Sesame Street
Big Bird and Snuffy pretend to explore Sesame Street
Air date January 31, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors E, X, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy pretend to explore Sesame Street. They encounter some native Sesame Streetians speaking Sesamese and attempt to communicate with them and learn their customs.
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock sings "X Marks the Spot!"
(First: Episode 0351)
Cartoon Before dinnertime, a boy discovers a worm under a rock and some baby birds in their nest.
(First: Episode 1508)
Film A boy pretends a wagon is a bus. His friend tells him it's not a bus, and explains what her father, a real bus driver, does.
(First: Episode 0181)
Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 2 Oscar kicks off the annual Grouchketeer Dirty Face Contest. The winner's face is so dirty, Oscar can't tell who it is.
Cartoon A kid names his own body parts.
(First: Episode 0809)
Muppets "Big Round Nose"
(First: Episode 1950)
Cartoon E for Erase
(First: Episode 0486)
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Muppets / Celebrity Bob and Maria take their seats at Grouch Symphony Hall, sitting amongst an audience of grouches. They're there to see Oscar the Grouch who will be sharing the stage with Itzhak Perlman; Maria: "not the Itzhak Perlman?!" They'll be playing Johann Sebastian Blech's "Double Sonata for Violin, Vacuum Cleaner, Policeman's Whistle, Fire Engine Siren, Jackhammer, Automobile Horn, Elephant Jumping into Swimming Pool, and Nose." Maria thinks it's got to be a mistake.

The lights dim and Telly Monster takes the stage to introduce the musicians. Oscar enters in his trash can and Perlman arrives in a dirty tuxedo. As they prepare for the performance, Bob and Maria are astonished by the juxtaposition of a violin being tuned with that of the likes of a vacuum cleaner (and other oddities). Perlman plays several short selections intercut with Oscar's contributions (with help from Penelope inside the can). The piece ends with Perlman loudly blowing his nose into a handkerchief and dead roses thrown on stage from the audience.
(First: Episode 1658)

Cartoon A man explains that the letter E begins both Enter and Exit. Another man named Roy runs through the doors.
(First: Episode 0406)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Christopher talk about what love is.
(First: Episode 1484)

SCENE 3 Big Bird waits for Snuffy while wearing his new "I Love Birdseed" t-shirt; he giggles over a surprise he has for his friend. Snuffy finally arrives, wearing his own "I Love Cabbages" shirt. They both reveal the backs of their shirts say "I Love Bird" and "I Love Snuffy."
Cartoon A top-hatted man tries to show a girl how many uses a box has, but she prefers kicking it.
(First: Episode 0763)
Muppets Western: Four Anything Muppet cowboys put up a Wanted poster for "the Great Cookie Thief", who's been stealing cookies from all the bakeries in these here parts. Cookie Monster is standing in front of the poster, and the others suspect that he's the Great Cookie Thief -- he has the same googly eyes, the same blue fur, and the same Western hat. They confront Cookie Monster, but he denies the charge: "Not have same mustache!" He shouts, "Look over there!" -- and while they're distracted, he draws a mustache on the poster. They apologize -- but then Cookie Monster takes off his hat, and cookies fall out. The Great Cookie Thief makes his escape.
(First: Episode 0276)
Film Snow in the city
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: One Way
(First: Episode 1125)
Insert David sings "Just Ask" with Susan, Maria, and Olivia on backup.
(First: Episode 1909)
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Cartoon A hippo has difficulty getting the succulent fruit down from a tree, and enlists the help of another hippo.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1899)
Muppets The Count croons "Count Up to Nine."
(First: Episode 1134)
Cartoon Luis (in voice-over) counts racehorses numbered 9 to 1 as they cross the finish line.
(First: Episode 2110)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)

Muppets / Cast Bob reads the story of "King Digitus." The king presides over the Kingdom of Addition, where everyone loves to add things. However, King Digitus and his subjects soon find there's nothing left to add in the kingdom. He thinks they'll have to shut down the kingdom, when a young girl teaches them how to subtract instead.
(First: Episode 2057)
Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
Film Subway Train Empty & Full.
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert finds it difficult to listen to Pigeons in the News while Ernie and the Sesame Street Citizens' Band are outside practicing. In yet another case of miscommunication between the two, since Bert doesn't like it when they practice outside, Ernie leads the band into the apartment so they can practice inside.
(First: Episode 0982)
Cartoon What's missing? (a guitar)
(First: Episode 1971)
Film A kid marching band forms a circle.
(First: Episode 0517)
Cartoon An alligator and an elephant chat about how to remember their names.
(First: Episode 1301)
SCENE 4 Oscar shows the two most important things for a Grouchketeer to identify - their thumb and ear, so they can give the Grouchketeer salute. Luis announces the sponsors, and the credits roll.

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