Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird listens
Air date April 6, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors E, N, 10
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and finds Professor D. Rabbit sitting there, listening. The professor offers to teach Big Bird how to be a super listener, and Big Bird opens his ears. They hear something squeaking, then someone singing. It turns out to be Mr. Macintosh, who wheels the old cart of fresh produce, and stops to give the professor a carrot. The professor remarks, "Some people listen for the ice cream man; I listen for the carrot man!" Big Bird listens as the professor crunches loudly on his carrot.
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The first day of school in history
(First: Episode 1953)
Cartoon An ostrich is born on a football field, and learns that he can't fly. He saves the game by scoring the winning touchdown.
Film Over (silent film)
(First: Episode 0517)
Muppets The Count sings "That's What Counts" about the ten things most important to him.
Film Animal camouflage (kid VO's)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0366)

SCENE 2 Bob encounters Big Bird and the Birdketeers sitting on the steps, listening for all the sounds they can hear. They hear a trumpet, a balloon popping, an alarm clock, and the crunching of a carrot. They soon find out that the professor was making all those sounds nearby. He rewards the kids with a carrot for being good listeners.
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(EKA: Episode 2140)
Muppets Ernie sings "Do What I Do" with Sandy the Snake in an effort to explain how actions can express emotions. However, Sandy finds it difficult to do what Ernie does, since snakes don't have limbs.
(First: Episode 1277)
Cartoon A postal worker tells the viewer what the post office is good for.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0929)
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
Cartoon Different uses of a triangle (Spanish version)
(EKA: Episode 2275)
SCENE 3 Oscar tries to play a prank on Telly with a "pull" sign on a string. Telly has difficulty reading the sign, and the trick backfires on Oscar.
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Muppets "The Dirtiest Town in the West"
(First: Episode 1461)
Cartoon 11 gumballs minus 4 equals 7.
(EKA: Episode 2365)
Film College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children's Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, opossums, and chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
Cartoon A salesman offers a passerby the letter N for next to nothing.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 1939)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: HONK
(First: Episode 1653)
Cartoon A man appears out of a yo-yo string and narrates two poems about over, under, around, and through.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1389)
Insert Oscar reads a love "trash poem" to Maria.
(First: Episode 2140)
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ... and promptly wiggle around.
Artist: James Rizzi
(First: Episode 0821)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie enjoys watching Bert read a book, but Ernie's staring at him is driving Bert bananas.
(EKA: Episode 2282)
Cartoon Kids see animals in their alphabet soup.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(EKA: Episode 2003)
Muppets Anything Muppets (including Farley) shout "E!"
(First: Episode 0408)
Cat dog toon
Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
(EKA: Episode 1210)
Muppets Harry Belafonte and The Count sing "Coconut Counting Man."
(First: Episode 1692)
Cartoon A rabbit crosses the STREET, and almost gets run over.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 0778)
SCENE 4 Bob finds Elmo looking up the Sesame Street lamppost. Elmo explains that he's been reading all the signs he sees so he can become a good reader. Bob gives him a clue about the sign he's currently trying to read: there are two words in the sign, the first one being "Sesame." Elmo makes some wild guesses about the second word ("Noodle! Pizza! Doorknob!"), but then Bob points it out to him. Elmo climbs up the lamppost, says that he really likes the sign, and asks Bob to help him down.
Animation Lollipop and feathers - what goes where?
(EKA: Episode 1057)

Muppets Camp Wannagohoma: Grover tries to show the campers what is alive in the forest, but they keep correcting him.
(EKA: Episode 2163)
Pinball 10
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)

SCENE 5 The professor wakes up from his nap, and suddenly says he's starting to hear music ... which turns out to be the closing theme music. He explains why he's such a good listener: "I close my eyes, concentrate, and I have ears the size of hockey sticks!" Bob announces the sponsors.

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