Sesame Street
Big Bird's doorbell
Air date April 9, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by David Korr
Production October 29, 1991
November 12, 1991
Sponsors H, S, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Susan and Gordon welcome the viewer, when they hear an argument nearby. Herry Monster and Gladys the Cow enter, fighting over who will get to welcome the viewer. The grown-ups politely inform them that they already took care of that, but suggest they can say it again together.
Insert Bob reads the kids a story about seven mice, with some animated mice displaying the story. (framing scenes cut)
(First: Episode 1699)
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon".
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing about what's "Important" to them.
(First: Episode 2818)
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)


SCENE 2 Big Bird hangs up a bell by his door, thus giving him a doorbell. Elmo appears and tries to guess Big Bird's new item by listening to it. Before he can ring, he's interrupted by the sounds of a cow mooing, a car horn honking and Biff's jackhammer. A ringing sound is finally heard, but it's from the ice cream truck. Elmo goes to get some ice cream and claims he'll keep playing when he returns.
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the taxi driver picks up Mr. Johnson, who's startled to find his usual waiter driving a cab. Mr. Johnson wants to go to the library. Grover says that that is a very wise choice, and talks about the great things about a library. "Of course, you could also go to the zoo," he observes, and talks about the benefits of visiting the zoo. He also suggests the museum, or a movie. Mr. Johnson insists that they go to the library -- but Grover says they'll have to wait until he gets his cab fixed.
Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
Film Old bottles are made into new bottles at a recycling plant.
Music: "Black Eyed Peas" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0917)
Muppets Hoots plays jazz in a park, accompanied by Chip and Dip. They are encountered by Mary, who wants them to play a new version of her nursery rhyme, which involves another lamb.
(First: Episode 2839)
Cartoon Millie and Molly find a place for their picture of their favorite rock star, Danny.
(First: Episode 1295)

SCENE 3 Big Bird decides to test his new doorbell by going inside his nest, asking Elmo to ring it. However, Elmo proves to be too short to reach the rope, even with jumping. He goes to get a running start, just as Big Bird comes out to see what the delay is. Elmo winds up missing and lands on Big Bird's beak, which allows him to reach the bell.
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: instead of a parachute, the girl is carried to the ground by four birds.
(First: Episode 2249)
Muppets Randy Travis sings "How Should I Tell You I Love You" while Telly Monster acts out the lyrics.
(First: Episode 2800)
Cartoon Seven Starfish
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1473)
Film Body parts song sung in Spanish.
(First: Episode 1113)
Muppets The Adventures of Prairie Dawn
Prairie Dawn has a so-called "adventure" by trying a kumquat (which she's never tried before).
Cartoon A poem about Hannah and Anna who lead similar lives in the city and the country.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
SCENE 4 Big Bird has an idea of how short, little Elmo can ring his doorbell.


While he's gone, Elmo imagines his own ways of getting to the bell, such as throwing rocks at it (soon realizing he might miss), having a grownup helping him up (however, one might not be there), and climbing a ladder (though it may fall).
Back in reality, Big Bird has tied a chain to the rope for Elmo to climb. Elmo starts to pull and finds he can ring the bell just by pulling on the chain.
Cartoon Colonel Travel takes the viewer on a tour of England.
(First: Episode 2763)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
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Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: The Marmoset.
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Cartoon A man thinks of H words while sitting on a horse.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1815)
Muppets Kermit sings "On My Pond."
(First: Episode 2328)
Pinball 07.jpg Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
SCENE 5 Roxie Marie visits Biff at his workshop, where he's struggling to put together one of his alphabet models without the instructions. Roxie ends up putting it together on her own, making a letter H.
Animation "¡Él juega beisbol!"
(First: Episode 2101)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
(First: Episode 1641)
Cartoon A voice asks a face if it's aware of the letter S, and it is revealed that the face belongs to a snake.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0278)
Film Photographic collage demonstration of ALL, MOST, SOME and NONE of an apple.
(First: Episode 0979)

SCENE 6 Big Bird thinks he hears his doorbell ringing, but it turns out to be a pair of Dingers, then the ice cream bell. He hears it again and stays put, assuming it's just another false alarm. He then hears Elmo and the kids, who intended on giving him some ice cream, but figure he's not home. He rushes out to claim his ice cream as Luis announces the sponsors.

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