Sesame Street
Big Bird gets a time out
Air date May 13, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors U, 19
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird gives a melancholy welcome to the viewer from his nest, where he's put in "time out." He and Radar think back to what got them in their present situation...
SCENE 1 cont'd Earlier in the day, Big Bird wants to play with Maria who is trying to repair a toaster. He constantly bothers her as she tries to get work done. She decides to put him in time out, telling him to think about what he's done and what he'll do next.
SCENE 1 cont'd Back in the present, Big Bird begins pondering Maria's orders.
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things. (new sting added)
(First: Episode 0768)
Muppets Kermit demonstrates his "What Happens Next" machine, which is designed to turn on his radio. None of the parts of the machine work properly.
(First: Episode 0089)
Cartoon We Are Kids from Far and Wide: Rice harvesting in Sierra Leone
(First: Episode 2774)
Song Kevin Clash sings "(I Eat With) Chopsticks" over a film of kids doing so.
(First: Episode 3270)

SCENE 2 Maria checks in on Big Bird, who still isn't sure why he's in time out. She has him imagine their encounter from before, only with the roles reversed. Big Bird imagines trying to repair a toaster, when Maria and Radar distract him from his work. In reality, Big Bird realizes his mistake and apologizes. Maria forgives him and promises they can play when she finishes work. But, what will Big Bird do until then?
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(First: Episode 2519)
Cartoon What if a dog looked like a bird?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
Muppets "Elmo's Rap Alphabet"
(First: Episode 3456)
Film A boy who is learning to write in Chinese writes the word "rain."
(First: Episode 3192)
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0808)
Muppets Ethel Mermaid sings "I Get a Kick Out of U."
(First: Episode 3127)
Animation Sand U / u
(First: Episode 0624)
Film A Caucasian boy narrates a film of himself hanging out with his African American friend Jamal.
(First: Episode 2787)

SCENE 3 The Count visits Big Bird in search of things to count. He figures he could count blocks as Big Bird assembles them into a large tower. Big Bird confers with Radar over the idea and imagines creating a giant block structure. Unfortunately, in reality, Big Bird only has a mere three blocks to count. The Count counts them anyway, then leaves to count the bricks that make up the Empire State Building.
Film Farmer McFay has three fruits.
(First: Episode 3189)
Cartoon A shepherd plays hide-and-seek with his sheep.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2109)
Muppets Prairie Dawn demonstrates the word of the day, "closed", by closing three tin cookie containers. Cookie Monster desperately wants the cookies, but must wait until Prairie is done. Once the lesson is over, Cookie attempts to open the boxes, but finds that all of them are stuck. Undaunted (and not wanting to wait until the word of the day is "open"), Cookie eats the cookies and the containers.
Cartoon An army of ants gets to the bakery, only to find that it's closed.
(First: Episode 2088)
Song "Elbows and Knees"
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon Jasper thinks that he has lost his elbow, but Julius shows him his elbow by bending his arm.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0410)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Film A ONE WAY sign switches sides. (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3268)
SCENE 4 The Amazing Mumford poofs into the nest on his way to Key West. He asks Big Bird if he wants to see his disappearing chair trick, but first, Big Bird imagines the outcome. In his imagination, Mumford instead causes Big Bird's bear to disappear and replaces it with hair (they rhyme). Back in reality, Big Bird declines to see Mumford's trick and he poofs off.
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3151)
Muppets Hoots tells Ernie to "Put Down the Duckie."
(First: Episode 2310)
Animation Abstract count to 19
(First: Episode 2827)
Cartoon Nineteen kernels of popcorn pop.
(First: Episode 2855)
Animation Number creatures #19
(First: Episode 2718)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 1
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 5 Mr. Handford stops by and offers to play with Big Bird for the time being. He recalls a game he used to play when he was young, where Big Bird replies "yeah, yeah" to everything he says. Unfortunately, Big Bird keeps replying, not sure when the game is over.
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams asks Elmo and the kids whether they would allow a nonsense talking, horned two-headed stranger to play baseball with them. The Two-Headed Monster shows up to play.
(First: Episode 2795)
Cartoon "The Stranger" - a song about a baseball team hesitantly allowing a newcomer to join them, who ends up helping them win the game.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2108)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2a
(First: Episode 3185)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets The Martians discover a "U."
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)

Film Kids practice circus acts and give a performance in a gymnasium.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
SCENE 6 Maria is finally ready to play and they pretend that they're firetrucks. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors. "Yeah, yeah!"
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Grundgetta and others sing about how yucky she feels.

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