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Gordon has a headache
Air date November 24, 1988
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Emily Squires
Production September 14, 1988
Sponsors B, V, 10


Picture Segment Description
Insert Big Bird sings about "Wheels on My Feet" while roller skating down the street.
(First: Episode 1483)
Cartoon "Why Bears Smile" - a story of a bear who learned which body part to cover when sneezing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1109)
Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
Muppets Mr. Johnson has been served a bowl of soup, but flags down his waiter to make a complaint. He asks Grover to inspect the fly that's in his soup, but Grover looks under, next to, and on the soup before he agrees to bring out a new bowl. The kitchen is all out of what Mr. Johnson ordered, so he brings him Cream of Mosquito.
(First: Episode 1134)
Cartoon B for boats, bouquet, baby, bonnet, etc.
(First: Episode 1703)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Look a Little Closer." (hand)
(First: Episode 0147)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Telly notices that Isaac doesn't have fur like he does.
(EKA: Episode 2106)
Cartoon A lost man in the desert (voiced by Jim Thurman) asks a stranger for directions to the city. He builds a pretend city out of sand to show what it looks like. As it turns out, the stranger is an alien.
(First: Episode 0763)
Film Operation Playground: A group of students at P.S. 87, with help from playground designer Bob Leathers, come up with ideas for a new playground, and raise money for the effort. Together with their parents and other people from the neighborhood, they build the playground.
(First: Episode 2360)
Muppets / Celebrity Billy Dee Williams and Mr. Honker count backwards from 10 to 1. Homer has to blow his nose before he can honk the last number.
(First: Episode 1819)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)

SCENE 1 Gordon has a really bad headache, so Susan puts his slippers by the bed, unplugs the phone, and goes to put Miles in daycare so Gordon can relax. Right after she leaves, Telly comes in to make sure Gordon's okay. He understands that Gordon needs rest, peace and quiet, so he makes sure everything stays that way. He hears such sounds as a barking dog, a honking car, and an airplane, and yells at them to be quiet. Soon, they hear the birds sing, which Gordon doesn't mind ... until he hears Big Bird singing loudly!

Animation The alphabet is presented using many materials and writing methods.
(First: Episode 2210)
Muppets Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."
(First: Episode 2205)
Bforbat.jpg Cartoon Small letter b (ball/bat)
(First: Episode 1131)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Early in the morning, Ernie sees some pigeons through the window, and wonders if he should wake Bert.
(First: Episode 1187)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0 (parachute under haystack)
(First: Episode 2278)
SCENE 2 Gordon can't find his slippers, thinking they're under the bed. Elmo comes in, hoping to make Gordon's headache go away. Gordon tells him to look for his slippers under the bed, and Elmo looks on the bed, under the blankets, and finally under the bed, where he sees "two fuzzy blue monsters" that tickle him.
Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)

Muppets A series of trailers for school-related dramas are shown on WCTW's "School in the Afternoon" block.
(First: Episode 2223)
Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)
Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
(First: Episode 0998)
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
SCENE 3 Big Bird and Snuffy enter Gordon's apartment to help him with his headache by reading him a story, "The Lion and The Mouse." They react in fear towards the lion in the story, but Gordon finishes reading it for them, and suffers Snuffy's ground-shaking jumps for joy.
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Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a match slowly falls to the ground.
(First: Episode 0149)

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Muppets Game Show: Bring That Thing
Stevie and Jonathan Martian need to find three things that help to see in the dark in sixty seconds. They bring a flashlight, a lamp, and the moon, (which they have to quickly zoom back into space to get). Their jackpot prize is a pot of lightning bugs.
(First: Episode 2460)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a tree falls to the ground, but then bounces back up!
(First: Episode 0149)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)

SCENE 4 Gordon has yet another visitor, Count von Count, who has a Transylvanian home remedy for headaches: counting backwards from ten to zero, and listening to soft thunder. Gordon finds this surprisingly effective, when he counts slow and closes his eyes as The Count hums.
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Catoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)
Muppets Ernie plans on copying Bert's felt board template called "Cookies on a Plate in a Room with a Window" which features just that. Ernie goes through various pieces, seeing which ones match Bert's. Once he finishes, Cookie Monster enters the apartment and complements the picture, but likes Bert's more and rips the cookies of the picture and eats them. Ernie sobs, as now his picture is different from Bert's, so Cookie solves everything by eating the cookies off of Ernie's picture.
(First: Episode 1439)
Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a buffalo.
(EKA: Episode 2427)

SCENE 5 After several minutes of counting backwards from ten to zero, Gordon's headache is finally gone! Oscar the Grouch arrives, hoping to see Gordon suffer through his headache, but becomes upset when he learns he's too late.

Susan and Miles come home and greet Gordon, and all the happiness in the room irritates Oscar, so the Count introduces his home remedy to Oscar. Both of them announce the sponsors.


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