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Big Bird returns as The Great Nineteeni / Triangles vs. Squares
Air date April 12, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors F, Q, 19


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Big Bird is about to put on a magic show with some kids. Snuffy shows up to be his assistant, but has to wait until Big Bird introduces himself as "The Great Nineteeni", a magician who always does tricks involving the number 19.

SCENE 1 For his "nineteeniest" trick ever, Big Bird enlists his assistant Snuffy to help him turn a number 19 into a bunny rabbit. He has Snuffy look at the number while he says the magic words, but then the marching band of kids causes Snuffy to look away, which gives another one of the kids some time to switch the number with an annoyed Benny Rabbit. Snuffy is amazed at how well the trick worked, and asks Big Bird to turn Benny back into the number, so Big Bird does the same trick in reverse. Snuffy is confused when he sees both Benny and the number, and realizes how he did the trick after all. Big Bird walks off, disappointed.
Cartoon "Recycling Blues"
Grover the Messenger.JPG
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams. After reading a series of wrong telegrams, he reads another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
(First: Episode 1828)
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend Amelia.
(First: Episode 2784)
SCENE 2 Snuffy and the kids want the Great Nineteeni to come back, but Big Bird is trying to think of another trick. He asks Snuffy if he wants to take over the role of the Great Nineteeni, and Snuffy doesn't think he can do it at first, but he accepts the offer. To get him in a nineteeny mood, Big Bird shows him the following segment ...
Animation Rap #19
(First: Episode 2560)
Snuffy, the "New and Improved Great Nineteeni," along with his assistant Big Bird, attempts to do the same trick Big Bird did, but Big Bird gets wise to the trick -- until Snuffy reveals that he's going to make the number not disappear. He also makes the kids not disappear, and even though neither tricks really count as magic, everyone applauds anyway.
Cartoon Nineteen kernels of popcorn pop.
(First: Episode 2855)
Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
(First: Episode 2705)
Cartoon What if an elephant and a mouse had their features switched around?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0212)
Film Cheri goes fishing with her abuelo.
(First: Episode 2784)
Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
(First: Episode 3080)


SCENE 3 Savion watches as Telly admires his glow-in-the-dark triangle, which he got in the mail from the Triangle Lovers' Club. Suddenly, the Grand Royal Square Person arrives with her assistant, to promote her own club, the Square Lovers' Society. She and her assistant sing a song about her club and her love of squares, and invites Telly to join them. Telly decides to join, when the Grand High Triangle Lover shows up with Norman, and becomes disappointed when he sees Telly holding the square he just got from the Grand Royal Square Person, whose rival club he has resented for years. The GHTL and the GRSP start to play tug-of-war, pulling Telly back and forth.
Animation In reversed film, Q and q candles are unmelted.
(First: Episode 3079)
Muppets In the kitchen, Ernie bakes some cookies of different shapes; he lets Cookie Monster eat each one after he finishes displaying it to the viewer.
(First: Episode 1158)
Song "Take Care of That Smile"
(First: Episode 2745)
Animation ΒΏQuΓ© es esto? (un pajaro)
(First: Episode 1977)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Gonna Rock You to Sleep."
(First: Episode 2980)
Cartoon A woman visits a car dealer, looking for a small car. She will only take a car small enough to fit her clowns.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3079)

SCENE 4 The GHTL and the GRSP continue to fight over Telly, when Savion interjects and tells them a story of his tap-dance school days: he made up a dance which he thought was the best, and his friend made one up too. Even though they danced differently, they still remained friends, and Savion even figured out a way to put both dances together. Telly figures out that people who like different shapes can still be friends, and the GHTL and the GRSP decide to end their feud and plan a big triangle-and-square party.
Cartoon The letter F morphs into cartoon faces.
(First: Episode 2916)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Wicked Witch from the Snow White story plans to fool the mirror into saying that she is the fairest -- but she hasn't counted on Kermit hiding behind a curtain. When she sees him, she realizes that he really is pretty good-looking.
(First: Episode 0685)
Cartoon Q / q (balloons)
(First: Episode 2241)
Film A man (voice of Jim Thurman) finds a magic remote control that makes things go up and down. He tests it on various objects. When he presses "down" for a bridge, it crumbles and falls into the river below, prompting the man to abandon the remote and slink away. A girl then finds the remote and makes the bridge go back up.
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon A man tries to get directions to a parking space, and eventually uses a map to get there.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 2734)
Celebrity Gloria Estefan sings a special version of "1-2-3" to Big Bird and the Birdketeers.
(First: Episode 2928)
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Cast Bob, dressed as a clown, sounds out the word ENTER by grouping two doors together.
(First: Episode 0939)
Animation Number creatures #19
(First: Episode 2718)


SCENE 5 Everyone at the triangle-and-square party cheers, and the GHTL and the GRSP announce how happy they are to be friends and share all this great food. Savion announces the sponsors, and the leader of the Hexagon Lovers' Club (Joey Mazzarino) shows up, looking for new members. Telly invites him to join the party, where all shapes are welcome.


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