Open and Close

Production Number

5-04 (40)


April 21, 2003

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Open and Close is the 40th episode of Elmo's World.

What is Elmo Thinking about Today?


Elmo's thinking about things that open and close, but he's having a hard time doing just that with his door.

Mr. Noodle

Elmo notes that Dorothy's mouth opens and closes quite a bit. She wants to know how you open a pack. Mr. Noodle's mouth is wide open when Shade opens. Mr. Noodle struggles to open a back pack until the Kids coach him through it.
Finally, toy snakes spring out of the pack and into Mr. Noodle's face.

Dorothy Wants to Ask Someone Else


Two kids show Dorothy how they open a book bag in great detail.

Elmo Has a Question for You


Elmo counts the three hamsters it takes to open the door. It only takes one Elmo to close it.

Video Email


Super Grover attempts to illustrate "open" when his helmet closes over his eyes. He struggles with opening it again until Herry comes along and lifts it with one finger. This is Herry's latest speaking appearance on the show.



Elmo asks yes/no questions on what opens and closes. Drawer won't open for Elmo until he pulls the knob with all his might. Birthday cakes don't open and close, but you can open and close your mouth when eating a birthday cake. Crayons don't open and close, but a crayon box does. Trash cans open and close, while Oscar the Grouch likes his closed.



Elmo's friend Tyler opens and closes many jars, markers, scissors and other objects when he makes a picture in school.



On the "Open and Close" Channel, the Tulip Lady presents a study of how tulips open and close. Coming up next: Closed Encounters of the Third Kind starring Glenn Close.



Elmo talks to Book (who opens and closes himself) about a construction vehicle with jaws that open and close.

Tickle Me Land

Dorothy imagines Elmo as a construction worker using a construction vehicle to attempting to pick up a teddy bear. John Williams' famous two-note motif from Jaws is referenced in the underscore for the scene, connecting to the use of the jaws of the machine.
Dorothy imagines Elmo as a jack-in-the-box.


The quiz and film scenes were cut in international dubs.

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