Sesame Street
Baby Bear isn't invited to the monster sing-along party
Air date April 7, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors D, 19
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


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SCENE 1 Gordon welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, when Telly and Baby Bear immediately rush to him and ask him to read their mail. Telly's letter is an invitation to the monster sing-along that's happening today at Monster Daycare, and Baby Bear's is a 20% off coupon for drapes. Baby Bear wonders why he didn't get an invitation ...
Song To the original Fats Waller recording of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a group of kids act out the song in a throwback to the silent film era.
(First: Episode 3659)
cut from the Sprout version
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSamantha sings The Alphabet Song while Grover dances.
(First: Episode 3579)
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.
(First: Episode 3855)
cut from the Sprout version

SCENE 2 Baby Bear feels hurt that he didn't get an invitation to the monster sing-along, and so does Telly -- so much so that he decides not to go, if he can't sing with his best friend. This makes them both happier, so they decide to find something else to do together.
Cartoon D-draw, dent, drop, dancer, done
(First: Episode 3060)
Muppets Worms in Space: D
(First: Episode 3701)
Animation Letter Garden: D
(First: Episode 3015)
Song "Danger Song" - Rondell Sheridan falls into a sewer and experiences a series of dangers which he can hopefully rectify.
(First: Episode 3833)
SCENE 3 Baby Bear still wishes he could go to the monster sing-along, when they decide to have one of their own. They have fun singing a song about opposites.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)

Muppets / Celebrity Spike Lee directs Snuffy in "The Summer of Snuffy," in which Snuffy is supposed to be sad that Big Bird can't play cabbage volleyball with him at the beach today. Snuffy, however, feels too happy today to pretend to be sad, so he and Spike switch roles.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
SCENE 4 Baby Bear and Telly are still bummed that Baby Bear wasn't invited. Baby Bear thinks maybe they didn't invite him to a monster sing-along because he's a bear, not a monster. He then gets an idea, and tells Telly that he'll meet him at the sing-along later.
Cartoon 19s in space
(First: Episode 3720)
Film 19 glasses, 19 chairs, 19 socks
(First: Episode 3758)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #19
(First: Episode 3888)

SCENE 5 Baby Bear shows up by the bulletin board, wearing a pink monster costume, thinking the monsters will let him participate in the sing-along if they think he's a monster. Papa Bear notices this, and gives his son a moving speech: "You shouldn't have to pretend to be something you're not just to be included. You're a bear, and you should be proud to be a bear, no matter what. So, if someone doesn't want to play with you because you're a bear, well, that's their bad luck, because you are one fine bear to play with." Baby Bear agrees with this, and decides that it's better to be himself.
Cartoon Two boys, one with brown skin and one with Caucasian-colored skin, are compared as being both same and different, by an examination of their appearance in profile, in full lighting, and in x-ray.
(First: Episode 3757)
Muppets Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Herry Monster sing "I Think That It Is Wonderful."
(First: Episode 2492)
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Animation D / d candles
(First: Episode 3085)

SCENE 6 Baby Bear is happy to be himself, but still wishes he could go to the monster sing-along. Suddenly, a group of monsters, including Telly, gang up on Baby Bear, chanting "Bear! Bear! Bear!" Telly reports that Baby Bear was invited to the sing-along after all, but he still doesn't know why he never got an invitation in the mail. A woman named Beebe Beara then shows up to give him the invitation that was supposed to be delivered to his mailbox, but somehow ended up in hers. The happy monsters and bear head off to sing along, and Beebe wonders where to find some cheap drapes.
Film Kid mural painting #19
(First: Episode 3601)
Cartoon Characters on a quilt form the number 19.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3775)
SCENE 7 Baby Bear is delighted to be at the monster sing-along, especially since he and Telly are depended upon to teach the daycare monsters some new songs. They teach them how to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and they all sing it over and over again.
Muppets Elmo's World: Hair

SCENE 8 Baby Bear, Telly and the monsters sing "I've Been Working on the Railroad," as Gordon announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Film A girl helps her father train for a wheelchair race.
(First: Episode 3275)
This segment replaced "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" in the Sprout version.
Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
This segment replaced the ice cream cartoon in the Sprout version.

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