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Baby Bear's family picture
Air date November 28, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors A, 13


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Baby Bear shows Ruthie why he's so upset: his favorite family photo is torn in half and it looks like he's separated from his parents. Ruthie puts the pieces back together with tape, but Baby Bear notes it isn't the same. Ruthie has an idea on how to fix the problem.
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Muppets Elmo finds a large apple and wonders what letter "apple" starts with. Slimey pops out from the apple, holding a flag with the letter A on it.
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Cartoon Soul A!
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Muppets Mr. Johnson comes to Grover's photo studio to have his portrait taken. However, Grover photographs his foot and hand instead, and has to be reminded to capture the face.
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Cartoon "Big Kid Photo Album"
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SCENE 2 Ruthie offers to retake the Bear Family photo, as they recreate it. Just as Ruthie is about to snap the photo, Papa Bear's cellphone rings; it's his niece Kimberly, who needs help remembering the alphabet for her homework. Mama Bear and Baby Bear remain in their poses as Papa Bear recites it, then a second time.
SCENE 2 cont'd Everything seems fine to take the picture now, only Baby Bear is unable to hold his pose. Ruthie revives him with a neck massage.
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Film A girl draws a picture of her friend, Dai Xi.
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Cartoon Millie and Molly find a place for their picture of their favorite rock star, Danny.
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SCENE 3 To prevent any future disruptions, Papa Bear's phone has been placed far away. Everyone seems ready, when Snuffy walks by in front of the Bears, ruining another photo. Ruthie has yet another idea...
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Animation Masked March #13
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Animation Growing Numbers #13
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SCENE 4 Ruthie has set up some barriers around the Bear Family, with signs urging pedestrians to avoid walking through the area. This attracts a small crowd, who stay and watch, while a vendor sells refreshments and T-shirts for the occasion. The Bears wonder what more could possibly go wrong, when an overhead plane drops a parachuting chicken (Martin P. Robinson), who makes it into the next photograph. Baby Bear can't believe their horrible situation, but Papa Bear decides to turn it into a game of "One of These Things."
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SCENE 5 Ruthie has placed an umbrella over the Bears, in case of any more falling chickens. She snaps a photo and they notice Baby Bear's eyes are closed. He believes he must have been napping somehow, but Ruthie explains he was just blinking. He thinks of a way of preventing that from happening again.
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SCENE 6 Baby Bear has produced a "Do Not Blink" sign to keep himself from doing so. Despite this and the other precautions they have, he's certain something will ruin this photo. Sure enough, just as Ruthie is about to snap it, a fire engine siren goes off, startling him. Baby Bear throws a fit, until his parents comfort him. Ruthie snaps a photo of the moment, creating a perfect family photo for Baby Bear to carry. They all share a hug as Snuffy announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Betty Lou tells the story of a talking doll, starring Big Bird and a "counting person."


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