Sesame Street
Maria's pregnancy — Maria's mother visits Sesame Street
Air date March 16, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors B, T, 12
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Mrs. Figueroa, Maria's mother, is visiting from Puerto Rico! Luis shows her pictures documenting Maria's previous doctor visit down to every last detail.
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In flashback, we see how trigger-happy Luis can be with a camera. He's also good at planning ahead, maybe a little too good.
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Still in flashback, Luis reveals to Big Bird that "today is the day when I take the very first picture of our baby."
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Back in the present, we come to the picture Luis took of Maria and Big Bird missing the bus.
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Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
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Muppets Ferlinghetti Donizetti delivers "The Easy Rhythm Rappin' Alphabet" while Grover displays his super smooth break-dance moves.
(First: Episode 2033)
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Film / Cast Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.
(First: Episode 1068)
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Cartoon A girl shows how good she is at drawing buildings.
(First: Episode 0454)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog, Shola, and Fannie demonstrate "next to."
(First: Episode 0553)
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Cartoon B for Beard (poem by Edward Lear)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1147)
cut from the Noggin version
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SCENE 2 While still looking at pictures, Mrs. Figueroa asks if they finally got to see the baby. Big Bird chimes in, and we dissolve to another flashback.
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In flashback, Big Bird, Luis, and Maria arrive at the maternity clinic, and Luis seizes the opportunity to get a picture of the nurse. But it doesn't stop there: he even gets one of them sitting down! Big Bird thinks that maybe telling him a story would suppress his urge to take so many pictures, but such is not the case.
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Maria feels the baby move, which gives Big Bird the idea to continue telling his story to it.
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Back in the present, Mrs. Figueroa sees the picture Luis took of Maria after the baby moved. He remarks, "Well, it's hard to tell that it's moving in that shot." and gets strange looks.
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Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2440)
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Muppets While Ernie is away visiting the Count, Bert has the place all to himself, or so he thinks! A group of sheep burst into the room and proceed to sing him a song ("Bert's Blanket") about how his blanket was made (with a flashback scene where Ernie is portrayed as a farmer). He then corrects them on the actual production phase.
(First: Episode 2391)
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Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)
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Film B is for Bubble
(First: Episode 0008)
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Cartoon The Great Inventors Series: John Montague, Earl of Sandwich, invents a new type of food that can be eaten while playing cards.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a little girl observe their strengths and weaknesses.
(First: Episode 1563)
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Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)
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SCENE 3 Once again, Big Bird insists on telling the whole story of getting to see the baby.
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SCENE 3
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In flashback, Dr. Kapi displays the ultrasound machine, which is a special device that allows the baby to be seen on a small TV monitor. It is displayed on there as Dr. Kapi points out its parts.
At this point, she refers to it as a male, even though its gender is unknown.
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Luis grabs a snapshot as we fade back to the present.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "What Babies Are Called"
(First: Episode 0116)
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Cartoon A man talks about the capital T, but the top line slides down, forming a lowercase one. (Spanish version)
(EKA: Episode 0324)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Eating Game", in which plates get to meet foods and take them to dinner. The contestant foods are a fish, an ear of corn, and a glass of milk.
(First: Episode 2329)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
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Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
cut from the Noggin version
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Cartoon The Ringmaster has 12 frenzied finches.
(First: Episode 1295)
cut from the Noggin version
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SCENE 4 Mrs. Figueroa has a surprise for her soon-to-be-born grandchild: the blanket that Maria used when she was a baby.
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In song, Mrs. Figueroa expresses how proud she is that "My Baby's Going to Have a Baby."
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In case it's a boy, there's another blanket for that.
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Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
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Cast The Heartstrongs, Part 1

In this soap opera parody, Mr. Heartstrong (Gordon) fusses over the loss of his red shoelace along with Mrs. Heartstrong (Susan). They both feel sad until their son Barnaby (David) comes downstairs! What a surprise! But that feeling doesn't last long, as he soon learns of the lost shoelace. As it turns out, he came downstairs to change shoelaces in order to play baseball.

Could this be a clue to the whereabouts of Mr. Heartstrong's lost one?

(First: Episode 2163)
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Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)
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Cast The Heartstrongs, Part 2

In the thrilling conclusion, the doorbell rings! Who could it be at the door?

It's Cousin Henry (Uncle Wally), who drops in for a surprise visit, which quickly becomes somber when the lost shoelace issue is brought up again.

Just then, Mr. Heartstrong remembers what Barnaby said about a shoelace that didn't match, and as luck would have it, the missing one is in his left sneaker! This makes everyone happy!

Cousin Henry pulls the snake-in-the-can trick on Barnaby, which gives everyone another nice surprise! "Woo woo!"

(First: Episode 2163)
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Cartoon A cube tries to fit through wall holes of different shapes.
(First: Episode 1452)
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SCENE 5 Snuffy approaches Maria and Mrs. Figueroa with a problem: Alice won't go to sleep. Mrs. Figueroa has a solution: the lullaby she used to sing to Maria ("Duermete, Mi Niña").
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It doesn't work on Alice, "but it did on somebody else..."
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Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a buffalo.
(EKA: Episode 2427)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — On the deck of The Love Boat, a uniformed Ernie expresses how much he loves this boat. "Ernest" shares his love with Amanda, a grumpy patron, a fish, and soon several passengers who join them in their love for this boat.
(First: Episode 1958)
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Cartoon A pink circle splits into a cat, and a gray circle splits into a mouse.
(First: Episode 0452)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews some colonial American citizens who are participating in the Boston "T" Party. Rather than tea, they drop things that begin with the letter "T" in the water instead!
(First: Episode 2348)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird tells the baby what he'll have for dessert: birdseed.
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Mrs. Figueroa decides to try talking to the baby herself. Snuffy announces the sponsors.

Notes

  • In the Japanese broadcast of this episode, the scene where Mrs. Figueroa sings to Alice in Spanish was replaced by Swamp Mushy Muddy, a buffalo cartoon, and a "T - Typewriter" cartoon where a red figure jumps on typewriter keys.


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