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Maria's pregnancy β€” Big Bird prepares for the baby
Air date May 8, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors I, S, 0


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria greets the viewer and immediately finds herself on Sonny Friendly's Traveling Game Show. She asserts that she doesn't want to be a contestant, especially in her pregnant condition. She relents when she learns the grand prize is a deluxe baby carriage. She wins by correctly identifying three words beginning with I and is disappointed to find out that the prize is just the picture of the carriage.
Film Gibbons make screeching noises.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon A rolling circle becomes a square, then a triangle, and various other shapes.
(First: Episode 1465)
Muppets / Celebrity Carol Channing sings a spoof of "Hello, Dolly!" with Sammy the Snake, praising his ability to look and sound like an S.
(First: Episode 1951)
Animation A dune buggy is assembled.
(First: Episode 0506)
Muppets Oscar the Grouch and his grouch friends build a bus stop in Kermit the Frog's living room.
Transition Glass breaking
(First: Episode 0276)
Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
(First: Episode 1478)
SCENE 2 Big Bird makes sure he hasn't missed Maria giving birth yet and wonders when the baby is coming. She tells him that the baby is expected sometime this week and tells him how she'll know when it's time to go to the hospital. Big Bird asks her to pretend the baby is coming to he can practice counting between contractions. As she heads off, Big Bird thinks of something she'll need for the baby.
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(First: Episode 1642)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: The parachute becomes a large mattress.
(First: Episode 2245)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover talks to Zelda about "fast" and "slow."
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
SCENE 3 Luis makes Maria comfortable on the couch, when Big Bird arrives at their apartment. He knows that the baby will be seeing lots of different people once it comes out of Maria and has prepared a "MOM" sign so it'll know who its mommy is. He realizes that the baby won't be able to read it, but Maria still appreciates the gesture - it makes her feel like a mom already.
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
(First: Episode 2389)

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” The Count Sleeps Over at Ernie & Bert's (Part 1)
The Count sleeps in Bert's bed while Bert sleeps on the couch. Ernie tells The Count that he can count sheep to get to sleep, but it never dawned on Ernie that the Count never gets tired of counting. He stays up all night counting sheep, to Ernie's detriment.
(First: Episode 0941)
Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)
Muppets Ernie & Bert: The Count Sleeps Over At Ernie & Bert's (Part 2)
It's the next morning. The Count had a good night, but he didn't sleep. His counting kept Ernie up, and now Ernie is walking and counting like a zombie.
(First: Episode 0941)
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)

SCENE 4 Big Bird returns with a list of things Maria and Luis need to do when the baby starts pushing - 1. put on the "MOM" sign, and 2. go to the hospital. Luis shows him they already have a list, which involves getting the car from Gordon and Susan. Big Bird heads out and imagines what would happen if they didn't have their list - they'd be running back and forth from the stoop because they keep forgetting things. He believes to have found another way to help them.
Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Song "Spanish Foods Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
SCENE 5 Big Bird returns to the apartment and encourages the couple that they should practice their routine for going to the hospital. Luis acts out the situation and Big Bird gets so caught up that he forgets the most important thing - bringing the mom.
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)
Animation A chair (voice of Martin P. Robinson) keeps bumping into things, until he finds his glasses. "See ya later!"
(First: Episode 1981)
SCENE 6 Gina and her friend Mike are studying for an upcoming science test, when they find themselves on Sonny Friendly's game show. The grand prize is some healthy foods and Mike, feeling very hungry, is eager to play (despite Gina's insistence that they have to study). With some help from Gina, he gets all three fruit and veggie questions right and wins a whole bunch to snack on.
Cartoon Sign Sounds: HOT DOG
(First: Episode 1142)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Cartoon S - Serpiente
(First: Episode 0382)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns how to use a toothbrush.
(First: Episode 1189)
SCENE 7 Maria and Luis return from the hospital, when she starts to feel a real push coming on. Big Bird and Luis start counting as Gina announces the sponsors.

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