Sesame Street
Gladys needs a new cowbell
(repeat of 1853)
Air date November 26, 1985
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors R, Z, 8
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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.
Cartoon Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about the letter Z, but it turns up and becomes an N.
Film Some kids watch a film of a man working in a greenhouse, and try to guess what his job is.
(First: Episode 0772)
Cartoon A boy tries to guess what a voice belongs to by asking it questions, and wins a ride on a giraffe.
(First: Episode 0795)
Insert Bob, Linda and Timi show some kids how to say "butterfly" in sign language. They sing a song about it.
(First: Episode 1064)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — After watching the Jazz #8 cartoon, Ernie gets Bert to play a game with him, in which he says, "I one the sandbox," and Bert says, "I two the sandbox,” and so on until Bert gets to "I eight the sandbox." "You ate the sandbox? How'd it taste?" Ernie asks.
(First: Episode 0019)
Cartoon Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, and his neighbor below sneezes.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(First: Episode 0528)
Song "Three of These Kids" (barbels)
(First: Episode 0474)
Where triangle fit
Animation Where does the triangle fit?
(First: Episode 1883)
Film A little girl gets herself a glass of AGUA.
(First: Episode 0929)
Muppets "This is Your Story" salutes Forgetful Jones, with visits from his parents, a teacher, and his Uncle Ned (who he continually guesses for every other voice). Guy Smiley then gives Forgetful Jones a photo album so next time he can actually recognize his loved ones.
(First: Episode 1700)
Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)

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)
Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
(First: Episode 1446)
George ontopof
Film George the Farmer shows on top of.
(First: Episode 0242)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(First: Episode 1390)
Cartoon A Spanish-speaking man seeks agua in the desert. A cowboy gives him a glass, and he uses it to wash his hands.
(First: Episode 0928)
Film A saxophone is made in a factory, while a solo saxophone underscores the process.
(First: Episode 1446)
Cartoon When a bird pops a balloon, the balls represent Sad and Happy.
Celebrity The Pointer Sisters sing "Hush Little Baby."
(First: Episode 0793)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, and Robber, and Rake ...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
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.
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)

Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert notice Mona pretending to be a tree in order to attract birds. However, when Bert tries it, a giant green bird lands on his head.
(First: Episode 1649)
Cartoon A boy imagines multiple uses for his broom.
(First: Episode 0784)
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.
Cartoon They'd play with me if I had...
(First: Episode 0815)
Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
Cast Maria and Luis play castaways on an island, when Bob shows up as a new friend.
(First: Episode 1476)
Cartoon Little Red Riding Hood is prepared for her trip to Grandma's.
(First: Episode 1468)
Muppets Cookie Monster goes on a picnic, with a basket full of cookies. A bug flies by, and tries to get into the basket, buzzing furiously. Cookie Monster tries to give the bug a little cookie if it'll go away. The bug refuses, buzzing even more strenuously. Cookie tries a big cookie, but it still refuses. Cookie offers an almond cookie, a raisin cookie, a pistachio nut cookie, and a crunchy granola cookie. He realizes that the little bug doesn't like cookies. All he has left is a letter Z. The bug is excited, and buzzes off with the Z.
(First: Episode 1484)
Cartoon "Poverty Z" -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
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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