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Baby Bear needs a break from playing with Big Bird
Air date December 6, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors T, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird has just finished drawing a picture of Baby Bear holding the number 3, when they stop and welcome the viewer to Sesame Street. They describe all the activities they did together yesterday and today, on an ongoing spree of playing all day long. Baby Bear says they should be really proud of "doing it all" - and Big Bird becomes concerned, because this means they'll have to find others to play with. Big Bird walks off sadly, but then comes back, pointing out the one thing they haven't played together: hide-and-seek. He goes off to hide, while Baby Bear counts.
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Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Song "Country in the City"
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Cartoon Hortense counts 3 peas.
Artist: Michael Sporn
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Film Three Wegman dogs are arranged in different ways.
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Cartoon Animal Rock #3
Film Kids talk about how they like sledding down snowy hills.
(First: Episode 3276)

SCENE 2 Big Bird is still looking for a place to hide. Baby Bear has finished counting to 100, but confesses to the viewer that he wishes he were playing with someone else. Just then, Gabi invites him to play with her, and he says he would, but he has a "previous engagement." He feels really sad for turning Gabi down, but then he decides to play with Gabi for a little bit before looking for Big Bird. Meanwhile, Big Bird wonders how long it will take Baby Bear to find him.
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
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Muppets Moe Cocker sings "With a Little Yelp from My Friends." (new sound effects added)
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Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and crickets. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
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Celebrity The Neville Brothers sing "Believe in Yourself," with a montage of clips from films including "I'm the Big One Now," "Reach Your Hand Up High" and "Hot in the City."
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Cartoon Pizza maker Original Jay demonstrates how he got his name: his pizzas talk and dance.
Artist: Mo Willems
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Film Footage of kids playing professions, alternating with footage of analogous real-life jobs.
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Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
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SCENE 3 Baby Bear and Gabi play tag, not noticing that they have walked past where Big Bird is hiding. Gordon finds Big Bird, and tells him it's time to sing The Alphabet Song. Big Bird goes through it fast, but Gordon tells him to do it slower, which he does.
Gordon leaves, and Big Bird hides again. Baby Bear and Gabi arrive back at the playground, Gabi says goodbye, and Baby Bear continues looking for Big Bird.
Film T on the beach
Animation Two caterpillars form a T.
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Film The floating kids make a small T.
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Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred figure on making it into town by nightfall until they come across a fence with no edge in sight to go around. Grover tries getting past it in various ways: going under, over and through, but he's not successful. Deciding that they're stuck for the night, Grover starts to break out the marshmallows and asks Fred for his pajamas. But Fred has another idea that Grover hasn't been listening to: they can go through the gate.
(First: Episode 3449)
Song "Would You Like to Go Over?"
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SCENE 4 While Baby Bear looks for Big Bird, Miles invites him to play a game of catch. Baby Bear asks for the viewer's input on whether he should play with Miles, and hearing a yes, goes off to play catch.
Meanwhile, Big Bird still waits to be found, when Gordon shows up again with another game, "One of These Things," featuring The Squirrelles and a rabbit. When the game is over, Big Bird continues hiding, as Baby Bear and Miles race to a tree and back.
Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
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Film How to say "turtle" in sign language
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Cartoon T for Turtle (new music added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Song "T, You're Terrific"
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Cartoon Fish form capital and lowercase T's.
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Song "Family Song" - a rewritten version of "Brothers Song"
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Cartoon Norris Walnut recites a poem about clouds.
Artist: ArtistMike
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SCENE 5 Big Bird is still waiting for Baby Bear to find him, when Gordon shows up yet again, this time because it's "poetry time." Gordon reads him a poem about hiding, and identifies the words that rhyme. Big Bird then asks for Gordon to see where Baby Bear is, and to keep it a secret that he's hiding from him.
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(First: Episode 2983)
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about going to the zoo, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
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Music: "Denver Blues," Tampa Red
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Artist: Sally Cruikshank
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Film Caitlin gets her eyes examined, and picks out a pair of glasses.
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Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
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SCENE 6 A confused Gordon encounters Baby Bear playing with Miles, and reminds Baby Bear that he's supposed to be playing with Big Bird. Baby Bear explains that he got tired of playing with Big Bird after two straight days, going over all that happened today. Now he's afraid that Big Bird will be mad at him, and not want to play with him anymore. Gordon and Miles suggest that he tell Big Bird the truth about how he feels about their excess playtime.
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Cartoon Various demonstrations of DOWN and UP (new music added)
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SCENE 7 Baby Bear sees Big Bird hiding, and is hesitant to confront him about his feelings, but Big Bird feels the same way, and thus beats him to it. Since they're both on the same page, they hug. They all play tag with each other as Gabi announces the sponsors.
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