ERNIE WRITES A STORY
Bert: Ernie, what are you watching?
Ernie: Oh, it's a great old movie Bert.
B: What is it?
E: It's called ... it's just uh "Cowboys in Outerspace" Bert.
B: Ernie? Ernie? (E: Look at that!) Uh, can't you do something else besides watch TV? I mean, you've been watching TV all day long.
E: Well gee, like what Bert? I mean, it's raining outside Bert.
B: Well, I know it's raining, but Ernie there are other things to do inside besides watching TV.
E: Oh yeah? Well, like what Bert? AH!
B: What what?
E: Look at that! Those are just actors Bert.
B: I know, I'm trying to think what else you can do.
E: Ooh! Did you see that one Bert?
B: How 'bout reading? How bout reading? You can read, we have a lot of books here.
E: Reading? Well, I don't know Bert, I really don't feel like reading right now, Bert.
B: Oh. Well....um..
B: How 'bout writing a story? Hey, that's good Ernie, writing a story.
E: Writing a story?
B: Wouldn't that be fun, you could write your very own story.
E: Writing a story. That's a pretty good idea Bert.
B: Yeah. (Bert laughs)
E: Hey Bert, would you help me if I were to write a story, would you help me?
B: Well, I suppose I could give you ideas. Yeah, I'll help you, sure.
E: OK, Great.
E: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm...
B (Faces camera) Terrific. Wow, no TV set on all day long. Oh great.
E: Hey Bert?
E: C'mere Bert.
B: Yeah, well what do you want?
(Ernie and Bert are off camera)
B: Ernie! What are you doing?
E: Uh, we're writing a story Bert.
B: This is not writing a story!
(Ernie and Bert come in, Bert has a waste paper basket on his head)
E: This is the first stage, planning to write a story. You see, you can't just sit down and write a story, you have to plan to write it, and that's what I'm doing. Now, we've got paper, I'll take that paper Bert. Let's see we have paper to write on. And I have pencils right here to write with Bert.
E: And then I have my handy dandy pencil sharpener. And I have my eraser here Bert for any mistakes I might make, see I can erase them.
E: And I have a waste paper basket to put in .. a waste paper basket ... Bert, have you seen my waste paper basket?
B: Ask me that again and look into my eyes.
E: Have you seen ... Have you seen .. Oh! This is my waste paper basket.
B: Of course it's your waste basket!! You put it on my head!
E: Oh, thank you Bert.
B: Yeah, thank you.
E: That's my waste paper basket for throwing stuff in when I make a mistake, you see?
B: Ok, now Ernie, Ernie. You have planned your whole adventure in writing a story.
E: That's true.
B: All planned to the last detail ... all planned.
B: OK, now go to it.
E: OK, I'll see you around.
B: Ho, ho wait, well, where are you going?
E: I'm going to go outside and play in the puddles.
B: But why?
E: Well, you see Bert, I can't think of anything to write right now, Bert. But, when I DO think of something, I have it all planned. And thanks to you Bert, I couldn't have done it without you. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.
(Bert rests his head on the basket and shakes it in disappointment)
Premiering in 1969, this educational television show aimed at preschoolers has charmed generations of youngsters ever since. The show - featuring a lovable cast of characters including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Snuffy, Grover and many others - has delighted and educated children and adults alike, with its collection of songs, skits, and celebrity guest appearances. ... Read More