Sesame Street
A television birthday card for Gordon
(repeat of 2578)
Air date January 7, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 17, 1988
Sponsors P, V, 20


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 A man wants a hat, but the hat shop owner's hats are all the same - except for a ten-gallon hat, which complements the customer's horseback riding nicely.
(First: Episode 0781)
Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
Cartoon P for Planet
(First: Episode 2008)
Muppets At the carnival , Herry asks Ernie to participate in a game. Ernie has three chances to win a prize by knocking down a pile of bottles with a baseball. Ernie only manages to knock down some, then most of the bottles, but not all of them, so he doesn't win the prize. Herry, on the other hand, can knock the bottles down not with a baseball, but with his loud voice.
(EKA: Episode 0935)
Film How paper is recycled
(First: Episode 2710)
Cartoon Sign Man: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(First: Episode 1155)
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 A boy learns to put his mom's letter in the mailbox all by himself (with a little help).
(First: Episode 1497)
Film Kids paint P-word animals on glass. (shortened)
Full version: (First: Episode 0119)
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(First: Episode 0452)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "When I Listen".
(First: Episode 1760)
Cartoon Number Creatures #20 (gradient)
(First: Episode 2687)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(First: Episode 2050)
Cartoon Peacock with 20 feathers.
(First: Episode 0406)

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 V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1181)
Film Wendy makes cookies with her grandmother. They later visit Wendy's great-grandmother at the nursing home, and give her some of the cookies.
(EKA: Episode 2244)
Animation "¡Ella juega ténis!"
(First: Episode 2111)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo thinks that Whoopi's skin is a very pretty brown. Whoopi likes Elmo's soft red fur. Elmo admires Whoopi's bouncy hair, too. Elmo suggests that they trade, but Whoopi says that they can't -- it doesn't come off. But even if she could trade, she wouldn't want to. She likes her skin and her hair, and she wants to keep them. Elmo says that he wants to keep his fur, too.
(First: Episode 2746)
Film Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets In the park, Harvey Kneeslapper comes up behind a man, asks him, "Wanna see something funny?" and then holds a mirror up. The man sees nothing funny...until he looks at Harvey!
(First: Episode 0283)
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)

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!
Cast The Alphabet Dancers form the letter V.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets The Count has prepared himself a picnic not far from his castle. As he counts the ants who come to take away his food, he eventually has nothing left. Which is just as well, since it has started to rain.
(First: Episode 2132)
Animation Stop-motion: tap-dancing shoes
(EKA: Episode 2367)
Film Corn grows in a field. (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster blows bubbles.
(EKA: Episode 1984)
Cartoon Spike's Scribble Theatre Presents: "Island"
(First: Episode 2673)

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 Kids observe cloud formations, until it starts to rain.
(First: Episode 2074)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy: R.W. Shipshape gets a hat for his birthday, and it blows into the street. R.W. remembers not to cross the street without an adult; Teeny Little Superguy helps him across.
(First: Episode 1924)
Muppets Grover takes several dogs for a walk, explaining that dogs need exercise as much as people do.
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon "You know what it's like to be scared?"
(First: Episode 0547)
Film Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(First: Episode 0944)
Cartoon Typewriter: V for Vacuum
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0774)

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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