Sesame Street
Gina studies to be a veterinarian
Air date November 17, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors W, 17
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. He walks over to the arbor, spots Gina reading a book, and suddenly wants Gina to read to him. She doesn't have time to do so, because the book she's reading is a college textbook - she's going to school to learn how to be a veterinarian. Big Bird asks her what a veterinarian is, and she narrates a film of a veterinarian examining various animals, including a puppy and a rabbit.
Now that Big Bird knows what a veterinarian is he suggests that Gina could be his doctor. She says it'll take a few years before that happens and Big Bird offers to help her with her studies. He runs off to fetch some animals ...
Cartoon "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(First: Episode 3396)
Film Alphaquest: W
(First: Episode 2712)
Film Ornate Ws spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2952)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter W.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3366)

SCENE 2 Big Bird makes sure Gina is ready for her first "patients," a bunny rabbit and a chicken with chicken pox (both Snuffy in costume). Snuffy then appears as himself but Gina thinks he's still pretending to be an animal.
Video Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
(First: Episode 2639)

Cartoon In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930s, Cab Callowmouse hosts the "Mother Goose Jamboree" at night in a bookstore.
(First: Episode 3653)

SCENE 3 Big Bird presents the next animal for Gina to examine: a cow with boo-boo from jumping over the moon. Gina stresses that she's not a doctor, but suggests that the cow could jump over something else ... and the cow repeatedly jumps over Gina.
Song "Jump" (soul)
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon Gerald's dog Sparky likes to pretend he's an alligator.
(First: Episode 1519)
SCENE 4 Gina thinks she finally has some peace and quiet, when Oscar approaches her with a problem: his elephant Fluffy has a splinter in her foot. Oscar told Fluffy not to go to the playground barefoot but she didn't listen; now she's going crazy. Eventually Gina agrees to help. She goes down into Oscar's trash can through the back door and looks for Fluffy in the dark, while bumping into various other animals inside. She finds Fluffy and successfully removes the splinter with some elephants' tweezers. Fluffy shows gratitude with a big wet trunk-kiss!
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
(First: Episode 3587)
Muppets In song, a boy wanders into the Animal Lost and Found, looking for his pet named Homer. The shopkeeper says, "Describe Your Pet to Me."
(First: Episode 2967)
SCENE 5 Gina is about to do some more studying, when Telly comes to her with a real problem: his hamster, Chuckie, appears to be sick. He hasn't moved much all day, nor eaten anything, nor run on his wheel. Gina remembers that she knows a real veterinarian, Dr. Byrd, who might be able to help.
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets Bert sings the club song for The National Association of W Lovers.
(First: Episode 0366)
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)

SCENE 6 Telly, Gina and Big Bird take Chuckie to the clinic where Dr. Byrd works. While in the waiting room, Telly frets over not knowing what's wrong with Chuckie. Big Bird talks to other pet owners in the waiting room, including a boy sitting near them with a pet parrot, who's come to get his beak trimmed.
Dr. Byrd calls Chuckie in, and Telly is very relieved. Big Bird is surprised that the doctor is not a bird, but Dr. Byrd does speak "tweet."
Cartoon Number creatures #17
(First: Episode 2745)
Film Kid mural painting #17
(First: Episode 3639)
Animation 17 derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
SCENE 7 Once Dr. Byrd hears what everyone knows about Chuckie, he determines that Chuckie has a broken leg, and proceeds to bandage up the leg, with Gina's help. Big Bird and Dr. Byrd think she'll be a great veterinarian.
Cartoon A red scribble demonstrates out and in.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3128)
SCENE 8 Big Bird, Gina and Telly watch Chuckie as he takes a nap. Telly then takes him home to watch Mr. Rogers [sic]; it always makes him feel better. Big Bird agrees; he loves Mr. Rogers. Gina finally has some quiet time to study!
Muppets Elmo's World: Balls
(First: Episode 3786)
SCENE 9 Gina has finished studying for the day, so now she can read a book to Big Bird. She announces the sponsors before she does.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo's World: Books
(First: Episode 3817)
This segment replaced Elmo's World: Balls during summer reruns.

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