Sesame Street
Big Bird yells "TOOTHPASTE!"
Air date April 22, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Norman Stiles
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production December 12, 1990
Sponsors F, Q, 10, "toothpaste"

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Gordon announces today, Jelani will teach him how to skateboard. Big Bird skates by, yelling "TOOTHPASTE! TOOTHPASTE!" with a sign bearing the word. Why? "You'll see," he tells Gordon.
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SCENE 1 Big Bird explains why he's saying "TOOTHPASTE!": today's letter is F, and kids use toothpaste to brush their teeth, some baby teeth fall out and the tooth fairy (an F-word) collects them
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Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
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Muppets Cookie Monster and The Beetles sing "Hey Food."
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SCENE 2 Big Bird skates by Gordon and Jelani, since the previous segment was about food. And what do you do after you eat? You brush your teeth with..."TOOTHPASTE! TOOTHPASTE!"
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Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
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Animation Planet Q / q
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Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
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SCENE 3 Gordon and Jelani sing the previous song to themselves. Big Bird skates by, without his sign and not yelling. They think this is the perfect time for him to yell it, but Big Bird's loaned his sign to the Birdketeers, who march by with it.
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Cartoon Q/q (balloons)
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SCENE 4 Gordon helps Jelani with his schoolwork, when an announcer (Joey Mazzarino) declares it's "Poetry Time on Sesame Street." He recites a poem about a girl named Ruth, who chased words. The last thing she chases is a big yellow bird with the word "TOOTHPASTE!" The announcer then recites the sponsors.


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