Sesame Street
Bob tries to read
Air date February 8, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 14, 1988 (Scenes 6-7)
November 22, 1988 (scenes 1-5)
Sponsors G, J, 9
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer, joined by a small group of tourist birds visiting from the country. They've never seen an apartment before, so Big Bird intends on taking them up to Bob's. Bob wants some peace and quiet to read, but allows them to stay for a few minutes when he sees how disappointed they are. They inspect his piano and bookcase, then Bob himself, before he asks them to leave. Big Bird leads them out, promising to return in 15 minutes for a tour of the bedroom.
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
Film Body parts song sung in Spanish.
(First: Episode 1113)
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)
Animation Stop-motion: tap-dancing shoes.
(EKA: Episode 2367)
SCENE 2 As promised, Big Bird and his tour group return to Bob's for a tour of his bedroom. He protests at first, but relents and lets them see it. The birds have a hard time understanding Big Bird's description of the bed, as they've only slept in nests before. He has Bob get into the bed and act like he's sleeping so they get the idea. The birds then hop into the bed and go to sleep themselves.
Cartoon Nine Ants
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1485)
Insert Three of These Kids (upside-down girl)
(First: Episode 0413)
Film Cat block structure.
(First: Episode 1824)
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)
Jenny Jeff Jacket
Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
SCENE 3 Bob is now visited by Meryl Sheep, who is doing some research for her upcoming movie The Apartment, where she plays a chair. She doesn't understand that chairs aren't alive, so she can't study how they eat, breathe or grow. She stays perfectly still, eliciting some applause from Bob. She then tells him all about the other furnishings she's going to pretend to be now.
Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pair of headphones.
(First: Episode 1628)
Cartoon "Dinner for Nine"
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1658)
Muppets Story: "The Geefle and the Gonk"
The Geefle and the Gonk, two aliens, learn how to cooperate and gather nectarines together.
(First: Episode 0452)
Animation "Sometimes a Cookie"
SCENE 4 David, Telly and Juliet wait at the bus stop for the bus to take them to a baseball game. Telly and Juliet panic over ways the bus might not stop there, which David all debunks. The bus arrives and they begin to board, when Juliet starts worrying if their favorite team will even be able to play.
Cartoon Willie Wimple went a-boatin' and polluted the river.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(EKA: Episode 0590)
Muppets At the saloon, Clementine asks for Forgetful Jones to sing a song. Buster plays "What's the Name of That Song?" on the piano, and the crowd (including a cow) sings along, but Forgetful keeps asking what the name of the song is.
(First: Episode 1696)
Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J and Richard presents him with his own J.
(EKA: Episode 2302)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
SCENE 5 At Hooper's Store, Ruby conducts an experiment - can she eat a sandwich using her nose? She concludes to Gina that it's not possible, then moves onto another experience - can she hear herself chew as she eats?
Cartoon A kid names his own body parts
(First: Episode 0809)
Film Kids narrate a film of how a lift bridge works.
(EKA: Episode 2253)
Celebrity The Four Tops sing "Standing at the Bus Stop Sign," while waiting for the bus to arrive. Big Bird pulls up in an imaginary bus.
(First: Episode 2290)
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 6 Bob heads to the rooftop to get some peace as he reads his book. He is soon followed by Count von Count and the kids, all with books of their own. The Count counts all the people who have books, until Bob asks him to stop counting so he can concentrate on his book. The Count obliges and starts reading his own book, which happens to consist of nothing but numbers (which he reads aloud).
Cartoon The rabbit and the turtle race to the top of a building. The rabbit goes up 40 steps, but the turtle takes the elevator.
(First: Episode 2258)
Muppets Polly Darton sings "Counting One to Five."
(First: Episode 1810)
Cartoon A girl builds a sand castle at the beach, but the ocean keeps washing it away, so she builds one away from the waves.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1452)

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 9 elephants.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1366)
SCENE 7 The Amazing Mumford finds himself on the roof and sees how engrossed Bob is in his book. He thinks it might be an interesting read and Bob promises to let him have it once he's done. Mumford instead has a magic trick than can duplicate the book. He waves his wand and Bob's book disappears instead. "Sorry, Bob. A printing error," he says and tries to bring it back. Bob's book returns, but he discovers the ending is not what it was before - it now reads the day's sponsors. Mumford considers that a happy ending and struts off, as Bob demands his original ending back.

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