Sesame Street
Big Bird makes a decision
Air date May 16, 1986
(season finale)
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Production December 17, 1985
Sponsors L, R, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird brings a live chicken named Edwina to the Fix-It Shop. He explains to Luis that things have gotten slow on her farm and she's looking for a new job. Luis is not interested, but Big Bird claims she's a whiz on computers, but she has to instruct Big Bird what to type since she doesn't like pecking. Luis makes it clear that he can't hire her, even though she is surprisingly good on the telephone when somebody calls.
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets Clementine works at the Double Bar "R" Ranch; Gladys the Cow applies for a job there.
Film The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)
Pinball 10.jpg
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)

SCENE 2 Bob finds Forgetful Jones by the bus stop, only he doesn't remember what he's doing there. Bob helps him put together that he's waiting at the bus stop to get a ride, not on the bus, but on Buster the Horse (who is arriving by bus).
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert wants to know why there is a cookie lying on the table. Ernie explains that he put it there to remind himself.
(First: Episode 0095)
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
Cartoon A penguin repeats the rhythms of the sounds it hears, which include a drum, a door knock, a saw and a typewriter.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0239)
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man."
(First: Episode 1540)
Film Counting the circus clowns.
(First: Episode 0501)
Cartoon Ella juega tenis (sand)
(First: Episode 2111)
1301 Olivia Barkley park.jpg
Cast Olivia and the kids spend an afternoon with Barkley in the park. By the end of it all, he's much too tired to return to Sesame Street. They situate him in the backseat of a Hansom cab as they follow along.
(First: Episode 1301)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(First: Episode 1974)
Film I hab a cauld ib by dose.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1170)
Film Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0424)
Cartoon B ... US! We're on the bus!
(First: Episode 0785)
SCENE 3 Snuffy shows Susan and some kids how to do "The Snuffle Shuffle."
Cartoon "I Can Remember": A little girl remembers what to buy at the store (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter) by visualizing her mother giving the instructions.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN."
(First: Episode 0523)
Cartoon L for Lion (sand)
(First: Episode 2107)
Guess What Happened cows 01.jpg
Muppets / Cast Guess What Happened? Part 1: Gladys and two other cows sing and discuss what they think happened in a freeze-framed image below them. They each have a theory about how the salad was spilled in a restaurant scenario featuring Susan, Maria, and David.
Cartoon A girl imagines being next to a tree, a house, and a car. "Now I'm going over there," she says. "There's nothing here to be next to!"
(First: Episode 0782)
Cartoon L es para luz
(First: Episode 0373)
Guess What Happened cows 02.jpg
Muppets / Cast Guess What Happened? Part 2: The cows discuss what they think will happen next. As the film resumes, everyone apologizes for the mishap. The cows enter the scene and enjoy the spilled salad.
Muppets Kermit explains the importance of listening, using the Two-Headed Monster as an example.
(First: Episode 1767)
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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)
SCENE 4 Luis invites Big Bird to the park for some frisbee throwing, to which he agrees. Susan comes by to take him to the movies as they had previously planned. He can't make up his mind as to which thing he should do and learns a new word to help him - decision. Big Bird's decision is to remain put until he can come to a new decision.
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feet of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Muppets Here is Your Life: Guy Smiley salutes the life of a house, 2102 Shady Lane, with visits from Frank Lloyd Left the architect, Mr. Bricklayer and Ms. Carpenter who built the house, Tommy and Sally Wilson, children of the family that once lived in the house, and even 2104 Shady Lane, the house that used to be located next door to 2102 Shady Lane, before it was replaced with a highway.
Animation A hand draws a ditch, and some kids try to figure out a way to get across it.
(First: Episode 2094)
Muppets / Cast Oscar sings "One of These Things" over a four-way split screen containing Gordon, Bob, David and Slimey, all dressed in tuxedos.
(First: Episode 1904)
Film Spinning Bus Stop sign
(First: Episode 0931)


SCENE 5 Big Bird realizes that since today is the last day the movie will be showing, he should go to the movies instead of the park. He then tells Susan about the other decisions he'll make (such as what to eat at the theater, where to sit, etc.) Luis announces the sponsors and the credits roll. So ends the 17th season of Sesame Street.

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