Sesame Street
The adults on Sesame Street finally meet Mr. Snuffleupagus
Air date November 18, 1985
(season premiere)
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Norman Stiles
Production October 8, 1985
Sponsors J, S, 6
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases 50 Years and Counting
This episode guide has been compiled from materials provided by a trusted source.

2096title

Background

Bird and Snuffy

Since Mr. Snuffleupagus made his first appearance in the Season 3 premiere, the adults had thought that Mr. Snuffleupagus was just an imaginary friend of Big Bird's. Big Bird would often try to arrange for them to see Mr. Snuffleupagus, face-to-face, but Snuffy would always be gone by the time they finally chose to look at him. After years of not seeing him and many near-misses, and in a storyline that first kicked off the previous season in Episode 1966, the adults finally got to see Mr. Snuffleupagus for the first time in this episode.

In the documentary Sesame Street Unpaved, hosted by Sonia Manzano, Snuffy's performer, Martin P. Robinson, revealed that Snuffy was finally introduced to the main human cast mainly due to a string of high profile and sometimes graphic stories of pedophilia and sexual abuse of children on shows such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. The writers felt that by having the adults refuse to believe Big Bird despite the fact that he was telling the truth, they were scaring children into thinking that their parents would not believe them if they had been sexually abused and that they'd just be better off remaining silent. In addition, during Robinson's explanation, Loretta Long uttered the words "Bronx daycare," a reference to reports of sexual abuse at the PRACA Day Care Center in New York City's Bronx borough, as covered by area TV station WNBC.

In 1988, a book about the adults meeting Mr. Snuffleupagus, titled Meet Mr. Snuffleupagus, was released. However, in that book, they meet him when he takes a toaster to the Fix-It Shop to get it fixed. The sequence in which the cast meets Mr. Snuffleupagus was included in Stars and Street Forever, Sesame Street Unpaved, The Street We Live On, 40 Years of Sunny Days, and Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration (with the special's host, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, digitally added into the scene).

A script for most of the street scenes was featured in Sesame Street Unpaved.

Segments

StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
2096 01
SCENE 1 Big Bird reveals his plan to finally show the adults that Mr. Snuffleupagus exists. A flashback montage is shown of the adults thinking Snuffy is imaginary and Big Bird insisting that he's real. Big Bird lets Snuffy in on his plan, which entails him yelling a secret word to the adults, so they can rush up to see him. The secret word is "food."
2096b
Cartoon A boy acts out his feelings as animals. ("There's a zoo in me!")
(First: Episode 0783)
2096c
Muppets Cookie Monster sounds out the word FOOD, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0601)
2096d
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up".
(First: Episode 0302)
2096e
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Elwood Smith
(First: Episode 1491)
2096 02
SCENE 2 Snuffy decides to go back home to tell his mommy about the plan, but Big Bird is eager to get it underway and calls the adults, thinking he can get them there before Snuffy leaves. He fails, however, and Bob tries to convince Big Bird once again that Snuffy is just his imaginary friend, though Gordon, Maria, and Linda insist that he's wrong. Gordon suggests that Big Bird find someone to help him so Snuffy doesn't run away. All of the adults are too busy, so Elmo volunteers to take the job.
2096 03a

2096 03b
SCENE 2
cont'd
Phil Donahue, who has come to pick up his toaster from the Fix-It Shop, interviews the adults about whether they think Big Bird's secret word is silly or not. Maria, Gordon, Linda, and Uncle Wally say it isn't silly, whereas David, Bob, Luis, Susan, and even Piri all think it is. Oscar the Grouch doesn't care either way and says they're all wasting their time. Phil suggests it doesn't matter whether it's silly or not and that they should simply agree to disagree about the situation.

Suddenly, everyone hears Big Bird yell "Food!" and they run to his nest, only to find Elmo holding onto Zoe covered with a Snuffy-like blanket. Big Bird claims that it was just practice and is satisfied that it worked. Gordon and David, however, request for no more practicing.

2096g
Animation A car drives through blocks.
(First: Episode 1446)
2096h
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow changes direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
(First: Episode 1641)
2096i
Song Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter". (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 1966)
2257r
Cartoon The 'J' Train
(First: Episode 1169)
cut from the Noggin version
1839zh
Film People jump.
(First: Episode 0774)
Ssnews.pigsfeelings
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.
(EKA: Episode 2013)
Pinball 06
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" #6
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0983)
Herryedithannproud
Muppets / Celebrity Edith Ann tells Herry about feeling proud.
(First: Episode 0913)
2096m
Song "Me and My Chair"
(First: Episode 1706)
Seisflores
Animation Seis flores
(First: Episode 1591)
cut from the Noggin version
Snocone
Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)
ManLegs
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(First: Episode 1691)
cut from the Noggin version
Character.bats
Muppets The Count sings "The Batty Bat."
2096o
Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0429)
2485s
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(EKA: Episode 2080)
cut from the Noggin version
2096p
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
2096q
Cartoon Farm animals are counted 1-6.
(First: Episode 1692)
2096r
Muppets Two-Headed Monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.
Toon.Pencil.Dance
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
cut from the Noggin version
2096s
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
2096t
Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
(First: Episode 0063)
2096 04a

2096 04b
SCENE 3 Big Bird asks Elmo to hang on to Snuffy's snuffle while he gets the adults. Snuffy tries to wander away, but Elmo hangs on even when Snuffy swings his snuffle around. The adults hesitantly head into the nest for a third time. Overwhelmed by the excitement, Big Bird goes back and forth on joining them and remarks about getting a strange feeling that he's losing an old friend.

In the nest, the adults stand in stunned silence as they get their first look at Mr. Snuffleupagus. Big Bird rejoices at the sight of the adults finally seeing Snuffy, and gloats that they didn't believe him. Gordon reminds him that he, Maria, and Linda believed him, but Big Bird counters that the others didn't. Susan tells Big Bird that he has a right to be angry for not being believed and apologizes. Bob and the others promise to believe Big Bird whenever he tells them something. Snuffy quips "Maybe we should get that in writing." Big Bird then introduces each of the adults to Snuffy.

2096v
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
2096w
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
2096x
Cartoon Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
(First: Episode 2035)
2096 05a

2096 05b

2096CTW
SCENE 4 After Snuffy has been introduced to all the adults, Elmo suggests a group hug, to which Phil Donahue joins in.

Disgusted by this "revolting spectacle", Oscar announces the sponsors. "Hey, come on, I'll meet ya down at the swamp!"

Cast

External Links


Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 2095 Episode 2097
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+