Sesame Street
Athena's bird-day party
(repeat of 2694)
Air date December 4, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors F, S, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 During the wee hours, Hoots tries to comfort Athena, who is upset because her friends on Sesame Street can't stay up for her bird-day (birthday) party, which is tomorrow night. Hiroshi, however, says he'll spread the word about the party so people will accommodate their sleep schedules.
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror.
(First: Episode 0800)
Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
(First: Episode 2851)
Cartoon A flame burns through a capital letter F, ultimately revealing a lowercase letter f.
(First: Episode 2288)
Celebrity Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing the African Alphabet Song.
(First: Episode 2431)
Animation Lollipop and feathers - what goes where?
(First: Episode 0772)
SCENE 2 Elmo finds Big Bird asleep, and learns that it's because he's resting to prepare for Athena's party. Elmo, however, insists that he doesn't need a nap ...
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
Edit: the shot of a man nodding off and falling out of a chair is replaced with a shot of astronauts on a space shuttle; the audio is also patched up in that area.
Cartoon 7 owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1562)
Muppets Grover the lumberjack thinks he is the first to arrive for supper, but he gets trampled by a gang of French-Canadian lumberjacks who get to the food table before he has a chance to get his snow boots off. By the time he finally gets them off, a grizzly bear grabs the last plate of food.
(First: Episode 1343)
Cartoon ¿Qué es esto? (un gato)
(First: Episode 1991)

SCENE 3 Elmo is about to ask Big Bird what time the party is, but doesn't want to wake him, so he uses Big Bird's phone to call Hiroshi, who says he'll call right back. When the phone rings, Big Bird wakes up and answers. Elmo is so embarrassed that he tells Hiroshi he'll call back.
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(First: Episode 1578)
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog, and fantastic.
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Muppets Herry, Telly, and Ruby star in a Pageant about an island.
(First: Episode 2850)
Film Island (in sped-up film, kids travel to an island)
(First: Episode 2731)

SCENE 4 At night, Big Bird is wide awake, because he took a nap, but Elmo looks very sleepy because he didn't take one. Elmo still insists that he can stay up, but he keeps yawning and nodding off when Big Bird shows him how to sing the bird-day song.
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
Film Subway Train Empty & Full.
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
In London, Kermit tries to talk about the London Fog, but is interrupted by the London Frog, a Grenadier Guardsman carrying "The Famous London Log," and a London Hog. By the time he's ready to talk, the Fog has evaporated, and the others gather around to dance the London Clog.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon A vaudeville act of two SAME people (voiced by Bob Arbogast and Daws Butler) ends when one of them falls off the stage.
(First: Episode 0778)
Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
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Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a swan.
(First: Episode 1118)

SCENE 5 The bird-day party is about to begin. Hoots goes off to fetch Athena, who will be surprised when she sees the kids who stayed up late. Elmo, who didn't take a nap, finds it harder to stay awake than Big Bird does. Athena arrives, and everyone sings the bird-day song to her.
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
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Cast (Same and Different) Maria and Linda dress the same, then Linda dresses differently.
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Cartoon A kid names his own body parts.
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Muppets Here is Your Life: Carton of Eggs
(First: Episode 2661)
Song Joe Raposo asks the musical question, "Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?"
(First: Episode 0276)

SCENE 6 Athena introduces a bird-day game, "The Bird is the Word," in which Hiroshi displays pictures of certain birds, and the kids try to guess what sound each one starts with. Hiroshi shows pictures of a seagull, a swan, and a saxophone (which Hoots plays). Elmo makes the "S" sound in his sleep, so he gets them all right!
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
Animation CH words (chop, choose, change, etc.)
Film A still of construction equipment fades into a shot of a parrot.
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Animation Three balls try to match three holes.
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SCENE 7 Elmo wakes up after the party has ended. Even though he doesn't remember the fun he had, he still thinks he can have fun at a party without taking a nap. Big Bird takes him home as Hiroshi announces the sponsors.

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