Sesame Street
Big Bird has the birdy pox!
(repeat of 3434)
Air date March 6, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Directed by Steve Feldman
Sponsors D, 0


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy show Maria the (unfinished) poem they've been coming up with about the letter D:
D is for dalmatian, a dog who has spots
D is for doughnut and D is for...

..."dots!," Big Bird then states, pointing to the green dots on his legs. They notice he's covered with them, but they're not sure what they are. Maria decides to call Dr. Matthews to see what the issue is.

Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Dogs cheer D-O-G and fight with cats.
(First: Episode 1148)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to fool Bert with his disguises such as a pirate disguise and a bearded Red Riding Hood disguise, but Bert recognizes him each time and tells him to stop trying to fool him. Then a wolf knocks on the door and Bert is convinced it's Ernie in disguise again- until Ernie appears at the door! (new music added)
(First: Episode 1170)
Song "Get On Up and Move Your Body"
(First: Episode 3410)
Cartoon A dinosaur demonstrates up and down with a pull-down window shade.
(First: Episode 2887)
SCENE 2 Dr. Matthews (Julie Hagerty) arrives and inspects Big Bird, who's spots have spread ever more and have become itchy. She diagnoses him with "Birdy Pox," something that happens to most big yellow birds his age. She recommends staying in his nest and resting, but he can have guests. She also assures him his Birdy Pox will disappear by bedtime and soothes his dots with an ointment.
Cartoon Snacks On Parade: The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
Muppets A trio of bugs sing "Night Bug Boogie."
(First: Episode 2957)
Cartoon How to know a hippo when you find one. (new sound effects added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3081)
Film Wegman's dogs form all the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3266)
Muppets / Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres tries convincing Elmo on how similar they are (mainly how their names sound).
(First: Episode 3434)
Cartoon "Letters in the Body"
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3339)
Film Stefan goes to the doctor and gets a checkup.
(First: Episode 3527)
Cartoon Two men compete to be in front.
(First: Episode 0789)
Muppets Zoe demonstrates front and back using Wolfgang and a fish.
(First: Episode 3411)
Animation Letter Garden: D
(First: Episode 3015)
Song "Daddy Dear"
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon D-draw, dent, drop, dancer, done
(First: Episode 3060)
SCENE 3 The Count stops by, having heard of Big Bird's ailment. Big Bird hopes the Count can sing him a lullaby, but the Count would rather count. They cooperate as the Count sings a lullaby about the number of spots he has. Big Bird falls asleep, but is woken by the Count's trademark thunder. The Count gets a great idea to help and exits.
Film A judo class does 20 jumping jacks.
(First: Episode 3403)
Muppets Baby Bear sings a "scrubby scrubby" song as he takes a bath. As he finishes, he discovers Goldilocks has been in the tub with him breathing from a snorkel.
(First: Episode 3594)
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish, and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon A caterpillar sings "Exercise, Exercise."
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2839)
Film What sound does a cat make?
(First: Episode 3414)
SCENE 4 The Count returns with his surprise - 10 kids bringing 10 balloons to cheer Big Bird up!
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a TELEPHONE, and reads the word.
(First: Episode 1569)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie tries to demonstrate what a telephone is, but keeps getting calls.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3268)
Song "Reach Your Hand Up High"
(First: Episode 2702)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
SCENE 5 Snuffy enters with an idea to get rid of them - Big Bird should tell them to go away. When that doesn't work, Big Bird tries shaking them off. That idea also fails, so Snuffy tries blowing them off with his snuffle. Snuffy's next idea must wait until the first star of the night...
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2855)
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(First: Episode 2283)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Gone With the Wind" (re-filmed wraparounds)
(First: Episode 2410)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Film Wegman's dogs: Old Mother Hubbard
(First: Episode 3488)
Cartoon "Big Sneeze" - a man destroys everything in his path when he sneezes.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1579)

SCENE 6 Now nighttime, Big Bird and Snuffy wish on the first star in the sky that the Birdy Pox will disappear. Nothing happens, so the two part ways.

SCENE 6 cont'd Maria checks in on Big Bird, who's now sobbing and scared that the pox will never go away. Suddenly, Maria notices the pox disappearing from each part of his body! Big Bird has a brief celebration before heading to sleep, as Maria announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Ruthie stands still in different poses while Telly follows along.

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