Sesame Street
Zoe and Big Bird are sick
Air date December 29, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Annie Evans
Sponsors E, 7
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gordon informs the viewer that Big Bird has a cold and is confined to his nest to get some much-needed rest. Big Bird feels bad because he had a playdate planned with Zoe. Meanwhile, Gina watches over Zoe, who too has a cold and her parents are at work.

SCENE 1 cont'd They see Telly coming by on the street and tell him to relay to Big Bird that Zoe is also sick. Telly delivers the message to Big Bird, who asks Telly to send a similar message back to Zoe.
Cartoon "Why Bears Smile" - a story of a bear who learned which body part to cover when sneezing. (new music and sound effects added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1109)
Film Jodi goes to the doctor for a check-up.
(First: Episode 3526)
Cartoon "How I Got the Hives," a true story by Corky Pumpkin.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3353)
SCENE 2 Telly reports Big Bird's message to Zoe, who wishes he could've seen her letter E drawing. Telly offers to deliver it and takes off (scored by "Ride of the Valkyries").
Film I hab a cauld ib by dose.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1170)
SCENE 2 cont'd Telly passes by 123 Sesame Street with Zoe's picture.
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Animation Planting Letters: E
(First: Episode 3009)
Cartoon An old man recites a poem about the time he had the flu. (new music added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1274)
SCENE 3 Telly gives Big Bird the picture, and Big Bird responds with an E picture of his own. Gordon worries Telly will wear himself out, but Telly presses onward. He brings the picture to Zoe, who asks Telly to tell Big Bird it's time to watch some E films. Telly returns to Big Bird with the message and they watch the following films...
Animation E / e Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3300)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
SCENE 3 cont'd Telly is about to leave, when Big Bird remembers he and Zoe were going to say the alphabet at this point in their playdate. Telly wearily makes his way to Zoe's to say it for Big Bird, then back to the nest to say it for Zoe. Telly takes a quick rest.
Cartoon "Beginning, Middle End" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2556)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Howard's End"
(First: Episode 3263)
SCENE 4 Big Bird now claims this would be the time where he and Zoe would play with the number 7. Telly staggers on his way to bring the number 7 to Zoe. "Funny, I think my music has slowed down a little," he remarks.
Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
SCENE 4 cont'd Telly trips and breaks the number 7 in half, which Oscar admires. Telly rushes to the Fix-It Shop.
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
SCENE 4 cont'd Telly impatiently waits as Luis repairs the 7. Telly then trudges onward, his music even slower than before.
Cartoon Cab Callowmouse demonstrates here and there in song.
(First: Episode 3711)
Muppets Grover gives the viewer a brief explanation of "here" and "there."
(First: Episode 3130)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Blueberry Mouth."
(First: Episode 3300)
Animation In a classic painting, a boy blows a bubble. It pops, and some kids yell "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 3311)
SCENE 5 Telly reaches Zoe's apartment outside with the 7, only Zoe wants to send Big Bird seven flowers! They provide him a basket and rope and they exchange items.
Animation Flower pattern - what goes in the middle?
Celebrity Little Richard sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 3263)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie comes from finishing his bath, and tells Bert that there's something that he forgot. Bert asks if he's washed behind his ears, his neck, and his elbows. Finally, Ernie remembers that he forgot to turn off the water in the tub -- as the water level rises.
(First: Episode 0347)
cut from reruns
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (Shark fishing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Animation Kids are surprised when animated things pop up out of nowhere.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3567)
cut from reruns
Animation African quilt pattern #2
(First: Episode 3134)
cut from reruns

SCENE 6 Telly, completely worn out, brings the flowers to Big Bird, who states now is when he and Zoe would sing together. Seeing how tired he is, Big Bird instead sings "Sing" with Gordon. Their song is overheard by Gabi, her friends, Alan, Gina and Zoe, who join in.
Muppets Elmo's World: Dancing
(First: Episode 3801)
SCENE 7 The whole gang announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing "Sing After Me."
This and the below segment replaced the two before Scene #6 during summer reruns.
Animation Ocean countdown 10-1
(First: Episode 2848)
Muppets Elmo's World: Water
(First: Episode 3831)
This segment replaced "Elmo's World: Dancing" during summer reruns.

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