Sesame Street
Big Bird and the Cuckoos
Air date January 9, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors C, 3
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer on his way to Hooper's Store for a birdseed milkshake. He compliments Nick's coloring book version of the letter C.

SCENE 1 cont'd Meanwhile, Claude and Carlotta Cuckoo (accent on the "oo") pass by Big Bird's nest and notice it's empty. Needing a place of their own, they quickly get their possessions, and their unhatched egg, and start bringing them into the nest area. Only Nick witnesses this and wonders how Big Bird will respond.
1095l.jpg Cartoon C is for Candle (the candle blows back)
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets "C Drives Me Crazy"
(First: Episode 3339)
Film "C" for Circle
(First: Episode 3313)
Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
(First: Episode 1711)
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)

SCENE 2 Big Bird returns home to prepare for an upcoming visit from Granny Bird and is shocked to see the Cuckoo family has moved in! They explain cuckoo birds typically don't have nests of their own, they always borrow others when they need it and right now, they need Big Bird's to hatch their egg. They all agree to cooperate: Big Bird will sit on their egg while they go out and they'll leave once the egg has hatched. They send Big Bird out for some birdseed.
Owlbirdcompromise.jpg Cartoon An owl and a bluebird work out a compromise.
(First: Episode 1493)
Muppets Herry Monster and a girl sing "A Song for Two."
(First: Episode 3519)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon In Egypt, three lemons make lemonade.
(First: Episode 3285)
Film Three kids dance for the number 3.
(First: Episode 3167)
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
SCENE 3 The Cuckoos sing their egg "The Alphabet Song" and request Big Bird do the same as he sits on the egg, so the hatchling will know the alphabet well when it hatches. Big Bird assumes his place on the egg and the Cuckoos head to the movies (for a screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Big Bird proceeds to sing the alphabet again...and again...
Film Kids sing the alphabet on an island.
(First: Episode 3154)
cut from the HBO Max version
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 Three characters try to watch a baseball game over a fence, then cooperate by stacking their blocks.
(First: Episode 0478)
Muppets "Daddy Helps with the Dishes" - three families sing about how they help each other doing chores, cooking and homework.
(First: Episode 2223)
Boy's family portrait.jpg
Film A boy dances his way into his family's portrait.
(First: Episode 3129)
Cartoon A chicken gets an idea to sit on a football and hatch it like an egg.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2360)
SCENE 4 Big Bird grows weary of singing, when suddenly, the egg hatches! The baby cuckoo can sing the alphabet perfectly, only there's no way of getting her to stop...
Song A salute to M-O-M.
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
Muppets Grover climbs a tree and finds a bird's nest with some eggs in it. The eggs hatch, and the baby birds think Grover is their mommy. When the real mother bird arrives, she mistakes Grover for one of her babies. She gives them all a flying lesson, but Grover promptly falls to the ground.
(First: Episode 0570)
Song "Drink of Water"
(First: Episode 2545)
Cartoon I have all, I have none (men w/ grapes)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0624)
Insert None, some and all of the dancers dance as Big Bird narrates.
(First: Episode 3360)
Cartoon A fan reveals the letter C.
(First: Episode 2746)
SCENE 5 The Cuckoos have returned, but can't agree on what to name the baby. They settle on Big Bird's suggestion - Cathy - when they realize the gender. They teach their new baby the Cuckoo National Anthem, "C is for Cuckoo." Big Bird expects them to leave, but Claude decides they should stay longer, not wanting to take the child away from the only home she knows. They recommend Big Bird find an empty nest of his own to move into; that's the cuckoo way.
Film Girls do a hand-clap game about friends whose names start with C.
(First: Episode 3277)
Song "Exploring in Your Closet"
(First: Episode 3132)
Muppets Elmo and Winston, a beluga whale, demonstrate the word LOVE.
(First: Episode 3526)
Animation The word LOVE is formed on paper.
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: MOM.
(First: Episode 1481)
Animation A mother bird brings ten worms for her 9 babies and herself.
(First: Episode 3370)
SCENE 6 Big Bird tells Maria about his situation. She suggests he confront the Cuckoos and tell them how he feels.
SCENE 6 cont'd Big Bird returns to the nest and tells the Cuckoos it belongs to him and points out an empty nest in the park they could move to. Claude thinks they should stay put, for the sake of Cathy, but she wants to move to the park (as does Carlotta). Big Bird takes the parents to see, while Maria looks after Cathy, who demonstrates her alphabet.
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
Film A ferry terminal switches from empty to full.
(First: Episode 2968)
Muppets Little Bird's CASA is drawn.
(First: Episode 2095)
Cartoon A man makes a CASA for both him and his dog, who then makes a CASA for a bird.
(First: Episode 0586)
Film Jake and his family have moved from the city to the country. He corresponds with his best friend Kan by mail.
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
(First: Episode 1942)
SCENE 7 The Cuckoos have settled in their new nest and thank Big Bird for all he's done to help them. They then produce a list of things they need, asking Big Bird to go get them from the store. Maria announces the sponsors.
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