Sesame Street
Plot Hurricane, part 5: The Final Twig
Air date March 30, 2001
(season finale)
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors U, 19
Releases Friends to the Rescue
Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird's nest-building work continues from the previous day, with sticks and mud being applied. Telly and Elmo provide a brief recap of the week's events.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2822)
Celebrity Baby Bear is angry that somebody ate his porridge. Whoopi Goldberg helps him to learn different ways to deal with his anger.
Song "My Friend U"
(First: Episode 3705)
Muppets The Martians discover a "U."
(First: Episode 3387)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Cartoon U knocks on the door of P's apartment. When she answers the door, they go UP.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3658)

SCENE 2 Big Bird is supervising the construction of his nest, which is nearly complete. He calls up Granny Bird to ask when he should stop building. Her answer: "The final twig." Big Bird leads the cast in a song, and a child promptly finds the twig to use.
Film Ornate 19s fly through the air, and collections of 19 objects are found throughout a yard.
(First: Episode 3758)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #19
(First: Episode 3888)
Animation 19 bears in 19 chairs.

SCENE 3 Mr. Snuffleupagus has arrived, and the cast hold balloons to celebrate the completion of the nest. Just as Big Bird is about to step into it, however, a whistle blows and the Big Bad Wolf emerges on the spot under the guise of "City Nest Inspector."

He inspects the nest and notes that the mud is still wet. As a consequence he declares that the nest is unsafe, so as a result he places a "CLOSED" sign on it, and everyone is disappointed even Big Bird and the wolf instructs to call him back when the mud dries.


SCENE 3, cont'd Big Bird is upset about the prospect of having to sleep out of his nest for yet another day, when Elmo suggests that Snuffy can help. Snuffy takes a deep breath, and with a rush of hot air from his snuffle the nest is soon dry.
Cartoon In a Chardin's classic painting, a boy blows a bubble. It pops, and some kids yell "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 3311)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Zaj sings "Skinnamarink" to Ernie.
Cartoon Ralph goes UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Cartoon Students raise their hands and name words that begin with "U."
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3553)


SCENE 4 Big Bird telephones the Big Bad Wolf, who is surprised by how quickly he is called to reinspect the nest. After blowing his way in (to the unfortunate consequence of Telly), the wolf declares the nest dry which leads to everyone celebrating, and his hurricane test confirms that is is ready, safe, fit to sit in, and resistant to wind. As a result he declares the nest open by placing the "OPEN" sign on the nest and everyone cheers and celebrates, after the celebration he inquires how they managed to dry the nest so quickly. To answer him Snuffleupagus blows him away, highly impressing the wolf, who invites him to join his line of work.
Film Growing Numbers #19
(First: Episode 2937)
Cartoon 19 popcorn kernels
(First: Episode 2855)
Film Interpretive dancing.
Cartoon Letters gather in order, against the birds-eye view of a city.
(First: Episode 3267)

SCENE 5 With his nest complete, Big Bird is ready to step in. He notes how everyone's friendship and cooperation helped speed the process dramatically, and sings "I Want to Thank You for Being My Friends." His friends, in turn, are equally thankful back. Big Bird notes that Radar is missing, but fortunately his teddy bear is immediately found and presented to him. With the last complications resolved, Big Bird sits in his nest, thankful to be home.
Muppets Elmo's World: Families
(First: Episode 3975)
SCENE 6 Now happily situated in his nest, Big Bird reads a bedtime story about the hurricane to Radar. He falls asleep, and the sponsors are read off by Maria before the Friday full-length credit scroll appears. So ends the story of the hurricane, and season 32.

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