Sesame Street
Gabi gets sick on her birthday
(repeat of 3442)
Air date March 3, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors F, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo greets the viewer as he and Luis decorate the Rodriguezes' apartment for Gabi's 8th birthday party. Maria gives her daughter a kiss and finds she has a high temperature. Gabi also feels tired. Maria decides to take her to the doctor.
Animation Stop-motion representation of "Happy Birthday," with balloons, gummi bears, glitter, etc.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3358)
Muppets Cookie Monster goes to the bakery for a special birthday cookie. The baker lists all the ingredients of the cookie, as Cookie visualizes it. The visualized image looks so delicious that he eats it.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings about the things she can imagine herself doing "In My Head."
(First: Episode 3526)
Film A Puerto Rican family get-together includes cooking, playing soccer, and finally the big dinner.
(First: Episode 3081)
Animation "Family Dance"
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3487)
SCENE 2 Luis and Elmo wait at the steps of 123 Sesame Street for Gabi and Maria to return from the doctor. When they arrive, Maria reveals Gabi has a light case of the flu, and she can't be around other kids. Due to this, they worry that her birthday party will have to be called off. They head up to their apartment to rest, while Elmo tells the viewers, "This isn't a happy birthday... This is an un-happy birthday!" He thinks of how to make it better.
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names. (applause added)
(First: Episode 0772)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird and tennis star Michael Chang play tennis together and tie their shoes.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(First: Episode 1513)
Film Bethany visits the doctor.
(First: Episode 3585)
Cartoon "How I Got the Hives," a true story by Corky Pumpkin.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3353)
Song Hoots the Owl sings "This Is How We Take a Bath."
(First: Episode 3216)
SCENE 3 Luis comes to Maria and Gabi, resting in the living room. He tells them that he called everybody and informed them Gabi is sick, and that they'll have her birthday party when she recovers. Maria says that even though she's too sick to have her party, she can still receive her birthday gifts. They bring out her gifts: an acoustic guitar, a Spanish-speaking toy doll from her tia Mercedes and uncle Felix, and a Mexican pinata from her tia Matilda. Luis blindfolds Gabi and she whacks it to open out the candy. They all have a fun time, especially Gabi, and Luis reminds her what her mother said: "It's okay to be sad because you got sick on your birthday." She says it's hard to be sad when you have all these gifts and candy on the floor.
Song John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy and proud" on your birthday.
(First: Episode 3421)
Animation F candles
(First: Episode 3081)
Film A big F emerges, "Jaws"-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3353)
Cartoon Typewriter: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0781)
Song Beautiful Baby (remake)
(First: Episode 3549)
Cartoon Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3039)
Muppets Kermit says his "ABC's of the Swamp."
(First: Episode 1960)
Film Lindsey practices her basketball shooting with Steph.
(First: Episode 3517)
Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
SCENE 4 Elmo walks down the street, delivering the gifts from Gabi's friends to her house in order to make her happy. He runs into The Count, and asks if he has gotten everybody ready. He has, but before they can bring the gifts to Gabi, he must count all of the presents. And since it's Gabi's birthday, he vows to count them in Spanish! He starts counting them, but briefly forgets what seven is in Spanish. During this time, the weight of the presents starts getting heavier on Elmo's hands. Once the Count reaches the total, 10 presents, the weight is too heavy, causing Elmo to collapse.
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Animation Colors on a bathroom floor dance to jazz music.
Muppets The Martians are a "Yip Yip Family."
(First: Episode 2724)
Film A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is famous clown David Larible. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon Clown Honking #9
(First: Episode 3219)
Film Milo Counting #9
(First: Episode 3578)
Cartoon Nine sheep jump over a fence.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1501)

SCENE 5 The Rodriguez family sits in the kitchen, surrounded by birthday party utensils. Gabi plays her guitar, feeling sad that her party would've started now if she hadn't been sick. The doorbell suddenly rings, and Luis runs to the door to meet a postal worker (performed by Fran Brill) with a singing telegram, and a special package for Gabriela Rodriguez from Puerto Rico. It's for Gabi! The deliverer sings her telegram, which Maria explains is a Puerto Rican birthday greeting. Gabi opens the package, which contains a pogo stick sent from her grandmother. The deliverer also learns Gabi is sick, and happens to cheer her up with the exact same motto her parents told her!
Cartoon A map of Puerto Rico forms into the shape of animals and other things that are found there.
(First: Episode 3030)
Muppets / Cast Carlo sings a story-song about a prince who only says "No me gusta."
(First: Episode 3326)
Cartoon The parts of a man’s face move around as they are drawn.
(First: Episode 3410)
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)
Cartoon F-face: Various faces morph into each other.
(First: Episode 2916)
Film Alphaboy fans his father's feet with feathers.
(First: Episode 3442)
Film Alphaquest: F
A faucet finishes a fire, and flood of freaky fish.
(First: Episode 2759)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBiff is surprised at how much Daniel knows about the park, even though he's blind.
(First: Episode 3114)
Fido's birthday.jpg
Song "It's Fido's Birthday" - a song about a birthday party for a goldfish.
(First: Episode 3609)
SCENE 6 Elmo is about to walk into Gabi's apartment with her friends' birthday gifts. The Count catches up and asks if Elmo is ready. Elmo reminds the Count not for him to start singing until he follows him inside.

SCENE 6 (cont'd) In the kitchen, Gabi practices jumping on her new pogo stick while Maria talks to her mother on the phone. She hands the phone to Gabi so her grandmother can wish her a happy birthday, along with the repeated motto. Their doorbell rings, but when Luis opens the door, nobody's there, except the presents from Gabi's friends. Elmo starts calling her name outside, and they all rush to the window. Everyone is standing outside, including Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Zoe, Bob, Celina, Gina, Gordon, Miles, the Count, and Elmo. They all sing Happy Birthday in Spanish to Gabi, with the Count even stating the motto as well. Gabi is now happy, and everyone sings the song again. Bob announces the sponsors.
SCENE 6 (cont'd) Slimey's spaceship is still on the way to the moon!
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Miles, Gabi, Big Bird and Lexine witness a squirrel rapping about cleaning up the littered park.

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