Sesame Street
Bob's music lessons
Air date December 23, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Judy Freudberg (adapted)
Production October 9, 1991
Sponsors B, Y, 5
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SCENE 1 Telly practices his tuba for a music lesson later with Bob. Oscar, Grundgetta and another Grouch watch, heckle and applaud his missteps.
Cartoon They'd play with me if I had...
(First: Episode 0815)
Muppets "The Ballad of Slippery Slim"
(First: Episode 2827)
Cartoon The Typewriter: B for Ball
(First: Episode 0829)
Film Some kids observe a woman drawing pictures of a building, and eventually guess that she's an architect.
(First: Episode 0768)
Cartoon A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
SCENE 2 Telly starts to improve in his playing, making the Grouches think they should leave. They stay once they hear him continue.
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Cartoon Junior has to jump across the pond to make the frog chorus.
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave performs "Wet Paint."
(First: Episode 2033)
Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0036)
Cast Maria is dressed for summer weather, while Linda is dressed for the snow. They switch clothes and scenarios.
(First: Episode 1819)
Muppets Grover applies to be a lifeguard, demonstrating to the employer that he has what it takes. He soon learns that there's only one thing he needs: swimming lessons.
(First: Episode 1951)
Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
SCENE 3 Telly keeps practicing his tuba, while Herry Monster practices lifting his dumbbells. They both note the importance of practicing in each pursuit.
SCENE 3 cont'd Meanwhile, up in Bob's apartment, Biff and Sully partake in a piano lesson. Biff plays a wonky, out-of-tune version of "London Bridge" and asks Bob if he can teach Sully to play like him. Bob asserts that Sully already knows how to play piano and Sully plays a section of "Minute Waltz" flawlessly. Bob concludes that he wouldn't be able to make Sully play like Biff.
Cartoon A painter pops out of a box and paints a lion, then hangs a "wet paint" sign on it.
(First: Episode 1179)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — As Bert takes a nap, Ernie tells the viewer how he knows that Bert is asleep - thus waking Bert up, just to tell him it's time for his nap.
(First: Episode 0027)
Cartoon B for butterfly
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
SCENE 4 Bob visits Oscar to give a trumpet lesson to Fluffy. Oscar asks him to teach Fluffy just one single note, an F. Bob does so, fully preparing Fluffy to take part in the band, Herb Elephant and the Yucatan Brass. More elephant trunks emerge from the can and play the "Mexican Hat Dance," with Fluffy providing the final note.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(EKA: Episode 2862)
Cartoon Shorty reaches a water fountain with a stool.
(First: Episode 0954)
Muppets / Cast Maria and Cookie Monster sing the "Computer Song" as they count digital cookies.
(First: Episode 1973)
Animation Five ghosts carry the number 5 into a haunted house.
Artist: Ishu Patel
(EKA: Episode 2255)
SCENE 5 Bob gives the kids a violin lesson and sings "Practice, Practice."
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Cartoon A mother and child make juice popsicles.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1193)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "It's Alive."
(First: Episode 2029)
Cartoon Sign Man: DIRTY
(First: Episode 1121)
SCENE 6 Telly arrives at Bob's for his music lesson. He plays his tuba piece without any mistakes, though the Grouches boo from down below. The other Grouches turn on Oscar for making them listen to such well-produced music.
Cartoon Sand "Y"
(First: Episode 0626)
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(First: Episode 1642)
ItzhakPerlman with girl
Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a girl demonstrate their strengths and weaknesses.
(First: Episode 1563)
Cartoon Willie Wimple went a-boatin' and polluted the river.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(EKA: Episode 0590)
Muppets "Five People in My Family"
(First: Episode 0008)
Building five
Cartoon Two red curtains are dropped to reveal a number 5 covered in colorful dots that vibrate and disperse.
(First: Episode 0940)
SCENE 7 Bob is pooped from all his music lessons today. Oscar invites him to watch his music lesson session, as Slimey teaches him to play the sousaphone.


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