Sesame Street
Barkley's tricks
Air date January 13, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Norman Stiles
Production September 28, 1987
Sponsors F, G, 3
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Uncle Wally bumps into Bob on his way to Big Bird's nest, carrying a "WALK" sign. Wally is substituting for Big Bird at today's Birdketeer meeting, being made "head bird." Bob watches and Uncle Wally teaches the Birdketeers how to follow the sign. They all walk out, meaning the meeting is over.
Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(First: Episode 1721)
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Me Gotta Be Blue."
(First: Episode 1828)
Cartoon These Are Your Parts: The host interviews a hand.
(First: Episode 1359)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Barkley play the "Counting Backward" game. Though Barkley can't speak, Elmo interprets his movements as substitutions for the numbers.
Pinball 03
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #3
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0978)
Celebrity Maria and Grundgetta wander into a shoe store so Maria can buy some shoes. The sales woman, Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin), tries to find the right size shoe, but none of them are the right size. Maria shows her how to use the foot scale, which shows her shoe size. They begin looking for the right looking shoe...
Part 1
(First: Episode 2203)
Cartoon The 3 Numero Brothers show addition and subtraction.
(First: Episode 1182)
Celebrity Edith has gone through all the shoes she has in Maria's size, with only four pairs remaining: three pairs of boots and a pair of pumps. After playing "Three of These Things", Maria chooses the pumps. Edith thinks she tackle any customer now, until a female Snuffleupagus enters with a large request.
Part 2
(First: Episode 2203)
Film A dolphin walks backwards on the water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
SCENE 3 While Uncle Wally snacks on his sandwich, Professor D. Rabbit gives a lecture about being afraid. Wally, his mouth full of food, merely nods and mumbles in agreement with the professor's talking points.
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0630)
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
(First: Episode 1853)
Cartoon F/f (Gordon voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 2288)
Muppets / Cast "Singing in the Shower" - Olivia, Ernie, Oscar, and Big Bird sing about how they like to sing in their various modes of cleaning (shower, bathtub, mudbath, and birdbath respectively.)
(First: Episode 1834)
Film A figure skater illustrates forward and backward.
(First: Episode 0500)
SCENE 4 Linda wants to show Bob a new trick that Barkley can do, but Bob must get on his hands and knees first. Instead, Uncle Wally does so. Barkley runs and jumps over Uncle Wally and then back (with the help of reversing the footage). Linda thanks Uncle Wally by treating him to lunch, while Bob stays behind. He wants to give the trick a go, but Barkley instead hops on top of him and won't move.
Gorilla toon2
Cartoon Speech Balloon: G for gorilla (in man suit).
(First: Episode 0085)
Charlie and Louie
Muppets Charlie is lost and finds a policeman. It's his Uncle Louie, but he doesn't recognize him in uniform. Without the uniform on, Charlie asks Uncle Louie to find him a policeman.
(First: Episode 0135)
Film Traffic light.
(First: Episode 0131)
Bath time
Muppets Professor Grover, in graduation cap, takes a bath and talks to the viewers about baths. He mentions everything except the water, when his Mommy comes in and turns on the water.
(First: Episode 1992)
Cartoon Actor demonstrates anger towards casting director - literally!
(First: Episode 2061)
SCENE 5 Linda has Barkley get off of Bob, who berates the dog. Linda chides him and eventually, Bob apologizes. The two "kiss and make up" and give the trick another go. Once again, Barkley pins Bob to the ground.
Cartoon Luis counts three blackbirds, which lay three eggs.
(EKA: Episode 2242)

Muppets Mac TV host Old MacDonald introduces the newest music video, "A New Way to Walk" performed by The Oinker Sisters.
(EKA: Episode 2268)
Film Old paper, new paper
Music: "Blue Nosed Gopher" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0972)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert plan to go to the zoo tomorrow, but Ernie can't make up his mind. What would happen if Ernie bought a balloon, but then lost it when he gets frightened by a buffalo? Then he remembers that the zoo is closed on Wednesdays.
(First: Episode 0137)
I'm a macaw, Myrtle
Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
(First: Episode 0409)
Cartoon A gorilla names "G" words.
(First: Episode 1831)
SCENE 6 Linda and the kids play with Barkley as the sponsors are announced.

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