Sesame Street
Election Day on Sesame Street
Air date May 8, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors J, N, 5
Releases Sesame Street Classics
HBO Kids


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird is playing with Snuffy and gets an inkling that today is a good day to finally introduce him to the grown-ups.
SCENE 1 cont'd As he heads outside, he finds a "NO ELECTIONEERING" sign that he's unable to read. He finds David and Olivia, who are too busy to deal with his "Snuffleupagus" nonsense, as it's Election Day. Big Bird doesn't understand, so they take him...
SCENE 1 cont'd the local voting establishment, where they find Gordon voting and show Big Bird how the process works. Big Bird rushes back to Sesame Street to tell Snuffy.

SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird tells Snuffy about voting and brings him back to the voting area (just as Olivia is leaving). There, they find David in his booth and refuses to come out (as he's voting); though he angrily explains why Big Bird can't vote yet. Snuffy heads home to remind his mommy to vote, and David finally emerges. He adds one more rule for voting - you must be real (putting Snuffy out of the running).
Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
(First: Episode 0231)
Muppets "ABC Disco"
(First: Episode 1324)
Cartoon The 'J' Train with commentary by Daws Butler
(First: Episode 1169)
Cast Bob and Maria struggle to wash some dishes, when (the very loud and booming) Captain Cooperation (Luis) shows them how cooperation will ease the process.
(First: Episode 1457)
Snocone.jpg Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)

SCENE 2 Big Bird brings Mommy Snuffleupagus to the voting center, and hands her registration ticket to the front desk monitor. As Mommy Snuffleupagus votes, Big Bird notices how almost her whole body is exposed, which means she's visible to everyone, including the grown-ups! He rushes back to Hooper's Store and convinces Olivia to come back with him. By now, Mommy Snuffleupagus has left (having voted for the Snuffleupagus candidate) and they instead find a man in her place.
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Name That Sound!" with contestant Mr. Honker. Mr. Honker honks when guessing sounds in this game show, but since Guy Smiley can't understand his honks, Mr. Honker brings the objects in. Sounds include a cow (to which he brings in Gladys the Cow), a horse (which he brings in Buster the Horse, accompanied by Forgetful Jones, who forgets whether or not he's a horse), and a fire engine (which Mr. Honker brings, full of honkers).
Cartoon The Typewriter: J for jump
(First: Episode 0772)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon What Do You Do With a Pet?
(First: Episode 0465)
cut from the HBO version
Muppets / Celebrity Malcolm imagines a walk in the woods based on the music James Galway plays on his flute. His imaginary walk tuckers him out, so James plays him a lullaby.
(First: Episode 1423)
Cartoon Jive Five
(First: Episode 1664)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy to five.
(First: Episode 0125)
Film A boy climbs up a tree to gather coconuts.
(First: Episode 1125)
Muppets Ernie sings "D-U-C-K-I-E."
Film Kids watch as construction workers paint a number 5 on the street using a stencil.
(First: Episode 0497)
SCENE 3 Oscar is having a problem: his elephants are going to play tag, but both Fluffy and Wolfgang want to be it. David jokingly suggests they vote and Oscar likes the idea. The elephants raise their trunks for their preferred seeker. Fluffy wins and the game begins, messing up the can to Oscar's delight.
Cartoon Sign Sounds: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(First: Episode 1155)
Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
(First: Episode 1736)
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
cut from the HBO version
Animation Three lines attempt to individually reach the top of the TV screen, but fail. They succeed after they combine all of their lengths.
(First: Episode 0288)
SCENE 4 Gordon talks to the kids about voting. Overhearing, Oscar votes they all get lost, but ultimately loses to the majority. Grouches like to lose, so Oscar is still pleased with the results.
Cartoon A boy thinks it's raining outside, so he puts on his rain gear and goes outside, only to find sunny weather. It turns out the lawn sprinkler was near his window.
(First: Episode 1627)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Counting Battements with Suzanne Farrell.
(First: Episode 1416)
cut from the HBO version
Lowercase n.jpg
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert says he's too cold, so Ernie goes overboard to get him warm by putting layer after layer of clothing upon him. This makes him too hot, so Ernie opens the window, gives Bert an ice bag, and brings his electric fan.
(First: Episode 0418)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon / Film Things that begin with N: nail, nest, net, notebook, needle, noodle, nuts, napkins, nose. (Don't make noise at night). The letter N is nice.
(First: Episode 0659)
cut from the HBO version
SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy, not being allowed to vote, wish to vote on something. They decide to vote whether to say goodbye or not. They both vote in favor and announce the sponsors. Snuffy was glad they both voted!


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