Sesame Street
Trip to Montana — Frances' ceremony
Air date November 22, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors A, H, 11


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN Gordon is about to go out for some morning exercise and runs into Snuffy, who shows Alice where Montana on his map of America. This is followed by the Montana variation of the "Sesame Street Theme."
Muppets Herry Monster wakes up and says "Good Morning, Morning" to everything.
(First: Episode 2847)
This airing omits the ending where Telly suggests that they play with Oscar, due to Oscar's absence on the street.
Cartoon An ape takes a bite out of a yellow A.
(First: Episode 2813)
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Don't cross the street alone.
(First: Episode 1942)
SCENE 1 Big Bird notices how much food has been prepared for Frances' hot dance. The adults clear everything out that they need, leaving Big Bird alone. Frances returns to collect one thing - Big Bird.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
Muppets Mysterious Theater: Dial M for Mother
Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out what he needs to call his mother before Big Ben strikes midnight... as he stands next to a London telephone booth. The message Sherlock has is to wish his mother a happy birthday.
(First: Episode 2727)
Film A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet. A Bert and Baby Fozzie plush can be seen in the little girl's bedroom.
(First: Episode 2853)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #11
Cast Gina plays and sings "Follow the Leader" with the kids.
(First: Episode 2604)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Song "Around and Around"
(First: Episode 2753)
Animation Planet H / h
(First: Episode 2851)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "What is Friend?"
(First: Episode 2840)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a parrot.
(First: Episode 0601)
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(First: Episode 2240)
SCENE 2 Out in the field, everyone is gathered for the ceremony. Maria tries to persuade Oscar into leaving his can to see the ceremony, but he insists on staying until he's back on Sesame Street.
  • Maria: "Oscar! You'll never see anything like this on Sesame Street!"
  • Oscar: "Yeah, if I'm lucky."

SCENE 2 cont'd In the tepee, Big Bird learns the importance of the face paint - it represents a special moment just as the sun rises that the Crows believe gives off great power, but only for a split second, and the paint represents that moment and instills the power in Frances. Big Bird thinks Frances looks just like his dad and they both look great. Everyone is amazed when he exits the tepee.
Cartoon A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.
(First: Episode 2852)
Celebrity Robin Williams demonstrates the uses of knees.
(First: Episode 2765)
Cartoon "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0362)
Muppets The Three Little Pigs look for the Big Bad Wolf in a police line-up.
(First: Episode 2541)
Cartoon A shy girl wants to join a group bouncing a ball. (audible dialogue)
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2849)
Cast Mr. Snuffleupagus feels sad that his back half is better at tap-dancing than his front. In song, Savion shows him that his front half can rap while his back half taps.
(First: Episode 2832)
Cartoon A bird displays the front and back of a turtle.
(First: Episode 0789)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they don't live together anymore (though it is not directly stated whether her parents are divorced or separated).
(First: Episode 2695)
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
Song "My New Computer"
(First: Episode 2857)
Cartoon Harold and Howard think of H words.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)

Muppets Bruce Stringbean, Clarice and S Street Band perform "Born To Add."
(First: Episode 1375)
Cartoon Magical Herman's number trick
(First: Episode 0773)


SCENE 3 The Crow ceremony begins. Frances will be "adopted" into Philip's family. Four Indians dance around until they find him in the crowd. He is brought before Philip, who bestows the name "Fortunate Young Man" upon him. He then dances with Philip and his wife for the first time. Luis and Maria also receive ceremonial gifts. Next, Frances bestows a special gift to a special friend, and he's chosen Big Bird, who receives a quilt.
SCENE 3 cont'd Everyone (even Oscar) joins in the dance. Big Bird announces the sponsors, followed by the Friday credits with the harmonica theme and some footage of the Crow's tribe.


  • This is a rare Friday-episode instance in which the "Sesame Street/CTW" message is announced before the credits roll.

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