Sesame Street
Snuffy is sick
Air date December 15, 1983
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors O, U, 9
Releases Sesame Street Classics


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy arrive back from a Shirley Temple movie, but Snuffy is feeling low. He lets out a sneeze, which creates a large wind down Sesame Street. He admits he's not feeling well and his tummy aches. Big Bird tries to inspect, but can't view his tummy through his mouth. Snuffy lets out a second, large sneeze (Big Bird: "Wow Snuffy, when you sneeze, you don't foxtrot."). Big Bird deduces his friend is sick and tells him to stay put while he goes to get an adult. Snuffy heads for home, hoping his mommy will be able to help him.
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird describes Snuffy's condition to Bob, Linda and Maria, who confirm the symptoms are that of being sick. Maria convinces the other two grown-ups to follow Big Bird back to his nest to see Snuffy. As usual, they find an empty nest area. Big Bird heads for his cave, following Maria's suggestion he might be there.
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Film Pizza is made.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon A U train spells the words Unite, U-turn, Underground, Up, and Universe.
(First: Episode 0624)
Muppets "I'm in Love with U"
(First: Episode 1701)
Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
SCENE 2 Big Bird encounters another Snuffleupagus outside Snuffy's cave and tries to guess what profession he is based on his outfit. Because he has a thermometer, stethoscope, tongue depressor and a white coat, that makes him a doctor. The doc goes inside to give Snuffy a check up and assures Big Bird he may see his friend afterward. "How do you like that? A doctor who makes cave calls," Big Bird remarks.
Film A trip to the doctor's office.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0471)
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0808)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit stands by a grandfather clock waiting for a mouse to run up it, acting out "Hickory Dickory Dock". Gladys the Cow and a duck show up instead. Finally, a horse comes in and explains that the mouse can't make it. The horse runs through the clock, breaking it.
(First: Episode 0710)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Cast David and Luis assemble a fractured letter U.
(First: Episode 0468)
Cartoon Jasper and Julius: Apple
(First: Episode 0485)
SCENE 3 Big Bird goes in to visit Snuffy. He tries to cheer his friend up by playing a game - "One of These Things" - using Snuffy's Snufflegarden book and the doctor's tools. Big Bird then notices that Snuffy has fallen asleep instead.
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 9 elephants.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1366)
Cartoon Hats
(First: Episode 0773)
Celebrity Victor Borge talks about practice by playing the scales, but needs some help from the sheet music.
(First: Episode 1166)
Cartoon A painter paints a Number Nine, then hangs it.
(First: Episode 1488)

SCENE 4 Big Bird, Telly and Matthew are making drawings for Snuffy, though Telly can't get an idea. He looks at Matthew and Big Bird's drawings and guesses they feel proud for making such great pictures. Big Bird suggests he make a house (Snuffy loves pictures of houses) and, in fast-motion, Telly draws a picture he certainly feels proud of.
Cartoon A blue triangle looks for his friend in a museum.
(First: Episode 1522)
Muppets Grover sings "I Am Proud of Me" while admiring his block tower.
(First: Episode 1212)
Cartoon Bus Stop
(First: Episode 1396)
1041skate.jpg Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0451)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Chris, with his sister Stephanie, counts to 20 for Kermit.
(First: Episode 0424)
Animation Three rocks use different methods to get across a lake.
(First: Episode 1459)
Film A girl puts on her coat all by herself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0622)
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
Muppets Ernie has a bag of cookies, and locks them in a safe to protect them from Cookie Monster. When the monster discovers that the cookies are locked up tight, he eats the safe.
(First: Episode 0581)
Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)

SCENE 5 Bob and Linda observe the drawings and Bob notes how odd it is that they went through so much work for an imaginary friend. Maria then arrives, handing Big Bird a card for Snuffy she made. She tells Bob that real or not, she enjoyed making the card and if he's real, he'll enjoy having it. Linda agrees with Maria and shows Big Bird how to sign "feel better." Bob doesn't wish to partake in the conversation, but is forced to wish Snuffy good health.
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
SuperGrover BusStop.JPG
Muppets Super Grover: Bus Stop
(First: Episode 0708)
GrocerySt re.jpg
Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Film Footage of a baby learning to walk.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0427)
Cartoon music hall.jpg
Cartoon A cleaning lady (reminiscent of Carol Burnett's character) wanders into a music rehearsal room, plays each instrument, and puts all the sounds back into the wrong instruments.
(First: Episode 0774)
SCENE 6 Big Bird and Matthew share their cards and the well wishes from the grown-ups. Snuffy states that although he's sick, he feels pretty good now. Maria announces the sponsors.


  • A clip from scene 5 later appeared in episode 2096.
  • The HBO Max print of this episode contains the Barkley credit sequence from the next episode.

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