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Sesame Street
Alan, Hooper's new storekeeper, caters a Birdketeer meeting
Air date November 16, 1998
(season premiere)
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Directed by Emily Squires
Production September 9, 1998
Sponsors 5, H
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, Sprout
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Big Bird is about to have a Birdketeers meeting, but first, he decides to say hi to Alan, the new storekeeper at Hooper's Store. Big Bird and the Birdketeers help him unload and count six boxes. Alan thanks them by offering the store as a place for their meeting, but he doesn't realize there may be more Birdketeers coming.
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover works at a chicken restaurant, Chicken Castle. He serves Mr. Johnson an empty bucket. When he demands a full bucket, Grover squeezes into the bucket. (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 3771)
Cartoon African quilt pattern
(First: Episode 3145)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie introduce Suzie Kabloozie, especially because they enjoy saying her name.
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings "Somebody Come and Play."
cut from the HBO Max version

SCENE 2 While Alan gets the snacks, Elmo decides to be a Birdketeer. Meanwhile, the Birdketeers practice the Birdketeer call: "Tra la la, tweet tweet tweet."

Muppets Monsters in Day Care: Sam, Emma and Stephanie teach Herry to sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". The monsters sing it at Monster Day Care.
Cartoon Slot machine legs: tiger.
Artist: Veronika Soul
Muppets Ernie asks Rubber Duckie what he wants to see next.
cut from the HBO Max version
Muppets / Celebrity Angel Corella dances the Ballet Alphabet, while Telly, Zoe and Elmo name the letters. (edited)
(First: Episode 3785)
cut from the HBO Max version
SCENE 3 Alan returns with Elmo's sandwich. Big Bird leads the Birdketeers in the "Up and Down Dance."
Cartoon A baby and father illustrate up and down.
(First: Episode 2687)
Muppets / Celebrity Humphrey and Ingrid hire Fran Drescher as Baby Natasha's nanny. But instead of going to work, Humphrey and Ingrid don't want to miss all the fun -- so they stay home with Natasha and Fran.
Song "Beautiful Baby" (remake)
(First: Episode 3549)
cut from the HBO Max version
Muppets Ernie loves and is tickled by Rubber Duckie.
Animation The word "LOVE" in various situations.
(First: Episode 3569)
SCENE 4 The Birdketeers meeting has one more surprise guest: Herbert, the letter H (Joey Mazzarino).
Cartoon Soul H
(First: Episode 3368)
Cartoon A red man tries to think of words that begin with H, but a yellow man keeps spewing them out until Red draws a hole under Yellow, who yells "HELP!!" (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0020)
SCENE 5 The gang enjoyed Herbert's H movies. Herry joins the Birdketeers, and asks Alan for 12 sandwiches.
Film HAT: Kids try on different hats.
(First: Episode 3292)
Animation H in space (with astronauts)
(First: Episode 3697)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert sees Ernie singing into a pot, pretending it's a microphone. Ernie tells Bert he likes his music loud, while Bert prefers soft, leading into "Loud and Soft". After their song, Ernie offers Bert the pot to sing with, but he declines, so Ernie puts it on Bert's head as a hat.
Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)
SCENE 6 Alan is running out of food, and is going to have to tell the Birdketeers to end the meeting. Meanwhile, they're having "the best meeting ever."
Film William Wegman's dogs show what a waiter does at work.
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie introduce the number of the day.
Cartoon A chorus of 5s come out of a 5 painting.
(First: Episode 3300)
Film Two girls clap out Five.
(First: Episode 3007)
Animation "Five Waltzing Chairs"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2983)


SCENE 7 Before Alan can end the meeting, the Birdketeers thank Alan and make him a lifetime Birdketeer. Then they end the meeting themselves. Most of the cast joins to welcome him by singing "Welcome!"
Muppets Elmo's World: Balls
SCENE 8 Alan thanks Big Bird for helping with the Birdketeers to clean up the arbor. Big Bird shows him how the sponsors are read.


  • This is the first appearance of Alan and a new design of Hooper's Store.
  • The Sesame Street sign has a new look beginning with this episode, with a thinner yellow border and a rounder half-circle containing the "CTW" in it. It replaces the original Sesame Street sign that had been used since the very first episode.
  • This marks the debut of new designs for Baby Bear and Rosita; Baby Bear's figure is slimmed down, and is given a whisp of hair on the top of his head. Rosita's face is made slightly wider, and her head is given more hair.
  • This episode features the first appearance of Elmo's World and Monsters in Day Care, and is the first show where a Sesame character appears throughout the episode to introduce segments (this practice will end by Season 33, with the advent of repeated segments for every episode).
  • A dedication to Jeff Moss appeared in the episode's original airing.
  • After Caroll Spinney's death, Alan Muraoka posted on Facebook: "My very first episode of Sesame Street involved me hosting a Birdketeer Club meeting at Hooper's Store, and ends with Big Bird and the entire cast singing "Welcome To The Party" to let me know that I was now a part of their family. We got to watch a sneak preview of that episode a few months later during a lunch break, and when it ended Caroll was sitting in front of me and turned to me with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. I knew then that I was indeed a part of the Sesame family. That is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my days."[1]


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