Sesame Street
How to Pretend
Air date March 8, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors M, W, 13


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird hears the sound of a nearby rooster, which turns out to be none other than Sir John Feelgood! Big Bird looks forward to the fun they'll have pretending together, but Sir John is unable to play and is instead going to his performance of Animal Farm (as a pig). He does offer an alternative: his book "How to Pretend," which is full of advice on how to pretend to be anyone or anything. He sings a showtune about the book and heads off to his performance. Big Bird thinks he might be able to pretend to be something not even Snuffy will recognize him as and goes to find someone to help read to him.
Film What sound does a rooster make?
(First: Episode 3278)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A red scribble demonstrates out and in.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3128)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "Just Happy to Be Me."
(First: Episode 3178)
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2794)

SCENE 2 Big Bird finds Ruthie and asks her to read the book for him. They thumb through the contents until they come across something Big Bird can pretend to be - a tree. The book immediately dispels Big Bird's notion that being a tree is easy. Ruthie reads the methods Big Bird must take to become a tree and soon, he's mistaken as a real tree by a "little birdie" (an elephant, who has also read Sir John's book).
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)
Film Alphaquest: W
(First: Episode 2712)
Cartoon W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1182)
Muppets / Celebrity Jim Carrey shows Elmo and Telly how he expresses his emotions - with his feet (in speed-induced footage, no less).
(First: Episode 3023)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy demonstrates the things feet can do.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0455)
SCENE 3 Snuffy arrives for his playdate with Big Bird, when he hears a kitty meowing, which turns out to be Ruthie (who has borrowed the book). Snuffy wants to fool Big Bird by pretending and learns from the book how to channel his inner cow. He watches the elephant "fly" by and assumes it's a bird pretending to be an elephant.
Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets The Sublime Miss M performs "The Sublime Ms. M."
(First: Episode 2837)
Film Two girls sing "Miss Mary M" as they clap.
(First: Episode 3297)
Cartoon A map of India morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2668)
Film James talks about how great it is to be Indian-American, because he gets to learn about things from two different places.
(First: Episode 3191)
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Snuffy arrive at the park, but their acts are so convincing, they don't realize the other is there. They both pass the time by saying the alphabet, but still don't notice the other.
Cartoon Two girls sing a reggae rendition of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3269)
Film A little boy sings the "Cold Ocean Blues" at the beach.
(First: Episode 3150)
Animation Thirteen hamburgers dance around.
(First: Episode 2785)
Animation Growing Numbers #13
(First: Episode 2924)
Cartoon The number 13 is seen as a birdhouse, in a tree, and in the sky.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 3276)
SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy start feeling weary of waiting and committing to their roles. Some kids run by and they briefly break character to acknowledge them, allowing them to finally realize each other's presence. They both compliment each other's acting abilities.
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Take a Breath." (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 2518)
Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
Film The floating kids form the letter W.
(First: Episode 3181)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Conservations With My Father"
(First: Episode 3241)
Cartoon "The Wasteroon Song" - three water drops complain about people wasting water, calling them "Wasteroons."
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2851)

SCENE 6 Ruthie is excited to meet Sir John, who will be making another visit following his play. They hear the elephant-bird again, who turns out to be Sir John! He informs them that he's discovered a great, new actor on the street and he'll be taking them on tour. Big Bird assumes it's himself, but it turns out to be the elephant, who gives a dramatic reading of the sponsors.

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