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Transylvania Counting Day
Air date March 2, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors C, Q, 11


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird needs ten cents to buy a special present before he and his friends can play. He has four pennies, Snuffy has four as well and a kid has two, all totaling ten cents. They bring the money to David and Big Bird secretly orders the special gift - a red ball. David tells them it actually costs 15 cents, but he has enough change in his pocket to split the difference. The ball turns out to be a birthday present for him! Snuffy wonders what they'll play with now, so Big Bird asks to borrow David's ball.
Cartoon A mother bird adds her eggs that hatch.
(First: Episode 2230)
Film Some kids have a bike race by the river.
(First: Episode 1419)
Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald."
(First: Episode 2002)
Cast Marvelous Maria rides her trike in 10 circles (then backwards).
(First: Episode 0443)
Cartoon A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom she eventually runs off with.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2058)
Insert Three of These Kids (upside-down girl)
(First: Episode 0413)
Animation 3 balls + 1 = 4.
(First: Episode 0278)
SCENE 2 Grundgetta shows Oscar a postcard they just got, and they wish they could visit Swamp Mushy Muddy. Instead, they imagine themselves there, floating on a swamp in a barrel. Oscar serenades Grundgetta by singing "Alone in a Swamp."
Animation Sand C/c
(First: Episode 0625)
Cast Maria as Chaplin notices a short thread on Luis' tuxedo, which becomes long as he pulls it, unraveling Luis's trousers!
(First: Episode 1042)
Cartoon C is for Candle (the candle blows back)
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets The Bicuspids sing "Kids Just Love to Brush."
(First: Episode 2060)
SCENE 3 Count von Count and the kids are dressed in some special outfits to honor the national holiday, Transylvania Counting Day (a day where everyone is a count). They give a jacket and hat to Gordon, though he just sticks with wearing a monocle. The Count leads them all in a count to 40. When they reach the end, they share in his laugh, causing some rain to pour. Gordon winds up soaked, as the Counting Day gear doubles as weather protection.
Cartoon A large blob shoves a tiny one out of the way and declares, "I'm big!" The tiny one thinks for a moment and declares, "I'm me!"
Artist: Janet Perlman
(First: Episode 1637)
Film The Mad Painter #11
(First: Episode 0329)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
(First: Episode 2206)
Cartoon Jazz Alphabet: male vocalists shout each letter.
(First: Episode 0619)
Muppets Cookie Monster tells his little cousin monster to get him something special that starts with the letter C. He hopes she'll bring him a cookie, but she brings a carrot, a cucumber, a cauliflower, and an ear of corn. Finally, she realizes that cousin also starts with C, and assumes he was referring to her.
(First: Episode 1319)
Cartoon C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1141)
Film Photographic collage demonstration of ALL, MOST, SOME and NONE of an apple.
Artist: Frank and Caroline Mouris
(First: Episode 0979)

Celebrity Yosh Shmenge (John Candy) visits Oscar, who is the 100th customer of the "Shmenge By-Mail Music Institute." His reward is a free, in-person clarinet lesson, but Oscar points out that the lessons have been for Slimey. Yosh is confused by the idea of a musical worm, but is impressed by his skills and the two play a duet. Oscar then requests some trumpet lessons for his pet pig.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
(First: Episode 0154)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow changes direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
(First: Episode 1641)
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(First: Episode 1642)
SCENE 4 The Count recruits Bob and Linda for another Transylvania Counting Day tradition - counting things you've never counted before. The Count has counted practically everything one can think of (even their national fish, the poopky), but he hasn't counted signs. Bob and Linda sign the numbers 1 through 20, as the Count counts each one. ("In Transylvania, we would be engaged, all three of us!... Thankfully, we're not in Transylvania," Count says.)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
Muppets Five Anything Muppets sing the "Numerical Correspondence Song."
(First: Episode 0735)
Cartoon A ball goes up and down a musical staircase.
(First: Episode 2151)
Muppets After fighting with each other, the Two-Headed Monster reads the word "Love" and forgets their feud.
(First: Episode 1282)
Animation The mountains make a snack for a bird, but he forgets to brush his teeth afterward.
(First: Episode 1429)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
Film Seashells form various patterns in the sand.
(First: Episode 2031)
Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)
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Transition Bridge #4 - 4 Corner Bridge B
(First: Episode 0282)

SCENE 5 At night, Gordon finds the Count partaking in one last Transylvania Counting Day pastime - counting as many stars as one can before midnight. Gordon sits out with the Count for a bit counting stars together. Bob announces the sponsors.

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