Sesame Street
Barkley won't stop barking
Air date February 12, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Adam Rudman
Sponsors X, 15
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob and Gordon have a conversation in the arbor as Big Bird reads his book. Linda arrives and asks them to watch Barkley while she goes out with her friend Monique. She leaves some toys for Barkley to play with, but once she leaves, Barkley won't stop barking.
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1941)
Film Wegman's dogs act out the nursery rhyme Cock-a-Doodle-Doo.
(First: Episode 3572)
Animation "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(First: Episode 3396)
Funny Book.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(First: Episode 2341)
Animation The word TOY is displayed, followed by a wind-up drum-playing panda.
(First: Episode 3067)
SCENE 2 Bob and Gordon deduce Barkley misses Linda. They try giving him some toys to cheer up. They end up playing fetch for awhile (in fast-motion) until they're all tired. Bob thinks Barkley is now over Linda's absence, but the mention of her name sends Barkley into a barking fit again.
Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets Oscar the Grouch sings "I'm Sad Because I'm Happy."
(First: Episode 3394)
Film The letter X dances at the beach.
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: X Marks the Spot!
(First: Episode 0456)
Film A zydeco band plays "Bayou Pon Pon" while people dance and the townspeople of New Orleans wave at the camera.
(First: Episode 2502)
SCENE 3 They now try food, water, his chew bone and pull rope, but nothing seems to stop Barkley from barking. They find one thing left in the backpack - a toy mouse. Barkley puts it in his mouth and everyone attempts to go back to their plans, until Barkley starts squeaking it over and over.
Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1518)
Muppets Grover applies to be a lifeguard, demonstrating to the employer that he has what it takes. He soon learns that there's only one thing he needs: swimming lessons.
(First: Episode 1951)
Song "When You Grow Up"
(First: Episode 2912)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2929)
Cartoon Stamped and painted X animation.
(First: Episode 2934)
SCENE 4 Gordon wrestles the mouse from Barkley, when The Count happens by. He has what he thinks is an obvious solution - count barks. He counts 40 barks from Barkley until he finally stops (though the Count wished he'd have barked more). He starts barking some more once the Count departs; he misses him too!
Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
(First: Episode 2892)
Muppets / Celebrity Randy Travis sings "You Gotta Ask Some Questions."
(First: Episode 2782)
Cartoon Mi kat iz ... gone
(First: Episode 1967)
Film A class goes on a field trip to Prospect Park, where Ranger Roseanne gives them a tour.
(First: Episode 2944)
Animation Abstract #15
(First: Episode 2851)
Film Growing Numbers #15
(First: Episode 2971)
Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(First: Episode 2743)
SCENE 5 Big Bird has an idea now that'll help him actually get to read his book ("Little Bo Peep"), by reading it to Barkley. He begins, transitioning to...
Film Wegman dogs: Batty as Little Bo Peep, seeking her sheep.
Part 1
(First: Episode 3468)
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
Film Wegman dogs: Batty as Little Bo Peep, still seeking her sheep.
Part 2
(First: Episode 3468)
Animation A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, and a letter.
(First: Episode 3142)
Film Wegman dogs: Batty as Little Bo Peep, still seeking her sheep.
Part 3
(First: Episode 3468)
SCENE 5 cont'd When Big Bird finishes, Barkley still won't stop barking. Big Bird tries to find the positive in the situation; at least he got to read his book.
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
(First: Episode 3460)
Muppets "I'm a Bookworm, Baby!"
(First: Episode 2994)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Film A child voice-over talks about a Hawaiian party that her family has.
(First: Episode 3139)
Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
(First: Episode 2607)
Muppets Clementine and Elmo sing a song about things that are "Imporant."
(First: Episode 2702)
Film How to say "butterfly" in sign language
(First: Episode 3341)

SCENE 6 Big Bird gets an idea on how Gordon and Bob can talk over the barking: use sign language! The plan works and Linda returns shortly afterward. Bob assures her he was no trouble whatsoever and she takes him away.
SCENE 6 cont'd Just as things get quiet, an Anything Muppet woman (Pam Arciero) comes by with her pet elephant, whom she leaves in their temporary watch. They try to announce the sponsors over the elephant's loud and constant blaring.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Telly is concerned when Oscar is reading a "nice" book.

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