Sesame Street
Trip to Montana — Big Bird goes to Frances' house
Air date November 15, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Jon Stone
Production September 10-11, 1991
Sponsors E, Q, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer as he prepares to visit his friend Frances' house, which he's never been to before. He has a wagon full of all his toys, not sure of what Frances will have to play with. He's also ordered some special birdseed sandwiches from Hooper's Store, which Gina will be delivering. As he wonders what's taking her so long, Gina finishes packing the sandwiches and heads over to Big Bird's nest. Big Bird decides to pick them up instead. The two push on his door at the same time...

SCENE 1 cont'd ...causing Big Bird to fall and spill his toys everywhere. Gina apologizes, helps him and suggests he leave the toys at home. She claims it could be an adventure to see what kind of things Frances has to play with. He heads off without the sandwiches as well, thinking Frances will have some new ones too. Gina decides to eat the sandwiches herself.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird arrives at the Bear Claw residence, where he finds Maria helping Lonn and Karen packing. He becomes confused when they address themselves as Crows, specifically Crow Indians. They are preparing to visit their home back in Montana, where the other Crows live; Lonn and the family are in New York while he studies to become a doctor. Big Bird is disappointed they don't have any horses around, but follows Frances to his room to see a picture of a horse.
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SCENE 3 In Frances' room, Maria shows Big Bird where Montana is on the map of the United States of America, as well as photos of the area. Big Bird notices some bells on Frances' desk, which Lonn explains will be going with them on their trip. He details that Frances will be performing his first Crow Indian dance, a special tradition, and the bells will a part of his ceremonial outfit. Big Bird recalls his first dance - the Bunny Hop at a birthday party. Frances demonstrates how his dance will go.
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SCENE 4 Luis has joined Big Bird and the Bear Claws at the dinner table, where Big Bird fills him in on all he's learned today. Lonn recalls how it was when he did his first Crow dance at the age of six, just like Frances. Big Bird muses about being able to see it, so Karen invites him to Montana. He's hesitant at first, as he has a playdate with Snuffy and a Birdketeer meeting, but Maria points out this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Karen then invites Maria and Luis to join them too. Maria shares Big Bird's concern, since they have a lot of fixing to do, until Big Bird restates what Maria just told him.
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SCENE 5 Maria and Luis bring a half-asleep Big Bird back to his nest to sleep in preparation for tomorrow's big trip to Montana. Big Bird claims he's too excited to sleep, but conks out within an instant. As they head out, Maria debates with Luis over whether it's a good idea to go to Montana. Gina announces the sponsors while Big Bird mutters things about Montana in his sleep. The nighttime credit crawl from Episode 2255 follows, with the celesta version of the theme.

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