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Sesame Street
Gabi's training wheels
Air date January 13, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors D, V, 14

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Big Bird tells the viewer that today, Gabi will getting her training wheels removed from her bike (though she doesn't seem too thrilled). Gordon adds he'll be getting new sneakers as well. Big Bird already thinks it's a promising day!
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SCENE 1 Big Bird brings Gabi to the Fix-It Shop; he's very excited to see her training wheels removed. Luis puts the bike up on the work table and Big Bird expresses interest in helping. Since there's only so much he can do, Big Bird offers to count the wheels (to make sure the right amount are removed). He's able to get one off, but the other appears to be stuck (much to Gabi's pleasure).
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SCENE 2 Big Bird cooperates with Luis by holding the bike steady while he uses his wrench. This way, he's successfully able to remove the other training wheel! Gabi can now ride her bike, but she claims she must first...say hello to Gordon's new sneakers.
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SCENE 3 Gabi stops by the stoop and says "hi" to Gordon's sneakers. Luis and Big Bird come by with the bike and Luis finds the sneaker idea ridiculous; nobody has talking sneakers. Gabi calls his attention to her friend, Isadora...
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SCENE 3 cont'd Now that she's said "hi" to the sneakers, it's time for Gabi to ride her bike. Gabi stalls by claiming she needs to stretch first. She and Big Bird exercise, while the adults notice Gabi having second thoughts. After exercising, Gabi claims she needs something to eat.
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SCENE 4 After a meal, Big Bird wants Gabi to ride her bike now. She and Luis instead start a round of "Three of These Things" with some other bike-riding kids. Gabi ends up not belonging, as she's the only one without training wheels. Luis thinks he can remedy that by putting them back on, which Big Bird doesn't understand.
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SCENE 5 Big Bird explains what's happened so far and watches Gabi and Luis talk inside the Fix-It Shop.
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SCENE 5 cont'd Gabi expresses her fears of falling off her bike without training wheels. Luis suggests they try it without them first, then he'll put them back on until she thinks she's really ready. Luis helps her as they start riding down the block.
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SCENE 6 Gabi and Luis go up and down the block, while Big Bird follows after. Soon, she's able to ride on her own! Gordon announces the sponsors.

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