Friday, October 17, 2014
Top 13 Sesame Street Scares (#7)
#7: The Count Sleeps Over
So one night, the Count decides to sleeps over with Bert and Ernie—and no, they’re not sleeping over for “that” reason! Get your mind out of the gutter!
Bert lets the Count sleep in his bed while he sleeps in the living room, allowing the Count to sleep with Ernie. (In separate beds! I said get your mind out of the gutter!)
Anyway, the Count has a hard time sleeping, so Ernie suggests that he counts sheep. The Count does exactly that—and being the Count, he can’t stop counting sheep.
His counting, laughter, and sudden bursts of thunder and lightning keep poor Ernie up all night, making it so that neither of them do much sleeping. (Because the Count is keeping him awake with his counting. Sheesh! What is your deal?!)
That skit didn’t seem the least bit scary, now did it? Unless you’re afraid of lightning—or the Count for that matter (more on that in a later entry)—nothing about this skit should scare you.
That is, until you get to the second part:
In the second part, the morning has dawned, and both Bert and the Count greet each other and tell how wonderful their nights went.
As for poor Ernie, well…
…That is the face of a man who was deprived of sleep to the point of death. That is also the face that has appeared in the nightmares of many poor children.
Yes, the moment that Ernie enters with his eyes wide open, bags underneath them, his expression trapped within a deathly trance, mumbling off random numbers, and sauntering in a walk almost like that of a re-animated corpse, that is when most children received the same expression of horror on their own faces.
And we all learn a most valuable lesson: never, ever let the Count sleep over, unless you don’t expect to get any sleep yourself. (Ugh! Because his counting will keep you awake! The Count isn’t even---ugh, never mind!)
Of course, I’ll have much more to say about the Count latter in this list.