Sesame Street
Ernie spends the night in Big Bird's nest
Air date May 10, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors N, 11
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer and reveals he’s having a sleepover with someone on Sesame Street. It’s not Snuffy, nor Elmo; it’s Ernie, who’s staying over while Bert is at a pigeon convention in Peoria. Ernie runs back and forth, bringing his various things for the night.
Cartoon A family goes over their camping checklist before they leave for the woods.
(First: Episode 3411)
cut from the Sprout version
Film A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N" and dances around it.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3377)
Cartoon Leaves form N and n.
(First: Episode 3114)
Film Alphaboy: Nibbling Noodles with Neighbor Nora
(First: Episode 3465)

SCENE 2 Big Bird lays down the agenda for their evening – first a snack, then a song, then sleep. However, the snack Big Bird has prepared is birdseed cookies, which Ernie doesn’t want to eat (as he’s not a bird). They call Gordon for help, who provides a banana for Ernie. Ernie begins cracking jokes about the banana (even pretending it’s a phone). They hear a phone ringing (which Ernie believes is his banana), but it turns out to be Big Bird’s phone. The caller is Bert, who is about to perform a pigeon dance...
Intro At the Pigeon Convention in Peoria, an announcer introduces ...
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon". (intro verses removed and applause added)
(First: Episode 0536)
Animation Rubber Stamp #11
(First: Episode 2885)
Animation A girl types the number 11 on a computer, matches it with another one, and sees 11 elephants.
(First: Episode 3885)
Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)

SCENE 3 Now, it’s time for the sleepover song. They decide to sing a lullaby to each other by taking turns. Ernie sings "Lullaby and Goodnight" to Big Bird, but sees that with Big Bird asleep, there’s no one to sing him a lullaby. He calls Gordon to sing him a lullaby.
Film A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
(First: Episode 3807)
Muppets At night, Humphrey sings a lullaby to Natasha.
Animation A boy has a dream in which he floats in Outer Space between things.
(First: Episode 3093)
Film Milo Counting: 11
(First: Episode 3585)
Animation Clown Honking #11
(First: Episode 3196)
SCENE 4 Ernie wakes up the middle of the night and finds he’s thirsty. He once again calls on Gordon for help. Gordon, despite losing sleep, goes to get him one. While he waits, Ernie explains that all living things need water. Gordon returns with a cup for Ernie and is about to go back to bed, until Ernie needs another lullaby.
Song Drink of Water
(First: Episode 2545)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets / Celebrity Michael Jeter sings "Dance Myself to Sleep", accompanied by the Boogie-Woogie Sheep.
(First: Episode 3857)
Cartoon Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, and his neighbor below sneezes.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(First: Episode 0528)
SCENE 5 Gordon, who has dozen off during the song, wakes up and sees Ernie asleep and plans to get to bed himself, but Ernie wakes again, complaining how uncomfortable the nest is. Gordon wakes up Susan, who fetches Ernie a pillow and blanket for Ernie to rest on.
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pillow.
(First: Episode 1669)
Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and a cricket. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
(First: Episode 2951)
cut from the Sprout version
SCENE 6 Ernie wakes up again, screaming for Bert, calling Gordon’s attention. He realizes he misses Bert and lays out a typical night at home, where he would talk and Bert would tell him to sleep. Gordon comes back to the nest with his own pillow and blanket, and Ernie plans to talk about cheese and elephants with him. As Ernie talks, Gordon tells him to sleep.
Animation Computer N / n
(First: Episode 3039)
Cartoon Gordon voiceover N/n
(EKA: Episode 2283)
Muppets Zoe demonstrates front and back using Wolfgang and a fish.
(First: Episode 3411)
Film A boy is scared to go to sleep at night, until his dad tells him to use his imagination to calm himself down. He conducts a symphony with his toys.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(EKA: Episode 2243)
cut from the Sprout version

SCENE 7 Big Bird wakes up thirsty and is surprised to see Gordon in the nest. He also notices how sleepy Gordon is and doesn’t want to disturb him, so he calls for Susan instead. Susan arrives with a cup of water for Big Bird and plans to take Gordon back to the apartment, but not before singing them another lullaby.
Muppets Elmo's World: Water
(First: Episode 3831)
SCENE 8 As Ernie and Big Bird sleep, a tired Gordon announces the sponsors. After he announces the sponsors, he wakes Susan up to find out what they want to do, but Susan tells Gordon to go back to sleep.


Picture Segment Description
Animation Two clay cavemen play with blocks together, until Red gets hurt, and holds a grudge against Brown. As Red sleeps, it becomes chilly and windy, so Brown covers him up with a blanket. The two are friends again.
(First: Episode 4071)
This segment was placed after Scene 1 in the Sprout version.
Animation The clay cavemen try to avoid the rain, and wind up sharing an umbrella.
(First: Episode 4033)
This segment was placed before Scene 6 in the Sprout version.
Cartoon A derby-hatted man identifies animal sounds, ending with a tractor.
(First: Episode 0839)
This segment was placed before scene 7 in the Sprout version.


  • A clip of Ernie's lullaby from Scene 3 appears in episode 3978 as part of one of Big Bird's many flashbacks about his nest.

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