Season 40

Original Air Date:
November 19, 2009

Brought to you By:
B and 17

Educational Goal:

Word on the street: Surprise
To startle or shock someone unexpectedly.

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Episode Summary

Happy birthday to Stinky the plant! Elmo surprises Stinky by giving him a drum, but plants can't hold drumsticks. Then Zoe brings him a pretty tutu. Stinky tries to dance, but again, can't. After all, he is a plant in a pot.

Next, Rosita brings Stinky a guitar and Cookie Monster brings a plate of cookies. But, of course, plants can't play guitar or eat cookies. Then, when Big Bird ties balloons to Stinky's pot, Stinky begins to fly away! (Chris rescues him and brings him back safely to the ground.)

Chris reminds Elmo that they should think about what Stinky would like, not what each of them would like. Hmmm…he already has soil, so he needs water, sunlight, and love. Big Bird puts Stinky's pot on a table in the sun, Cookie Monster waters him, and Zoe and Rosita give him a big hug. Let the party begin!

Also in This Episode

Special Guest Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal explains the word surprise and is surprised by Elmo and friends. Plus, "Pre-School Musical" is a parody of High School Musical, in which preschoolers learn to take turns. In Abby's Flying Fairy School, Abby and her friends put on a dance recital, and in Murray Has a Little Lamb, Murray and Ovejita go to music school. Finally, Elmo's World is all about birthdays.