Sesame Street
Gladys needs a new cowbell
Air date December 14, 1983
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors R, Z, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Mr. Snuffleupagus wrote his name today in Snufflegarten, but because he writes so big, he had to use four cards. He shows them off to Big Bird and the kids, who make several attempts to put them in the right order. Snuffy claims he's also started writing a book in a similar fashion.
Muppets Kermit the Frog goes to a T-shirt shop, The Wonderful World of T-Shirts, to pick up another personalized "Kermit the Frog T-Shirt". However, all the shirts have the wrong name (Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Forg, and Kermit the Grof).
(First: Episode 1494)
Cartoon Z for zigzag, zero, zoo, and zebra
(First: Episode 1763)
Film "Indian Baby Bath"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0444)
Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
Celebrity Maurice Hines can kick high, Gregory Hines can kick higher. Maurice tops his cocky brother by kicking the highest.
(First: Episode 1349)
Cartoon "I've Got a Mind" -- bouncing a ball (Spanish version)
(EKA: Episode 0293)
Insert Bob, Linda and Timi show some kids how to say "butterfly" in sign language. They sing a song about it.
(First: Episode 1064)
Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
Cartoon The Typewriter: Z for Zoo
(First: Episode 0776)
Muppets Super Grover: Grover Kent sees a lost little girl in trouble and tries to find a phone booth to change in, the same one she wants to use to call home.
(First: Episode 0647)
Words telephone
Cartoon A boy looks for the telephone as it rings.
(First: Episode 0684)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Animals have tails.
(First: Episode 0017)
Cartoon "I've Got a Mind" -- bouncing a ball
(EKA: Episode 0279)

Insert David struggles to roller-skate down Sesame Street. Big Bird helps him to Hooper's Store and reminds him that "practice makes perfect." David imagines being a great skater: in his fantasy, he roller-skates through Central Park with ease. Back in reality, David skates on his own and falls down, but he doesn't mind.
Music: "What Makes Music?"
(First: Episode 1559)
Animation Stop-motion: A bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
(First: Episode 1463)

Muppets The Twiddlebugs don't understand why they are getting all wet, while Mommy Twiddlebug isn't. They soon learn it's because she's inside the house. After they all huddle inside, Ernie finishes watering his plants.
(First: Episode 1650)

Film Joe Raposo sings "Look at This" over footage of something ... can you guess what it is?
(First: Episode 0514)
Muppets "Big Kids Cry"
(First: Episode 1488)
SCENE 2 Gladys the Cow brings her broken cowbell to the Fix-It Shop, where Luis reports it will take some time to fix. Gladys is dismayed, fearing people won't know when she's arriving without the sound of her bell. Luis offers some alternatives - a doorbell, a hand bell and a large bell. She resolves to act as her own bell, repeating, "Clank, clank - cow coming!"
SCENE 2 cont'd Gladys shuffles past Olivia, who follows Gladys in an effort to find out what's going on.
Pinball 08
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #8
(First: Episode 0998)

Muppets Telly Monster hosts "Cooking with Telly," where he demonstrates where the plate should go when serving a sandwich.
(First: Episode 1450)
George ontopof
Film George the Farmer shows on top of.
(First: Episode 0242)
Cartoon Seven chicks plus 1 alligator makes 8.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1510)
Film Circles in everyday objects.
(First: Episode 0464)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade: Peanut Butter
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1301)
SCENE 3 Olivia believes that there's a suitable cowbell within Oscar's trash collection. Oscar produces an annoying alarm clock and gong, which don't suit Gladys at all. He signals for some bells from his pets, including Garfield the rhino's sleigh bells and Fluffy's door bell. They then hear the distinct sound of a cowbell in the can, coming from Oscar's cow Esme. Oscar permits them to borrow the whole cow and starts wrangling her.
Rhino Limerick
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros.
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1151)

Cast Bob, Maria and David demonstrate in, on and under in their own ways.
(First: Episode 0796)
Cartoon A spring bounces under and over animals.
(First: Episode 1236)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — It's cold outside, so Bert tries to ask Ernie to play a game with him. Ernie keeps bringing winter equipment into the room, thinking Bert wants to play outside. It turns out he just wants to play a game of checkers.
(First: Episode 1617)
Film The camera zooms out on an onion as kids guess what it is.
(First: Episode 0357)

SCENE 4 Luis has finished Gladys' cowbell, but she's too preoccupied talking with Esme about the differences between normal cows and Grouch cows. Luis and Olivia announce the sponsors.

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