Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird's Happy Meter
Air date January 18, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors K, X, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Meryl Sheep wanders down the street repeating "quiet" and "loud" in their respective volumes. Oscar the Grouch queries and learns it's for her new film. Oscar practices with her, earning him a role. Susan, trying to put Miles down for a nap, yells at them to be quiet, but Meryl critiques her performance.
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)
Film Exploring on the ocean rocks
(First: Episode 1414)
Muppets The Count croons "Count Up to Nine."
(First: Episode 1134)
Animation 5 goldfish, take away 2, leaves 3.

SCENE 2 Oscar struggles to find his prized banana peel and shows David photo of it, his only remaining memory of it. A Grouch from the Bureau of Missing Banana Peels arrives with the fruits of their search - a whole banana and a brown banana peel, neither of which match Oscar's peel. With all hope lost, Oscar throws a fit and falls into his can. It turns out he's slipped on his prized banana peel! Oscar decides the search was fun and throws it into his trash pile to find it again.
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
HerryJohnJohn loudsoft
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
Cartoon The story of an old woman who lived in a nine.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0512)
Funny Book
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(EKA: Episode 2341)
Song "Summer Song" - A singer describes what happens in the summertime.
(First: Episode 1304)
Cartoon Karen the Kangaroo talks about words that start with the letter K.
(First: Episode 0142)
Cast Ask Oscar
A grumpy Linda substitutes for Oscar.
Film A marching band counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Film Finding round things in a supermarket (David voiceover)
(First: Episode 0434)
Cartoon An aviator and his son cooperate to start their plane.
(First: Episode 1476)
Song "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
SCENE 3 Big Bird enters the Fix-It Shop to show Maria his "Happy Meter," a device that shows how happy one is. He demonstrates it using some hypothetical situations, but when he learns Luis isn't here, it becomes complicated figuring out how Maria feels about it. A phone call from Luis helps clear up the complication.
Cartoon The Typewriter gets a check-up.
(First: Episode 0787)
SesameGame show
Muppets The Mystery Guest is the letter X.
(First: Episode 1447)
Film Lobster fisherman
(First: Episode 0966)
Film Charlie Chaplin (Maria) looks in a mirror and sees "ME." Maria's reflection is played by Linda.
(First: Episode 1032)
Cartoon A man recites a poem about how curious he is.
Muppets Kermit at Home: Grover comes to Kermit's house to fix his sink. Kermit fills him in on a demonstration of "big, bigger and biggest" when it comes to wrenches. Even so, the sink repair goes awry, and the house floods.
(First: Episode 0821)
Film Kid voiceovers identify a horse's body parts (shown one at a time), then the complete animal.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle and The Sweeties sing "Take the Hand of Someone You Love."
Cartoon A bird talks to a girl about what's inside the street. When she questions his credibility, he stammers, "A little worm told me!"
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2312)
Film "Indian Baby Bath"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0444)
Cartoon "Dinner for Nine"
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1658)
Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
Cartoon Speech Balloon: K - Key
(First: Episode 0040)
Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Meryl describe situations and let the kids use the Happy Meter to judge how they'd feel. Maria announces the sponsors.

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