Sesame Street
The Adventures of Nick and Nora Chicken
Air date April 29, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors H, J, 17


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In the courtyard, Prairie Dawn practices a pageant song on the piano, and is confused when a voice-over announces "The Adventures of Nick and Nora Chicken." Prairie's piano vanishes right after it is announced that today's episode is "The Case of the Missing Piano."
"Don't panic, little musical girl," says a detective who arrives with a chicken, "We'll find your piano." He introduces himself as Nick Chicken (Kevin Kline), and the chicken next to him as his sister, Nora (a take off of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man). They'll help Prairie out for a price (chicken feed, of course). They look around the courtyard, listening for anything that sounds like a piano, but Nick keeps bumping into things.

Suddenly, they hear a musical instrument being played, but it's a saxophone, played by a tiger. They also falsely accuse a monkey playing a guitar, and finally spot a farmer pushing the missing piano along. The farmer says he mistook it for his tractor (it's his first day on the job).
Cartoon "I'm Curious"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3066)
Muppets A lady brings her J to Al's Alphabet Garage because it won't jump. Al asks if it can jog, jiggle, play jazz and determines that it needs a jump start. After he gets it working, the J smashes through the wall.
(First: Episode 2997)
Animation Sand J/j
(First: Episode 0631)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Take a Breath." (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 2518)
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball, PhD., looks at breathing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2586)
SCENE 2 A remake of "Can Read" with Telly, Lillian and Savion.
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
Muppets Grover sells newspapers in the street. He thinks they are for making paper hats, but a customer shows him they are actually for reading. The customer wants to buy a newspaper, but Grover won't stop reading the paper that the customer wants to buy. Grover reads about construction of a new building, a parade, and an expected rain shower, all of which occur as Grover reads.
(First: Episode 1966)
Animation Growing Numbers #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Cartoon Uncle Al tells his nephew a story about a dog he had, but gets mixed up with the details.
Artist: Marv Newland
(First: Episode 0510)
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)
Muppets At the beach, the Twiddlebugs notice that only Thomas has a beach umbrella, which they decide to share. They soon notice that they have no idea where the ocean is.
(First: Episode 2641)
Animation Planet H / h
(First: Episode 2851)
SCENE 3 Nick and Nora Chicken hang out at Hooper's, when the voice-over introduces another episode, "The Case of the Missing Chicken." While Nick asks Mr. Handford if there are any missing chickens, Nora vanishes! When Nick finds this out, he panics, because he can't work without his sister (they're a team).

The same voice-over announces the presence of Colambo, who is now on the case. Colambo is confused when he finds out that Nora is the "sister" of Nick, who insists that he is also a chicken ("I'm one of the biggest chickens you'll ever meet!"). He shows Colambo the pictures of himself and his adopted family (chickens), then they argue over which of them is on the case, until Mr. Handford suggests they cooperate and work together. They agree to do so, and leave Hooper's.
Cartoon "Cooperation" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2139)
Superguy beaters
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy finds his friend Jane giving up on learning to ride the egg beater. He tells her that it takes time and practice to learn things, and gives Jane some training beaters to help her keep her balance.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1972)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
Muppets Forgetful Jones forgets what he has to do at night. Clementine tells him it involves using a toothbrush, and he remembers that he and Buster the Horse have to brush each other's teeth.
Remade version
(First: Episode 2068)
Animation Rap #17
(First: Episode 2488)

SCENE 4 Telly finds a feather on the Fix-It Shop work table, and is cornered by Nick Chicken and Colambo, who question him about whether he's seen any chickens. Nick breaks down as he explains the story to Telly, and Telly offers to help him out. Nick and Colambo follow Telly ...
Boy's family portrait
Film A boy dances his way into his family's portrait.
Muppets Kermit sings "I Love My Elbows."
(First: Episode 2582)
Cartoon Pistons push a capital H through a tunnel, where it breaks and turns into a lowercase h. (no voiceover)
(First: Episode 2217)
Cast Maria as Chaplin gets their suspenders stuck on a wall while reaching for the door, demonstrating long, longer, and longest.
(First: Episode 0786)
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ... and promptly wiggle around.
Artist: James Rizzi
(First: Episode 0821)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird finds himself in Phoenix, Arizona, where he hangs out with Diego and his family. He learns that cacti can survive the hot, dry weather, and is treated to birdseed burritos at a picnic with the family later on.
(First: Episode 3016)
Cartoon The word AGUA fills up with water.
(First: Episode 0523)

SCENE 5 Nick, Colambo and Telly dress in chicken outfits and pretend to be chickens, since according to Telly's logic, whoever took Nora will mistake them for chickens. Telly is approached by an agent named Bernie, who attempts to snatch him, but Nick and Colambo catch him red-handed. Bernie explains that he hires animals for his all-animal band, and Nora happens to be their tambourine player.

Sure enough, the band starts playing, and Nick spots Nora! When he tries to bring her back with him, she says she doesn't want to be a detective anymore, and they share a tearful goodbye. Colambo offers to make Nick his partner, but Nick also decides to quit the detective gig, and go into the family business: laying eggs.
Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
Animation Before / after: Designs of a rainforest are painted on a chair.
Film A girls' jump-rope team trains for a contest. They end up winning second place.
(First: Episode 2510)
Animation 17 derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Grover and Christopher talk about what love is.
(First: Episode 1484)
Cartoon Hands embrace the word "LOVE."
(First: Episode 0926)
SCENE 6 Telly asks Colambo if they can continue solving mysteries dressed as chickens, but Colambo declines. Telly the "chicken detective" goes off on his first case, and Colambo announces the sponsors.


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