Sesame Street
Big Bird spends the day with Ruthie
Air date January 3, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Luis Santiero
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors V, 9
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SCENE 1 Big Bird finds Ruthie organizing her display, and asks if he can spend the day at Finders Keepers. Ruthie jokes she would love it, and has an idea for what she and Big Bird can do. As she fetches something in the back, Miles and his friends run inside with a dilemma: they need eleven players for their soccer game. Big Bird counts everyone and finds out he could fit, so he decides to play with them since he likes soccer, but realizes he's still in Ruthie's company. This causes a dilemma for him now!
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Animation Marty the chair keeps bumping into things, until he finds his glasses. "See ya later!"
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SCENE 2 Big Bird is unsure of leaving Ruthie, thinking she'll be sad. Ruthie returns to Big Bird before he can explain his dilemma, stating how happy she is they're spending the whole day together, as she literally acts happy as ever. Big Bird still tries to chime in, but Ruthie heads to the back again. Miles and his team shout for Big Bird to come, but he needs another minute.
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Film Wegman's dogs form the letter V, for violin and valentine.
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Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
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SCENE 3 Prairie Dawn spots Big Bird looking sad and asks why. Big Bird says Ruthie was extremely happy to spend the day with him, but feels she would become extremely sad if he left for soccer. Prairie Dawn comes up with a compromise, that she can spend the day with Ruthie, and Big Bird can play soccer with Miles. Ruthie returns and learns Prairie will be with her, which she's happy with, but it turns out she has room for Big Bird to stay, and goes back for something important. "Back to the old drawing board...", Prairie states, as Miles once again asks Big Bird to come. He still needs time to think what to do...
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SCENE 4 "How can I leave without making Ruthie feel sad?", Big Bird asks, when Snuffy promptly enters. Big Bird deduces that since Snuffy's big, there won't be enough room for all of them to be with Ruthie. Ruthie returns and asks why Big Bird's leaving again. He claims that two "Bigs" are too many for Ruthie, which he thinks will allow him to leave, but to his disappointment, she still has room for all them. ("The bigger the crowd, the more things get fun and loud!") Prairie and Snuffy convince Big Bird to tell her the truth, which he's skeptical about.
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Animation Sand V/v
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Cartoon Some yucky little teeth sing praise of Mr. Toothbrush, who brushes them.
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SCENE 5 Big Bird muscles up and decides to tell her the truth, when Ruthie comes back with an assortment of party favors she's prepared for all of them. Before Big Bird can talk, Ruthie sings a happy twist on "I Feel Pretty" to celebrate. After she's finished, she asks Big Bird what he wanted to say, but he instead runs off in a fit.
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Cookie love
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Animation Musicians in a painting learn to cooperate to play music.
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SCENE 6 Ruthie has brought Big Bird back and he explains his problem. Learning that Big Bird wanted to play soccer, Ruthie states she isn't sad, but is proud he told her what he wanted to do. She reveals they all can play soccer together and close up the store. Miles and his teammates return for Big Bird, now impatient, but Ruthie says they're all joining the game! Prairie Dawn announces the sponsors while everyone else leaves before her then tries to catch up.
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