Muppet Wiki
Sesame Street
Barkley does not want to take a bath
Air date January 7, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors W, 7
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly, Miles, Linda, and Gordon bring an inflatable pool into the courtyard because it is time for Barkley's bath. Just in case they've missed anything, Telly asks if they can check everything that they have. They have the bathtub, the shampoo, the brush, Barkley's favorite towel, and a bone-shaped squeak toy. The only thing they need now is Barkley, who runs away after seeing all of the bath stuff.
Song "Washin' the Dog"
(First: Episode 3020)
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)
Film A man dances in a W costume on the beach.
(First: Episode 3606)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water
(First: Episode 0062)

SCENE 2 Telly has an anxiety attack, worried that Barkley will end up a big ball of dirt. Oscar overhears and likes the idea. Miles inspires the group to look all over Sesame Street and try to find out why Barkley doesn't want to take a bath, while Oscar admires Barkley's "inner Grouch".
Cartoon A girl writes a poem about the number of fleas on her dog, which add up.
(First: Episode 3481)
cut from the HBO Max version
Celebrity "Rubber Duckie" with Little Richard.
(First: Episode 3263)
Film A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet. A Bert and Baby Fozzie plush can be seen in the little girl's bedroom.
(First: Episode 2853)

SCENE 3 Big Bird, in his nest introduces the letter of the day, W, for words like "wonderful", "word", and "woof". Big Bird hears a "woof woof" sound, and thinks that the letter W is barking. Gordon arrives asking about Barkley, and both of them hear the barking noise. Gordon notices a large, orange tail sticking out behind Big Bird's nest, leading to a chase.
Film Wegman's dogs form a W.
(First: Episode 3277)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie 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)
Song "Let's Go Tubbin' Today"
(First: Episode 3024)
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho goes from the top of the ladder to the bottom of the water tank.
(First: Episode 0655)
cut from the HBO Max version

SCENE 4 At Hooper's Store, Alan puts out a number 7 tablecloth in honor of the number of the day. While he goes to answer the phone in the store, Barkley hides nearby. When he hears Miles and Telly calling, Barkley decides to use the tablecloth as a disguise. The hiding place doesn't work, and Barkley runs off again, prompting Alan to yell, "Stop that tablecloth!"
Cartoon Seven rabbits
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1493)
cut from the HBO Max version
Film Milo Counting: 7
(First: Episode 3595)
Muppets Cookie Monster wants Prairie Dawn's cookie and she makes Cookie Monster imagine the potentials for his actions. First, Cookie Monster imagines himself having a temper tantrum, realizing that'd hurt his fists. Then he tries to pounce on the cookies and then imagines himself stealing the cookie, and gets arrested by a police officer. Just when Cookie Monster eventually runs out of ideas, Prairie suggests that he asks her and he does, and gets half of the cookie.
(First: Episode 3188)
Cartoon "Wash Your Hands Before You Eat"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1523)
SCENE 5 Barkley runs into Linda, and becomes surrounded. After Alan retrieves his tablecloth, Linda remembers why Barkley is so afraid: he might get soap in his eyes. Telly has the perfect idea to fix the problem, and runs off...
Animation The word "dog" appears on-screen, followed by a shot of a dog
(First: Episode 3082)
Muppets Elmo and Seven Goldfish sing.
(First: Episode 2734)
Film Seven kids dance on a playground to the same beat.
(First: Episode 3844)
Cartoon A dog-shaped television changes channels until it comes to a channel of itself.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3045)
Film Wegman's dogs: Rub-a-Dub-Dub
(First: Episode 3530)
cut from the HBO Max version
SCENE 6 Telly borrows Snuffy's swimming goggles (with an adjustable strap) for Barkley to wear.
Song Hoots the Owl sings "This is How We Take a Bath."
(First: Episode 3216)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Jordan sings the alphabet for Grover.
(First: Episode 3563)
Cartoon A girl's ice cream falls off the cone, and her dog licks it up. She feels sad at first, but playing with her dog makes her happy.
SCENE 7 Barkley happily enjoys the bath, while Oscar protests: "Barkley, How could you?!". Oscar decides that he can't take it anymore; he's taking a mud bath.
Muppets Elmo's World: Dogs
(First: Episode 3852)
SCENE 8 Telly wonders if they used enough conditioner as Alan dries and brushes Barkley. Gordon and Alan announce the sponsors.


  • Oscar's trash can is seen in a different spot in this episode; it is seen on boxes in the arbor area.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 3854 Episode 3856