Sesame Street
Big Bird and Gabi play airplanes
Air date January 8, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors A, 20
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird zooms by the Fix-It Shop, confusing Maria and Gabi. He tells them he's pretending to be a little airplane, a new fad all the kids are doing, then points to the following for evidence...
Song "I'm a Little Airplane"
(First: Episode 3266)
SCENE 1 cont'd Maria points out that not all the kids are doing it, using Gabi as an example. Gabi promptly starts to fly around the worktable.
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase A.
(First: Episode 3209)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster asks Jawhara what letter they're holding.
(First: Episode 3234)
Film A for action, acrobat, art, artichoke, and applause.
(First: Episode 3266)
Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
Film A girl narrates a film of helping her dad, a pilot, fly a small plane. They fly through New York City, past the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Gabi continue to fly around and sing a song about the ways they can fly.
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Cartoon Number Creatures #20
(First: Episode 2687)
Film Growing Numbers #20
(First: Episode 2967)
Cartoon The Bellhop is sent to the grocery store to get twenty grapefruits. He counts to 20 on the way there so that he can remember the quantity, but forgets what item he was sent for.
(First: Episode 2533)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(First: Episode 2050)
SCENE 3 The two "airplanes" find Tarah and invite her to join. Tarah thinks she's too old to play along, but is convinced to join and becomes a "Tarah-plane."
Film A girl helps her father train for a wheelchair race.
(First: Episode 3275)
Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
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 Lazy Wanda's knees converse with each other.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1075)
Film A girl learns how to jump rope.
(First: Episode 3397)
Animation The word AIRPORT (with photographs of such)
(First: Episode 3373)
SCENE 4 Carlo takes lunch orders in Hooper's Store, which is what Big Bird and Gabi pretend is their airport (disrupting the service). Carlo allows them to land, but it's not too long before they take off again.
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Chelsea, "What is love?"
(First: Episode 2397)
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)

Film Kids rehearse a large group African dance in the park, get their faces painted, and perform.
(First: Episode 3079)
Cartoon A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
SCENE 5 Carlo asks the two planes to keep the noise level down, but they can't; airports are noisy places!
Muppets Telly hosts "Here and There" from the library, where it's quiet. His co-host, Debra Starr, is at the airport, where it's loud. The loud noises of the airport eventually make it hard for Telly to hear Debra, so he has to talk louder into the microphone for Debra to hear him, which results in his expulsion.
(First: Episode 2864)
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0770)
Film Wegman's dogs form a letter A.
(First: Episode 3292)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Gonna Rock You to Sleep."
(First: Episode 2980)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
SCENE 6 Carlo's customers join Big Bird and Gabi's game, when Carlo assumes the role of control tower, telling them they can't stay flying around going "nyow." They all fly out, but return with two more, now going "zoom."
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2628)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
(First: Episode 2729)
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Film Kids talk about their CATs.
(First: Episode 3308)
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
SCENE 7 Carlo tells Maria about his trouble getting rid of the airplanes. He once again becomes the control tower, telling them they have to find someplace else to turn into an airport.
SCENE 7 cont'd That someplace else turns out to be the Fix-It Shop! Carlo then announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Elmo rushes to Telly, having heard about his new baseball cap. However, the hat's peak knocks Elmo out when Telly accidentally hits him with it.

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