Sesame Street
Ernie disrupts Bert's bath with a sing-along.
Air date April 23, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Written by Joseph A. Bailey
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors B, M, 7
Releases HBO Max

0900 00

This episode is adapted from the 1975 album Bert & Ernie Sing-Along. It was written by Joseph A. Bailey, who later recalled:

The Bert & Ernie Sing-Along album just started with an idea from Jon Stone to do, well, a sing-along. I was watching a lot of the Marx Brothers in those days. So, an idea hit me to do a riff on the state room scene from A Night at the Opera. ...Since a record album is basically a radio show, I could make it as outrageous as I wanted. And then, Jon liked it so much we did a video version of it on Sesame Street. That was quite a production![1]

Episode

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Picture Segment Description
0900 01a Refuse to Sing Along
SCENE 1 We open on Bert, singing the "Sesame Street Theme" while taking a peaceful bath. Ernie overhears him singing, and decides to host a sing-along in the bathroom. He drags the piano into the bathroom and starts playing, but Bert insists "I Refuse to Sing Along".
0900 01b John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith
SCENE 1
cont'd
Despite Bert's protests, more people start showing up for the sing-along: David brings his guitar, Gordon brings his bass fiddle, and Bob and Maria bring themselves. They all sing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith".
0900 01c Cheer Up
SCENE 1
cont'd
As Bert repeatedly asks for a towel, Big Bird enters with an armful of bells, which he drops. He sings "Cheer Up" as the others join in.
0900 01d Bats in My Belfry
SCENE 1
cont'd
The Count enters, counting the people in the bathroom, as well as the tiles. They ask him for a song, and he entertains with "Bats in My Belfry", until he is shoved into the shower.
0900 01e On Top of Old Smokey
SCENE 1
cont'd
Grover enters with a banjo, and leads everyone in "On Top of Old Smokey".
0900 01f Stand Up and Pinch Your Nose
SCENE 1
cont'd
David leads everyone (including the viewer) in "Stand Up and Pinch Your Nose".
0900 01g I'm Going Somewhere
SCENE 1
cont'd
Big Bird feels unable to participate since he doesn't wear clothes. Bob sings a guessing game song: "I'm Going Somewhere".
0900 01h What's the Name of That Song
SCENE 1
cont'd
Gordon wonders, "What's the Name of That Song?" and soon, so do the others. Near the end, Mr. Hooper arrives and asks the question one last time. The Count peers out, and claims he knows the name of that song: "One million and one bats hanging in the belfry".
0900 01i Sing
SCENE 1
cont'd
The cast enters into a reprise of "What's the Name of That Song?" as Bert finally joins in with a rendition of "Sing". Everyone joins him, including Snuffy whose snuffle appears from behind the shower curtain.
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0900 02

0900close
SCENE 2 After everyone else has left, Ernie drags the piano out of the bathroom. Just when Bert thinks it's all over, Ernie remembers that he invited the University of Michigan marching band, which is overheard playing a march. As Bert invites the marching band into the bathroom, the Count announces the sponsors and the standard credits and closing theme follow.
ErnieBertCTWs02

CountCTWsign
CLOSING SIGNS Ernie and Bert hold up the Sesame Street sign, while the Count holds up the CTW sign at the end.

Sources

  1. The Muppet Mindset - Interview with Muppet Writer Joseph Bailey


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