Sesame Street
Montana Day 1 – Preparing to leave
Air date November 18, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors K, Y, 2

Episode 2881 (Number)

Picture Segment Description
Episode 2881
COLD OPEN Big Bird excitedly re-introduces the viewer to Frances and his family and reminds them that they're going to Montana today! Maria is the least enthused, as she still has to fix Mrs. Greenberg's toaster.
Episode 2881 Scene 1
SCENE 1 Snuffy arrives at Big Bird's nest and offers to help him pack for the trip. Big Bird has made an illustrated list of all the things he'll thinks he'll need - underwear, film, toothbrush and Radar. His teddy bear is the only thing he can actually bring, though (he doesn't wear clothes, have teeth or own a camera).
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0342)
Muppets Elmo bumps into Kermit the Frog on the way to the post office, begging to help him with one of his demonstrations, during which the post office closes - a perfect prompt to demonstrate open and closed.
(First: Episode 2473)
Cartoon An army of ants gets to the bakery, only to find that it's closed.
(First: Episode 2088)
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets An octopus sings "Octopus Blues."
(First: Episode 2221)
Cartoon A man talks about going to the city, without noticing he's walking right through it.
(First: Episode 0770)

SCENE 2 Luis goes over their checklist for Montana and thinks they're all ready, but Maria says they won't be ready until she finishes Mrs. Greenberg's toaster, which gives her a hard time. The Count enters the store to say farewell, as he had a strange feeling he should arrive now. He begins counting Maria's failed attempts to fix the toaster, until Maria has him count elsewhere; he chooses the other side of her. Luis returns and tells her Mrs. Greenberg won't need her toaster until they get back.
Toast toon
Cartoon A man shows the difference between a regular slice of bread and a toasted one.
(First: Episode 1497)
Muppets Mr. Johnson goes to Pizzeria Dos to get a piece of pizza, but comes to find that at this restaurant there is two of everything, including himself.
(First: Episode 2842)
Film Most animals have two eyes, ears, etc. ... but some snakes have two heads.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon Little Red Riding Hood uses a map to get to Grandma's house.
(First: Episode 2686)
Muppets On a rainy day, Ernie watches TV, when Bert suggests he do something else, like write a story. Thus, Ernie sets everything out on the table, including pencils, paper, a pencil sharpener, and a wastebasket (which somehow ended up on Bert's head). Ernie is now ready to write a story, but instead, he leaves everything set out for when he gets an idea.
(First: Episode 1293)
Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1184)

SCENE 3 Frances' father stumps Gina in his coin trick in front of the kids and Frances does the same. She learns that the Crow Indians have been playing that game for a long time. Snuffy appears, wanting to meet Big Bird's friend Frances and learns about the origin of why they're called the Crow Indians (the name meaning "Children of the Long-Beaked Birds"). Gina invites him to stay and play the game, but he rushes off to tell someone something amazing.
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
Muppets A heartbroken groom sings "Don't Walk."
(First: Episode 2454)
Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1518)
Film A boy hikes up a mountain with his family.
(First: Episode 2734)
Muppets Cheers: The Anything Muppets cheer for the letter K. (version #4)
(First: Episode 0101)
Cartoon "In and Out Crowd"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2612)
SCENE 4 Snuffy rushes to Big Bird to tell him about the Crow name and asking why he wasn't told Big Bird had children. Big Bird explains the name is not literal, but represents the importance of birds to them. Snuffy is relived; if all the Crows were his children, he'd be really busy!
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 K-kick
(First: Episode 0463)
Muppets / Celebrity Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit points out the different parts of ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell's body, and watches her use them to drink a glass of milk.
(First: Episode 1387)
Cartoon Snacks On Parade: The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
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 A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success.
(First: Episode 1042)

SCENE 5 Everyone is waiting for the taxi to arrive, when Maria spots the Count counting the suitcases (or rather the locks, handles and leather edges). While he resumes counting quietly, Big Bird is amazed that pretty soon, he's going to see Frances perform his first Crow Indian dance, but learns that it won't happen for a few days, as Frances has to practice his dance and get his Crow name. The Count breaks his silence to announce he's counted 44 leather corners ("They don't call me the Count von Count for nothing!").
Cartoon The Pink Panther - K For Karate
(First: Episode 0241)
Muppets Grover sings "Over, Under, Around and Through."
(First: Episode 0258)
Animation A poem about oranges.
Film A girl narrates a segment about nature through winter and spring.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
(First: Episode 2784)
Cartoon Karen the Kangaroo talks about words that start with the letter K. Featuring the sped-up voice of Gene Moss.
(First: Episode 0142)


SCENE 6 As the Count now counts scuff marks on the luggage, Oscar pops from his can, wondering when all the nice people will be leaving. Telly then makes a shocking discovery - one of the suitcases doesn't have a name tag. Maria points it out and Telly is relieved, because the airport could possibly send it to the jungle, where it would get mangled, but with the name tag, it can be sent back to Maria. Oscar announces he's going to join them in Montana, asking to be put in with the luggage (hoping he'll get lost). The taxi arrives and they begin to bring the luggage over. The Count is not finished counting yet, so he says he's joining them too! As they gather the luggage, Snuffy announces the sponsors.

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