Sesame Street
A television birthday card for Gordon
Air date March 22, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 17, 1988
Sponsors P, V, 20
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Uncle Wally and his barbershop singing group of horses, The Kentucky Derby, sing "One of Us Here is Not Like The Others" and has the viewer guess which one is different.
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Big Bad Wolf opens a school for huffing and puffing.
Cartoon The Bellhop is sent to the grocery store to get twenty grapefruits. He counts to 20 on the way there so that he can remember the quantity, but forgets what item he was sent for.
(First: Episode 2533)
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Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy
RW wants a pet spoon, so TLSG teaches him the importance of being responsible with a pet.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1986)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
SCENE 2 Gordon encounters Clementine and Buster waiting for a letter from Forgetful Jones. It finally arrives, and they know it's from him because there's no stamp, the envelope has not been sealed, and the letter itself is not signed. They love him, despite his forgetfulness.
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 A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at its own SHADOW.
Film Sounds Around the House v2: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(First: Episode 1713)
Cartoon The numbers keep changing from 1 to 20 as corny music plays in the background.
(First: Episode 1465)
Insert Olivia sings "Birdland" at Birdland.
(First: Episode 2304)
Owlbirdcompromise.jpg Cartoon An owl and a bluebird work out a compromise.
(First: Episode 1493)
Muppets Kermit describes the beginning, middle and end using a cookbook with assistance from Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 1352)
Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
(First: Episode 1716)
Cartoon V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1181)

SCENE 3 In the garage, Big Bird, Snuffy, and Felice prepare to make a "television birthday card" with Hiroshi's help. Snuffy is "the card," and the card is "signed" by all of them at the end of the video.
Cartoon The wind blows one hat after another off a pig's head, onto the heads of birds. "The wind is very, very strong."
(First: Episode 2378)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert sings "The Paperclip."
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Animation Sand P/p
(First: Episode 0634)

SCENE 4 Hiroshi brings Gordon and Susan into the garage, to give Gordon a surprise for his birthday. Felice connects the camera to the TV set, and displays the video they made earlier.
Gordon is pleased with the card, and is even more pleased when he learns that the camera they used is a present from Susan. Big Bird realizes that they made a TV birthday card, but they didn't make a TV birthday cake!
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
(First: Episode 1942)
Muppets The Count invites the Countess to his castle to watch their favorite show, "twentysomething", where a couple (played by themselves) and Prairie Dawn learn that "twentysomething" is not a number.
(First: Episode 2556)
Cartoon A rabbit crosses the STREET, and almost gets run over.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 0778)
Film A boy narrates a film about how cheese is made.
(First: Episode 1124)

SCENE 5 Bob and Linda (and later, Uncle Wally) encounter Oscar and the Grouchketeers conducting a scientific experiment: Oscar believes that umbrellas cause it to rain, since he always sees people carrying them whenever it does rain. Oscar notices that nothing's happening, and thinks it would help it rain faster if the Grouchketeers walked around in a circle while he "sings in the rain." When Gordon comes by and sees what they're doing, Oscar claims to have learned from the experiment that umbrellas don't make it rain ... and when people see open umbrellas, they look around for raindrops and ask silly questions.
Cartoon P is for Pillow
(First: Episode 0374)
Animation A rock does somersaults for its peers, but gets little applause.
(First: Episode 2021)
Song David sings "Can You Tell Me What Belongs Here?"
(First: Episode 2467)
Cartoon V for volcano, violet, and violin
(First: Episode 1762)

SCENE 6 Oscar gathers up Hiroshi, Bob, Linda, Uncle Wally, and the Grouchketeers so they can see his "art collection" - that is, a collection of artists' palettes and paint-stained blankets. Hiroshi thinks it's not bad, which upsets Oscar. Buster announces the sponsors.

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