Sesame Street
Adoption of Miles, part 3
Air date December 26, 1985
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors C, G, 8
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Susan and Gordon welcome the viewer to Sesame Street, and explain their process of baby-proofing the apartment in order to keep little Miles safe. They're taking any breakable objects and placing them on the shelf out of Miles' reach.


As they go into the other room to change Miles' diaper, Big Bird comes in and notices Gordon's antique telescope and a flower vase sitting on shelves, when they should be on the coffee table. He proceeds to move them there, but Gordon and Susan come back into the room and explain why they moved those objects. Then they give Miles back his toys.

Big Bird assures them they don't have to worry about Miles knocking anything down, but as he turns around, his tail accidentally knocks over a jar of pebbles. He laments, "I guess we baby-proofed the apartment, but now we ought to bird-proof the apartment."
Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)

Muppets The Twiddlebugs don't understand why they are getting all wet, while Mommy Twiddlebug isn't. They soon learn it's because she's inside the house. After they all huddle inside, Ernie finishes watering his plants.
(First: Episode 1650)
Cartoon C for Canary (role reversal).
(First: Episode 0703)
Song Children of all kinds sing "We All Sing with the Same Voice".
(First: Episode 1708)
Cartoon "The Noble Ostrich," a look at the life of ostriches -- where they live, how they reproduce, what they eat, and how they defend themselves.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0998)
Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)

SCENE 2 Big Bird tries to think of something to do with baby Miles. He suggests reading, and picks up a newspaper. Gordon is doubtful of this idea, but tries it anyway: "Leading members of Congress have been skeptical about prospects for passage of the amended tax package...." Miles makes a fuss before Gordon is finished, and Big Bird now says that it's a silly idea to read a newspaper to a baby.


Having scrapped the newspaper idea, Gordon reluctantly picks up a letter and starts reading it: "Dear Sir or Madam, This is to inform you that your subscription is about to expire." Miles blows a raspberry, and Big Bird calls it boring. Then Big Bird picks up a book called Baby's First Picture Book, which Gordon thinks Miles would like. It's got pictures of a dog, airplanes, shoes, teddy bears, and other things. Miles does like it!
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(First: Episode 2080)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is preparing to give his nephew Brad a bath, but Ernie chastises him for not providing any bath toys. He brings so many toys that Bert feels there is no longer room for Brad. So as not to waste the water, Ernie hops into the tub.
(First: Episode 1134)
Binoculars watch bears
Film A man uses binoculars to observe a mother bear and her two cubs, as well as other facets of the forest.
(First: Episode 1744)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon A gorilla applies for a job at the Gerfner Employment Agency.
(First: Episode 0131)
The Greatest Love of All
Celebrity George Benson sings "The Greatest Love of All" (with Michael Masser on piano) to some children.
(First: Episode 1309)
Cartoon A Mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
Grover the Messenger
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams which he has memorized. After singing a series of wrong telegrams, he sings (and dances) another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
(First: Episode 1828)
Animation Letter G drawing with kid voice-over.
(First: Episode 0306)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Ernie and Jason look in a mirror and observe what they see.
(First: Episode 1553)
Cartoon A boy draws a portrait of himself and calls it ME.
(First: Episode 2085)

Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
Cartoon I thought a thought ... about circles.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0247)
cut from the Noggin version

Muppets "Ladies and gentlemen, the Starlight Hotel takes great pride in presenting the world's favorite six-year-old entertainer, Miss Prairie Dawn!" Prairie sings "All By Myself" with a backup group of monsters.
(First: Episode 1824)
Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets In a subway station, two Anything Muppets observe how loud and quiet it is.
(First: Episode 1432)
Cartoon A dog uses his memory to remember where his bone is buried.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1888)
cut from the Noggin version


SCENE 3 Susan and Gordon quietly admire Miles as he sleeps, when Olivia comes in and proceeds to take a picture of them.
Luis and Maria come in to see Miles, and Olivia seizes the photo opportunity once again.


David, Telly, and Mr. Honker also want in on the sight of Miles sleeping. Olivia is about to snap another picture, when there's another knock on the door! Gordon answers it. It's Oscar, who yells, "Hey, Curly, what's happenin'?" and Gordon tells Oscar to keep it down because they're watching the baby sleep. When Olivia asks if Oscar wants in, he snaps, "No way! I hate lookin' at sleepin' babies!" which causes Miles to wake up and cry. Delighted, Oscar jokes that Olivia can take a proper picture now.
Animation George the Farmer demonstrates noisy and quiet.
(First: Episode 0241)
Muppets Grover appears in a library to tell the viewers about what a library is. The librarian, however, keeps telling Grover to be quieter, until he can barely even be heard.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets Kermit at Home: While Kermit is at home typing his autobiography, salesmonster Telly comes to his doorstep and asks if Kermit wants to buy a head warmer. Telly keeps worrying he's not doing a good job, and that Kermit won't want one. But Kermit reassures him that since he does have a head, he will have a use for a head warmer, unlike the things Grover sells (toothbrushes, earmuffs, and nose warmers). When Kermit puts the head warmer on, it covers his entire head. Telly remarks, "Kermit! It's -- it's you!"
(First: Episode 1877)
Cartoon Eight legs on an octopus
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1446)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 4 Now Gordon wants to get Miles to go back to sleep. He tries holding and rocking him, and Luis suggests that a lullaby would do the trick. Everyone (except Oscar) then sings "Hush, Little Baby" to Miles. Oscar decides to leave, but not without slamming the door again, prompting Maria to go have a talk with him...
Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0268)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "When I Listen".
(First: Episode 1760)
Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch).
(First: Episode 0493)


SCENE 5 At night, Maria stops by Oscar's trash can to give him some trash, courtesy of baby Miles. Oscar learns that Miles is now asleep, and observes, "He needs to rest." Maria says it's nice of him to understand that, and Oscar explains, "He needs to rest because he'll need his strength to cry some more tomorrow!" Maria adds playing and laughing to the list of things Miles will do tomorrow, and gives Oscar a goodnight kiss. Susan announces the sponsors.

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