Production Number

1-03 (3)


November 30, 1998

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Hats is the 3rd episode of Elmo's World.

What is Elmo Thinking about Today?


Elmo opens his closet to discover a giant mound of hats, which tumble out. A montage of children in various hats follows.

Mr. Noodle

Dorothy has a tiny cowboy hat in her bowl. She wants to know how to put on a hat.
Mr. Noodle (against a plainer background than usual) puts his hat on his elbow, upside down on his head, then puts the hat on the floor and tries to somersault into it but it gets stuck to his bottom. Eventually he magically suspends it in midair and then jumps up into it, but is left floating in the air and couldn't get down.

Dorothy Wants to Ask Someone Else

Kids show how they put on hats.
Elmo gives a hat to a baby, who waves it in the air, he realized that a baby doesn't have to wear a hat...yet.

Elmo Has a Question for You


Elmo asks the viewer to help him count how many gallons of water fit into a 10-gallon hat (eleven!)



Elmo asks who wears hats and who doesn't. Mailboxes don't, and birthday cakes don't but kids at birthday parties do. Guinea pigs don't, but they could. Grover doesn't, but Super Grover does.



Elmo's friend Nicole makes a construction paper hat with her mother. Afterward, Elmo is wearing that hat.



The Hat Channel features "Why People Wear Hats." Coming up, "Bowlers for Dollars," and "Love Boater."

The closing line is "Hat's all, folks!", another play on the Looney Tunes closing "That's all Folks!"



Elmo interviews a bowler hat and learns about the parts of a hat. A crash helmet and a baseball hat also stop by.

Tickle Me Land

Dorothy imagines Elmo playing baseball, working a construction site (hard hat), doing a magic act with a top hat (Benny Rabbit makes a cameo), and being shot out of a cannon (crash helmet.)

Elmo's Home Video


Elmo shows a video he made of "How To Keep Your Hat Warm."

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  • The original boing sound is heard in 2 scenes of this episode, when Elmo opens his door. It is played on an F note in the Guess What Elmo's Thinking About Today segment, and on an E Flat note in the interview scene. It is also played in a D Natural when Elmo closes his door after the interview ends. and the ascending and descending slide sounds are intact in the interview scene only, not in the Guess What Elmo's Thinking About Today segment.
  • The second episode where the bass trombone slide sound effect is heard when Elmo opens his drawer during quiz time.


The Elmo's Question, Film, and TV scenes as well as two bits of the Quiz scene were cut from the digitally remastered version.