Sesame Street
Big Bird's Sesame Street map
Air date January 6, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 17, 1988
Sponsors F, Z, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Snuffy has an idea of how he and Alice can cooperate. He instructs her to say "Good" when he nudges her with his snuffle. After practicing, he does it for real. Alice says, "Good," and Snuffy continues, "-morning and welcome to Sesame Street!"
Cartoon Zazu the Zebra feeds their pet Z.
Artist: Chris Hinton
Suzanne Farrell - Telly and Herry.jpg
Muppets / Celebrity Suzanne Farrell supervises as Herry and two monsters (Telly and Kermit the Forg) practice stretching on a barre. She then calls for lunch and the monsters chow down on the barre.
(First: Episode 1387)
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
Song David sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?"
Re-filmed version
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(First: Episode 1102)
Insert Olivia sings "Birdland" at Birdland.
(First: Episode 2304)
Cartoon Z for Zebu
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1185)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie comes from finishing his bath, and tells Bert that there's something that he forgot. Bert asks if he's washed behind his ears, his neck, and his elbows. Finally, Ernie remembers that he forgot to turn off the water in the tub -- as the water level rises.
(First: Episode 0347)
Film Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0475)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 12 fluttering finches.
(First: Episode 1295)
SCENE 2 Oscar is annoyed that Bob and Linda are teaching the kids signs right by his trash can, especially positive ones. The kids how to sign happy and sad and they all decide to trick Oscar into thinking they're arguing in sign language. Oscar is now intrigued, but then everyone goes to Hooper's Store for a snack. Disgruntled, Oscar has an argument with himself instead.
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Film A wall painter on a high-rise spells and paints the word "WET PAINT" in red, but accidentally puts his hand on one of the painted letters and looks at his hand, all painted red, and shouts, "WET PAINT!"
(First: Episode 1036)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster acts out different feelings.
(First: Episode 1982)
Cartoon A flame burns through a capital letter F, ultimately revealing a lowercase letter f.
(First: Episode 2288)
SCENE 3 Big Bird, armed with his best red crayon and paper, is ready to draw, only he can't think of anything. He spots Bob nearby studying a map and asks him about it. He becomes inspired to make his own map of Sesame Street.

SCENE 3 cont'd Big Bird starts off his map by first placing his nest on it. Then, instead of counting miles like Bob's map, he counts the steps it takes to get from his nest to Hooper's, then the Fix-It Shop and everywhere in between. He shows Bob his newly-finished map - a mess of wild lines and numbers. He realizes there's one place he's forgotten - Snuffy's cave.
Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
Muppets Beat the Time with Grover.
(First: Episode 0423)
Film Two apples balance on a block seesaw.
(First: Episode 2176)


SCENE 4 Bob sees Big Bird stretching for his big trek to Snuffy's cave; he's even prepared a knapsack and trail mix. He starts counting his steps as he walks down the block. He is then seen on the real streets of New York City as he walks to Central Park, counting his steps and attracting the attention of children all over.

SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird finally reaches the Snuffleupagus residence, having counted 2,000 steps. Snuffy happens to be home and wants to join Big Bird in his cartography quest. They head back toward Sesame Street, with Snuffy trailing slightly behind Big Bird.
SCENE 4 cont'd The two finally get back to Sesame Street. Big Bird has counted 2,000 steps once more, while Snuffy has counted 5,000. They argue over who's right and Bob points out that they both take different size steps, thus causing the difference. Big Bird doesn't know what number to put on his map, so Bob suggests both - in Big Bird steps and in Snuffleupagus steps. Big Bird then makes Bob walk to Snuffy's cave and count his steps so he can measure the distance in people steps.
Cartoon zip, zoom, zoom, zig, zag, zany, zoo.
(First: Episode 0359)
Film Lemurs leap and play in a zoo cage.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0032)
Muppets Teacher Little Chrissy sings about how important it is to "Raise Your Hand."
(First: Episode 1959)
Cartoon "The Story of Princess Twelvia".
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1676)
SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy call out everyone (Maria, Linda and the kids) to see their map. Maria asks about the extended section, a long roll of paper stretching from the map stretching all the way past 123 Sesame Street. Big Bird explains that it's "the greater Sesame Street part" and describes the trail from his nest to Snuffy's cave.
SCENE 5 cont'd A very winded Bob finally returns from his trek and reports it takes 6,000 people steps to get to Snuffy's place. Big Bird offers to make copies for anyone, at ten cents apiece, but only one kid speaks up for one. Big Bird realizes they never measured the distance to Snuffy's in kid steps!
Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
(First: Episode 2389)
Muppets Kermit talks about his favorite subject - frogs. Gladys the Cow assists by being a cow frog wearing goggles, air tank, and froggy foot paddles. Gladys asks Kermit how it would feel to be a cow and he replies feeling glad to be a frog. Gladys puts a cow's horns, ears, and a bell on Kermit.
(First: Episode 2206)
Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)
Song Spanish Food Market Song
(First: Episode 1111)
Cartoon Z for zigzag, zero, zoo, and zebra
(First: Episode 1763)

SCENE 6 Big Bird, Snuffy and the kids plan a trip to Snuffy's cave in order to get a "kid step" measurement for their map. They need a grown-up's help to cross the streets ("We can't always depend on the kindness of strangers," says Big Bird) and Linda volunteers. They start their journey as Maria and Bob announce the sponsors and the credits follow.


  • This episode was later re-aired in season 22 as Episode 2770.
  • Footage of Big Bird's trek through the city and park was later used as the end credits sequence for a number of episodes in seasons 24 and 25.

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