Sesame Street
Wolfgang chases Wanda Cousteau around Sesame Street
Air date December 27, 1993
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors I, W, 18
Syndication 123 Sesame Street


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Big Bird is at the playground introducing the Letter W. "A Fish Called Wanda" - Wanda Cousteau - illustrates the Letter W. Wolfgang the Seal also does. However, Big Bird forgot that Wolfgang eats fish, and so the chase begins.
Cartoon W - wallpaper
(First: Episode 0291)
Muppets Bert sings the club song for The National Association of W Lovers.
(First: Episode 0366)
Cartoon The Typewriter: W - wall
(First: Episode 0790)

Film A girl goes to school in Africa. We see the girl getting ready to go to school, as she washes herself and brushes her teeth, puts on her clothes, brushes her hair, and takes her lunch, all with some help from her mother. We see her walking past her neighbors and watching her classmates play outside as she arrives at school. The bell rings and the girl enters the school, where the teacher is passing out chalk to her students. We see the teacher teaching the students the English words: "a boy", "a girl", "a man", "a woman," which she has written on the board, along with a drawing for each word. The students repeat the words, then write them down on their individual chalkboards as we hear the girl remark, "We are learning to read and write." The students then jump up and down, as the teacher looks on, smiling. Next, we see the students jumping outside excitedly, now that school has finished.
(First: Episode 2658)
Cartoon Mr. Hand is instructed to draw a circle around an apple.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1869)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 2 Wanda hides in The Furry Arms. Big Bird stalls by asking Wolfgang to describe Wanda, and briefly sends him another way. Wolfgang realizes it and the chase resumes.
Cartoon Four people cooperate building a table.
(First: Episode 0537)
cut from the Noggin version
Film Growing Numbers #18
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon Number creatures 18
(First: Episode 2668)
Film "Body Dance" (MC Lyte)
(First: Episode 2816)
Bath Precautions
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie brings an umbrella, a flashlight, and Bert's bowling ball to the bathtub, just in case the electricity goes out, the roof leaks, and somebody shows up asking to borrow a bowling ball. Bert thinks that Ernie is being ridiculous -- but everything happens, just as Ernie predicted.
(First: Episode 0269)
Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2901)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 3 At Big Bird's nest area, Wanda can't find a place to hide. Big Bird suggests Oscar's trash can.
Cartoon I thought a thought ... about circles.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0247)
cut from the Noggin version
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
Muppets Game Show: The Addition Game
Hosted by Guy Smiley, the contestant has to figure out how to add numbers. The contestant is Herry Monster, who solves all the questions except "3+1=_", so he brings in four cars in the studio.
(First: Episode 0960)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Animation "Just One Strawberry Blues"
cut from the Noggin version


SCENE 4 Oscar lets Wanda in his trash can provided she promises to stink the trash can up. Unfortunately Wolfgang follows her smell into the trash can but Wanda escapes through the back door while Oscar holds Wolfgang back.
Cartoon Panels flip to reveal different ways things WALK.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets Grover talks about the word walk. He is accompanied by styrofoam letters that form the word walk, and they keep walking back and forth.
(First: Episode 1692)
Film The crosswalk light says WALK.
(First: Episode 0926)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Gordon reads the story of "Stan and Dan." Dan copies everything that Stan does, until Dan becomes a hippie.
(First: Episode 2030)
Film "One Thousand Faces"
(First: Episode 2894)

SCENE 5 Big Bird disguises Wanda as broccoli with the help of broccoli perfume. He sends Wolfgang off to search in Timbuktu. Chicago the Lion comes by and chases Wanda, thinking she's broccoli.
Cartoon I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
Muppets Grover sings "I Stand Up Straight and Tall" while using some fast cutting camera trickery.
(First: Episode 0916)
Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(First: Episode 2218)
Cartoon A kid voice-over says, "Ocean," as a fish is seen swimming in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2670)
Cartoon Different ways to use a string
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0916)
cut from the Noggin version
Insert The Squirrelles perform "The Silly Squirrel Dance" for Gina and the kids.
Cartoon A bird transforms into a plane, a car, a cat, a fish, a submarine, Submarine Man, and back to a bird.
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 1616)
Film A kid describes how they feed cows hay from a flatbed truck.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0787)
Insert Olivia sings "Birdland" at Birdland.
(First: Episode 2304)
All shots with David in the audience are omitted from the segment in this episode.
Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
SCENE 6 Wolfgang is chasing Wanda again, and Gina stops him. Big Bird suggests she should hold him forever. Wanda has an idea...
Cartoon Signing Alphabet,” an animated film by Steve Finkin. Music for voice and electronics by Joan La Barbara.
(First: Episode 1056)
Celebrity John Moschitta Jr. has a baby who has a name beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 2048)
Film Wegman: Fay shows on the bench and under the bench.
(First: Episode 2653)


SCENE 7 Big Bird dresses up as Wanda's friend "Big Fish" to scare Wolfgang from chasing Wanda. Big Bird and Gina read the sponsors.

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