Sesame Street
Big Bird gets the Memory Flu
Air date November 20, 1995
(season premiere)
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Directed by Emily Squires
Production September 20, 1995
Sponsors J, 14

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Elmo makes his way to Big Bird's nest to have a playdate with Big Bird. He knocks on his door, but instead Gordon and Celina answer. They tell Elmo that Big Bird has come down with a case of the "memory flu" (as in his memory flew away) and can't remember anyone or anything. Elmo doesn't quite understand, until Big Bird appears and acts like he's never met Elmo before. Celina explains the only way to get his memory back is to surround him with his loved ones. Elmo wants to get underway with a plan right now.
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Song "You're Important"
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Cartoon Parts of a face are drawn in black on-screen before forming a picture.
(First: Episode 3320)
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Muppets Mr. Johnson enters a framing shop to have a painting framed, only to find that Grover works there too. Grover assumes the painting is of his great-great-grandmonther, but Mr. Johnson exclaims that it’s his wife. After coming out from the back room with a circle and triangle frame, Grover finally frames it with a square, but destroys the original painting by splitting it over the bald man’s head.
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Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
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SCENE 2 Gordon, Celina, Elmo, Susan, Miles, Bob, Linda and Barkley surround Big Bird and remind him of who each of them are. Sadly, none of the information completely sinks in.
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Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
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Cartoon Where does the cow live? (Maria voiceover)
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Film Girls jump rope and sing playground rhymes.
(First: Episode 3280)
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Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
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Cartoon Planet J / j
(First: Episode 2833)
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SCENE 3 At Hooper's Store, Mr. Handford and Gina give Big Bird some birdseed milkshakes, hoping it'll jog his memory. He still remains clueless, but finds them tasty.
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SCENE 3 cont'd Elmo calls Big Bird into the arbor to re-introduce him to the Birdketeers. Carlo, Lexine, Michael and the rest of the grown-ups sing "The Alphabet Song" for him, but he still doesn't remember anything. The adults continue to bring him around the street, while Elmo gets another idea.
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Song "The African Animal Alphabet"
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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)
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Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
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Cartoon A beatnik bat reads poetry at a nightclub, as everything rhymes with the "AT" sound.
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Film / animation A talking bowl tells a kid how he became a bowl.
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SCENE 4 Over at the Fix-It Shop, Maria, Luis and Gabi attempt to remind Big Bird who they are, but it still doesn't work. Elmo brings in The Count to help, though Big Bird isn't even sure what counting is. The Count tells him, through song, that "Counting Is Wonderful." Big Bird thanks "Maria" for the song, but still can't remember. While everyone heads back to the nest, Elmo thinks of a sure-fire solution.
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Film Farmer McFay counts 40 fruits from the season's bumper crop.
(First: Episode 3228)
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Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
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Insert None, some and all of the dancers dance as Big Bird narrates.
(First: Episode 3360)
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Cartoon A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
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Film J, for jiggle, juggle, jump, joy.
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Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
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Song "J, Just How Jazzy Can You Get?"
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SCENE 5 Elmo brings in Snuffy, who's heartbroken that Big Bird doesn't remember him. Big Bird thinks they can start their friendship all over again and the two start playing tag together.
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Animation "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
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Muppets Zoe talks about being proud.
(First: Episode 3226)
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Cartoon "Fourteen Desert"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 3267)
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Film Girls dance and chant about the number 14.
(First: Episode 3014)
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Animation Parade of Numbers #14
(First: Episode 3379)
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SCENE 6 The group (now joined by Telly, Baby Bear, Zoe and Rosita) listen as Ruthie tells him a story, but Big Bird still remains inflicted by the memory flu. He still enjoys playing tag with Snuffy, though.
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SCENE 6 cont'd Elmo searches through Big Bird's nest for something to get his memory back, when the Count discovers something among the items on the ground that should do the trick - Big Bird's teddy bear, Radar!
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SCENE 6 cont'd They present Radar to Big Bird, which proves to work; Big Bird gains his memory back! Everyone celebrates by singing the "Sesame Street Theme," while Big Bird announces the sponsors.


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