Sesame Street
Big Bird learns about sadness
Air date February 18, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors U, X, 2
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Insert Oscar holds a Grouchketeers meeting, teaching them some Grouchy words, such as "rotten," "yucky," and "terrible." Buster the Horse appears and teaches him another word - "abominable," which he passes onto the kids. Maria is pleased he's learned a new word and gives him a kiss of congratulations, making him furious.
(First: Episode 1969)
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is reading a book when Ernie startles him by asking if he wants to play checkers. Bert says, "I thought maybe you weren't here!" Ernie starts to search to see if he can find himself.
(First: Episode 0171)
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets "I'm in Love with U"
(First: Episode 1701)
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)

Muppets Luis reads the story of "The King Who Ate Only Chicken."
King Richard the Chicken-Hearted does not know of any food other than chicken, thus he eats it for every meal. Seeking a change, he initiates a "New Royal Food Contest," with a hefty reward (half the kingdom and a trip to Bermuda). His subjects bring him many healthy foods and the King enjoys them all. They convince him to eat all the foods together, thus making a healthy meal and a healthier king.
(First: Episode 1910)
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Cartoon A man chases a runaway "no."
(First: Episode 0794)
Film Students prepare for a spelling bee.
(First: Episode 2208)

Celebrity Ricky (Billy Crystal) walks through a letter U, which he thinks is UNBELIEVABLE!
(First: Episode 2083)
Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy and girl have a conversation using the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0273)
Film Kids use a magnet to retrieve a jack.
(First: Episode 0968)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
SCENE 1 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store, feeling sad. David and Gina explain that it's okay to feel sad and it helps to talk about what's wrong. Big Bird explains that Granny Bird was going to visit, but she had to cancel. Talking about it has rid him of his sadness, but now he's angry!
Cartoon Two Elephants (Gordon voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1457)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon "Have you seen my NO?"
(First: Episode 0773)
Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels.
(First: Episode 0541)
Animation It's a giraffe
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1752)

SCENE 2 Bob invites Big Bird to sing "The Alphabet Song" with him and the band (including Gordon, Mae and the kids), but Big Bird doesn't feeling like singing such a happy song when he's not in a good mood. Bob has the band play a harsher arrangement of the tune for Big Bird to sing to. Afterwards, Big Bird feels happy and he requests a more joyful "surprise" version of the song.
Animation A kerosene lamp assembles itself in stop-motion.
(First: Episode 1473)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out why there is a mess outside. He speculates that the Twiddlebugs made a mess after a Twiddlebug dance.
(First: Episode 0178)
Cartoon The Ringmaster charms two snakes with his saxophone.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1287)
SCENE 3 Big Bird finds Snuffy sad in his nest area. Using what he's learned, Big Bird asks his friend to confide in him. Snuffy states that he's sad because Granny Bird's visit means they can't play together. When he learns Granny Bird won't be visiting, he perks up. Snuffy suggests they pretend; Big Bird plays Granny Bird and Snuffy plays Big Bird and they re-enact her call to her grandson.
Cartoon Two caterpillars plus three caterpillars equal five.
(First: Episode 2324)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Two is You and Me."
(First: Episode 0375)
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(First: Episode 1974)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(First: Episode 0420)
SCENE 4 Bob and his band are picking a song to play in band practice. Gladys the Cow suggests a cow song (such as "Mary Had a Little Cow" and "Row, Row, Row Your Cow"). Because it's time to say goodbye, Bob instead thinks they should play the "Sesame Street Theme." Gladys initially refuses, until she learns the lyrics aren't "sweeping the cows away." She sings along, then announces the sponsors.

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