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Sesame Street Season 45 Episode 4515 - Stinky's First Day of Preschool

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Season 45 Episode 4515 - Stinky's First Day of Preschool
    Tuesday January 13, 2015

    Stinky is the new plant at Elmo’s school but feels anxious when Chris has to leave. Chris, Elmo, and Elmo’s teacher Mrs. Sanchez all try to help Stinky feel less anxious. Will any of their strategies work?

    Subject: Self-Regulation
    Brought to you by: T & 19
    Word on the Street: Anxious – When you feel worried or nervous that something may or may not happen.

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  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I get the feeling this episode was written more for the parents of the kids who are about to go to preschool rather than the kids. The lesson plan was directly aimed at them to deal with the separation anxiety some kids feel.

    That said...eh... it was an episode with Stinky in it alright. I expected no less than Lemongrab-esque loud outbursts. It seems like the obvious choice to deal with psychological problems as to use a psychological mess of a character.

    But frankly, the highlight of the episode was the Zach Braff/Telly word on the Street bit. Everything else was reused footage that went on too long. We didn't even get the Muppet segment between the number and Elmo's world segment. Just that skit about Yoga. I mean, really... no wonder they had content warnings about children playing in construction sites or junkyards like Fat Albert kids. Freaking Yuppie Parents. :rolleyes:

    Nothing much to speak of when it's mostly reused filler. When the heck are these big parody segments they've announced this year?

    Also, How many episodes into the season are we? I'm actually sick of the letter and number intros by now. It's nice they use a variety of characters in them, and I give them credit for trying, but I'm kinda hoping they do not bring this back next year.
     
  3. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    This episode was very funny. I loved the reactions of Stinky screaming: Blue AM cleaning his ear, kids dropping toys, Elmo scrunching his eyes. I hope they use Jasmine regularly. She's very pretty. Finally, a WOTD with Telly! It was hilarious. The new MHALL was pretty good.
     
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Now that I think about it, if there's one thing I loved about this episode it's probably the first this season they actually used another set. Sesame Street is the often perpetrator of the bottle episode. It's nice to see they actually gave care enough to move the episode beyond the street.

    And frankly, when I was watching it, I expected the entire episode to be set in and around Hooper's with Stinky not being emotionally ready to leave. On second though, the episode was better than what I envisioned when it started. Because it so easily could have been what I just said. The same dead street with 3 characters on it talking to themselves. And I love how the preschool class was human and Muppet kids. Not the most interesting episode, but the change of scenery and attention to those details was a refreshing change from seeing the back of Hooper's Store for 10 minutes.
     
  5. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    True. No one gets anxious like Telly. Though you have to wonder why Murray is starting preschool just now after going to so many other different schools. He should be about ready for college. Lol

    I've noticed that as well. It's always nice to move away from the regular setting every once in a while.
     
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Okay... The fact that new episodes aired yesterday and today, I think we can call this the winter premiere week. *Makes note to tune in tomorrow for Episode 4516.

    Heh. Told you you'd get sick of the Letter/Number Dance of the Day bits. :smirk:
    If anything, I'd want Sesame Workshop to put some more thought and effort back into the letter and/or number segments, the ones we get nowadays are so blandishly boring. You want to show what 16 is? Here's sixteen acorns, count them out loud yourself. Now scram kid, we've gotta crank out fifteen more episodes on self-regulation to cram down your throats like the good little viewers you are.
     
  7. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    I hope so too. I don't remember whether it was her Tumblr or her Twitter, but one day I came across one of those, and as it turns out, she and Ismael Cruz Cordova are friends in real life, so...who knows?
     
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah. I was one of the on the fence types, but they've got old very fast. They should have at least made multiple songs for these. But make no mistake. It's a cost cutting move, and all they need to do is dub in the letter or number. At least with the Count one, they had to record multiple takes of his couplet and stomping. The letter one has no variations whatsoever.

    As for the number segments... well... Sesame Street has always had problems with double digit segments. In the 90's you'd either see some fun little song parody, or lame stop motion paper cut out clowns honking horns. Or worse, those ^&*^&*( kids painting a mural that mercifully stopped being shown on the series.

    Though I do agree. Why aren't there more fun songs and creative number sketches like "Lonely Eleven?" Time to do another animator contest and get more creative, original ideas than "Bunch of white rocks with a number 'hidden' in them."
     
  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Just watched (most of) the ep. It was certainly nice for the story to go somewhere other than the street, though it kind dragged at times. I find it very interesting that Stinky's one of those "Hey! We Need More Muppets For Street Scenes" characters from the 90's, virtually disappeared during the 2000's and now gets his own story almost each season.

    Personally, I like the letter/number songs. Sure, I skip them when going through the episode, but I find myself listening to them on my computer anyway.

    I also don't mind having some more non-letter/number film pieces in the show, but they really should've thrown in another Muppet bit somewhere.
     
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    The songs are good. Just not good enough to keep seeing in every episode. I said this in another thread, but they really should have had multiple songs written to switch off. But then again... budget. Easier and cheaper to just redub things than to write completely different songs.

    I feel it's kind of a cheat not to get something in between the number and ETM. They certainly had a lot of non-Muppet filler in this episode. Was that emotion song supposed to be a parody of "Mr. Blue Sky?" Cuz they pretty much lifted the piano riffs, bells, and.... well, pretty much everything but the tune. Seems they should have chose either that or the thing that directly followed the street story. That Yoga thing was unneeded and didn't tie into anything except possibly the Indian style number segment. Would have been the perfect spot for something with the Muppet characters.
     
  11. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Active Member

    That's only started happening since Joey became head writer in season 40. I mean if I had the power to, I would write some significant screen time for my own characters, too. Stinky's role in the story could have been filled by literally any other character.

    The problem is Stinky is more of a comic relief than someone who can hold down an entire story. He's very grating after a while. Especially when he kept stopping them while they were posing for the picture. I mean, what was the purpose of all that? It didn't help the story at all, and it went on for what seemed like hours. By the time all the strategies were done it seemed like it would have been the end of the school day.

    Also, I'm wondering if the Mrs. Sanchez character was originally supposed to be played by a celebrity. Sesame Street, especially recently, always uses celebrities to play any human roles outside of the regular human characters. Since Jasmine was already used playing someone (presumably) different in the "Incarceration" special, it really took me off guard here that she is back playing a main character in a street story. Maybe a celebrity cancelled at the last minute and they had to bring someone in they already knew.
     
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  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yes and no. I could see it working for Telly, but barely. Barely as in, I don't even think 5 year old kids would think he's preschool age. He seems just a bit older than that to me, and I'd imagine the same for the writers. The story wouldn't work with Elmo since he's a bit too restrained to have major freakouts every time Chris left. Not that it would be completely out of the question, but Stinky was the ultimate choice as the character is prone to loud, overdramatic freakouts. Any other character wouldn't have been quite a good fit.

    I still find this an odd choice for an episode as it really isn't written for kids, so much as their parents so they know how to deal with an overly attached child too afraid to go to school. There isn't a thing that kids could get out of it except for the "they'll always come back for you" bit.


    That said, Stinky's got some serious OCD in this one. I get he's neurotic and all, but he's just incredibly over the top here. Not accepting any photo of Chris and himself that isn't specifically that one time they dressed up as superheroes? I get what this is supposed to be and all, but really!?!
     
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This was thankfully just posted.



    Highlight of the episode? Most definitely.
     
  14. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    I'm watching this episode right now on my local PBS station and I just noticed one of the kids playing in the background is Peter Linz's son!!:fanatic:
     


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