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  • Narrator: It was summertime, and the city was trapped in a heat wave-- a real scorcher.
  • Hundley: (groans)
  • Narrator: But there was one city dweller who was not hot. George was in the country, where things were much, much cooler.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Oh! Whoa! (chuckles)
  • Curious George: (bubbling)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (laughs) You call that a cannonball? I'll show you a cannonball!
  • Curious George: (screams)
  • Narrator: George loved the country. It had lots of great stuff the city didn't have.
  • (frogs croaking)
  • Narrator: You could hear frogs croaking.
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Narrator: You could feel the breeze from a hummingbird's wings when it spun around the flowers. At night, you could see a sky full of stars.
  • Curious George: Oh...
  • Bill: What you doing, George? Stargazing? No one knows exactly how many stars there are, not even scientists.
  • Curious George: Oh?
  • Narrator: That's when George thought, maybe it's time somebody found out. (Curious George dreams about Professor Wiseman, Alvin Einstein and Athony Pizza) And since scientists would probably be very grateful, George decided he was the just the monkey to count all the stars. The most important rule in star counting was keeping track. George marked each star down on his pad.
  • Curious George: (chattering) Huh? Ooh.
  • Narrator: The two most important rules in star counting were: knowing the difference between stars and lightning bugs, and keeping track.
  • Curious George: (yawns)
  • Narrator: Third rule: the other two rules don't matter if you don't stay awake.
  • Curious George: (snores)
  • Narrator: Because when you come back the next night...
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • Narrator: you can't tell which stars were counted or uncounted... so last night's count can't count. And you have to start all over. The only solution: Counting them all fast before you fall asleep. Like this: One-two-three-four-five, one-two-three-four-five, one-two-three-four-five.
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Narrator: But George wasn't fast enough.
  • Curious George: (snores)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (sighs)
  • Bill: Morning, fellas!
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Oh, hi, Bill. George was up late counting stars.
  • Bill: Too bad you can't count them now, huh? They're always there, you know.
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • Bill: We just can't see them on account of the sun being so bright.
  • Curious George: Oh.
  • Narrator: George wasn't so sure about that. He wondered what really happened to stars during the day. (Curious George dreams about little ones sleeping and the sun blowing) Maybe they slept. Or maybe they got blown out, like candles. Then again, maybe there was a guy named Lenny who just pulled a switch. Wherever they went, you can't count something that isn't there. George wasn't going to quit. There had to be a way to count stars and go to sleep, too. He just had to figure it out.
  • Curious George: Oh. Hey. Ah. (chattering)
  • Narrator: The big upside-down cap-- it could be a place-keeper! He could count the stars below it until he had them all, then move to the other sides. He had a system!
  • Curious George: (yawns)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Oh, is that it for the night, George?
  • Curious George: Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.
  • Narrator: Soon, George had made real progress in star counting. And since he had a system, when they got to the city, he'd keep counting right where he left off.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Well, big, hot city, here we come.
  • Narrator: The city wasn't just hot. It was the hottest day in five years.
  • Curious George: Whew.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (sighs) I can't wait to get into the cool, air conditioned lobby. Whoa. Hey. It's roasting in here. Is the air conditioning broken?
  • Doorman: Nope. I'm not allowed to use it. (sighs) And I have to ask you to keep yours turned off in your apartment, too.
  • Curious George: (confused chattering)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Well, too many air conditioners running at once uses so much electricity, George. It can cause the power in the whole city to shut down. And that's called a blackout.
  • (elevator bell dings)
  • Curious George: (chatters "Bye-bye!")
  • Hundley: (groans)
  • Narrator: Who cared about heat when there were stars to count? Only there weren't any.
  • (pigeons cooing)
  • Curious George: Ooh. Aha!
  • (plane flies)
  • Curious George: (sighs)
  • Narrator: Maybe stars were only in the country, like mooses.
  • Curious George: (groans)
  • (toilet flushes)
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (chuckles) It's kind of tough counting stars in the city. They're up there, but we just can't see them.
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Really. It's like trying to count stars during the day. There's too much light.
  • Curious George: (sighs) (gasps)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Ah, we can't turn it on, George. Don't want to knock out all the power.
  • Curious George: Oh...
  • Narrator: At least his star counting pad was good for something.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (snores)
  • Curious George: (groans)
  • Narrator: George was too hot to sleep. The one time he could have stayed awake... and there weren't any stars to count.
  • Curious George: Oh?
  • Narrator: People had their windows closed. And their air conditioners were on.
  • Curious George: Oh.
  • Narrator: George could hear them hum.
  • (air conditioners humming)
  • Narrator: With all those people using air conditioners, it couldn't hurt if George turned theirs on. He'd only turn it on just long enough to cool a little monkey.
  • (air conditioner humming)
  • Curious George: (chuckles)
  • (air conditioner stops)
  • Curious George: Uh-oh. (gasps)
  • (pigeons cooing)
  • Narrator: There was only one thing for a monkey to do at a time like this... hide!
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Hmm. George? George?! Uh, the power's out. (sighs) George? Where are you? George? You up here?
  • (pigeons cooing)
  • Curious George: (laughing)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Uh-huh.
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • (pigeon coos)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Hi... Compass.
  • Narrator: George tried to tell the Man with the Yellow Hat how sorry he was for wrecking the city's electricity.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Oh, you think the blackout is your fault?
  • Curious George: Ooh, ooh, ooh.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (chuckling) Oh, George! It takes more than one little monkey to cause a blackout... I hope.
  • Doorman: Oh, hello. Just came up to check on the pigeons. This blackout's really something, isn't it?
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Uh-huh. George thinks it's his fault. He turned on our air conditioner.
  • Curious George: Mm-hmm.
  • Doorman: Huh. I thought it was my fault, too. Hundley was so hot, I turned on our a/c, then the lights went out.
  • Hundley: (groaning)
  • Doorman: But the radio said it was really caused by ants!
  • Curious George: (hooting) Huh?
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Ants?
  • Doorman: Carpenter ants chewed through some poles in Ohio, and the lines went down.
  • Curious George: Ooh. (chattering)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Well, George, there's one good thing about a blackout. You can use this.
  • Curious George: (gasps) (chatters)
  • Narrator: George hadn't even thought to look up. This seemed like even more than they had in the country.
  • Doorman: That's not the only good thing. These will melt with the freezer turned off, so I guess we justhaveto eat 'em.
  • (pigeons cooing)
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (laughs) You found the Big Dipper.
  • Curious George: (chatters)
  • Narrator: George settled in for a good, long, relaxing star count.
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: (sighs)
  • (pigeons cooing)
  • Girl #1: George is a monkey, so he can do things you can't do. But you can count things.
  • Boy #1: One, two, three...
  • Girl #2: First, Tyler counted all the kids.
  • Boy #2: ...ten, 11, 12. Then, Francisco put his head down, and our teacher, Betsy, picked kids to hide in the block area.
  • Teacher: Tell me how many kids are missing.
  • Francisco: Two are missing right there.
  • Teacher: Uh-huh, two are missing there. What about over here?
  • Girl #1: One.
  • Teacher: And what about over there?
  • Francisco: Two. Five.
  • Girl #2: Francisco was right.
  • Francisco: One, two, three, four, five...
  • Girl #2: We had to guess how many blocks were in the jar.
  • Boy #3: Six?
  • Girl #3: Ten. Nine.
  • Girl #2: 46.
  • All: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
  • Girl #2: It looked like a lot of blocks. That's why I thought it was 46, so...
  • All: ...seven, eight, nine, ten.

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