Sesame Street
Big Bird and Snuffy have a rainy-day picnic
Air date April 14, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors U, 12
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy welcome the viewers to Sesame Street and reply that they are going to have a picnic today. Big Bird shows Snuffy what he is bringing with him and the plans that they are going to do on their picnic. Then Big Bird shows the radio that he borrowed from Miles and turns it on. As the radio plays the last notes of a jazzy version of "Somebody Come and Play," the radio announcer says it is going to rain today. Big Bird and Snuffy are disappointed that their plans got cancelled because of the rain.
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Milo Counting: 12
(First: Episode 3568)
Cartoon Finding a 12 on a computer screen
SCENE 2 As Alan walks by Oscar's trash can and says hi to Oscar, Oscar replies hi back. Then Oscar tell us that he is happy because he read from the newspaper that it is going to rain today. He loves rain because it makes yucky mud. He is so happy that he doesn't mind seeing some segments about the ridiculous number 12, which leads to...
Film Ornate 12s sail through the air.
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #12
(First: Episode 2932)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell
Ben shows Ernie his weather map of the United States of America.
(First: Episode 3836)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (man laying on the beach)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
SCENE 3 As Big Bird and Snuffy walk down Sesame Street, they hear Rosita's voice and follow it to the Fix-It Shop. Rosita tells them that she is helping Maria put all the things that she needs to fix inside the shop. Big Bird and Snuffy thinks Maria is upset that it is raining that she cannot work outside and she has to bring her things inside the store. However, Maria says she likes the rain because she can listen to the rain as she works inside. Rosita also likes how the rain make things shiny and the sound of the rain as she makes rain dripping sounds. As she and Maria head inside the store, Big Bird and Snuffy begin to also like the rain because they also like the rain sound. They start making rain drop and thunder sounds, but they are still not happy that the rain ruined their picnic plans. They decide to go have a snack while they figure out what to do.
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0808)
Celebrity Melissa Etheridge sings "Like the Way U Does."
(First: Episode 3529)
Animation Sand U/u
(First: Episode 0624)

SCENE 4 As Big Bird and Snuffy walk past Hooper's Store, they hear the Count counting the clothes that Gordon is taking off from the hanger. They tell Gordon that he must be upset that it is going to rain because he has to take the clothes off the hanger, but Gordon says he is going to put the clothes in the dryer and is happy that it is raining because it makes the flowers and trees grow. He mentions that farmers need it for their food to grow. The Count is also glad that it is going to rain because he is going to count the raindrops. Just then they hear thunder coming from the sky. Gordon goes to bring his clothes inside and the Count goes to get his umbrella. Big Bird and Snuffy realize that while rain does bad things such as spoil picnics, rain can bring good things for them.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "Don't Waste Water."
(First: Episode 2804)
Cartoon Alice Kadeezenberry has a hard time figuring out how to get around a mud puddle without getting dirty.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 3727)
SCENE 5 In the Arbor, Cookie Monster and Patrick are ordering food from Alan, but Alan tells them they have to go inside to have their snack. They meet Big Bird and Snuffy, who are still sad about their picnic being cancelled. Alan tells them that they need rain so that rivers can be formed and that rain provides water for them to drink and to wash their hands. Patrick also added that fish needs water to swim in and Cookie Monster mentions that his favorite foods are made of water such as cookie soup. Big Bird and Snuffy agree that rain is good for many reasons, but they still want a picnic. So Alan suggests that they have a Rainy Day Picnic which Big Bird and Snuffy think is a good idea, but they don't know anything about a Rainy Day Picnic.
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
Muppets Zoe approaches Oscar, who thinks she's going to talk about him (when she says "U"), but she talks about the letter U instead.
Film The letter U dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (Umbrella)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0344)
SCENE 6 Gordon (who has his coat on) passes by Oscar's trash can, who is complaining about waiting for the rain to start. Oscar plans to have his trash can's door open as the rain comes in, so he can slosh around and walk on his squishy carpet. He waits in anticipation for the rain to come.
Isadora's sneakers
Animation Isadora's sneakers describe all the fun they've had this past year, as the seasons change.
(First: Episode 2758)
SCENE 7 Inside Hooper's Store, the Rainy Day Picnic has started. First, they are going to eat food inside as they listen to the rain outside and then they are going to play in it. Big Bird turns on the radio to see when the rain was going to come. As the song, "Singin' in the Rain," ends, the announcer says there will be rain soon. In the meantime, the song that is going to play next is the Alphabet Song. After the song ends, they start to hear more thunder coming from outside.
Cartoon A mother sings the story of how water travels down the drain and becomes rain.
(First: Episode 2865)
SCENE 8 As Big Bird, Snuffy, and Patrick wait outside for the rain to come down, Patrick feels a rain drop on his hand. Snuffy also feels a raindrop on his snuffle. They are excited that the rain is almost coming down.
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3084)
Film A boy recites his poem, "Rabbits, Trees and Water."
(First: Episode 3837)
SCENE 9 It is raining now and everyone is enjoying it. Big Bird tells Snuffy that Oscar is right about how great the rain is. Alan turns on the radio again and the song being play is "I Love the Rain, Rain, Rain." Everyone joins in and sings along.
Muppets Elmo's World: Flowers, Plants & Trees
SCENE 10 Patrick helps Big Bird and Snuffy say the sponsors as they continue splashing in the rain.


  • Frank Oz performs Cookie Monster (albeit through prerecorded vocals), one of the few newer Sesame Street episodes in which he performs in a street story.

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