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Sesame Street
Bolo learns the alphabet
Air date April 1, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors J, 11
Syndication 123 Sesame Street

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly finds a parrot (Joey Mazzarino) at the Fix-It Shop with Maria and Rosita. He's told that Rosita is training the parrot, named Bolo, to say the alphabet as a surprise for her cousin Tito's birthday party today. Maria is sure it won't be easy, but Telly thinks it'll be a snap, noting how well Bolo repeats today's sponsors.
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Song "See Like a Bird" (Pigeon)
(First: Episode 3670)
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Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces the letter of the day.
(First: Episode 3819)
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Song "J, Just How Jazzy Can You Get?"
(First: Episode 3396)
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Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
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Film Girls jump rope and sing playground rhymes.
(First: Episode 3280)
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Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Devon shows Ernie his robin's nest.
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Cartoon A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest. (new music and sound effects added)
Artist: Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1510)
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Insert "Professor Television" (Bill Irwin) tries to demonstrate near and far, with help from Maria's voice.
(First: Episode 3617)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Grover, on a surfboard, demonstrates near and far.
(First: Episode 2859)
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SCENE 2 Telly and Rosita sing "The Alphabet Song" to Bolo, who instead sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Telly notes the two songs have the same tune and they continue singing the alphabet song over and over. Telly is confident he'll learn - "Even pigs can sing the alphabet!"
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Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "The Boogie-Woogie Piggies."
(First: Episode 2922)
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Film A girl's grandmother teaches Spanish to her parrot Kuka.
(First: Episode 3101)
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Muppets Zoe points out her Zoemobile wheels are round, leading to...
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Film / Animation Circles of all kinds are displayed as funky rap music plays.
(First: Episode 3126)
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SCENE 3 Bolo begins singing, but instead the lyrics are the numbers 1 through 23. Telly thinks they need help and calls for Maria.
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Cartoon Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
(First: Episode 2415)
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Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3819)
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Cartoon A bus driver counts 11 of each necessity for a bus trip camping.
(First: Episode 3151)
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Cartoon Rubber Stamp #11
(First: Episode 2885)
cut from the Noggin version
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Animation Counting up to 11 (African masks)
(First: Episode 3151)
cut from the Noggin version
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Film Using sign language, a boy reads his poem, "The Hawk."
(First: Episode 3806)
cut from the Noggin version
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SCENE 4 Maria suggests they teach Bolo the alphabet one letter at a time instead of the whole thing. It seems to work, but he instead starts singing "Hasenpfeffer" in place of the letters. Rosita thinks another bird could help them out.
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Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2901)
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Film J, for jiggle, juggle, jump, joy.
(First: Episode 3396)
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Animation Planet J/j
(First: Episode 2833)
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Film A man in a J costume jumps at the beach.
(First: Episode 3527)
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Cartoon What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? What do you think would happen?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0406)
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Muppets Kermit says his "ABC's of the Swamp."
(First: Episode 1960)
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SCENE 5 "Even frogs could sing the alphabet!," Telly remarks following the segment. Big Bird and the Birdketeers have joined them, attempting to get Bolo to join their flock and sing the alphabet. They all chant "Sing! Sing! Sing!," prompting Bolo to lead everyone in a performance of "Sing."
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Animation Can you find the birds in this picture?
(First: Episode 3514)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
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Animation Ten masked dancers are counted in Spanish.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3079)
cut from the Noggin version
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Song "It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There." (Vocals by Jerry Nelson)
(First: Episode 3398)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets Zoe presents the word of the day in her Zoemobile - "STOP."
cut from the Noggin version
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Film Kids make the city traffic "stop" and "go."
(First: Episode 3310)
cut from the Noggin version
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Cartoon A snake is on, in, under, and stuck in a tree branch.
(First: Episode 2967)
cut from the Noggin version
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SCENE 6 Big Bird communicates bird-to-bird with Bolo, who explains he's not like other parrots. He doesn't repeat what other people says; he likes to sing what he wants. They politely ask if he wants to sing the alphabet and he makes it all the way through.
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Muppets Elmo's World: Water
(First: Episode 3831)
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SCENE 7 Bolo announces the sponsors, with Telly and Rosita's help.


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