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Sesame Street
Playing with Barkley
Air date February 10, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Gary Belkin
Sponsors V, Z, 5


Picture Segment Description
Insert Forgetful Jones and Olivia sing a song about sharing.
(First: Episode 2061)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: KISS ME
(First: Episode 1136)
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Cartoon Five butterflies
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1471)
Muppets The Martians examine a grandfather clock.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an otherworldly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(First: Episode 1181)
Muppets / Celebrity Vincent Van Grouch (Danny DeVito), curator of the Museum of Trash, has a look at Oscar the Grouch's pieces of Grouch art, and is always finding reasons why they are not grouchy or rotten enough for the museum.
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(First: Episode 0281)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Animation It's a giraffe
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1752)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(First: Episode 1390)
Cartoon A blue man demonstrates in and out with the help of a barrel.
(First: Episode 2084)
Cast Big Bird and David try each other's beds but come to the conclusion that for David the bed is the best, for Big Bird his nest is best.
(First: Episode 0606)
Cartoon Z for zigzag, zero, zoo, and zebra
(First: Episode 1763)

SCENE 1 Dr. Nobel Price yells out on the street to everyone about his new invention. Maria and Luis come out of the Fix-It Shop to see his new alphabet, which he calls the "Price-phabet." He explains the only difference it has from the regular alphabet, is that the letter Z is replaced with a little smiley face named Fred, which makes no sound. Maria and Luis explain to Dr. Price that all the letters of the alphabet need to have a sound, using Z as an example. Dr. Price decides to replace Fred with Z, and thanks the two for helping him improve his invention, to which Maria admits to him that everyone already knows that alphabet, leading him to remark, "How do you like that! I just invented this alphabet yesterday, and everybody knows it already!"
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
Muppets Grover the elevator operator gives a demonstration of in and out which annoys the passengers.
(First: Episode 0511)
Song "Cooperation" - Kids cooperate to move a wooden structure.
(First: Episode 0933)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1157)
SCENE 2 Elmo brings Barkley over to the arbor to play some hide and seek, and closes his eyes and counts to ten. Once he finishes counting, he finds that Barkley has stayed in the same place, and asks Barkley to count next. Just then, Luis strolls by and catches onto the situation. He explains to Elmo that dogs don't understand numbers and therefore can't count, so Elmo decides to pretend to be a teacher to teach Barkley how to count. Luis once again explains that he couldn't do that either because dogs don't go to school. Elmo understands but tries anyhow, but just as Barkley runs away, Elmo realizes what his first lesson should be- not to leave the classroom without the teacher's permission.
Cartoon A loud-voiced girl talks about her dog, Pete.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1266)
Muppets "Zig Zag Dance"
(First: Episode 1567)
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Trying and Trying Again."
(First: Episode 0631)
Muppets A Japanese storyteller tells "The Mystery of the Four Dragons". An aged emperor offers the throne to his son if he can find four hidden dragons in the room.
(First: Episode 0299)
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Cartoon Small v... (Spanish version)
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0389)

SCENE 3 Luis tells Elmo he has an idea of how he could play with Barkley- but first explains what an idea is, which he elaborates is inside his head yet not visible (despite Elmo looking.) Luis suggests that they throw a ball for Barkley, then have him return it, to which Elmo agrees is a good idea. Once Luis has thrown the ball and Barkley brought it back, it seems Barkley won't let go of the ball, which makes Elmo believe they're playing tug-of-war.
Cartoon Several circles try to get past a large square.
(First: Episode 1486)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
Cartoon Millie and Molly take a walk, and have different perspectives of their surroundings.
(First: Episode 1309)
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
Muppets Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a bassoon and begin to play, urging Grover to join in.
(First: Episode 1412)
Cartoon One of These Footprints says "excuse me."
(First: Episode 0487)

SCENE 4 Elmo is arguing with another monster (Michael Elizabeth Huston) on Barkley's name. Elmo's friend says on her block, his name is Dudley, while Elmo argues on Sesame Street, his name is Barkley. Neither want to continue arguing for long, so they call Luis for his advice, who tells them they're both right, but considering that they're on Sesame Street now, his name is Barkley. Maria announces the sponsors.

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