Sesame Street
Big Bird's beach plans
Air date April 21, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors M, 0
Releases Paley Center Archive

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird is happy because he’s going to the beach today, though Grundgetta hopes something will go wrong. Big Bird can’t foresee any disaster, he’s planned everything - he’s got his beachball, umbrella, blanket and lunch. All he needs now is a grown-up to take him there. He knows Carlo is working at Hooper's Store today, which means Mr. Handford has the day off. He approaches Mr. Handford, who is busy taking care of his niece's daughter.
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Cartoon A family goes over their camping checklist before they leave for the woods.
(First: Episode 3411)
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Film A girl narrates a film of herself swimming.
(First: Episode 3611)
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Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)
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Muppets / Celebrity Kadeem Hardison says the alphabet with Natasha.
(First: Episode 2787)
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Film "We have a nice school"... with ducks.
(First: Episode 3144)
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(First: Episode 1155)
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Muppets Some Anything Muppets sing about the staff you'll meet in "First Grade."
(First: Episode 3505)
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Cartoon Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3039)
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SCENE 2 "If one grown-up can’t take you to the beach, find another one!," Big Bird declares. He asks Maria to take him, but she, Luis and Gabi are looking after Mrs. Rivera’s son, Diego. He tries to ask Gordon, but finds he, Susan and Miles are also looking after a baby.
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Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)
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Muppets Baby Fats Domino sings "Shake Your Rattle and Roll," encouraging babies to exercise.
(First: Episode 3352)
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Animation M for moon, monster, monkey and magic
(First: Episode 3422)
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Animation Pencil box M / m
(First: Episode 3077)
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Film The letter M dances at the beach.
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Muppets Ernie talks about the differences between himself and his cousin, Ernestine. He can't find anything that they have in common -- until he hears Ernestine laugh.
(First: Episode 2053)
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Song "Beautiful Baby" (remake)
(First: Episode 3549)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird doesn’t believe it - every grown-up is taking care of a baby! Big Bird and Grundgetta count the 6 babies around the park. Gina passes by and says she doesn’t have a baby - she has three!
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Film Wegman's dogs: Farmer McFay counts six fruits.
(First: Episode 3216)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out "feet," and then the camera pans back to reveal a pair of live feet on some grass.
(First: Episode 1289)
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Cartoon One of these shoe pairs ...
(First: Episode 0503)
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Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
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Cartoon A baby and father illustrate up and down.
(First: Episode 2687)
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Film Children demonstrate "up" and "down" with balls.
(First: Episode 3562)
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Muppets Snuffy sings "Bubble on My Snuffle."
(First: Episode 3338)
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Film A girl goes to school somewhere in Africa. We see the girl getting ready to go to school, as she washes herself and brushes her teeth, puts on her clothes, brushes her hair, and takes her lunch, all with some help from her mother. We see her walking past her neighbors and watching her classmates play outside as she arrives at school. The bell rings and the girl enters the school, where the teacher is passing out chalk to her students. We see the teacher teaching the students the English words: "a boy", "a girl", "a man", "a woman," which she has written on the board, along with a drawing for each word. The students repeat the words, then write them down on their individual chalkboards as we hear the girl remark, "We are learning to read and write." The students then jump up and down, as the teacher looks on, smiling. Next, we see the students jumping outside excitedly, now that school has finished.
(First: Episode 2658)
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Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird’s last hope is Ruthie. She’s not taking care of any babies, but is holding a big baby item sale in honor of all the babies on the street!
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Cartoon A girl's friend tries to guess how many elephants she saw at the zoo today; the answer is zero.
(First: Episode 3609)
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Muppets Three Anything Muppet babies sing "A Baby's Life."
(First: Episode 1423)
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Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
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Film A girl name Maria and her family are having a Cuban Bar-B-Q. She invited her friend, Stewart, to enjoy in the fun and learn about Cuban culture. (Note: Stewart has a ball with a picture of Oscar the Grouch on it.)
(First: Episode 2760)
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Cartoon A cartoon shows a few Spanish words - which are also English words.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3011)
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Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
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SCENE 5 Everyone coos over the babies while singing "Baby, Baby, Baby." Big Bird and Grundgetta are disgusted, but Big Bird still has one more plan up his sleeve...
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Animation The word "LOVE" in various situations.
(First: Episode 3569)
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Song "Mom and Me" (new vocal track)
(First: Episode 2462)
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Muppets Elmo dances to "What's Your Number?" by Count Basie.
(First: Episode 3526)
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Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot wants to demonstrate the letter M. Grover enters, making "Mmmmm" noises, so Herbert uses Grover to help him tell a story using M words. When the story is over, Herbert discovers that Grover's mouth is stuck together after eating peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Animation Letter Garden: M
(First: Episode 3079)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet family arranges themselves in different ways.
(First: Episode 0275)
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Animation In a Van Gogh painting, a baby takes its first steps to Papa.
(First: Episode 3492)
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Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird plans to tell the adults how he feels, but Grundgetta says it for him. The adults apologize and assure him he’s still loved despite the presence of the babies. They promise to take him to the beach tomorrow and today, he can play with the babies. They all sing "Baby, Baby, Baby" again as Grundgetta announces the sponsors.
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COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Rosita sings a song to Stinky the Stinkweed, who's pretending to be her baby.


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