Sesame Street
Maria's birthday in Puerto Rico
(repeat of 1316)
Air date February 1, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Ozzie Alfonso
Sponsors A, 2
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

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Maria is excited that, for her 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".
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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 Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Tanya helps Grover learn the difference between up and down so they can play a game about it.
(First: Episode 1602)
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Cartoon Two groups of mountain goats try to pass each other on a mountain road.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Film A scuba diver collects shells, which some kids count in voice-over.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0474)
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Muppets Simon Soundman sings to his date about the "Sounds That Remind Me of You."
(First: Episode 1432)
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Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is interrupted as he tries to recite the alphabet.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1499)
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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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Cartoon A man uses a wheelbarrow to carry blocks needed to make a staircase.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
(First: Episode 1335)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — While Ernie finishes his conversation with Grover on the telephone, Bert comes inside with a package containing an antique telephone because he won't have to wait for Ernie to finish his turn using the phone.
(First: Episode 1394)
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Cartoon An orchestra conductor asks "May I have an A, please?" at which point a giant letter A falls from the sky.
(First: Episode 0770)
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Film A bumble bee
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
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Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Sunset help out Wrong Way Willie for the big bike race by showing him signs he might encounter. He ends up losing the race for not realizing he can advance beyond the STOP sign.
(First: Episode 1391)
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Muppets Instead of cookies, Cookie Monster recites a poem about galoshes -- or at least he tries.
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Animation Sand A/a
(First: Episode 0628)
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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.
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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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SCENE 3
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After they leave, Susan thanks her "stunt double."
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SCENE 3
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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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SCENE 3
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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 for Ape (who crashes into a tree and forms a SHAPE)
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Film Five dancers disappear one by one, until there are none left.
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Muppets "Bein' Green," with Lena Horne and Kermit.
(First: Episode 0637)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Take a Breath."
(First: Episode 0347)
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Cartoon A man goes to the grocery store to buy apples, but he can't decide how many to get. This frustrates the grocer, who has to keep adding and subtracting the amount of apples on his scale.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
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Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
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Cartoon A for Acorn
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SCENE 4 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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Cartoon What Do You Do With a Pet?
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Celebrity The Fonz has a message - "A."
(First: Episode 1152)
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Cartoon A for Acrobats
(First: Episode 0797)
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Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon "Jazz #2"
(First: Episode 0001)
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Film Pizza is made.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
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Cartoon Two Elephants
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1457)
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Muppets Farley sings "Figure It Out."
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Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
(First: Episode 1586)
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Film A scuba diver swims away from.
(First: Episode 0537)
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Cartoon A man explains to a girl what a surprise is.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1358)
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SCENE 5 The children have a good time at the party as Spanish music is played.
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SCENE 5
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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!"

Notes

  • This episode is a repeat of the scenes from Episode 1316, but excludes the parts in which Oscar meets Osvaldo, el Gruñón (since by season 13 Oscar has interacted with Osvaldo multiple times).


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