Sesame Street
Big Bird does something original
Air date January 30, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors I, Y, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 David has two problems - he can't stop hiccuping, and the Count's counting of said hiccups is giving him a headache (as the Count has counted over 100 hiccups). Maria tells him to hold his breath, then tries surprising him, neither of which works. David tries one final solution - drinking a paper cup of water while putting his fingers in his ears. The plan works, to the Count's disappointment. He perks up when Maria's hay fever starts acting up, allowing him to count her sneezes.
Cartoonyoyo
Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0036)
0573z
Film Kids narrate a tortilla contest in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0456)
Song.fuzzyblueorange
Muppets Grover, Herry, Cookie Monster and Frazzle sing "Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)."
(First: Episode 1644)
2477za
Animation "¡Él juega fútbol!"
(First: Episode 2104)
1708d
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert cooperate to make Ernie's bed. Ernie notices that on his bed, which Bert is preparing, there is one side where the blanket is shorter than the other. Bert suggests that Ernie and him cooperate while making the blanket even on both sides, in the process the blanket is shorter at one side than the other.
(First: Episode 1388)
Ringmaster12
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 12 fluttering finches.
(First: Episode 1295)
Noimage
SCENE 2 Maria, Luis, Bob and the kids gather for Oscar's Special Exercise and Number Show, where he'll call out a number and Herry Monster will do that many of some exercise. However, Oscar keeps asking Herry to do zero exercises. Herry gets fed up and leaves, as does the audience.
George the Farmer in out
Film George the Farmer shows in and out.
(First: Episode 0293)
Trollmirror
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror.
(First: Episode 0800)
BabyHonker
Muppets A baby Honker hatches from an egg and learns to honk like all the Honkers.
(First: Episode 1616)
3161s
Cartoon I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
ItsaRainyDay
Song "Rainy Day Song"
(First: Episode 1644)
Y.Yawn
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
Groverkatie
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Katie think of rhymes.
(First: Episode 1644)
Hidden-CarFrogBird
Cartoon Can you see the car, frog and bird in the picture?
(First: Episode 1479)
Noimage
SCENE 3 Big Bird wishes he had a heavy rock or book to keep his many papers from blowing away. Sherlock Hemlock enters, bringing his large "Detective's Dictionary" to help. He consults the dictionary on what a book is, then what dictionaries are. Big Bird finally points out he needs the book to put on his papers, which blow away when he points to them.
Toon.IN
Cartoon A colorful, rhythmic demonstration of the word IN
(First: Episode 0337)
Gordoninclass-2
Film / Cast Gordon joins a class for some exercises.
(First: Episode 1098)
Pinball 12
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Song.meetinsects
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
2257zc
Cartoon Speech Balloon - I: An iron irons the word.
(First: Episode 0314)
Greenhouseeffect
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
2356-23
Cartoon A ball goes up and down a musical staircase.
(First: Episode 2151)
Noimage
Celebrity George Benson plays some "happy" chords on his guitar.
(First: Episode 1401)
Dog.Yowl
Cartoon A boy can yell and yodel, and his dog can yelp and yowl. They can both yawn.
(First: Episode 0353)
1708h
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
KangarooBlues
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
Twelvia
Cartoon "The Story of Princess Twelvia".
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1676)
Kermit-in-out-doors
Muppets Kermit describes the times it is appropriate to use the in and out doors. To his dismay, a group of monsters keeps going out the in door.
(First: Episode 2220)
Ducks.tall
Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out.
(First: Episode 0303)
Noimage
SCENE 4 Big Bird tells Maria he wants to do something original, which Maria claims won't be easy. Big Bird finds everything he suggests has already been done, including trying to hide a parrot, as Maria points to...
Findparrot
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
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SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird is upset his idea has been taken. He thinks something original would be organizing some kids to form a triangle and square, but Bob claims that's been done too...
KidsShapes
Film The kids form a triangle and a square.
(First: Episode 0300)
Noimage
SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird thinks he has a sure-fire, original idea - getting a bunch of zebras to slide down into a pool. Maria points out that while the idea is original, there aren't any zebras around to execute such an idea. Big Bird thinks he can substitute the zebras for penguins, which Luis unfortunately tells him has already been done...
SlidingPenguins
Film Kids count 20 penguins going down a slide.
(First: Episode 0232)
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SCENE 5 The grown-ups gather on the stoop so Big Bird can read them a poem he's written about his futile attempts to be original. They point out that his poem is an original work, making him feel much better. They escort him to bed as the sponsors are announced.



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