Sesame Street
A cold day on Sesame Street
Air date November 21, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Jeff Moss
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors B, N, 3
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria, Gordon, Bob, Tichina, and Luis comment on the cold weather and sing about what they wear "When It's Cold Out."
Cartoon What does the word COLD match with?
(First: Episode 2087)

Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
Muppets / Celebrity Billy Dee Williams and Mr. Honker count backwards from 10 to 1. Homer has to blow his nose before he can honk the last number.
(First: Episode 1819)
Cartoon The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, most and all with a basket of oranges.
(First: Episode 0976)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper is looking down and saying "Three sticks!" A man asks "Three sticks where?" Then Harvey says "3 sticks right here!" and sticks a number 3 on the man's head.
(First: Episode 0570)
Cartoon 3 doctors cure a sick 3.
(First: Episode 1627)
SCENE 2 Elmo feels very cold and wishes he had a way of making himself and Maria warm. She tells him various ways people warm up, as he rushes off to fetch her earmuffs and hot chocolate; he's unable to bring a radiator from his house. All the running back and forth has made Elmo feel warm, giving him another idea to stave off the chill - hugging Maria.
Cartoon "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Telly sounds out the word COLD and is struck with a snow storm.
(First: Episode 1543)
Cartoon With one mighty blow of his baseball bat, a boy knocks several B items (including a basket, bandit, and ball) off of a wall.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0237)
Muppets The Beetles perform "Letter B."
(First: Episode 1495)

SCENE 3 Bob visits Oscar, who has set up his Grouch Heater (resembling a carnival strength tester). Oscar's instructions are for one to hit the base with a sledgehammer strong enough so that the ball will reach the "Warm" marker at the top. Bob assumes there's some trick involved, but goes along anyway. Oscar recommends Bob remove his various pieces of winter gear to allow a better hit. Bob successfully hits the ball to the top, then notices Oscar has started wearing all his gear; the Grouch Heater has made him warm after all!
Cartoon Big Daniel Boone looks for a bear.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
Muppets Baby Rocky performs "Cry" from his crib.
(First: Episode 1107)
Film Kids paint pictures of things that start with B. (edited)
Producer: Ken Snyder Enterprises
(First: Episode 0008)
Cast Maria as Chaplin is out in the cold.
(First: Episode 1964)
SCENE 4 Telly discovers that his glass of water has turned into ice, due to the cold weather.
Muppets Western: A cowboy comes to see Adam T. Glaser, who is such a jack-of-all-trades that he forgets what a dentist does.
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon "Three Waltzing Chickens"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1183)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts The Weather Show.
(First: Episode 0385)
Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "Fall" and leaves fall on them. Then, they fall over.
(First: Episode 1319)
Cartoon A ball goes up and down a musical staircase.
(First: Episode 2151)

Insert While fixing Big Bird's record player, Luis tells him of a story he's reading about Captain Swashbuckle, a pirate. He tells Big Bird a synopsis of what he's read so far, but Big Bird throws several ideas what happens next, such as Swashbuckle having run-ins with a giant fish and bird. Luis reads him the remainder of the story: Captain Swashbuckle is sailing in a storm, when Luis' phone rings, and he must put the story on hold. Big Bird then thinks up the obvious ending - the bad guys call Swashbuckle and call off the fight because of rain.
(First: Episode 2173)
Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Smart Susie Sunset solve the case of the midnight voices.
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1183)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cast Linda signs the word "snow," and David gets caught in the snow.
(First: Episode 1325)
Song "Water, Wind, and Sun"
(First: Episode 1711)
Cartoon A mother bird adds her eggs that hatch.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert build a snowman, but Ernie fears that the snowman will be cold if they don't dress him. Even though Bert tries to tell him that snowmen aren't alive and can't feel the cold, that doesn't stop Ernie from dressing the snowman in Bert's clothing.
(First: Episode 1824)
Cartoon A large bird munches on rectangle edges, forming the word "BIRD."
(First: Episode 1173)
Film Snow in the city
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0429)

SCENE 5 At nighttime, some kids play in the courtyard. While Bob, Gordon and Maria enjoy the snow, Oscar tries to ruin it for them by mentioning the negative facts about snow like snow balls and cars getting stuck. Elmo announces the sponsors, and the credits roll as Maria and the kids play in the snow.

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  • HBO Max mistakenly labels this episode as being from season 5.
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