Major spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know what happens on Thursday’s episode of Sesame Street, look away! Today’s letter is "J," for "just kidding."

Since its inception, Sesame Street has appealed to adults by utilizing celebrity guest stars, but it’s only in recent years that the writers began tapping into the wide world of parodies on a regular basis, with the last year or so seeing a host of pop culture riffs getting the educational (but still quite amusing) spoofing. And while not exactly timely, the beloved series will take on Lord of the Rings this week, with none other than Sir Ian McKellen appearing before a yellow and bearded Gandalf while trying to get into Mr. Hooper’s store.

All it takes is a little politeness, though, and McKellen is as genial as they come, but will he be the "Lord of the Crumbs?" I certainly hope he’ll be meeting up with different characters like Frodo and Legolas, and that a lot of cookies are involved. Sure, other foods leave crumbs, but cookies are the worst, especially when Cookie Monster gets a hold of them. And he usually isn’t so polite, so maybe McKellen will school him on sweeping up the floor once he’s done hogging all the snackage. Also, if they wanted to throw a Magneto joke in there, I don’t think anyone would be offended. (Let the nerd wars commence.)

It isn’t shocking that they’ll be going for a J.R.R. Tolkien reference, given The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out on Friday, but I wonder why they didn’t just come up with something to go along with that movie. Maybe Oscar will make a smog joke, or there will be a bunch of people hiding inside of barrels. Am I trying to start Sesame Street rumors? Maybe. I’ve been watching the show on a near-daily basis since my daughter’s infancy two years ago, so it’s possible my entertainment priorities are skewed.

You can catch the episode this Thursday, December 12, at whatever time your PBS affiliate is keen on airing it. If you need a few more puppet-filled spoofs in your life, you’ll do no better than the following videos sending up The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Les Misérables. Tick tock! Tick tock!

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