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Sesame Street
Fire at 123, part 1
Air date February 22, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by John Weidman
Production November 30 & December 1, 1989
Sponsors J, T, 10


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In Miles' room, he, Elmo and Big Bird play pretend astronauts. Elmo really wants to get to the moon, but their countdown is interrupted when Susan calls them out for dinner. She suggests he countdown and blast off to the dining room.
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)

Muppets On Vacation with Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley and his tour guide have difficulty taking pictures of animals in the jungle because of Guy's uncontrollably loud voice. A tiger recognizes him, and offers to take a picture of him and some other animals. "Say TREES!"
(First: Episode 1949)
Animation Two balls play on a seesaw, when a third ball wants to join them (ending up in the middle).
(First: Episode 2054)
Song "Ookyook Song," a Joe Raposo song with the Alaskan words for all the things you need to put on when it's ukiuq (winter).
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)
SCENE 2 Gordon serves the young ones some dessert, as they communicate in "moon talk" (which consists of "beeps" and "boops").
Film Ducks swim and fly.
Music: Chopin's Valse Op. 64, no. 2
(First: Episode 2510)
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.
(First: Episode 0785)
Seijiozawa.jpg Muppets /
"Pretty Great Performances" features Placido Flamingo singing "Italian Street Song" with the All-Animal Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa
(First: Episode 2485)
Cartoon A man sets up a bus stop sign so that a giant can eat the buses that come.
(First: Episode 1176)
SCENE 3 It is now late, but Elmo and Big Bird want to hang around and hear Gordon read Miles a bedtime story, which they wrote themselves - "Goodnight, Earth." The story puts them all to sleep and the grown-ups begin to bring their guests back home.
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(First: Episode 1390)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Animation It's a giraffe
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1752)
Planning Ahead.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” It's a sunny day at the beach, and Bert remembered to bring everything. Ernie, however, only brought an umbrella in case it rains... which it does.
(First: Episode 0284)
Animation A girl unfolds a map and uses it to describe her trip to Mexico, stopping in Texas along the way.

SCENE 4 Big Bird is back in his nest, asleep. Hoots the Owl plays a soulful tune on the saxophone, then catches a whiff of smoke, which is seen coming from the basement window of 123 Sesame Street. Hoots alerts Big Bird just before the fire department shows up.

Back in Miles' room, he hears the smoke alarm go off and through his thoughts, remembers what to do when there's a fire (having learned the measure in a previous episode). He carefully crawls out of his room, joining his parents who do the same.


Hiroshi shows up and joins a panicked Big Bird and Hoots as the fireman help evacuate the residents of the building (save for Ernie and Bert, who are on vacation, as seen earlier). As the firemen dash in with an axe and the hose to combat whatever fire there is inside, a worried Susan wonders what will happen to their apartment.
Cartoon T for treasure (Jim Thurman VO)
(First: Episode 1990)
Muppets "African Alphabet Song"
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung

SCENE 5 The firemen report that the fire started in the basement. It was a small fire, but produced a lot of smoke. As such, some windows and doors were broken. Maria, Luis and Gabi are permitted to return to their apartment, but the chief tells Gordon and Susan they'll have to stay somewhere else until the smoke clears from their apartment in the morning. After Big Bird offers them to stay with him at his nest, Gordon suggests they could go to a hotel, but the Rodriquezes eventually convince them to stay in their place. As they head back to the apartment, Gordon recaps to Big Bird how well Miles handled the situation and tells his son how proud he is.
Pinball 10.jpg
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film Fay Ray gets on and off a rug.
(First: Episode 2635)
Muppets Forgetful Jones forgets what he has to do at night. Clementine tells him it involves using a toothbrush, and he remembers that he and Buster the Horse have to brush each other's teeth.
Remade version
(First: Episode 2068)
Cartoon Three turtles present the letter T.
(First: Episode 1666)

SCENE 6 Oscar sees all the soot and dirty water all over the sidewalk and wants a photo of it. Oscar pops back up and gets frightened by Estevez, one of the firefighters in his full gear. He explains how each piece of his outfit keeps him safe during a fire call. Oscar asks for a photo wearing his dirty, soot-covered helmet.
Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
(First: Episode 1716)
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
Muppets Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror."
Cartoon Gerald is repeatedly kept awake by his dog Sparky, who does a dance and poses as an alligator through his shadow whenever his parents close his door.
(First: Episode 1519)

SCENE 7 Hiroshi observes the mess causes by the fire, when he hears Big Bird (in his sleep) calling out for Gordon and Susan. Hiroshi confirms that everybody involved with the fire is safe and sound. Big Bird asks Hiroshi to stick around until he falls back to sleep. Maria announces the sponsors.

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