Sesame Street
Baby Bear becomes a dog
Air date March 26, 2002
Season Season 33 (2002)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors R, 12


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer and pretends to be various animals, as he sings about visiting an "Imagination Zoo." He then hears an elephant, which turns out to be a monster in disguise, segueing to Monster Time...
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.
(First: Episode 3978)
Muppets The Number of the Day: 12
After Count von Count learns that 12 is the number of the day, a tap dancing number 12 appears.
(First: Episode 4001)
Cartoon A movie director calls for 12 pilots, 12 airplanes, 12 parachutes, 12 clowns and 12 pies.
(First: Episode 3210)
Film Milo Counting: 12
(First: Episode 3568)

SCENE 2 Everybody is out and about with their dogs today, including Linda and Barkley. Big Bird informs Telly and Baby Bear that today is "Sesame Street Dog Day," where dog and dog owners get together and play. Telly wants to join the festivities, until he realizes he doesn't have a dog. He doesn't feel like participating and walks off, sad. Baby Bear wishes he could perk up his best friend, wishing he could be a dog instead of a bear.
SCENE 2 cont'd Suddenly, The Fairy Dogperson appears to grant Baby Bear's wish, despite Big Bird's concerns. With a wave his his magic dog bone, Baby Bear becomes a dog! As the Dogperson vanishes to tend to his next client, Baby Bear asks Big Bird to take him to Telly and to refer to him as "Precious Pete" as to not give away who he truly is.
SCENE 2 cont'd Big Bird finds Telly sulking and introduces him to his new dog, who now goes by (because of Big Bird's stammering) "Baby...Ooo...Precious Pete." Telly is elated and becomes happier when he learns Baby Bear was behind this. He wants to go thank him, but Big Bird instead recommends he take Pete to see Gina.
SCENE 2 cont'd Gina finds that Pete is perfectly healthy, aside from some fleas, and recommends a dose of flea powder. As she and Telly leave the room, Baby Bear bristles at being covered in powder. He decides to continue his charade for the sake of Telly's happiness and gets covered in flea powder (which makes him sneeze).
SCENE 2 cont'd As they exit the clinic, Telly wants to bring Pete to Baby Bear. Big Bird instead convinces him to play catch. Baby Bear loves playing catch with Telly, only he is unable to use his paws and gets bonked on the head by the ball. As Telly goes to get it, Baby Bear tells Big Bird he doesn't want to catch the ball, given its filth. To keep his ruse continuing, he goes along with the game and catches the ball (despite the taste).

SCENE 2 cont'd Telly wants to bring Pete to Baby Bear at last, but Big Bird suggests he give him some food now. Baby Bear communicates to Big Bird that he'd like some porridge, but Telly insists that dogs prefer dog food and fetches a bowl. Baby Bear slowly moves in for a taste, before speaking out over it. Telly realizes his dog is actually Baby Bear, who assumes Telly is upset now. Telly is instead happy to have a best friend go to such great lengths to please him. He then makes a wish of his own to the Fairy Dogperson to restore Baby Bear to the way he was. The trio, in need some a game to play, now pretend to be dogs.
Song "Washin' the Dog"
(First: Episode 3020)

Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird sets off on a Journey To Ernie. First, Big Bird looks for Ernie's box in the supermarket.
Film Wegman's dogs re-enact "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
(First: Episode 3269)
Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird looks for Ernie's box by singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm with the Three Little Pigs.
Cartoon "From Your Head"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3474)
Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird looks for Ernie's box by dancing at the discotheque. We found him!
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert is trying to read his book when Ernie starts singing a song about addition. As Ernie sings, he's joined by Cookie Monster and Grover, some cows, an elephant, and a Martian. At the end of the song, Ernie leaves Bert with a room full of singing monsters and animals.
(First: Episode 3846)
Come back tomorrow for another Journey to Ernie!
Muppets The Letter of the Day: R
Cookie Monster sings a rap song about the letter R, naming R words and singing about how he shouldn't eat the letter of the day while singing the song, but then he finishes the song (and after that, he finishes the cookie).
(First: Episode 3995)
Animation R in the mailbox.
Film Alphaquest: R
Running down a road past a rabbit, a radio, some rocks, and a rainbow.
(First: Episode 2726)
Muppets Spanish Word of the Day: perro
A bunch of dogs pounce Grover to illustrate the word perro.
(First: Episode 3986)
Muppets Elmo's World: Dogs
(First: Episode 3852)
SCENE 3 Still pretending to be dogs, Telly, Baby Bear and Big Bird announce the sponsors. They are then joined by a pack of real dogs.

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