Sesame Street
Plot Jelani works at Birdland
Air date March 27, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors F, W, 14
This episode guide has been compiled from materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
Noimage
SCENE 1 Hoots jams in an empty Birdland, when a young teen enters. He introduces himself as Jelani Jones and is looking for an after school job, pointing out the club's "Help Wanted" sign. Hoots is need of a waiter and isn't sure Jelani, a human, would be capable of working with mostly avian clientele. He gives Jelani a shot anyhow.
3994d
Cartoon The Bellhop is asked to carry a guest's two small (but heavy) bags to Room 14.
(First: Episode 2571)
Song.Air.GuySmiley
Muppets Guy Smiley promotes the use of "Air." He leads his marching band through the walls of a barber shop every time someone there says a word out loud that rhymes with "air."
(First: Episode 2682)
Cap006
Animation 2 houses plus 3 houses equal 5.
(First: Episode 0283)
Itzhak-GrouchSymphony
Muppets / Celebrity At Grouch Symphony Hall, Itzhak Perlman and Oscar play a duet of Johann Sebastian Blech's "Double Sonata for Violin, Vacuum Cleaner, Policeman's Whistle, Fire Engine Siren, Jackhammer, Automobile Horn, Elephant Jumping into Pool and Nose."
(First: Episode 1658)
3187r
Film Alphaquest: W
Noimage
SCENE 2 The club is now full of customers. Jelani takes a duck's dinner order, constantly having to check in with Hoots to translate the quacks. As he tends to a chicken customer, Hoots starts to see promise in his new hire.
0926b
Cartoon A hand draws a farm backdrop for the animals.
(First: Episode 0925)
1708f
Song Children of all kinds sing "We All Sing with the Same Voice".
(First: Episode 1708)
200012
Cartoon A football player talks about his favorite sport.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0135)
TwentySomething
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)
2269s
Cartoon A beaver does his exercises, while his friends make fun of him. He then uses his strength to save his friends when the dam breaks.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2067)
Noimage
SCENE 3 Jelani serves a pair of birdseed juices to two different birds. However, both drinks are different sizes, and their respective beaks won't be able to fit in the glass they've been given. Instead of getting them each new glasses, he simply switches their drinks. "What a fast-thinking dude," Hoots notes.
NumberCreatures14
Animation Number creatures #14
LindaGordon.Snow
Cast Linda signs the word snow, and Gordon gets snowed on.
2485l
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Greenhouseeffect
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Wereonthebus
Cartoon B ... US! We're on the bus!
(First: Episode 0785)
AMFlowerCooperation
Muppets Four Anything Muppet kids cooperate to grow a flower together. One has a flower seed, one has a flowerpot, one has some dirt, and one has a shovel. The rain and sunshine finish the job.
(First: Episode 0311)
Film.hippo
Film Hippos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0415)
Dothecontinentalasia
Cartoon "Do the Continental" - two kids jump into Asia.
Noimage
SCENE 4 Hoots gets a call from his secondary waiter (covering once Jelani leaves), who has come down with Chirp-itis. He also reports the bird who tends to the club's phone has flown south with no intention of returning. Jelani thinks he can cover their jobs and demonstrates (in fast-motion).
Flyfrogcartoon
Cartoon F is for Fly and Frog
(First: Episode 0034)
3142m
Cast Linda signs as Gordon says "Rain" and gets wet.
1446b
Song "School Song"
(First: Episode 0986)
Erniebertdrippingwater
Muppets Ernie & BertBert complains that he can't sleep, because Ernie left the faucet dripping. Ernie drowns out the sound of the water dripping with louder noises.
(First: Episode 0131)
2269q
Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
(First: Episode 0791)
Noimage
SCENE 5 The crowd starts chanting for some entertainment, when Hoots informs the crowd that their singer is stuck in a snowstorm over Chicago. Jelani again thinks he can substitute. As Hoots and the house band plays, Jelani sings "Believe in Yourself."
Packsuitcase
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(First: Episode 1469)
LindaGordon.Pie
Cast Linda signs the word "pie," and gets hit with one, to Gordon's surprise.
2538.Kidsballoon
Film In a gymnasium, a teacher and some kids play catch with a balloon.
(First: Episode 1088)
2head.Shapes
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at different shapes.
(First: Episode 1629)
Wworm
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)
OOTTRain
Song Luis sings "Three of These Things" with three kids with umbrellas and one unlucky kid without one.
(First: Episode 0449)
Fay.3balls
Film Fay demonstrates addition by placing 3 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
(First: Episode 2615)
Noimage
SCENE 6 Hoots is very impressed with Jelani's work performance tonight. Jelani states there's one thing he can't do - stay (he's got studying to do).

Notes


Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 2711 Episode 2713
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.