Sesame Street
Biff has a bowling ball stuck on his hand.
(repeat of 3217)
Air date April 16, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors H, V, 2
Releases HBO Kids
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Biff strolls into Hooper's Store for lunch, when Telly and Mr. Handford see he's got a bowling ball stuck to his hand. Biff explains that it's stuck, but oddly doesn't want it removed, claiming he's happy like that. Telly points out he can't do anything with it stuck on him, but Biff counters. He tries scratching his nose, but instead bonks himself to the floor.
Song "Happy Happiness"
(First: Episode 3320)
Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets Kermit says his "ABC's of the Swamp."
(First: Episode 1960)
cut from the HBO version
Film A class makes a quilt of their faces.
(First: Episode 3034)
Cartoon In Chardin's classic painting, a boy blows a bubble. It pops, and some kids yell "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 3311)
SCENE 2 Biff attempts to eat his lunch with the bowling ball, but finds he can't pick up his sandwich or milk with his stuck hand. Telly suggests a straw, which gives Biff a free hand - the one with the bowling ball. He demonstrates swatting a fly with in, knocking himself over again.
Song "Ookyook Song," a Joe Raposo song with the Alaskan words for all the things you need to put on when it's ukiuq (winter).
(First: Episode 2360)
cut from the HBO version
Animation Gregorian H/h chant
(First: Episode 3320)
Film HAT: Kids try on different hats.
(First: Episode 3292)
Cartoon Soul H
(First: Episode 3368)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello." (new music added)
(First: Episode 2943)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2901)

SCENE 3 In the arbor, Biff starts an experiment - can he play the piano as well as he used to with a bowling ball on his hand? Biff plays along to a classical recording, producing a horrid sound and sending the keys flying everywhere. Telly, rattled, doesn't notice a difference in how he used to play. Biff considers the experiment a success and accidentally demolishes the piano. He suggests calling a piano tuner.
Song "This is the Way We Count and Sing" (from one to ten).
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon "Big Kid Photo Album"
(First: Episode 3441)
Song Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)
Muppets The Count admires an elegant number 2, which belongs to Lady Two. Together, they decide to share the number and sing "Two for Two."
(First: Episode 3381)
Cartoon Train #2
(First: Episode 0353)
SCENE 4 Biff's wife, Celeste (a crossing guard), arrives home from work and also insists he get the bowling ball removed. She loves it when they hold hands and they can't with the ball in the way; she suggests calling Dr. Edwynn. Biff reveals he's afraid of the doctor and is assured the procedure won't hurt and he might get a lollypop afterward. Mr. Handford makes the call, as Biff doesn't want to leave the safety of his lover's side.
Cartoon Do you know what it's like to be scared?
(First: Episode 0547)
Muppets Cerrado with Maria and an Anything Muppet (part 1). He sings a song about how everything is Cerrado, and at the end Maria gives him an Abierto sign, which opens everything in the house.
(First: Episode 3015)
33-Abierto, cerrado.png
Film Abierto and cerrado
(First: Episode 3271)
Muppets Abierto with Maria and an Anything Muppet (part 2). Now he sings a similar song about Abierto, and Maria's Cerrado sign closes everything.
(First: Episode 3015)
Cartoon A cartoon shows a few Spanish words - which are also English words.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3011)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Union City, New Jersey, where he learns how to play some Cuban games with some kids.
(First: Episode 3061)
Cartoon African quilt pattern
(First: Episode 3145)

SCENE 5 Dr. Edwynn concludes the only way to remove the ball is a "Bowlectomy." The procedure will need both him and Biff to cooperate. They pull in different directions until the ball is finally off! Everyone is happy he's freed, but Dr. Edwynn now has the ball stuck to his finger. "Is there a doctor in the house?!," he cries.
Film Slide puzzle - boy
(First: Episode 0428)
Muppets "Bubble on My Snuffle"
(First: Episode 3338)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1157)
cut from the HBO version
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon The Typewriter: V for Vacuum
(First: Episode 0774)
SCENE 6 Free to hold hands once more, Biff and Celeste sing about how they feel when they hold hands together ("Holding Hands"). They then head off on a bowling date.
Cartoon Fluffy recalls being a homeless dog, getting taken in to the dog pound, and meeting his new pal Petey.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2981)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Christopher talk about what love is.
(First: Episode 1484)
Cartoon Falling leaves form H and h.
(First: Episode 3118)
Animation The letter H appears in words on buildings.
(First: Episode 3368)
Song "Dancin' Shoes"
(First: Episode 2949)
Animation Two frogs demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3225)

SCENE 7 Back in Hooper's, Biff and Celeste finish some drinks. They are about to head back to Dr. Edwynn; following the bowling date, Celeste has a ball stuck on her finger. Biff assures her the procedure won't hurt as they head out. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.

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