Sesame Street
Telly doesn't want a Big Bird on him!
Air date March 17, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors R, 6


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Both cheerful, Big Bird and Telly present the sponsors. Big Bird also promotes a film about birds.
SCENE 1 The duo excitedly introduce the bird film...
There's a Bird on Me
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
Big Bird and Telly get a good laugh from the film. Telly asks his friend if birds really do that. Big Bird claims a lot of birds do, worrying Telly that Big Bird may try to sit on him. Telly shields his head and runs away.
Animation Can you find the birds in this picture?
(First: Episode 3514)
Film The letter R is made out of rocks, painted, and found on the road.
(First: Episode 3602)
Cartoon The Typewriter: R for Rope
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0764)
Film Alphaquest: R
Running down a road past a rabbit, a radio, some rocks and a rainbow
(First: Episode 2726)
Song "Learning to Swim"
(First: Episode 3592)
Animation Fred the fish needs water to swim in, and Betty the bird needs air to fly in. Vanessa the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the air and water, but can't hold it all in. (narration by Jim Thurman)
(First: Episode 2564)
Muppets Jimmy is upset about moving to a new house, but Hoots the Owl shows up and sings "Things Are Always Changing."
(First: Episode 2937)
Cartoon In a circus setting, a girl becomes excited about getting her first loose tooth.
Artist: Steven Fonti
(First: Episode 3266)

SCENE 2 Telly runs to Maria, asking her to hide him from Big Bird. He shows a portion of the film to Maria to show why he’s afraid. Maria claims they’ve seen the film dozens of times before, but Telly worries Big Bird will sit on his head. He hears Big Bird arriving and thinks he’s coming to sit on him, so he runs off again. Big Bird comes to Maria and, upon learning why Telly is afraid, sets off to find Telly and settle the problem.
Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(First: Episode 2601)
Muppets Mr. Johnson comes to Grover's photo studio to have his portrait taken. However, Grover photographs his foot and hand instead, and has to be reminded to capture the face.
(First: Episode 3232)
Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(First: Episode 1721)
Muppets / Celebrity The Count waits for the rain, while Alice Walker explains to Elmo why rain is important. It finally rains, and they start counting the raindrops.
(First: Episode 3717)
Imagination Rain
Cartoon "Imagination Rain" (re-recorded audio)
(First: Episode 0353)
Film A girl talks about making bread.
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Cartoon Leaves form R and r
(First: Episode 3110)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter R.
(First: Episode 3351)
Cartoon A capital and lower-case R appear on sheets of paper.
(First: Episode 3127)
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)

SCENE 3 Big Bird asks Ruthie if she’s seen Telly, but with no luck. Unbeknownst to both of them, Telly has taken refuge behind one of Ruthie’s boxes. He calls Ruthie over and explains his problem to her. Telly thinks a disguise would help, but sees that Big Bird would sit on his head anyway. He then spots a fancy, lady’s hat with a fake bird already on it, which would fool Big Bird into thinking there’s already a bird on him. Telly sets off to show Big Bird his victory.
Cartoon A man (Marty Robinson) has a small octopus on his head, but a little boy (Joey Mazzarino) has a big octopus.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon".
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon The Hummingbird
Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1518)
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)
Animation The numbers 1-6 are carried away and/or demolished by construction equipment.
(EKA: Episode 2292)
Animation "Six Circus Balls"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3001)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays six marvelous monkeys who do stunts. (new music & sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1289)
Film Wegman's dogs re-enact "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
(First: Episode 3269)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy and girl have a conversation using the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0273)
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)

SCENE 4 A sad Big Bird sits next to Tarah in the arbor and gives her the scoop. She tells him to tell Telly how he feels, then hears Telly coming and leaves. Telly arrives to one-up his friend, until he learns Big Bird’s true feelings. With renewed friendship, they announce the sponsors, which appear on top of their heads. Telly also says Slimey’s spaceship is still on its way home.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Snuffy and Big Bird rejoice they were able to mail a letter to his granny, when she arrives for a visit.

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