Sesame Street
Hurricane, part 3
Air date March 28, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Nancy Sans
Production November 3, 2000
Sponsors N, 5
Releases Friends to the Rescue
Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 As the episode opens, the cast is in the midst of fixing Big Bird's nest area. We pan over to Big Bird, who explains the occurrences of the preceding days.

To be prepared for future hurricanes, Telly wears a raincoat, carries all sorts of equipment on him, and has devised an "early-warning system" whereby a hurricane is anticipated whenever his pinwheel turns. Gina is skeptical.

Film Three floating kids form a triangle.
(First: Episode 3122)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Cartoon A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.
(First: Episode 2852)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Film Looking for triangles in the city (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2696)

This segment replaced the above two segments when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.

Muppets Grover attempts to announce the weather, but it changes, making it difficult for him to keep up.
(First: Episode 3526)
Animation "Five Waltzing Chairs"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2983)
Film Chinese acrobats demonstrate "5."
(First: Episode 3813)

This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.

Cartoon Five outlines of people dance.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3050)

This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.

Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
This film, along with the cartoon below, replaced the above two segments when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.
Cartoon A woman orders five tall things.
(First: Episode 1664)

This cartoon appeared only when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.

SCENE 2 As the cast clean up, Big Bird critiques the location of items. They then decide to take a break. Big Bird remains emotional: He expresses anger at the hurricane for wrecking his home (yelling back in the process), and is still sad about the damage. Luis and Maria invite him to stay with them for the night.
SCENE 2, cont'd Telly soon walks into the scene, hysterical in anticipation about another hurricane. Gina explains that his "hurricane-detecting" pinwheel moves only because he waves it around, and there is no such storm coming.
Cartoon A mouse sings "Felines," a song about emotions, to the tune of "Feelings."
(First: Episode 3278)
Celebrity Robert De Niro explains to Elmo what an actor is, and proceeds in imagining himself variously as a dog, cabbage, and a clone of Elmo.
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet. Added sound effects.
Original version: (First: Episode 1966)
SCENE 3 Big Bird reminisces about his nest at Luis' and Maria's dinner table, leading to a flashback. Luis gets him a hot plate of sunflower seed souffle.
Cartoon An elephant tries to remember Nigel (a cat's) birthday, succeeding after stringing together a series of clues.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3806)
Song "You're Important"
(First: Episode 3396)
Film A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N." and dances around it.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3377)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Cartoon N / n paper fold
(First: Episode 3114)
Cartoon Rodin's Thinker thinks about the letter N, eventually getting up to nibble some noodles.

SCENE 4 As Big Bird gets ready for bed, he talks to Luis about more memories they've had: Times Luis hatched a baby Honker in his nest, and Lea Salonga sang "A Little Bit" to a duck (First: Episode 3154). Gabi offers to sleep with Big Bird.
Cartoon An animated lion sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3848)
Muppets The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 5 in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2923)
Cartoon 5 of various things found in space including 5 spaceships on Mars.
(First: Episode 3698)


SCENE 5 Luis and Maria go to bed, exhausted from the previous day's work. After they turn out the light, Big Bird walks in to share more memories of Telly delivering a message from him to Zoe, and Elmo and Ruthie engaged in a sleepover dance. He then invites Luis and Maria to engage in a sleepover dance themselves, although they politely decline.
Cartoon Noodles & Nedd: The pair compete over the same blanket on a chilly night before reaching a compromise.
(First: Episode 3872)

Muppets / Film Elmo introduces a clip of a young boy singing a song to his baby sister.
(First: Episode 3923) sans Elmo intro
Film A big N emerges, Jaws-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3333)
This segment appeared only when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.
Cartoon Computer N/n
(First: Episode 3039)
Cartoon Leaves form N and n.
(First: Episode 3114)
SCENE 6 Gabi checks on Big Bird to see how he is doing. He sings "That Good Old Nest of Mine," with more flashbacks. He looks forward to creating new memories when his new nest is ready, and they turn out the light.
Muppets Elmo's World: Games
(First: Episode 3967)
SCENE 7 Big Bird wakes up in the middle of the night with another memory... in which he sat in his nest and announced the sponsors of the episode.

The story of the hurricane continues in episode 3979...

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