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Part 3: Aladdin’s lamp

Cast: Jim Henson (Kermit), Frank Oz (Aladdin), Jerry Nelson (Genie).mnews16

Kermit


Aw, it’s so dark in here, I can’t see a thing… where’s that camera cable around — whoop! [ CRASH! ] It’s right down there somewhere. Hey, could somebody turn on a light in here? Huh? Turn on some lights! [ They do. ] Oh. Ahem. Hi ho, this is Kermit the Frog, speaking to you for Sesame Street News — and tonight, I’m speaking to you from the home of Aladdin, the owner of that world famous magic lamp. And here he is now, hello, excuse me, Mr Aladdin.
Aladdin


Oh, hi, Frog! You can call me Al!
Kermit


Okay, Al — can you tell us, Al, you’re rubbing your magic lamp there, I see…
Aladdin


Yes!
Kermit


Yes. Why are you doing that?
Aladdin


Well, because it doesn’t work! Until you arrived, I was completely in the dark.
Kermit


Is that right.
Aladdin


Here. I’ll try rubbing it again.mnews17
[ POOF! With a puff of smoke, the Genie appears. ]
Genie


Hey knock off with the rubbin’, will ya? I’m tryin’ to sleep in this lamp!
Kermit


Look at that, folks.
Aladdin


That’s the Genie. Genie — this is the frog. Frog, Genie. Genie, frog.
Kermit


Uh, yeah.
Aladdin


Frog, Genie.
Genie


How ya doin’, frog.
Kermit


Yeah, I recognize you by your light brown hair. [ chuckles ]
Aladdin


Ha, ha. Ha, ha.
Genie


Very funny.
Kermit


Uh, listen, Genies can do anything, why don’t you fix Aladdin’s lamp, here?
Genie


Hey, come on, I’m a Genie, not an electrician! What do I know from lamps?
Kermit


Oh. Uh, y’know, Aladdin, I think I got — I see one thing that’s wrong with your problem here.mnews18
Aladdin


Do you? What’s that, frog?
Kermit


Well, you see, your lamp doesn’t have a lightbulb.
Aladdin


Ohhhhh!
Kermit


See, that kinda lamp needs a lightbulb up there.
Aladdin


A lightbulb, up there! That’s a good idea! I’ll just go get a lightbulb!
Kermit


Okay.
Genie


Yeah, he needs a lightbulb, and I need another job. Ya ever try livin’ inside a lamp?
Kermit


Is that right? Pretty dark, huh?
Aladdin


Here’s a lightbulb! Here we go!
Kermit


Yeah, well, just screw it in the socket up there.
Aladdin


All right. I’ll do that. How’s that? Well?
Kermit


Okay, uh…
Aladdin


It still doesn’t work!
Kermit


Yeah, but —
Genie


To think I coulda worked for Ali Baba instead of this dingaling.
Aladdin


We’ll just wait here until it works.mnews19
Kermit


Well, Al… there’s another thing here. Al?
Aladdin


Mmm?
Kermit


See, the lamp has a plug. See? It has an electric plug there… and, yeah, it’s just sitting on the table…
Aladdin


This is a PLUG?
Kermit


Yeah.
Genie


It has ta be plugged in!
Kermit


It has to be plugged in to the outlet.
Aladdin


Plugged in?
Genie


Aw, brother…
Aladdin


Plugged in?
Kermit


You’ve got an electric outlet back there, you gotta plug it in.
Aladdin


Ah! All right. I’ll try this.
Kermit


Mm hmm.
Aladdin


Here goes!
Genie


Do you believe this dingaling?
Kermit


Well, not really, but, uh…
Aladdin


Okay! Lamp, do your stuff!
Kermit


Um… Al?
Aladdin


No, it still doesn’t work, frog!
Kermit


Al?
Genie


Brother…
Aladdin


Yes?
Kermit


Al…
Aladdin


I’ll just keep waiting…
Kermit


Well, Al, did you try turning on the switch?
Aladdin


The what?
Kermit


The switch — there’s an electric switch up there, on the lamp.
Aladdin


There is?
Kermit


Mm hmm.mnews20
Aladdin


Where — oh, you mean THIS switch over here!
Kermit


Yeah, see, right there? You gotta turn that on, and that makes the electricity go to the bulb.
Aladdin


Well, I’ll be. Sounds crazy to me, but I’ll try it! Here goes! [ He switches the lamp on. ] My lamp! It works! WOW!
Kermit


Isn’t that wonderful!
Aladdin


Wow! It sure is wonderful.
Genie


It is NOT wonderful! Not with me! You know I can’t sleep with the light on! Alaka-ZAM!mnews21
[ With a puff of smoke, the Genie disappears. ]
Aladdin


Oh, my Genie is gone. But my lamp works! And you fixed it, frog!
Kermit


Okay, that’s wonderful. This is Kermit the Frog, returning you to your studios, okay?
Aladdin


Oh, don’t go yet…
Kermit


I’ll see ya around, Ali Baba.
Aladdin


You have to fix my magic toaster! And my magic hot comb! Oh, frog… Wow. My lamp works.mnews22

by Danny Horn

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