Sesame Street
Big Bird has the birdy pox!
Air date January 11, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Directed by Steve Feldman
Sponsors D, 0
Releases HBO Kids


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy show Maria the (unfinished) poem they've been coming up with about the letter D:
D is for dalmatian, a dog who has spots
D is for doughnut and D is for...

..."dots!," Big Bird then states, pointing to the green dots on his legs. They notice he's covered with them, but they're not sure what they are. Maria decides to call Dr. Matthews to see what the issue is.

Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Dogs cheer D-O-G and fight with cats.
(First: Episode 1148)
Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to fool Bert with his disguises such as a pirate disguise and a bearded Red Riding Hood disguise, but Bert recognizes him each time and tells him to stop trying to fool him. Then a wolf knocks on the door and Bert is convinced it's Ernie in disguise again- until Ernie appears at the door! (new music added)
(First: Episode 1170)
Song "Get On Up (Everybody Move)"
(First: Episode 3410)
Cartoon A dinosaur demonstrates up and down with a pull-down window shade.
(First: Episode 2887)
SCENE 2 Dr. Matthews (Julie Hagerty) arrives and inspects Big Bird, who's spots have spread ever more and have become itchy. She diagnoses him with "Birdy Pox," something that happens to most big yellow birds his age. She recommends staying in his nest and resting, but he can have guests. She also assures him his Birdy Pox will disappear by bedtime and soothes his dots with an ointment.
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets A trio of bugs sing "Night Bug Boogie."
(First: Episode 2957)
Cartoon How to know a hippo when you find one. (new sound effects added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3081)
Film Wegman's dogs form all the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3266)
cut from the HBO version
Muppets / Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres tries convincing Elmo on how similar they are (mainly how their names sound).
Cartoon "Letters in the Body"
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3339)
Film Cooperation: A girl gets a coconut handed down to her from a tree, by people on different-size stilts.
(First: Episode 3404)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon Two men compete to be in front.
(First: Episode 0789)
Muppets Zoe demonstrates front and back using Wolfgang and a fish.
(First: Episode 3411)
Animation D / d (space paint)
(First: Episode 3213)
Animation Letter Garden: D
(First: Episode 3015)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper approaches a man and says, "Knock, knock!" The man asks, "Who's there?". Harvey says, "Dion." The man asks, "Dion who?" Then Harvey slaps a letter D on the man's chest and says, "D on you!"
(First: Episode 0292)
cut from the HBO version
Song "Dressed Up" (remake)
(First: Episode 3399)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon A man tries to get directions to a parking space, and eventually uses a map to get there. (new music added)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 2734)
SCENE 3 The Count stops by, having heard of Big Bird's ailment. Big Bird hopes the Count can sing him a lullaby, but the Count would rather count. They cooperate as the Count sings a lullaby about the number of spots he has. Big Bird falls asleep, but is woken by the Count's trademark thunder. The Count gets a great idea to help and exits.
Film A judo class does 20 jumping jacks.
(First: Episode 3403)
Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
(First: Episode 2607)
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about a fish named Billy, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3358)
Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
SCENE 4 The Count returns with his surprise - 10 kids bringing 10 balloons to cheer Big Bird up!
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2440)
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Muppets Kermit attempts to demonstrate how to use a telephone with the help of Forgetful Jones.
(First: Episode 1977)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie tries to demonstrate what a telephone is, but keeps getting calls.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3268)
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)
Cartoon An old man recites a poem about the time he had the flu. (new music added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1274)
SCENE 5 Snuffy enters with an idea to get rid of them - Big Bird should tell them to go away. When that doesn't work, Big Bird tries shaking them off. That idea also fails, so Snuffy tries blowing them off with his snuffle. Snuffy's next idea must wait until the first star of the night...
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
Song "(The Name of the Place is) The Laundromat"
(First: Episode 3159)
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(First: Episode 2283)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Gone With the Wind" (re-filmed wraparounds)
(First: Episode 2410)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at a star and sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
(First: Episode 2737)
Film Kids play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the Shpritzer.

SCENE 6 Now nighttime, Big Bird and Snuffy wish on the first star in the sky that the Birdy Pox will disappear. Nothing happens, so the two part ways.

SCENE 6 cont'd Maria checks in on Big Bird, who's now sobbing and scared that the pox will never go away. Suddenly, Maria notices the pox disappearing from each part of his body! Big Bird has a brief celebration before heading to sleep, as Maria announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Elmo and Rosita think they can grow a spaghetti tree.


  • The HBO Kids airing of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence, despite having originally aired on a Thursday.
  • The episode was later re-aired in Season 29 as Episode 3735.

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