Sesame Street
Leo Birdelli visits
Air date March 17, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors D, 9
Releases HBO Kids


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, Carlo, Maria and Big Bird see an article in the newspaper stating famous bird art collector, Leo Birdelli, is coming to the street to buy some bird art. Big Bird isn't sure he wants to make something for Leo, until he learns Leo pays with birdseed.
Animation A portrait of MOM hangs in a gallery.
(First: Episode 3318)
Song A salute to M-O-M.
(First: Episode 3564)
Cartoon Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3039)
Muppets Elmo and Telly sing "Baby Say It Loud," a silly song about a silly cow and a silly duck.
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
cut from the HBO version
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(First: Episode 2687)
Cartoon Snacks On Parade: The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
cut from the HBO version

SCENE 2 Leo arrives and Big Bird shows him his latest work: "Duck with a Letter D." Leo likes it, but already has a piece just like it. He becomes fixated with Big Bird's drawing of Mr. Hooper and wishes to buy it for one bag of birdseed. Big Bird thinks he should draw something else instead.
Cartoon "Daddy Dear" (opening shot cut)
(First: Episode 0367)

Muppets In a Dragnet spoof, Darlene depends on D-tective Dave to debunk the debacle of her "DOG" word, which is missing its first letter.
(First: Episode 3499)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Film A visual representation of the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-Cake" with Wegman's dogs.
(First: Episode 3467)
Muppets "I'm a Bookworm, Baby!"
(First: Episode 2994)
Animation The word BUS is displayed, followed by a graphic of a school bus leaving.
(First: Episode 3052)
SCENE 3 Big Bird now shows off his latest piece - a BUS drawing. Leo finds it interesting, but has a piece just like it, too. His interests still lie with the picture of Mr. Hooper and ups his offer to four bags of birdseed. Big Bird still would rather make something different.
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking the bus home with her dad. They play a game where she points to things and identifies them.
(First: Episode 3302)
Cartoon Ds are found on a city street
(First: Episode 3361)

Muppets Bushman Bill introduces Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops performing "D Duah Duah."
(First: Episode 1449)
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon A caveman sits on what he thinks is a rock, not realizing that it's a dinosaur, which is alive.
(First: Episode 1737)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo and Rosie O'Donnell rap the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3170)
Animation A girl unfolds a map and uses it to describe her trip to Mexico, stopping in Texas along the way.
(First: Episode 2689)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
(First: Episode 3587)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself swimming.
Cartoon Two dogs wait at a bus stop for a long time while the red dog talks endlessly about short and long.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3207)
SCENE 4 Leo loves Big Bird's latest drawing of the number 9. Since he already has nine of them just like it, he rejects it and bumps up his offer of the Mr. Hooper picture to 9 bags of birdseed.
Cartoon Nine sheep (Swedish)
(First: Episode 1501)
Cartoon Underwater, there's a 9
(First: Episode 3283)
Muppets Annette Monster and Frankie Monster sing "Love the Ocean" to urge others to "show respect for the sea" and refrain from throwing trash in the water.
(First: Episode 2680)
Cartoon A boy thinks it's raining outside, so he puts on his rain gear and goes outside, only to find sunny weather. It turns out the lawn sprinkler was near his window.
(First: Episode 1627)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)

SCENE 5 Big Bird still isn't sure he wants to take up Leo's offer, so Leo asks what's so important about the picture. Big Bird talks about the many things Mr. Hooper did for him while he was still alive, accompanied by a series of flashbacks. Leo now sees how special the picture is and increases his offer to 100 bags of birdseed for the sentimental value.
Song "You're Important"
(First: Episode 3396)
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0800)
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend Amelia.
(First: Episode 2784)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tells Bert to stand still in front of the camera so that he can "trace" Bert's face on the screen.
(First: Episode 0536)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A girl narrates a poem about the sad time when her goldfish died.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1378)

SCENE 6 Big Bird is about to give in and sell the picture, but reconsiders, saying no amount of birdseed could make him sell it. "I can't say goodbye to you again, Mr. Hooper," he tells the picture. Leo understands and wishes to instead spend his birdseed on drawing lessons from Big Bird. As the lesson begins, Maria announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Oscar's Fairy Grouchmother (Rosie O'Donnell) grants Oscar's wish to fill his trash can all the way with trash.


  • The HBO Kids airing of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence, despite having originally aired on a Monday.

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