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Sesame Street
Irvine crosses the street
Air date November 29, 1984
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors H, I, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 After Big Bird welcomes the viewers, he and an audience of kids watch as Brianna and Mr. Snuffleupagus form sort I-words.
Cartoon Letter I (Beep Beep)
(First: Episode 0427)
Muppets "Beginning, Middle, End"
(First: Episode 1115)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
SCENE 2 Gordon finds Irvine standing at the crosswalk. He offers to take her across the street, but suspects she won't because he's not Grouchy enough. He starts acting like a Grouch, so she takes his hand and they cross the road to meet up with Uncle Oscar.
Cartoon A mother hen sings to her new hatchling about crossing the street.
Artist: Michael Sporn
Muppets Baby Breeze participates in Headball at Roosevelt Franklin Stadium. His question: what would you do if your ball rolled into the street?
(First: Episode 0877)
Cartoon Que es Esto?: Horse
ItzhakPerlman with girl.jpg
Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a girl demonstrate their strengths and weaknesses.
(First: Episode 1563)
Cartoon The Typewriter: H for Hand
(First: Episode 0771)
Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
(First: Episode 0998)
Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: H - Horse
(First: Episode 1167)
SCENE 3 Snuffy sings a round of "Three of Us Belong Together" while tap dancing with two kids; one other kid does breakdancing instead.
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feet of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Maria desert agua 01.jpg
Cast Part 1: Maria drags herself across the sands of a limbo desert until she comes to a soda fountain staffed by David. She weakly asks for agua, but David doesn't understand the word leaving Maria to pantomime various clues that mean water. David interprets that she's asking for a telescope, an umbrella, a muffler, and a rubber duckie to take a bath with. Maria slaps her head in frustration.
(First: Episode 0928)
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
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Cast Part 2: The props are stacking up as Maria continues to pantomime her plea for water while David guesses that she's asking for slippers, a snorkel, and a fish.
(First: Episode 0928)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: Coffee
(First: Episode 1169)
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Cast Part 3: David and Maria have been at this for years now, and are showing their old age. Many, many items have piled up as David guesses Maria is asking for a shovel and pail, a live skunk, and a boat. David says he needs a break from 68 years of guessing, and drinks a glass of water. Maria goes crazy over the beverage, so David offers her some. Maria refreshed, David asks to continue guessing what agua means.
(First: Episode 0928)
Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
(First: Episode 0791)
Celebrity James Taylor performs "Jellyman Kelly" with a bunch of kids.
(First: Episode 1800)
Cartoon Don't cross the street alone.
(First: Episode 1942)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog asks the Three Little Pigs how they feel after the Big Bad Wolf blew their houses down.
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
SCENE 4 Big Bird is upset because even though he's a bird, he can't fly. Bob names a fellow bird that is grounded - an ostrich.
Film Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)
SCENE 4 cont'd Bob gives Big Bird clues about another kind of flightless bird - the penguin (which reminds Big Bird of his friend Shivers).
Film Penguins take a bath.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0233)
SCENE 4 cont'd Bob mentions how a peacock can spread its tail feathers, but all Big Bird can do is shake his own.
Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)

SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird takes pride in being a bird, knowing they can fly, run, swim, or "just get by on your good looks." He wonders what truly makes a bird then, so Bob points out that only birds have feathers. Big Bird makes sure this is true by inspecting Bob and then Erica.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” It's late at night and Bert isn't home yet. Ernie worries that he may have been abducted by monsters and is being forced to party with them... maybe even having fun. When Bert gets home, Ernie shares his stream of emotions he felt when he'd imagined something had happened to Bert: fear, sadness and anger. Bert assures him that he was fine -- he never has fun.
(First: Episode 0929)
Film George the Farmer demonstrates beginning and end.
(First: Episode 0265)
Muppets After fighting with each other, the Two-Headed Monster reads the word "Love" and forgets their feud.
(First: Episode 1282)
Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)


SCENE 5 Big Bird checks Barkley for any feathers. He feels he has enough evidence to confirm only birds have feathers. The only exception is one little girl who has feathers in her hat.

Snuffy announces the sponsors.


  • During scene 4, Big Bird segues to another penguin film before the scene dissolves to the swimming penguins segment.

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