Sesame Street
Are You My Brother?
Air date April 8, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors Z, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Snuffy and Alice show a big book to Bob, telling him that it's a story he wrote called Are You My Brother?, about a little Snuffleupagus who is missing her older sibling. Starring Alice as the protagonist, the girl Snuffleupagus is searching for her big brother to play with, when a whirring bumblebee (Bob) approaches her. Alice thinks it might be her brother, but the bumblebee reminds her that her brother looks identical to her, having furry legs and no wings, and isn't a bumblebee. Bob tries to her cheer up by singing a tune about bumblebees, but sad Alice walks away to keep finding her brother, which will continue into the next chapter...
Film "Jack-a-Nory" with Wegman's dogs.
(First: Episode 3615)
Cartoon "Animal Elevator": 10-1 (subtraction)
(First: Episode 2523)
Film A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet.
(First: Episode 2853)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Jordan sings the alphabet for Grover.
(First: Episode 3563)
Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
(EKA: Episode 2486)
SCENE 2 Snuffy resumes the story with Chapter 2, where Alice keeps searching for her brother. She comes across a spider (also portrayed by Bob), but while he has furry legs, he points out that he doesn't have the same features her brother does – he doesn't have four legs, brown fur or a snuffle. Bob fails to brighten Alice's spirits by singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," as she keeps on looking for her brother. Outside the story, Snuffy admits that Bob's characters definitely look like him.
Animation Clown Honking #11
(First: Episode 3196)
Film Milo Counting: 11
(First: Episode 3585)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #11
(First: Episode 2885)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert expects a visit from his identical twin brother Bart. Ernie notes that they're alike in many ways, but their major difference is that Bart has a sense of humor.
(First: Episode 0594)
Cartoon A vaudeville act of two SAME people ends when one of them falls off the stage. (new sound effects and sting added)
(First: Episode 0778)
Film An Indian boy narrates how Chapati bread is made.
(First: Episode 3204)
Cartoon Z doesn't like its sleepy Z image -- Z can also be zany, and zip and zoom.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3607)
Muppets "Zig Zag Dance"
(First: Episode 1567)
Cartoon Z for Zebu (new music added)
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1185)
Animation "Family Dance"
(First: Episode 3487)

SCENE 3 Before going into the third chapter, Snuffy mentions it features a bird. Bob assumes the bird surely is himself, due to his previous roles in the story, but Snuffy reveals it's Big Bird, who's looking for his own sister. He bumps into Alice, where he describes how his sister would be tall, skinny and yellow, and they just happen to meet a giant banana (again played by Bob). The banana explains to both Big Bird and Alice that he doesn't have any siblings, leaving the two to go off searching. This time, he tries to cheer up Alice with a song about bananas, but Alice still walks away in sadness. Snuffy still brags how Bob's characters are just like him, but Bob asks to hear the end of the story. Snuffy says it's coming up, but not until after more "important messages."
Cartoon "Banana Samba" (short version)
(First: Episode 2920)
Film Two girls walk on an island together, and a map of the island is shown.
(First: Episode 2650)
Cartoon With the help of his assistant, Dr. Geo shows the viewer what a globe is.
(First: Episode 2836)

Muppets Super Morphin Mega Monsters
Zostic sends his henchmonsters to cause an argument between two Anything Muppet kids who want to play with the same truck. The Mega Monsters show them that taking turns can solve their problem.
(First: Episode 3525)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
SCENE 4 In the final chapter of Are You My Brother?, Alice meets her cousin Lou (Bob yet again), who, despite looking very similar to Alice, is not her brother. She almost begins to cry, but her real brother, Snuffy, enters right on the spot, and they all laugh together in joy as the story concludes. However, even though Snuffy's reached the end of the story, he directs everyone to some more important messages...
Boy's family portrait
Film A boy dances his way into his family's portrait.
(First: Episode 3129)
Cartoon "The Wasteroon Song" - three water drops complain about people wasting water, calling them "Wasteroons." (new sound effects added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2851)

Insert "Professor Television" (Bill Irwin) tries to demonstrate the word DANGER.
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and crickets. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
(First: Episode 2951)
Muppets / Celebrity Oscar the Grouch puts a sign on his trash can which reads "DON'T BOTHER ME!" A sassy postal worker (Rosie O'Donnell) knocks on his can, and when he asks her "Can't you read?" she shows him how many things she can read. She then walks off to find out where Oscar the Grouch lives so she can deliver the sardine cologne he ordered. Oscar angrily rips up the sign.
(First: Episode 3190)
Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild Letter Z.
(First: Episode 3496)
Animation Z / z Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3332)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(First: Episode 2062)
Animation Elephants appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.

SCENE 5 Snuffy brainstorms and decides he should turn the story into a play, using the same characters and actors as shown visually. He suggests to Bob that he'd be perfect for his roles, but Bob respectfully declines. However, he changes his mind when Snuffy mentions he'd be able to sing "all those wonderful songs," and also comes up with an idea for cousin Lou. Telly announces the sponsors while everyone has fun.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Telly and Zoe are "Readers of the Open Range."

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