Sesame Street
The big red button
Air date March 29, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Chris Kelly
Sponsors T, 13


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gina welcomes the viewer to day care. Rosita happily requests some paper and crayons, as she feels so happy that she wants to make something about it. Zoe, on the other hand, is feeling sad and too wants some supplies to express how she feels.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
Muppets Big Bird describes (and acts out) a time when he lost Radar. "Having a good memory will sure come in handy sometimes!"
(First: Episode 3410)
Cartoon T for tiger, teapot, television, and taxi.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3262)
Film The floating kids make a small T.
(First: Episode 3128)
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.
(First: Episode 0785)
Film How paper is recycled
(First: Episode 2710)
Esmae's doll
Cartoon Esme's wooden clown breaks, and she is about to throw it away, when it suggests she use glue to fix it.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2843)
SCENE 2 Rosita begins to read the story she has made - "The Great Big Red Wishing Button." Yesterday, she found a big red button on the ground and made a wish that someone would see it. Sure enough, Lexine happens by and Rosita gets to show her it, making her believe it has wish-granting abilities. She happens to have the button with her, while Zoe continues to sadly work on her story.
Cartoon "Letters in the Body"
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3339)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter T.
(First: Episode 3318)
Insert At the Grouchland Ballroom, Gordon and Susan win a T-shaped award for their performance of the "Trashcan Tango".
(First: Episode 1725)
Cartoon Fish form capital and lowercase T's.
(First: Episode 3126)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Howard's End"
(First: Episode 3263)
Cartoon A snake has a knot in his middle, and he can't find his end. The detective helps the snake find his end ... playing drums in a band.
(First: Episode 2600)

SCENE 3 Rosita makes a wish on the button that Zoe would finish her story, which coincidentally happens afterward. In Zoe's story, she was also at the park yesterday, wearing her new jacket with three big red buttons on it. However, one fell off and Zoe's mom replaced it with a purple one, which Zoe doesn't like. Rosita realizes the button she has is actually from Zoe's coat.
Cartoon Eight "thingy things" are subtracted in song.
(First: Episode 3349)
Film Kids talk about how they like sledding down snowy hills.
(First: Episode 3276)
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)
Muppets Ernie sings to Bert about his crazy dream about "Animals In, On and Under."
Cartoon A photographic couple ballroom-dances on, in and under a plane.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3155)
SCENE 4 Gina compares the button Rosita found to the ones on Zoe's coat to make sure they're a perfect match. Zoe feels happy again and asks Gina to sew the button back on. Rosita is allowed one more wish on the button - to feel happy again.
Cartoon A dog-shaped television
Animation inspired by Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3045)
Film Wanda Falbo (Word Fairy) and Barkley present a word which represents large, shaggy animals who like to chase sticks (or wands).
(First: Episode 2621)
Cartoon A flea sets up camp on a dog.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1004)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster demonstrates surprise.
(First: Episode 2924)
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)
Insert Elmo and the kids sing Maria their "Crying Game" song. "I can honestly say, that's the most fun crying I've had in a long time," says Maria.
(First: Episode 3430)
Cartoon A scientist builds a robot that has real feelings, such as sad, happy and afraid. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0769)
Song "I Know How to Swing"
(First: Episode 3403)
Cartoon Kids around the world say "ME."
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco"
(First: Episode 1500)
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
(First: Episode 3455)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird receives a visit from Marisa Tomei, and is reminded that he was supposed to say the alphabet with her today. Some drama ensues between them, but they say the alphabet anyway, and part on good terms.
(First: Episode 3224)
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
Muppets "Something Always Comes Between Us"
(First: Episode 3231)
Animation On a computer, a boy draws a sun setting between the mountains.
(First: Episode 3059)
Song David sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?"
(First: Episode 0371)
2096h Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow changes direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
(First: Episode 1641)
Film A ONE WAY sign switches sides. (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3268)
Two viewers with Picassoesque facial features in an art gallery critically examine the portrait of a viewer.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3442)

SCENE 5 Gina finishes re-sewing the button on Zoe's coat. Zoe gives Rosita a new wishing button: the purple button that was used to replace the red one. Rosita feels happier now, then wishes to hear some music (the closing theme) and see the letter and number of the day. She also wishes Zoe would give her a hug.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: The gang acts out "The Three Little Pigs."

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