Sesame Street
Plot Bob learns to dance
repeat of 3334
Air date December 17, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors D, N, 11
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria and Luis practice dancing while welcoming the viewer. They explain Celina's having a dance tonight at her studio and everyone's going...except Bob, as he points out. He tells the others he doesn't know how to dance, thus has no need to go. Big Bird and Telly overhear and are shocked he doesn't know how; he's a grown-up and even kids like them can dance, thanks to Celina. They think she can teach him how to dance as well.
SCENE 1 cont'd Celina just happens to pass by and they stop her, asking her to teach Bob to dance. After some goading, Bob finally gives in and accepts her offer. He requests that their lesson be kept secret though. Big Bird formulates how they'll cooperate: Celina teaches Bob, while he and Telly try to keep it a secret.
Song "I Know How to Swing"
(First: Episode 3403)
Cartoon A lizard, a girl and a dog dance.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "dance" at a disco.
(First: Episode 1395)
Cartoon D for Dance: Ladies on stage dance a can-can to the tune of "The Infernal Gallop" from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, the lyrics of which are all the letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon "Daddy Dear"
(First: Episode 0367)
SCENE 2 Outside the studio, Big Bird and Telly are armed with sunglasses and walkie-talkies that got from Oscar (who threw them away because they're functional). Big Bird lays down his plan: he'll stay by the studio to make sure the coast is clear, while Telly accompanies Bob. He even has assigned code names for themselves: Big Bird will be Agent 8 and Telly is Agent 11. Telly isn't sure he can remember the number, so Big Bird shows him some examples...
Animation Clown Honking #11
(First: Episode 3196)
Cartoon A bus driver counts 11 of each necessity for a bus trip camping.
(First: Episode 3151)
Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)
SCENE 2 cont'd After the film, Big Bird and Telly relay their plan. Maria comes by and the two nonchalantly deny that they're up to anything.
Cartoon One of These Footprints says "excuse me."
(EKA: Episode 2326)
Muppets "Elmo's Rap Alphabet"
(First: Episode 3456)
Film Shapes vibrate as girls beat on their drums.
(EKA: Episode 2873)
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
Film Alphaboy: Nibbling Noodles with Neighbor Nora
(First: Episode 3465)
Lowercase n
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)

SCENE 3 With the walkie-talkies and some agent lingo, Telly and Big Bird make sure the street is clear for Bob to head to Celina's. Maria and Linda approach Big Bird, wondering what he's up to. Big Bird denies anything is happening and the ladies suspiciously head over to their other engagements. After another false start, Telly sends Bob over to the dance studio.
Cartoon A dog-shaped television
Animation inspired by Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3045)
Muppets Mysterious Theater
Sherlock Hemlock is commissioned to find the shape of a circle in an antique castle before time runs out at 5:00. Watson does his best to point out that the face of a clock is the shape of a circle. (new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 2706)
Animation Looking for shapes on the Aztec Calendar Stone (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3049)
Film Two girls sing a clap song about the letter D to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
(First: Episode 3305)

Muppets Bushman Bill introduces Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops performing "D Duah Duah."
(First: Episode 1449)
Animation Sand D/d
(First: Episode 0640)

SCENE 4 Bob arrives at the studio, along with Agents 8 and 11, who continue to make sure the permitter is safe. Celina gets Bob loosened up and they practice a slow dance, with a monster pianist who has trouble keeping his playing "simple." Bob also struggles to follow Celina's instructions and decides to give up. The agents try to catch him before he gets too far.
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2424)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Cartoon Kids sing "Happy Birthday" while the word "happy birthday" is on the screen followed shortly by an animated birthday cake.
(First: Episode 3005)
Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
SCENE 5 The agents follow Bob as he heads back to his apartment. They remind he of the many times he's told them about practice and not giving up. Bob gives in and heads back to the studio.
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Animation Dancing pepper pattern - which one comes next?
(First: Episode 3079)
SCENE 6 Telly and Big Bird watch Bob's lesson from down below and keep Luis away as he questions what they're looking at.
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Muppets / Celebrity Randy Travis sings "You Gotta Ask Some Questions."
(First: Episode 2782)
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
SCENE 7 Bob is showing improvement in his dancing ability. A girl comes by and also asks what the agents are up to. They give her a walkie-talkie and send her away to show how far it works.
1090-10 Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Muppets Grover gives a brief explanation of here and there.
(First: Episode 3130)
Cartoon "Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3006)
SCENE 8 Celina's dance is underway, with a monster band jamming out some music for everyone to dance to. Maria, Luis, Linda and Gabi enter and wonder what Telly and Big Bird are up to. Their lips are sealed, but Big Bird hints they're in for a huge surprise.

SCENE 8 cont'd Bob arrives and he and Celina show off the dance they've been practicing. Everyone is very impressed, including Linda, who wants to share a dance with him. As the band performs a slow dance version of the "Sesame Street Theme," Telly and Big Bird announce the sponsors.

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