Sesame Street
Plot Nighttime on Sesame Street
Air date February 20, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors E, M, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 At night, the adults are getting ready to go home and go to bed. Meanwhile, Oscar the Grouch waits in anticipation (with the viewer) for what happens once they get inside and turn off their lights: the nocturnal jazz musician known as Hoots the Owl starts playing his saxophone and bothering everyone. Of course, Hoots apologizes for waking everyone up, and starts playing a soft lullaby, which disappoints Oscar.
Cartoon M for Moon
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1163)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper sets up a bucket of confetti above a door, so that whoever pulls the rope attached to the bucket will get the confetti dumped on them. Instead, a little girl walks by and pulls the rope, so that the confetti lands on Harvey!
(First: Episode 0353)
Cartoon E for elephant, eagle, everybody, and egg.
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Forgetful Jones forgets what he has to do at night. Clementine tells him it involves using a toothbrush, and he remembers that he and Buster the Horse have to brush each other's teeth.
Remade version
(First: Episode 2068)
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Celebrity James Taylor performs "Up on the Roof."
(First: Episode 1808)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1339)
Muppets The Count extinguishes electric candles by counting them with his finger. As he heads up the stairs for bed, he steps on Fatatita. He also tells his wolf Yuba to run and play with his friends.
(First: Episode 0545)
Cartoon A man sets up a bus stop sign so that a giant can eat the buses that come.
(First: Episode 1176)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster drives a car, but puts on the seat belt first.
(First: Episode 1966)
Film Saxophone factory.
(First: Episode 1446)

SCENE 2 While Hoots continues playing his lullaby, Maria emerges in her nightgown to see if she locked the door to the Fix-It Shop. She didn't lock it, so she goes inside to make sure they haven't been robbed. Just then, a fire truck passes by, which wakes up Big Bird. He gets up, and notices that the Fix-it Shop is open, and the light is on - he thinks they're supposed to be closed. He goes over to investigate, and before Hoots can tell him, he guesses what happened. Maybe a big gust of wind opened the door, or maybe some Martians are looking for Maria. He throws his blanket over what he assumes to be a Martian, but is actually Maria. She gives him his blanket back, and assures him there were no Martians. Once Big Bird gets back to his nest, she wonders again if she locked the Fix-it Shop door ... (which she did).
Cartoon An alien asks a boy for directions to the baseball diamond.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 1877)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie won't let Bert into the apartment. At first, Bert worries his friend might be in trouble, or feeling sad, but then he thinks Ernie might be hiding something from him, which makes him mad. He is finally let in, and finds that Ernie has thrown him a surprise party, which makes him happy. Guests at the party include Roosevelt Franklin, Herbert Birdsfoot, Prairie Dawn, Sherlock Hemlock, Grover, Guy Smiley, and a Mailman.
(First: Episode 0461)
Cartoon E for End
(First: Episode 0460)
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Cartoon Three penguins dance.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1480)
Video Triangle in space (David voiceover)
(First: Episode 1548)
Animation A 3 looks for its house.
(EKA: Episode 1187)
SCENE 3 Hoots loves the night. He invites the young viewer to join him in singing "The Middle of the Night Whisper Song."
Geometry of Circles 3 - Six Colored Circles
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #3 "Six Colored Circles"
(First: Episode 1395)
Muppets Ernie and Bert have a balloon on a post of both their beds. Ernie thinks they'll last forever, but Bert explains that balloons don't last forever. Ernie doesn't want to see them deflate, so he insists that they let the balloons go; that way the last time they see them, they'll be "fat and floaty". They let them fly out the window, and as soon as they get back into bed, Ernie, breaking the promise he made Bert that he'd go to sleep if they let the balloons go, asks Bert if the balloons are too cold up in the sky, and whether they'll end up in China. Frustrated, Bert throws a fit. Ernie asks him to keep it down.
(EKA: Episode 1781)
Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald."
(EKA: Episode 2018)
Film With their teacher, kids play clapping and dancing games about the rhythm in their names.
(First: Episode 1735)
Cartoon M is for Moo
(First: Episode 0276)

SCENE 4 In the morning, Hoots hangs out beside Oscar's trash can and realizes it's time for him to sleep. Oscar wonders why Hoots goes to sleep in the morning, and Hoots remarks, "Doesn't everybody?" Just then, the garbage men come and pick up Oscar's trash can so they can empty it! They hear Oscar's voice from inside, put his trash can back, and let him off with a warning. Hoots is astonished that Oscar does this every morning. Oscar answers, "Doesn't everybody?"
DonMusic TwinkleTwinkle
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit witnesses as Don Music tries to rewrite "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." He succeeds and is joined by a country-western band, who sings "Whistle, Whistle, Little Bird."
(First: Episode 1210)
Animation I see a 3! Do you see a 3?
(First: Episode 1611)
ItzhakPerlman with girl
Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a girl demonstrate their strengths and weaknesses.
(First: Episode 1563)
Transition A rectangle tries to fit itself into the screen.
(First: Episode 0290)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Babies Are Called"
(First: Episode 0116)
Muppets Three Honkers teach a newly-hatched baby Honker to honk.
(First: Episode 1616)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(First: Episode 2062)
Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0268)

SCENE 5 Oscar reads the grouch newspaper, and becomes irritated when people say "Good morning" to him. Hoots argues with him, as Bob announces the sponsors.

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