Sesame Street
Snuffy and Big Bird talk about their family relationships
Air date February 3, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors O, 4
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird is practicing the Alphabet Song because he's going to sing it with Snuffy, his best friend. Big Bird welcomes the viewer and announces that Snuffy be coming soon. Snuffy arrives, but he can't stay long; he has to help his mother. With interest, Big Bird points out that Snuffy is both a friend and someone's son.
Song "Doing the Family Thing"
(First: Episode 3180)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: MOM.
(First: Episode 1481)
Animation A kid makes a birthday card for his mom.
(First: Episode 3614)
SCENE 2 Snuffy returns to sing the Alphabet Song, but he has to take care of Alice as well. However, every time Big Bird and Snuffy try to sing, Alice interrupts, wanting Snuffy to play ball with her. Big Bird observes that his friend is a mother's son, and a sister's big brother.
Cartoon "Family Dance"
(First: Episode 3487)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie talks to Vandy about families, and lets her keep Rubber Duckie for a day.
Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
(First: Episode 3528)
Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces a segment with the letter O.
(First: Episode 3867)
Cartoon A woman sings the "O" sound in a brief opera.
(First: Episode 3323)
Animation Planting Letters: O
(First: Episode 3010)
SCENE 3 Alice takes a nap, so now Big Bird and Snuffy can sing the Alphabet Song, but now Snuffy's favorite uncle, Uncle Abe, comes to visit. Big Bird finds it fascinating that Snuffy is also a nephew.
Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
Muppets / Celebrity Tracy Chapman sings with the Muppets about asking questions.
(First: Episode 3702)
Cartoon Lillian, the big sister.
(First: Episode 2746)
Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3819)
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)
Animation Four butterflies fly across a film of a waterfall.
(First: Episode 2834)
Cartoon The Quadratic Equations (from the Lunar Lounge) sing about 4 and their four heads.
(First: Episode 3712)
SCENE 4 Big Bird goes in Hooper's Store, and tells Alan, Gina, and Katie that Snuffy is a friend, brother, son, and nephew. Alan explains that people can have several relationships; for instance, Katie is Gina's niece, and Gina is Katie's aunt. The phone rings, and Alan tells Big Bird he's got a call: it's his cousin Abelardo Montoya.
Animation Kids talk about families, often mentioning having rhinoceroces as pets.
(First: Episode 2759)
Muppets Zoe has trouble counting, and asks for a counting segment to be shown.
(First: Episode 3842)
Film Counting from 10-0 (Latin rhythm) (Spanish dub)
(First: Episode 3048)
cut from the Sprout version
Muppets The Count sings the latest South American craze - "Counting Backwards in Spanish."
(First: Episode 3379)
cut from the Sprout version
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
SCENE 5 Big Bird finishes his call, and tells everyone about the time that Abelardo came to visit him. Since he doesn't speak much Spanish, he mostly used the word "manzana" ("apple"). It suddenly dawns on him that he is both Snuffy's friend and Abelardo's cousin.
Cartoon Animal Rock #4
(First: Episode 3562)
Film Chinese acrobats balance 4 plates on sticks in each hand.
(First: Episode 3743)
Muppets Grover attempts to demonstrate "Away From," but every time he tries to distance himself from a lamp post, the lamp post moves closer.
(First: Episode 3563)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy demonstrates shapes.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0416)


SCENE 6 Snuffy comes to Big Bird's nest, ready to sing the Alphabet Song. Big Bird can't, because he received a letter from his Granny Bird. Gordon helps him read it: she's on a trip to London, and included a picture of her sitting on a statue. Snuffy finds it amazing that Big Bird can be a friend, cousin, and grandson all at the same time.
Film A girl writes to her grandmother about going to summer camp.
(First: Episode 3270)
Cartoon Soul O
(First: Episode 3375)
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets Zoe has trouble saying the alphabet, and asks for an alphabet segment to be shown.
(First: Episode 3842)
Animation Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3203)
SCENE 7 After realizing all the different relations they can have with other people, Big Bird and Snuffy sing the alphabet song, pausing to point out the different relations they have.
Muppets Elmo's World: Babies
(First: Episode 3854)
SCENE 8 Big Bird and Snuffy announce the sponsors, once more going through their different relations.


Picture Segment Description
Animation Counting to 10 (Chinese imagery)
(First: Episode 3217)
This segment replaced the "Latin 10-0" segment in the Sprout version.
Muppets Count von Count sings "Lambaba" as he counts sheep and other animals that pop into the room.
(First: Episode 2789)
This segment replaced "Counting Backwards in Spanish" in the Sprout version.

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