos Supersanos would have been an ideal replacement for Abby. They're already done, they were taped in English, and there's 26 of them. So even if they want to horde episodes, they could have 13 a season and repeat them twice for 2 seasons.

    Other than that, I'll agree this season has a better flow and some of the worst scene transition gimmicks are thankfully gone. Though you have to admit, other than Numericon and the Ernie and Bert bit, they picked some of the weaker premised episodes to lead off the season. That School for Chickens one is a half way through at best.
  16. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    I, particularly, enjoy the dance numbers. To me, they make great transitions and are some really catchy songs. Murray's were a little mundane, so I think these are a good change of pace. I'll admit I prefer Elmo's song to Count's, but they both work well to introduce the usual number and letter of the day.
  17. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    As a parent of two boys, at least one of them gets up and dances every time the "Letter of the Day" and "Number of the Day" segments come on. So these new dance bits are working by encouraging kids to move and learn at the same time.
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  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd agree if only it wasn't the same song every day. It would have been something if they had at least a few different versions of the song in rotation or the songs were just a bit shorter. I agree there's a nice change of pace without it being a Murray hosting gig. But I'm going to go with what Count said in another thread. The Cookie Monster Letter of the Day and Count Number of the day intros were much more fun.

    That said, I appreciate the transition from Murray hosting the show to more classic characters. Too bad there's not really much time to have some more skits with just the characters in it.

    Though, if there's one thing that's a complete improvement is the lack of Murray's Guessing Games. Those were filler and nothing more. I like the ones they did at the Museum of Modern Art, but they're completely unnecessary for the show.

    I dunno. I think my main source of disappointment is the fact that they're sitting out the anniversary this go around. There are some subtle, small hidden gems in the show. Forgetful Jones was in the CGI background in the bike episode and Little Bird was the high school mascot logo in the Super Grover 2.0 segment. It's a letdown they aren't running with it this time, though.
  19. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    I'll agree, this season missed out on a big anniversary celebration. And with all the statistics (odd-numbered anniversaries get specials and whatnot). But, I think laying low this year is only fair, so that when the 50th rolls in, it'll trump every anniversary yet and be the biggest blowout imaginable (hopefully).
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  20. Kasey Kockroach

    Kasey Kockroach Well-Known Member

    I figure they're saving anything 'special' for the big 50.
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