Sesame Street
Big Bird plays with the kids
Air date March 15, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors H, X, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird tries to make two lines of kids, but finds the groups are uneven. Suzie (who's in a wheelchair) offers an idea - making one line. Once accomplished, they play parade.
Film Two apples balance on a block seesaw.
(First: Episode 2176)
Cartoon Ivy Austin sings about a rabbit's day of eating grapes and swimming with pals.
(First: Episode 2314)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle sings "Oh, How I Miss My X."
(First: Episode 2168)
Cartoon Brand X
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is wearing winter gear, and asks Bert to guess what is in his gloves and hat.
(First: Episode 1300)
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)

SCENE 2 Bob is about to give a letter to Oscar and asks Uncle Wally for various protective things, knowing ahead of time Oscar is going to trick him somehow and get him wet or muddy. When they arrive at his trash can, Bob is ready to get hit with something, but Oscar simply takes the letter and leaves. Bob gets upset, having gone through the trouble and asks Oscar to get him wet. Oscar refuses and goes into his can again. Furious and upset with his treatment, Bob begins taking the stuff off; Oscar chooses now to change his mind and have Fluffy squirt him.
Cartoon The detective sees a hippo bouncing on a trampoline, and wonders how the hippo can bounce, since hippos are heavy, but the hippo thinks that he is light.
(First: Episode 2537)
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon "Love" word animation
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
A princess claims that the man she intends to marry has small ears, bulgy eyes, and a funny voice, wears a hat and coat, and is a frog. Kermit is the only one who fits that description, so she kisses him and, in a puff of smoke, she turns into a frog. Kermit invites her to "the hop", and she accepts.
(First: Episode 0859)
Cartoon Three mice (Swedish animation)
(First: Episode 1504)
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
SCENE 3 Big Bird reads the story of "The Bird Queen's Crown". Anastasia acts out as the bird queen, who lacks a crown. Her subjects bring her crowns shaped in a square and triangle, which she tosses into the royal wastebasket. She discovers the wastebasket is round like her head, making it the perfect crown.
Cartoon Pistons push a capital H through a tunnel, where it breaks and turns into a lowercase h. (with voiceover by Roscoe Orman)
(First: Episode 2217)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Animation Can you find the hidden objects in the picture?
(First: Episode 1520)
Film Some kids watch as a tree surgeon does his job.
(First: Episode 1244)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Jesse talk about love.
(First: Episode 2420)
Animation Stop-motion: tap-dancing shoes.
(First: Episode 2367)
SCENE 4 In another edition of "Ask Oscar", Oscar is asked what the letter X is good for. Oscar shows that the letter X can be used to cross out his daily annoyances, such as bothersome neighbors, annoying letters and annoying letter readers (Telly).
Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat
Voice: Daws Butler
(First: Episode 0770)
Song Joe Raposo sings "I Like Alaska", along with a montage of kids saying what their hobbies are, and what they like about their community.
(First: Episode 2356)

Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Job?" in which blindfolded monster contestants guess the occupations of different professionals, including Sonny Friendly.
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho demonstrates before and after.
(First: Episode 0694)
SCENE 5 Elmo invites Suzie to go on a walk with him and learns why she's in a wheelchair, which she gives him a ride in.
Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a rabbit.
(First: Episode 0614)
Cast In a circus routine, Luis the ringmaster demonstrates "before" and "after". Freeze-frame technology allows his assistant, Linda, to show each action as she jumps through a hoop, slips on a banana peel, and gets a bucket of water thrown at her face.
(First: Episode 0728)
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is told that his dog looks thirsty, and says that his dog is a hot dog.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1180)
Muppets Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: it has four legs, a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
(First: Episode 2081)
Film How sweaters are made from sheep's wool.
(First: Episode 1009)
Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald".
(First: Episode 2002)
SCENE 6 Big Bird and the kids are about to paint, when he realizes it's time to say goodbye. He has them paint the sponsors and they sign off.

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