Sesame Street
Air date April 4, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Sara Compton
Directed by Emily Squires
Production January 13, 1986
Sponsors R, U, 4


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird gets up early in the morning, and encounters a sleepy Hoots the Owl, who is too tired to play with Big Bird. Big Bird remembers that they’re different birds, and sings a song observing their differences.
Cartoon A hand draws a farm backdrop for the animals.
(First: Episode 0925)
Film "Hey, let's make a road!" Kids do so at the beach, while a construction crew does the real thing.
(First: Episode 0295)
Muppets The Count has built a rocket with the help of Dr. Reinbrain and plans to launch it from inside his castle. The two count down from the computer console, but the rocket doesn't take off. Indeed, Count never intended for lift-off; he plans on counting down again and again.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)
Film Knock knock. Who's there? The woodpecker!
(First: Episode 0437)
Animation ¿Que es esto? (una vaca)
(First: Episode 1978)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster spells the word TAP, then tap-dances away.
(First: Episode 1912)
Cartoon "Measurin', Measurin'" - a song about tools that are used to measure.
(First: Episode 1822)
SCENE 2 Oscar visits Gordon as he finishes feeding Miles his lunch. He enjoys watching Gordon clean up the messy baby, thinking Miles would rather be dirty than clean.
Film Body Parts vs. Heavy Equipment: Three boys (including Brian Henson) pretend to be steam shovels, playing in the dirt. This segues into footage of real construction vehicles. A parallel is drawn between the machinery and how the boys' arms and mouths work.
(First: Episode 0003)
Muppets Three Anything Muppet babies sing "A Baby's Life."
(First: Episode 1423)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0131)
Film A mailman on horseback delivers mail in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
(First: Episode 0493)
Cartoon A man gives away the letter U for free.
(First: Episode 0202)
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Insert Olivia watches Grandma Harriet teaching David how to dance, prompting her to remember times with her own grandmother as she sings "Grandma's Way."
(First: Episode 1916)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At night, Ernie can't sleep because he's thirsty. Bert is out of town visiting his brother, so Ernie calls Bert on the phone to tell him he's thirsty. He follows Bert's advice to get a glass of water, but calls Bert again to thank him, and say he can't sleep. Bert suggests that he count sheep ... except Ernie doesn't hang up the phone.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon Gordon voiceover R/r
Film Sounds Around the House v2: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(First: Episode 1713)
Celebrity Smokey Robinson performs "U Really Got a Hold on Me" with a clingy letter U.
(First: Episode 2022)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0624)

SCENE 3 Gordon and the kids leave for a ballgame before Dr. Nobel Price can show them his latest “original” invention. Maria explains the word “original” to Dr. Price, pointing out that the word doesn’t apply to his so-called “inventions”. He reveals a cupcake from under a cloth, and says it’s a flying cupcake. To Maria’s surprise, it launches into space!
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Kids take swimming lessons in the pool
(First: Episode 1232)
Cartoon The O in STOP bounces around, and the other letters tell it to stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0149)
Muppets Game Show: Say The Word
(First: Episode 1373)
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
Cartoon Two men compete to be in front.
(First: Episode 0789)
Muppets Grover talks about front and back, but whenever Grover wants to talk about front, the camera suddenly cuts to a shot of his back, and whenever he wants to talk about back, the camera cuts to a shot of his front.
(First: Episode 0139)
Film Marching Band #4
(First: Episode 0507)
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about small things. A man thinks about small things, and lists them. A sea monster thinks it is small, especially when compared to its father!
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0241)
SCENE 4 Big Bird displays the number 4, and gives four clues about the four creatures in his nest: the Birdketeers.
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents four lions.
(First: Episode 1309)

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 A boy tries dealing with various leaks in a dike. When plugging and buckets don't work, he fetches an adult who patches up the holes with cement.
(First: Episode 1478)
Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 1.
(First: Episode 1561)
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Cartoon A poem about changing seasons.
(First: Episode 0726)
Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 2.
(First: Episode 1521)
Cartoon Leaves falling.
(First: Episode 1822)
Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
(First: Episode 1463)
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Scanimate Triangle In Space (David VO)
(First: Episode 1548)

SCENE 5 Big Bird and the Birdketeers sign off and display the sponsors. The credits roll and Gordon announces the CTW slogan.

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