Sesame Street
Bob tries to read
(repeat of 2543)
Air date December 17, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 14, 1988 (Scenes 5-6)
November 22, 1988 (scenes 1-4)
Sponsors G, J, 9
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer, joined by a small group of tourist birds visiting from the country. They've never seen an apartment before, so Big Bird intends on taking them up to Bob's. Bob wants some peace and quiet to read, but allows them to stay for a few minutes when he sees how disappointed they are. They inspect his piano and bookcase, then Bob himself, before he asks them to leave. Big Bird leads them out, promising to return in 15 minutes for a tour of the bedroom.
Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
(First: Episode 1711)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster takes turns reading itself a story.
(First: Episode 2590)
Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
Film "I Can Do It By Myself"
(First: Episode 1727)
Fish Cowboy Hat
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
SCENE 2 As promised, Big Bird and his tour group return to Bob's for a tour of his bedroom. He protests at first, but relents and lets them see it. The birds have a hard time understanding Big Bird's description of the bed, as they've only slept in nests before. He has Bob get into the bed and act like he's sleeping so they get the idea. The birds then hop into the bed and go to sleep themselves.
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
Muppets Pretty Great Performances: James Galway and the All Animal Chamber Ensemble perform a work by Johann Sebastian Fox.
(EKA: Episode 2561)
Film / Animation Lake (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 2700)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J and Richard presents him with his own J.
(EKA: Episode 2302)
Cartoon Two men try to go over a very steep hill.
(First: Episode 1522)
SCENE 3 Bob is now visited by Meryl Sheep, who is doing some research for her upcoming movie The Apartment, where she plays a chair. She doesn't understand that chairs aren't alive, so she can't study how they eat, breathe or grow. She stays perfectly still, eliciting some applause from Bob. She then tells him all about the other furnishings she's going to pretend to be now.
Cartoon Rap #9
(First: Episode 2509)
Film Fay Ray moves clockwise and ticks, until an alarm sounds.
(First: Episode 2597)
Cartoon Colonel Travel takes a balloon trip around the country of Canada.
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Cartoon Letter G drawing with kid voice-over
(First: Episode 0306)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(First: Episode 2062)
Cartoon A bird lays ten eggs.
(First: Episode 1576)
SCENE 4 At Hooper's Store, Ruby conducts an experiment - can she eat a sandwich using her nose? She concludes to Gina that it's not possible, then moves onto another experience - can she hear herself chew as she eats?
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
Muppets "They Can't Take That Away from Me": Cookie Monster's six cookies are subtracted down to zero.
(First: Episode 2351)
Cartoon The 'J' Train
(First: Episode 1169)
Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: Joe Raposo sings "Goats."
(First: Episode 2366)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster asks John-John if he knows the difference between up and down.
(First: Episode 0565)
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
SCENE 5 Bob heads to the rooftop to get some peace as he reads his book. He is soon followed by Count von Count and the kids, all with books of their own. The Count counts all the people who have books, until Bob asks him to stop counting so he can concentrate on his book. The Count obliges and starts reading his own book, which happens to consist of nothing but numbers (which he reads aloud).
Cartoon "Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2556)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
Cartoon Willie Wimple: Land Pollution
(First: Episode 0516)
Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(First: Episode 2601)
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
SCENE 6 The Amazing Mumford finds himself on the roof and sees how engrossed Bob is in his book. He thinks it might be an interesting read and Bob promises to let him have it once he's done. Mumford instead has a magic trick than can duplicate the book. He waves his wand and Bob's book disappears instead. "Sorry, Bob. A printing error," he says and tries to bring it back. Bob's book returns, but he discovers the ending is not what it was before - it now reads the day's sponsors. Mumford considers that a happy ending and struts off, as Bob demands his original ending back.

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