Sesame Street
Gordon's class field trip
Air date December 24, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors A, O, 10

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This Sesame Street episode features the first appearance of Gina. According to Alison Bartlett in "Growing Up Gina," included in the December 17, 2010 issue of the Sesame Family Newsletter:

The script read that three students of Gordon’s science class were to accompany him up to the roof of 123 Sesame Street, and along with Big Bird, receive an inspiring lesson on the stars, galaxies, Big Dipper, Little Dipper and all the wonders of the world above us. Two students knew how to get to Sesame Street. One didn’t: Gina. That would be me. As Gordon and the gang sang songs and questioned the enormity of the sky, Gina desperately navigated her way through the neighborhood, while being barraged by honkers and attempting to get the green Muppet in the trash can to help her. I wish I could say it was my acting skills that made this particular segment so comically believable but it wasn’t.

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SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer and tells them he's going to look at the night sky with Gordon and some of his students from the rooftop of 123 Sesame Street. Gordon introduces his students: Charlotte (Kerry Butler) and Rodney (Noah Moazezi), but a third student hasn't arrived yet. Charlotte explains that Gina (Alison Bartlett) is always late and the group decides they should leave her a note rather than wait for her and miss the sunset.
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SCENE 1, cont'd Gordon writes the note and leaves it on the front door, but it falls off as the group make their way to the roof. Telly Monster finds the note and decides it's important enough to give to Gina. There's only one problem: he doesn't know who Gina is.
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SCENE 1, cont'd Telly exits, worrying, when Gina arrives looking disheveled. She's not sure she's in the right place, rifles through her tote bag looking for the address, and finally asks, "why do these things always happen to me?"
Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: O
Mr. Chatterly tries to deliver a lecture about the letter O, but is distracted by several things that don't begin with O, like a rabbit walking with a cow. The Anything Muppet producers decide to cancel the show and take down the set.
(First: Episode 0837)
Cartoon "Why Bears Smile" - a story of a bear who learned which body part to cover when sneezing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1109)
Muppets Anything Muppets perform an opera about front and back (to the tune of "The Blue Danube").
(First: Episode 1391)
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SCENE 2 On the roof, everyone has just watched the sun set and the moon rise. Big Bird scoffs at Rodney's desire to walk on the moon as an astronaut because he's too big and the moon is so small in the sky.

Gordon explains that the moon is actually big enough for all of them to walk on and demonstrates how a telescope can make objects from far away appear closer. Charlotte worries that Gina may have gotten lost, but Big Bird assures her that someone will help her; everyone is helpful on Sesame Street.

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SCENE 2, cont'd On the street below, Gina approaches Oscar's trash can, introduces herself, and asks for help. Oscar tears into her about how grouches never help anyone and slams the lid of his can. Gina wonders what she's done wrong.
Film Kids narrate a film of how a lift bridge works.
Muppets Ernie sings "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree."
(First: Episode 1920)
Film Lobster fisherman
(First: Episode 0966)
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SCENE 3 Gina is eating her half sandwich, wondering what to do, when she's offered some help by Dr. Nobel Price. She tells him she's looking for Mr. Robinson, but Price doesn't know anyone by that name. After she describes him in detail, Price realizes she's talking about Gordon. Gina confirms that's him and asks if he knows where he is. Price doesn't know, but asks that when she finds him to please say hello for him. He then leaves, noting that scientists lead very busy lives. Gina calls after him, "you call that help?"
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover).
(First: Episode 0222)
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man."
(First: Episode 1540)
Cartoon Counting eight figures
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Film A male voice instructs three kids in stretching exercises.
(First: Episode 1013)
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SCENE 4 The group are identifying constellations from the stars visible in the sky. Big Bird thinks they're joking until Gordon explains how to see them, like playing connect-the-dots.

Big Bird finds one of his own, tracing out a constellation in the shape of Mr. Snuffleupagus. Charlotte is excited about the idea of a new constellation and can't wait to tell Gina about it. Everyone looks at each other and remembers that Gina hasn't shown up yet.

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SCENE 4, cont'd Down on the street, Gina is surrounded by Honkers who are conversing amongst themselves trying to help Gina. They come to their conclusion in a series of honks, Gina thanks them, and snacks on a banana as she thinks about her situation.
Animation David spots a hexagon out in space.
(First: Episode 1427)
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
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Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird, Gordon, Charlotte, and Rodney are lying on their backs looking at the sky. They all sing "How Big Is the Sky".
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(First: Episode 2240)
Muppets Ernie and Bert are camping. It's time for them to sleep, but Ernie keeps distracting Bert by pointing out the various sounds that they hear.
(First: Episode 1808)
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
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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.
(First: Episode 2225)
Film Kids count 18 backflips.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
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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.
(First: Episode 2225)
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Animation Red and yellow dots play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
(First: Episode 1979)
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SCENE 6 Gina's eating a bag of nuts by herself, about to give up her search, when she bumps into Telly. They both start talking at once, but agree to take turns. Telly says he's looking for someone named Gina to deliver a note to, and Gina is still looking for Mr. Robinson.
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SCENE 6, cont'd Just as they figure out who the other one is looking for, the stargazers exit the building and Rodney congratulates her on being just in time to go home. "Dry up Rodney", Gina responds, as she tries to explain what happened. They all agree to go get something to eat (Gina isn't hungry for some reason) and Telly informs Gordon that he won't tell anyone his secret: that on Sesame Street everyone calls him Gordon, but at school, he's Mr. Robinson.
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
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Animation Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
Muppets Herry Monster sings "Two Heads Are Better Than One."
(First: Episode 1447)
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Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
(First: Episode 1586)
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Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
(First: Episode 0409)
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SCENE 7 On the roof, Hoots the Owl gets a recap of the night from some pigeons while Telly announces the sponsors.

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