Sesame Street
Plot Telly and Baby Bear take turns wearing Papa Bear's hat
Air date November 30, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Sponsors H, 2
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Baby Bear is wearing his Papa Bear's hat because it makes him feel like his papa and he begins to do his impression of him. Telly is impressed and wishes to wear the hat too, but Baby Bear denies him.
Film HAT: Kids try on different hats.
(First: Episode 3292)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Cartoon Falling leaves form H and h.
(First: Episode 3118)
Muppets Cookie Monster is about to eat a cookie, when a sad-looking girl approaches and stares at him. He tries to eat the cookie, but can't do it. He breaks the cookie in half and shares the cookie with the girl. He eats his half of the cookie. When the girl eats her half, she eats it just like Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0623)
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange. (new music added)
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2352)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
SCENE 2 Telly points out to Baby Bear that they're friends and friends share with each other. Baby Bear realizes this and tries to give the hat to Telly, but can't bring himself to do it; he's having too much fun being Papa Bear and if Telly had the hat, he'd be depriving his friend of fun. With no solution in sight, they go to Maria for help.
Fish Cowboy Hat
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
Animation A horseshoe and boot pattern
(First: Episode 3577)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Film Girls sing a jump-rope rhyme about naming a puppy.
(First: Episode 3279)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Cartoon A number of kids named Joe play sports. Joanne plays kickball.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 1949)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.

SCENE 3 The two rush up to Maria and explain their dilemma. Her suggestion - take turns. They think it's a great idea and take turns. Baby Bear hands the hat to Telly, who feels a great amount of special power from it ("Finally, I'll be able to experience the thrill of being Papa Bear. Feel the power of his brute strength, yet also his gentle, sensitive side."). Telly does his impression and they pass the hat to each other. As they leave, Maria notes, "There go two very happy Papa Bears."
Muppets Herry Monster sings "Two Heads Are Better Than One."
(First: Episode 1447)
Film The McDouble twins know how to help each other.
(First: Episode 3213)
Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Animation The letter H appears in words on buildings.
(First: Episode 3368)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Cartoon H - Horse
(First: Episode 0474)
Song "Sharing Swing with Kids Song (Share in Your Fun with Another Someone)"
(EKA: Episode 0926)
SCENE 4 Telly and Baby Bear count off and are two Papa Bears. They then hear the sound of two elephants...
Cartoon Two Elephants (Gordon voice-over and new sound effects added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1457)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Samantha see what body parts she has 2 of.
(First: Episode 3559)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy: Robert W. Shipshape gets a hat for his birthday, and it blows into the street. R.W. remembers not to cross the street without an adult; Teeny Little Superguy helps him across.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 2549)
SCENE 5 At a Birdketeer meeting, Big Bird announces their special guests - the two Papa Bears, who sing "I've Got Two" with the club.
SCENE 5 cont'd After they've left, Papa Bear shows up, asking if Baby Bear's around. Big Bird doesn't recognize him without his hat and points him in the direction of the two Papa Bears.
Cartoon Parts of a face are drawn in black on-screen before forming a picture.
(First: Episode 3320)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Film Kids play rhythms on pots, pans, a barrel and a washboard.
(First: Episode 3443)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams shows Elmo the many fun things one can do with a stick.
(First: Episode 2835)
SCENE 6 Gina and the kids are going to play a game based on the previous segment, but need an object to use. The two Papa Bears happen by and let them use the hat (provided the game be short and they get it back afterwards). They pretend the hat is a steering wheel, a bowl of porridge, a spaceship and a basketball hoop.
SCENE 6 cont'd They take the hat back and keep pretending, when they run into the real Papa Bear, who wants his hat back.
Animation A showcase of how many fun things can be done with paper.
(First: Episode 3482)
Muppets The Big Bad Wolf sings about himself and his family.
(First: Episode 3001)
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)

SCENE 7 Telly and Baby Bear play with the hat one last time before letting Papa Bear have it back. Gina comforts them, saying they could find another hat. They don't think there's another hat as good as Papa Bear's, so she turns their attention to a hat montage (featuring clips from various Muppet, film and animated inserts). Telly spots one he likes (from the "Tall Short Texans" cartoon) and goes to the cowboy from it and borrows his hat. The two start playing cowboy with it.
Muppets Elmo's World: Hats

SCENE 8 Baby Bear, Telly and Gina announce the sponsors while each taking turns wearing the cowboy hat.

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