Sesame Street
Montana Day 3 – Learning about horses
Air date November 20, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Production September 11, 1991
Sponsors N, X, 8


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN At the crack of dawn, Snuffy wakes up Gordon so he can help point out Montana on the map again. He then wonders what Big Bird's up to at the moment and Gordon tells him he's probably sleeping like most people. Snuffy agrees and heads back to his cave to catch some Zs too. This is followed by the Montana variation on the "Sesame Street Theme."
SCENE 1 It is morning on the Crow ranch and Frances wakes up Big Bird and The Count. Big Bird is psyched for his first full day in Crow Country and wonders what they'll do first. Frances says they are having breakfast and after will give him a tour of the ranch.
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count, however, starts his day by counting something. He leaves the barn and meets up with Billy-Rose, who is brushing her horse. The Count is inspired and begins counting the hairs on the horse.
Cartoon How Andy Fritz Ate the Sun.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2730)
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(First: Episode 2687)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: N - Nail
(First: Episode 0040)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count is still counting hairs, having counted over 6,500.
Cartoon The story of sheep, or where wool comes from.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1524)
Song "There's a Lot of Different Ways to Get to School" (sung by Jerry Nelson)
(First: Episode 2751)
Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2862)
SCENE 2 The gang is getting a tour around the ranch. The Count is absent, counting the dishes following breakfast. Big Bird takes a particular interest in the horses.
SCENE 2 cont'd The adults demonstrate lassoing by practicing roping a faux bull. Big Bird also has also mastered the art of lassoing, but reveals it's just a rope trick.
SCENE 2 cont'd One Crow educates the others on proper horse training. Big Bird shows his similar progress, only using a stick horse.
SCENE 2 cont'd "Hey, oat breath! Get your nose outta my trash can!," Oscar scowls at a horse trying to feed from his home.
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0 (parachute under haystack)
(First: Episode 2278)
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)

SCENE 3 Maria and Luis are going to ride horses, though Maria has difficulty mounting hers. The Count wishes to count them getting onto the horses, but when Maria can't, he begins counting her attempts. When it finally appears as though she's on her horse, it moves away, reveal she's instead mounted herself on the fence ("Tomorrow, I'll try it on a horse.") Billy Rose offers her a ride and Maria clings to her for safety while the ride off. The Count has a laugh counting two people who can ride and one who tired, but falls off of the fence.
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo and Julia Roberts demonstrate fear.
(First: Episode 2790)
Cartoon Do you know what it's like to be scared?
(First: Episode 0547)
Film Five girls play a clapping game.
(First: Episode 2763)
8 balls of fur
Muppets Little Chrissy sings "Eight Balls of Fur."
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon A detective follows a path on the street which consists of a straight line, followed by dots. He finds out that the truck that paints the dividing road lines happens to sputter every few feet, which is where the dots come from.
(First: Episode 2248)

SCENE 4 Maria thanks Billy-Rose and gets off the horse. She deduces Billy-Rose loves her horse a lot because she's always riding it. Maria hears Oscar complaining and invites him to see the country. Oscar refuses to come out from his can until he's back on Sesame Street. Billy-Rose has one activity he can participate in without leaving his can - barrel racing. She lassos his can and drags him to the field (which he greatly enjoys) where she and other Crows ride their horses around his can and other barrels. Afterwards, Billy-Rose asks Maria if she'd like to give it a try, to which Maria coolly replies "in your dreams!"
Cartoon The Four Squares sing "It's Hip To Be a Square."
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2615)
Muppets Telly hosts "Here and There" from the library, where it's quiet. His co-host, Debra Starr, is at the airport, where it's loud. The loud noises of the airport eventually make it hard for Telly to hear Debra, so he has to talk louder into the microphone for Debra to hear him, which results in his expulsion from the library.
(First: Episode 2864)
Cartoon A salesman offers a passerby the letter N for next to nothing.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1804)

SCENE 5 Big Bird notices Francis practicing his "hot dance" for the ceremony and wonders about the name. Luis explains what Phil told him: long ago, the Crows moved from place to place until they finally found somewhere to settle. They celebrated with a hot meal and dance. Maria and Phil add that Francis' outfit represents how important animals are to the tribe as well. The Count is eager to count the beadwork and Big Bird is amazed everyone will be joining in the dance after the ceremony.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Doo Wop Hop
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
(First: Episode 1446)
SCENE 6 Big Bird talks on a mobile phone with Gordon, Susan and Miles about his experience in Montana. Luis asks for the phone back, but first, Big Bird has promised that Frances and the other kids can say "hi" in Crow to Miles. The phone is eventually passed to Billie Rose, who rides off with it on her horse. "I've heard of car phones - but I've never heard of a horse phone," Big Bird remarks.
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
(First: Episode 2705)

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
Animation Two balls play on a seesaw, when a third ball wants to join them (ending up in the middle).
(First: Episode 2054)
SCENE 7 Philip comes across Big Bird practicing drumming, only his rhythm is very off. He has Big Bird feel his heartbeat and replicate the rhythm it makes.
Film Two kids play drums as animated kid-drawn figures clap with the beat.
(First: Episode 2847)
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
Muppets Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Herry Monster sing "I Think That It Is Wonderful."
(First: Episode 2492)
Cartoon Gerald is repeatedly kept awake by his dog Sparky, who does a dance and poses as an alligator through his shadow whenever his parents close his door.
(First: Episode 1519)

SCENE 8 Maria tries to put Big Bird to bed, but he's feeling much too excited. She tries singing a lullaby, but he requests one in Crow. Angela happens to know one and sings it, putting him right to sleep. Maria wonders if it would work just as well on Gabi.

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