Sesame Street
Trip to Puerto Rico — The return home
Air date December 3, 1979
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Production October 5, 1979
Sponsors E, F, 7
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Maria and friends bid farewell to her family as they board their bus back to the airport. Oscar and Osvaldo also part ways, causing Oscar to miss the bus. He chases after it in his can until it stops and Olivia and Luis help him on. Soon, they reach the airport and take off.
Cartoon Jazz Alphabet: male vocalists shout each letter.
(First: Episode 0619)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Remembering Game", a game show in which the contestants must match pictures based on memory. The winner gets whatever item was in the pictures he matched, and the other contestant wins the item from the remaining two pictures as a consolation prize. Bill Smith wins a cookie, and Cookie Monster wins a jet plane. Disappointed, Cookie Monster suggests that they switch prizes.
(First: Episode 0310)
SCENE 2 The plane makes it way back to New York; Oscar pesters Maria with questions the whole way, and he hopes for a bumpy landing.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Trying and Trying Again."
(First: Episode 0631)
Cartoon E for Erase
(First: Episode 0486)

SCENE 3 The gang finally makes it back to Sesame Street, which is seemingly empty. Everyone is immediately taken aback by the freezing weather, a stark contrast to the warmth of Puerto Rico. Gordon, Susan and Bob welcome them all back and have some hot chocolate prepared in Hooper's Store.
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film A young baboon sits on the back of their parent as they cross the plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0299)
Cartoon A football player talks about his favorite sport.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0135)

Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2
The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
(First: Episode 0314)
Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(First: Episode 0309)


Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2
The Country Mouse visits The City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
(First: Episode 0314)
SCENE 4 Big Bird shows Gordon the various things he's collected from Puerto Rico - seashells, pebbles and postcards. He has seven of each and counts them in Spanish. He explains that he has only seven of each because that's as high as he was able to count in Spanish.
Film Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
(First: Episode 0519)
Cartoon "Yo Soy Un ..."
(First: Episode 0777)
Film A boy makes fruit salad.
(First: Episode 1195)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other.
(First: Episode 0433)
Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: KISS ME
(First: Episode 1136)
SCENE 5 Oscar hangs a "Se Habla Español" sign from his can, claiming to have learned a lot of new, Grouchy phrases from Osvaldo. However, Oscar discovers the phrases he's learned are actually nice and friendly ones. Oscar gives the sign over to Maria and Luis for the Fix-It Shop while he learns some actual Grouch Spanish.
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0630)
Muppets Pageant: "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" — Cookie Monster, playing the heroine in this year's pageant, can't seem to grasp the concept of going "around" until Prairie Dawn lures him with a—guess what?
(First: Episode 0907)
Cartoon Only one of the two footprints can belong.
(First: Episode 0491)
Film This is the desert.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0514)
Cartoon F - Face
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1162)
SCENE 6 Out in the cold, Bob presents the letter F. He asks Big Bird to give some F-words, which he inadvertently does by reacting to the cold.
Cartoon Cloud blows things FFFFFFFF
(First: Episode 0387)
Muppets Cheers: F Cheer #1 (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0387)
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an otherworldly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(First: Episode 1181)
Film Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(First: Episode 0768)
SCENE 7 Luis finds Oscar wrapping up a snowball in paper with the intention of mailing it to Osvaldo, who's never seen one before. Luis points out that by the time it reaches Puerto Rico, it will have melted and just leave a wet mound of paper...which is just what Oscar intends.
Cartoon E for End
(First: Episode 0460)
Muppets Waiter Grover: The Count has come to order hot dogs - lots of hot dogs. But when Grover refuses to get more hot dogs because the Count will only count them, and not eat them, the Count uses a hypnotism spell to get more.
(First: Episode 0644)
Cartoon The Alligator King (repeat)
Artist: Bud Luckey
cut from the HBO Max version
SCENE 8 Luis and Maria bemoan the large workload they have to catch up on in the Fix-It Shop following their trip. Big Bird, needing his radio fixed, perks them up saying, "All that work everyone's bringing in, just goes to show how much everybody on Sesame Street really needs you!" Bob announces the sponsors.


  • The HBO Max version of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence from Episode 1325, despite having originally aired on a Monday.

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