Jim Henson's The Storyteller

Season 1 Episode 4

A Story Short

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jun 05, 1988 on NBC
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A Story Short
From an early Celtic folk tale. This time, the story is about The Storyteller himself. Some time in his past, the Storyteller tells how he was forced to once beg for his supper. He starts with making a soup for a cook and another beggar using a stone. The cook that they come across lets them try, he's unbelieving and wants to see the soup made from a stone himself. So the Storyteller begins and asks for salt, which the cooks give, then stock, green, potatoes - until a soup is ready. When the truth finally dawns on the cook the Storyteller is brought in front of the king. His punishment is to tell the king a story every night for a year at the price of a golden crown per story. Miss one story, then the cook gets to boil the Storyteller. So time passes, and the Storyteller tells his stories, counts his money, cuddles with his new wife. Then on the last day, he can't think of a story and his mind is blank. Then the beggar from a year past comes and gambles for 364 gold pieces against his - he loses. The he gambles his wife, and loses. Then he stakes himself - and loses. But what's this the beggar puts a rope around his neck and the Storyteller is turned into a hare, then a flea. The beggar thens tricks the cook, then makes the King's son disappear and he and the flea (Storyteller) are thrown into the boiling oil. But the beggar washes and the Prince comes out of the pot and the beggar disappears. The Stoyteller, then falls, onto the floor with his gold and to his wife where the king requests his story, but he has no story, so recounts the day's events, and thus gives his last story, until he leaves evryone in tears, by telling his best story ever.moreless

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