Sesame Street
The Big Bad Wolf loses tic-tac-toe
Air date March 25, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors W, 10
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer from his nest, where he's playing a game of tic-tac-toe with the Big Bad Wolf. Big Bird wins when he forms three Os in a row, but when the Wolf finds out he loses, he reveals his angry side and blows the game away. This makes Big Bird upset, but the Wolf promises not to make his mistake again and requests to play the game again.
SCENE 1 cont'd The Wolf has gathered all the Xs and Os and has Big Bird go first, since he won. Big Bird reminds the Wolf to keep his promise as he lays down the first piece.
Cartoon A little boy describes the time when he got angry after his toy truck was destroyed by a big kid.
Artist: ArtistMike
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Film Caitlin gets her eyes examined, and picks out a pair of glasses.
(First: Episode 2948)
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)

Muppets In a Dragnet parody, Sergeant Thursday and Ben hunt for a wanted W.
(First: Episode 0395)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter W.
(First: Episode 3366)
Cartoon African quilt pattern #1
(First: Episode 3145)
SCENE 2 Big Bird wins the game again, prompting the Big Bad Wolf (despite keeping his promise) to lose his temper, and Big Bird unsuccessfully tries to stop him as he blows the game away again. Big Bird starts to leave for something else, but the Wolf pleas for him to stay, explaining that his huffing and puffing is a natural trait of his and is hard to control. He asks for Big Bird to give him a minute while he sobs and thinks of something.
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2087)
Song "I Put My Leg in My Pants"
(First: Episode 3402)
Cartoon W - wallpaper
(First: Episode 0291)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit asks Debo if he knows what a W is.
(First: Episode 0563)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter W.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3366)

Insert "Professor Television" (Bill Irwin) tries to demonstrate near and far, with help from Maria's voice.
Cartoon A girl notices some footprints near and far to her. They belong to a giant purple bird.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3134)
SCENE 3 The Big Bad Wolf has come up with a poem as a solution to his anger, which he recites for Big Bird. He thinks it's worth a try, so they play another round of the game. Big Bird wins yet again, which makes the Wolf recite his poem over and over. Big Bird thinks it's working, but when the Wolf mentions the word "lost", he immediately reverts back to huffing and puffing and sends the game flying again. Big Bird goes to think of a solution of his own, leaving the Wolf in despair over what he's done.
Animation Rubber Stamp #10
(First: Episode 2880)
Muppets Zoe is about to draw the number 10, but she only knows how to draw lines. Elmo doesn't know how to draw a 10 either, but he is good at making circles. An ominous voice advises them to cooperate.
(First: Episode 3390)
Animation Counting 10 shells
(First: Episode 3005)
Film A trip to an African dance school.
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Muppets Telly sings "Everything Goes" as he packs his backpack for a day in the park.
(First: Episode 3461)
Cartoon A family goes over their camping checklist before they leave for the woods.
(First: Episode 3411)
SCENE 4 Big Bird returns with a way he thinks will stop the Wolf's temper: having the Wolf use the Os instead of the Xs. This becomes problematic when the Wolf can't even find a spot on the board to place the first O.
Cartoon Shorty reaches a water fountain with a stool.
(First: Episode 0954)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "Don't Waste Water."
(First: Episode 2804)
Muppets Natasha has 15 seconds to say everything she knows about noses. She grabs Humphrey's nose.
Cartoon A kid names his own body parts.
(First: Episode 0809)
Muppets A little boy tells his grown-up friends to "Take My Hand" while they cross the street.
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Film How to say "turtle" in sign language
(First: Episode 3339)
Muppets Maya Angelou sings "My Name" with Lexine, Carlo and Elmo.
(First: Episode 3139)
Animation Lillian is proud because she climbed a mountain all by herself.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2749)
Film Kids talk about playing tennis.
(First: Episode 3148)
Cartoon Two hippie kids wonder how to make their droopy plant grow.
(First: Episode 1484)
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Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "You're Alive."
(First: Episode 1482)
Animation Amelia likes to pretend she can fly.
(First: Episode 2902)

SCENE 5 Back at the game, Big Bird starts to place his X on a winning spot, but he distracts the Wolf and places it on an adjacent spot instead to keep him from losing. The Wolf sees he has three Os and has a brief thrill of victory, but becomes suspicious that Big Bird helped him win. He eventually realizes he lost, but doesn't huff and puff the game away...he instead goes to blow Big Bird's door down!
Animation The camera encounters STOP signs in many locations.
(First: Episode 3465)
Muppets Game Show: Say The Word
(First: Episode 1373)
Cartoon A determined little boy makes several attempts to fly, and eventually gets his dad to take him on an airplane. (new music added)
(First: Episode 1871)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
Film / Animation Circles of all kinds are displayed as funky rap music plays.
(First: Episode 3126)
SCENE 6 Big Bird brings the Wolf back to show him another way of dealing with agony without huffing or puffing – expressing anger. The Wolf likes this method better and joins another round of the game, hopeful he'll lose (just so he can try out Big Bird's idea).

SCENE 6 cont'd The Wolf loses again of course, and he leashes out his anger instead of blowing away the game, to his and Big Bird's satisfaction. The Wolf reveals he also huffs and puffs whenever he's happy, and proceeds to blow the tic-tac-toe set away again! Big Bird announces the sponsors in vain, while the Wolf leaves to tell his mom about his day.
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