Sesame Street
Take a Cowboy/Cowgirl to Lunch Day
Air date February 13, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 26, 1986
Sponsors L, N, 10


Picture Segment Description
Celebrity The Four Tops sing "Standing at the Bus Stop Sign," while waiting for the bus to arrive. Big Bird pulls up in an imaginary bus.
Film Kids count 20 penguins going down a slide.
(First: Episode 0232)
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(First: Episode 1895)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog tries to explain the difference between happy and sad, two emotions which Elmo displays while trying to get Kermit to play with him.
(First: Episode 2188)
Cartoon / Film Things that begin with N: nail, nest, net, notebook, needle, noodle, nuts, napkins, nose. (Don't make noise at night). The letter N is nice.
(First: Episode 0659)

Insert Oscar the Grouch and Grundgetta imagine what their wedding would look like.
(First: Episode 1733)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: The man spells out the word HELP.
(First: Episode 1118)
Muppets Two Anything Muppet kids argue over a cookie. Cookie Monster arrives and says that the smallest person should get the cookie, and then, as the kids argue over which one is smaller, Cookie Monster shrinks himself.
(First: Episode 0253)
Cartoon Bus Stop
(First: Episode 1396)
Film Corn grows in a field. (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
(First: Episode 0763)

Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon A Spanish-speaking man falls into a hole, and a dragon helps him out.
Artist: Chris Hinton
(First: Episode 2211)

Insert Maria makes the bus just in time, but Gordon and Linda miss it. Snuffy invites them to follow him to the Snuffleupa-bus stop, where he'll catch the Snuffleupa-bus to Snufflegarten. Gordon and Linda are amazed at the size of the bus stop and the bus itself. After he gets on the Snuffleupa-bus and goes off to school, Gordon and Linda notice their bus leaving at another stop, and they run to catch it.
(First: Episode 2142)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Muppets The Martians find a telephone.
(First: Episode 0398)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N (Spanish version)
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0529)
Celebrity Rubén Blades sings "Ayuda" with Piri and the kids, who shout out the title word throughout the song.
(First: Episode 2211)
Cartoon When a bird pops a balloon, the balls represent Sad and Happy.
(First: Episode 2102)
Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
(First: Episode 1579)
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0120)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie makes a mess of the apartment in order to find a note he wrote to Bert.
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon L for life, love, lizard, leap and lump
(First: Episode 1833)
SCENE 1 Forgetful Jones is at the Fix-It Shop to remind Luis about taking him to Take a Cowboy/Cowgirl to Lunch Day, which he uncharacteristically remembers (thanks to his calendar).
Animation 6 dots - 1 = 5 dots
(First: Episode 0302)
Muppets Polly Darton sings "I'm Under the Weather Over You."
(First: Episode 1702)
Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1526)
SCENE 2 David makes sure he has all the proper food prepared for "Take a Cowboy/Cowgirl to Lunch Day." He takes the cart outside and takes the cowpokes orders.
Animation Three balls compare sizes. An orange ball (voiced by Daws Butler) boasts that he's the smallest, until his little brother comes onto the scene.
(First: Episode 0786)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a match slowly falls to the ground.
(First: Episode 0149)
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Muppets / Cast Cookie Monster has agreed to help Maria on her lecture on good things to eat. Unbeknownst to Cookie, she has raisins, cucumber spears, carrot sticks and apples. Cookie tries all of them and he likes them. He finishes by eating all the dishes.
(First: Episode 1518)
Cartoon A Mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a tree falls to the ground, but then bounces back up!
(First: Episode 0149)

SCENE 3 Luis and the cowpokes have had a great time at lunch. He wonders about the origin of the holiday; Forgetful shows him the origin book, "The Story of Forgettinest Jones or How Take a Cowboy/Cowgirl to Lunch Day Began". In the story, all the other cowboys and cowgirls are upset that Forgettinest (Forgetful's great, great grandfather) always forgets his lunch and takes parts of everyone else's. He arrives at the saloon, without lunch, but is shot down by his friends. As he exits, he spots a stampede of sheep heading through the joint. Everyone thanks him by sharing their lunch and declare him a hero, then take a nap.

SCENE 3 cont'd Luis has finished the story and sees the rest of the group asleep, which is part of the tradition. Forgetful nods off too as Luis announces the sponsors and the credits roll.


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