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Big Bird returns as The Great Nineteeni / Triangles vs. Squares
(repeat of 3116)
Air date December 19, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
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 A dinosaur tries to eat an apple on a tree. A group of kids keep telling him to "GO HIGHER!"
(First: Episode 2908)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
Animation F candles
(First: Episode 3081)
Muppets Beautiful Day Monster is part of a group of cheerleaders who cheer up to the letter F. When the leader asks what "ABCDEF" spells, they are all stumped, and Beautiful Day Monster comments on how weird that is.
(First: Episode 0094)
Cartoon F-face: Various faces morph into each other.
(First: Episode 2916)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello".
(First: Episode 2943)
Cartoon A round red object and several pedals form a flower.
(EKA: Episode 1949)
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 ...
Cartoon 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.
Animation 19 kernels of popcorn pop.
(First: Episode 2855)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Cookie Monster asks Jawhara what loud and soft are.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(First: Episode 1691)
Muppets Kermit sings "I Love My Elbows."
(First: Episode 2582)
Animation Wooden shapes group themselves by color, then regroup by shape, then assemble themselves into a rocket ship.
(First: Episode 3229)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(First: Episode 2519)
Square cartoon.jpg
Cartoon A square is fit into many different things, such as a truck, window, television, etc.
(First: Episode 0316)


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 Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3203)
Cartoon A map of Brazil morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2806)
Muppets "In South America," they say "Buenos Dias" for good morning, and "Buenas Noches" for good night.
(First: Episode 3105)
Cartoon Fish swim to form Q and q.
(First: Episode 3105)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€”
Herry & John-John observe a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0571)
Animation Airplanes carve the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3179)
Film A gymnastics team practices tricks for the circus.
(First: Episode 2889)

Cartoon The Fox and the Grapes
In the classic fable, a famished fox can't reach the grapes, and eventually gives up, assuming they're sour anyway.
(First: Episode 0784)

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.
Film The floating kids form a triangle.
(First: Episode 3122)
Animation Can you find the animals hiding in the T-shirt?
Aritst: Deanna Morse
(First: Episode 2873)
Muppets The Squirrelles sing "Nuts About Nuts."
(First: Episode 3156)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Muppets Gina and Maria sing The Word is "No."
(First: Episode 2548)
Cartoon Can a cat bark?
(First: Episode 0859)
Film Letter Garden: F
(First: Episode 3048)
Cartoon F - Face
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1162)
Song "One of These Things" (with Wegman's dogs and a terrier)
(First: Episode 3105)
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)


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 shows up, looking for new members. Telly invites him to join the party, where all shapes are welcome.

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