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Sesame Street
Trip to Puerto Rico — Maria's birthday
Air date November 26, 1979
(season premiere)
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Ozzie Alfonso
Production February 1979
Sponsors A, 2
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Old School: Volume 3
HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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Maria is excited that, for her almost 21st birthday, she's going to Puerto Rico, where she grew up. Olivia is going with her, to keep her company. Big Bird sees them off, and Maria tells Big Bird she's sorry he couldn't come, and Olivia quickly stops him from giving any signs that he will.
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Big Bird, Bob, David, Linda, Gordon and Susan bid Maria and Olivia farewell as they board the bus to the airport. Once the bus is out of sight, they happily grab their own luggage and prepare to follow them -- all except for Gordon, who isn't going with them.
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Oscar pops out of his can after he hears Bob say, "This'll be the greatest trick we ever played on anybody!" Oscar, who loves tricks, wants to be in on this one, so he asks Gordon to lower his trash can to the ground so he can take the next bus to the airport. Oscar says as he walks away, "I don't know what the trick is, but I don't wanna miss it!"
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A series of aerial shots of Puerto Rico, followed by a montage of Olivia and Maria arriving and taking the bus to their destination while getting a glimpse of the scenery -- set to a Spanish version of the "Sesame Street Theme".
(portions of this scene were cut from the Noggin version.)
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Maria and Olivia arrive at their destination. Maria's family greets them with open arms.
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As they walk through the courtyard, Maria says to Olivia, "I wish everyone from Sesame Street could be here with us." Little does she know that wish is about to come true. Olivia winks at the camera.
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The rest of the gang arrives in Puerto Rico, getting off at the same location that Maria and Olivia got off. Big Bird tries to get Maria's attention, but David quickly shushes him since he does not want him to spoil the surprise for Maria until they arrive at the party.
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Oscar: "Yuck! All that traveling just so we could play hide-and-seek!"
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Cartoon Words that begin with A, ending with ambulance (Spanish soundtrack)
Animated by Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0371)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert, and Shola observe a letter A. Ernie calls out, "A, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0551)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #2
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0987)
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SCENE 2 Olivia is excited about taking many pictures of the colorful Puerto Rican surroundings. Maria points to the house she grew up in.
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Maria's family offers them many things at once - food, drinks, even a boat ride. But Maria, weary from traveling, suggests to them (in Spanish) that they all sit down and rest for a while.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Families."
(First: Episode 0454)
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Muppets / Celebrity Edith Ann talks to Herry about being proud.
(First: Episode 0913)
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Cartoon An Indian guru counts to twenty.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Elves and the Shoemaker
"Hello, this is Green Frog calling CTW central. Do you read me?"
Kermit interviews the elves, who give The Shoemaker various gifts that are not shoes, but rather things that rhyme with "shoe."
(First: Episode 1249)
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Film Sea Horse
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0183)
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Cartoon A man displays his invention, the A-box, which only takes the letter A.
(First: Episode 0781)
cut from the Noggin version
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SCENE 3 Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are taking a walk downtown. Big Bird wishes they could see Maria now, but Susan tells him they'll have to wait until later, and suggests they all split up and hide.
cut from the Noggin version
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Meanwhile, Maria and her cousin are taking a walk downtown with Olivia. Maria thinks she sees Susan, but it's only someone who looks like Susan.
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After they leave, Susan thanks her "stunt double."
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Maria thinks she sees Luis and David, but again, it's only two lookalikes. Olivia says, "You've just got David on the mind..."
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The real Luis and David don't show up again until Maria leaves.
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Maria: "Oh no ... Olivia, I just saw Big Bird. Now take a look and don't tell me he's not there."
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After they leave, Olivia waves at Big Bird, and he thanks "Pepe" the rooster.
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Cartoon A girl draws an A, for apple.
(First: Episode 1107)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Grover the Assistant: The Amazing Mumford's pineapple subtraction act
(First: Episode 0280)
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Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
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SCENE 4 Oscar isn't too happy with his experience in Puerto Rico so far. But then he notices a pair of eyes peeking out of a nearby trash can to where he has stopped. These eyes belong to Osvaldo, el Gruñón.
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Osvaldo explains that he's getting ready for a stroll in the morning rain, and Oscar is delighted to hear that it rains in such a sunny place as Puerto Rico. When Oscar asks if he can join, Osvaldo snaps, "¡NO!" and shuts his can. Oscar remarks, "I think this is the beginning of a great friendship!" and chases after Osvaldo's rolling can.
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Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
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SCENE 4 con't d The rain has begun and Oscar delights in every aspect, from the leaky gutters to the miserable people rushing to get dry.
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Simon Soundman goes to Marvin's Music City to buy a nice shiny trumpet. However, Marvin keeps bringing the wrong instrument.
(First: Episode 0458)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Two is You and Me."
(First: Episode 0375)
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Cartoon Big, bigger and biggest elephants
(First: Episode 0389)
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Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Telephone Rock."
(First: Episode 0733)
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Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0451)
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SCENE 5 Back at the old house, everyone is setting up for the big party. Maria is so excited, she decides to call someone back home on Sesame Street. The first person that comes to mind is David. After she goes for the phone, David comes out of hiding and summons the rest of Maria's friends.
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Maria waits for someone to pick up the phone as her friends (whom she thinks are back home) sneak past her.
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Maria comes back outside, feeling down because no one would answer the phone. She turns around, and gets the biggest surprise of her life when she sees her friends standing there! Everyone gathers around her and sings "Happy Birthday" to her. Overwhelmed and overjoyed, she laughs, "I think you're all crazy!" (an ad-lib by Sonia).
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Animation Arthur and Annie look for the letter A, while a shadowy figure observes all the A words they say.
Features the voice of Jim Thurman
(First: Episode 0781)
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SCENE 6 The children have a good time at the party as Spanish music is played.
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Oscar is disappointed to learn that he participated in a nice trick on someone. Maria gives Oscar a kiss.
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Luis sings a song with the band.
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The birthday cake is brought out as everyone sings "Happy Birthday" in Spanish. Maria blows out the candles, and the children dance in celebration.
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Oscar announces the sponsors. "And I've been suckered again!"
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CLOSING SIGNS The Sesame Street and CTW signs are shown fading in and out on a blue background outside Maria's house.

Notes

  • This episode did not open in the typical way. Rather than starting with the theme song, it cut straight to the opening scene with the cast preparing to leave. Then, during the sequence with Maria and Olivia traveling, the theme is sung in Spanish, accompanied by a flamenco orchestration. However, due to clearance issues, the song was not used in the DVD edition of the episode on Old School: Volume 3. It was replaced with authentic Puerto Rican music.
  • This episode was repeated in season 13 as Episode 1626.


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