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The Boy, The Girl and the Jellybeans

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by valichick1, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. valichick1

    valichick1 New Member

    Please help me--am I crazy? I distinctly remember a SS skit with a little muppet girl--perhaps Prairie Dawn--walking along with a bag of jelly beans, and I monster muppet following her. Does ANYONE remember this? Am I making this skit up? I can't find any reference to it online...? Does anyone remember? TIA!
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi... Welcome to the craziness that is Muppet Central.
    About your original question, all Muppet Wiki says about the cast is that it was an Anything Muppet boy and girl. It might've been an early precursor of Prairie, but I can't say fer sure.
    As for the sketch itself... Muppet Wiki lists it as having first appeared in Episode 0016, would recommend you contact fellow forum member Boober_Gorg to see if he has that one in his vast SST library. Additionally, this sketch was adapted to book format, included in the Sesame Street Library Volumes 8-10.
    Hope this helps and have fun exploring the rest of the forums. :flirt:
  3. sesameguy

    sesameguy Member

    Hi- I just wanted to confirm that this 3-part sketch really was shown. I don't have it, but I remember seeing it. The last time I saw it would probably have been in the late 1970s or very early 1980s. The girl actually looked more like Betty Lou than Prairie Dawn. I believe Jim Henson played the boy and Frank Oz the girl.
  4. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    It's obviously from 1969.
  5. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Yes, this skit does exist, and it is one of my most treasured Sesame memories ever. Hopefully sometime it will see the light of day again. Here's the lowdown:

    Part One: A boy Muppet (voiced by Jim) is happy because he has a bag full of jelly beans (and jelly beans are the greatest!). He comes across a girl (Betty Lou, voiced by Frank) who's crying because she lost her own stash of jelly beans. The boy generously offers her his bag, and she is beside herself with glee.
    She wanders off, ecstatic at her good fortune. The boy is happy too, because he made the girl so happy, until it dawns on him he has no more jelly beans of is own. So he bursts into tears, and as this episode ends, we're left in suspense wondering if the boy will ever see his jelly beans again. Stay tuned, folks!

    Part Two: The boy is over his crying jag, and he finds the girl who is now shaking in fright, because a monster tried to take the jelly beans. The girl somehow decides to give the jelly beans back to the boy, who is happy once more (Re-u-ni-ted and it feels so good!). Until the big bad evil ugly Beautiful Day Monster shows up. The girl is calm as can be, but now the boy is shaking in his boots. The girl leaves the boy to fend for himself, and the monster eats all the jelly beans, and plants a big wet kiss on the boy. He's a little sad because his jelly beans are gone, but at least the monster is not a threat any more. Oh, the drama! Don't touch that dial folks. We're not done yet!

    Part Three: Now the boy is worked up into a furious rage, for losing his jelly beans twice in one day. Lose them once, you feel sad. Lose them twice, it really makes you MAD! He's ready to go postal on someone. He bumps into the girl again, who's equally mad because she found HER jelly beans, but she has no bag to put them in. (If she had jeans, she could have a pocketful, but that's another clip!) The boy is just as miffed for having an empty bag with no jelly beans in it. Then they both have an epiphany- she could put the jellybeans in his bag. She invites him to come home for dinner, and they can have jelly beans for dessert. So they both leave on a happy note, we get to see the characters express a full spectrum of emotions, and if anyone would/could ever post this on youtube, I'd be the happiest little boy on the face of this earth.:)
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That "re-u-ni-ted" line sounds like a song to me. Was that sung in the sketch at that point, or did you just quote it (assuming I am right about it being a line from a song) for fun? If the sketch has any brief song lines then hopefuly Sesame Workshop can one day work out a deal to include it on a DVD release (it does seem like a handful of first season sketches feature brief quoting of songs, which would be hard to edit out).

    So she just got her jellybeans off the ground without it being in the bag? I hope she knew to wash them before eating them.

    Or maybe Sesame Workshop will post it on it's video site. I'd like to see it, too.
  7. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    No, I just threw the "Reunited" quote in for fun, it has nothing to do with the skit. The only musical accompaniment was Joe's piano which reflects the characters' moods, happy one moment, sad the next, angry, scary, the whole nine yards.

    In the book version of the skit, the girl finds her jellybeans on a table, in the tv version she finds them on the brick wall. (And of course this was back in the days we could leave things on brick walls, not have to spray them with Lysol, and we lived anyway, in spite of the risk of germs :eek: )The last scene shows them happily putting the jelly beans in a bag.

    Maybe maybe MAYBE this might show up on Sesame Workshop's web page someday. Since they posted The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, anything is possible. Time will tell.
    Luke kun likes this.
  8. Jyllian

    Jyllian New Member


    I too, am looking for this particular sesame street clip! I have been wanting to see it for ages, checked YOUTUBE so far nothing..this is one of a few that i hope to find..does anyone know how to find it?
  9. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Thank you..thank you!!! For some reason I was thinking about this for the past day or so (and I knew it existed) But I forgot what went on in it.All I knew is that a flurry of emotions were in it. I looked it up in Muppet Wiki but didn't see it. So I typed it the keyword "jellybeans" in here in hopes of finding it & TA-DA! Found a thread about it! (I agree Jyllian..it's a shame it's not on you tube.)
  10. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I ave the storybook version of this story.
  11. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    If bumping old threads is a crime, then cuff me and stuff me.
    But thank you again hooperfan/sesame maniac, you made more than just my day for sharing this.

    33 years is a long time to wait.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I had read this in The Sesame Street Storybook a long time ago, and this is a little different than I had remembered it. I had thought that each chapter had the other one tricking the other into giving up their jellybeans, and then the monster sharing jellybeans with the boy, before they decide to share. I don't remember the emotions aspect of it at all.

    I'm glad that I got to see this one. I might have to wait a few days to determine if this skit is really great, or if the rare factor is what makes it seem great. It's at least good, but it does seem to drag on a little (most likely why it took three parts).

    And is Caroll Spinney performing Beautiful Day Monster here? He mostly just makes growls, saying words at the end, but it doesn't really sound like Big Bird, Oscar, Bruno, Spinney's woman voice (which it wouldn't be), that voice Spinney used for such characters as the carpenter in the "Kermit Guesses from Clues" bit, or the season one dopey Big Bird voice to me (though at one point the monster makes a sound that sort of sounds Spinney-like, maybe I was just trying to hear it). I'll have to watch again, but I feel it sort of sounds like the weird voice Joe Raposo gave to Cookie Monster in Everyone Likes Ice Cream (weird that they'd have Raposo provide a voice that's mostly growls in two different segments, and this segment doesn't seem like something they'd have a non-performer do voices in).

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