Sesame Street
Surprise birthday party for Freddy
Air date April 3, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors D, V, 16


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Lexine, Big Bird and Telly have their dolls dance to some mambo music in preparation for a surprise birthday party for Telly's doll Freddy (who wears earmuffs to keep the surprise hidden).
SCENE 1 Mr. Handford shows Telly the cake he's prepared for the party, but needs to know how many candles to put on. Telly can't make up his mind as to how old Freddy could be, so Mr. Handford settles for six years old (since that's all the candles he has).
Cartoon A man pulls a rabbit out of his hat, but the rabbit turns out to be a cow. "Surprise!"
Artist: John Schnall
(First: Episode 2770)

Beat The Time.jpg
Muppets Sesame Street Game Shows: The Count is a contestant on Beat the Time, where today's wacky stunt is to bring back two things that come from the sky before the time runs out. The Count has too much fun counting the seconds, but ends up bringing his thunder and lightning.
(First: Episode 1698)
Animation Counting 20 shells
(First: Episode 2994)
SCENE 2 The young ones assume Mr. Handford finds their doll-party idea silly, until they learn he too had a doll - Rusty the Bear, which he believes is somewhere in the basement storage. The kids both scold him for his poor treatment or assume Rusty doesn't exist. Mr. Handford goes to look for him to prove it and bring him to the party.
Cartoon A gorilla outgrows his toy fire truck, and is about to throw it away, when he decides to pass it on to his little brother.
(First: Episode 2840)

Muppets Bushman Bill introduces Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops performing "D Duah Duah."
(First: Episode 1449)
Animation D-draw, dent, drop, dancer, done
(First: Episode 3060)
Animation D / d (space paint)
(First: Episode 3213)
Film A class goes on a field trip to Prospect Park, where Ranger Roseanne gives them a tour.
(First: Episode 2944)
Insert Snuffy sings a song about Alice, "She's My Sister."
(First: Episode 3196)
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2087)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Trying and Trying Again."
(First: Episode 0631)
Animation Sixteen TV sets are counted.
(First: Episode 2850)
Muppets "Sixteen Samba"
(First: Episode 2822)
Cartoon Abstract count to 16.
(First: Episode 2822)
SCENE 3 Mr. Handford has successfully found Rusty and Big Bird introduces him to the other guests - Rupert (Herry's doll), Cora (Lexine's), Gloria (Rosita's) and Radar. Telly shows up with Freddy, who is so surprised by the party, he "faints." They all convince Mr. Handford to stay a little while longer and they all practice their own surprise faints.
Cartoon A man tries to figure out where a squeaky sound is coming from; it turns out to be a giant's squeaky shoes. "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster demonstrates surprise.
(First: Episode 2924)
Film A Puerto Rican family get-together includes cooking, playing soccer, and finally the big dinner.
(First: Episode 3081)
Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells a story of how he helped the monkey and the baboon reach a compromise.
Film On a windy day, Maria (in voice-over) asks a man (Bill Irwin), "Does air move things?" The wind speaks for him.
(First: Episode 2876)
Animation Where do the Ds fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Cartoon Ds are found on a city street

SCENE 4 Mr. Handford lights the candles on the cake, which Freddy is unable to blow out on his own. Rupert and Herry cooperate and blow the candles, sending the cake flying and covering Telly. Gina happens to have another one ready and serves it to everyone.
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
(First: Episode 0439)
Muppets The Martians are looking for the Earth and find pigs in space and the Moon along the way.
(First: Episode 2725)
Cartoon A girl explains the concept of relativity by explaining how her house is a part of a neighborhood, the neighborhood is part of a city, the city is part of a country, etc.
(First: Episode 2742)
Film Some kids have a bike race by the river.
(First: Episode 1419)
Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon Small v ... for voom, voice, violin, etc.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0167)
Muppets Grover's Health Minute: Kermit the Frog and Grover talk about teeth. Grover notices that Kermit does not have any teeth at all, so he puts a pair of teeth in Kermit's mouth. Grover says to see a "tooth checker," to eat crunchy things like bananas and to clean teeth with a "tooth comb."
(First: Episode 1949)
Cartoon A monster named Doug has trouble getting to sleep at night, until the teeth in his dream remind him to brush his own.
(First: Episode 3145)

Film A girl goes to school somewhere 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)

SCENE 5 Everyone dances the mambo, then departs once the party ends. Mr. Handford considers putting Rusty back in the basement, but decides to display him proud on the shelf behind the counter. Gina then announces the sponsors.

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