Sesame Street
Big Bird's pen pal
Air date April 1, 2002
Season Season 33 (2002)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors N, 7
Releases You Can Ask
Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 At the Mail It Shop, Alan helps Big Bird read a letter from his pen-pal, Gulliver, who will be coming to Sesame Street for a visit. Big Bird isn't sure what to do when they meet, so Alan sings some musical advice ("How Do You Do?").
Celebrity When the monsters argue over which one of them will sing The Alphabet Song, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, arrives to resolve the dispute.
(First: Episode 3991)
Muppets The Number of the Day: 7
Seven dancing chickens show up for the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3990)
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film Milo Counting: 7
(First: Episode 3595)


SCENE 2 Gulliver and Big Bird meet at his nest and sing a happy bird song together. Big Bird then receives a phone call from Snuffy, who wants to meet Gulliver too. Big Bird tells them to meet up later, as he and Gulliver plan on touring Sesame Street first. They spot Rosita giving Baby Bear a Spanish lesson and Gulliver becomes surprised - they're not birds. He requests they go somewhere else.
SCENE 2 cont'd The two birds make their way to the arbor, where Miles and Gabi are playing basketball. Gulliver refuses to meet them either, saying he prefers playing basketball with his bird team back home.


SCENE 2 cont'd Big Bird continues to give Gulliver a tour, as he ducks out of sight of every human and monster. Big Bird recommends they get some birdseed milkshakes, but Gulliver's thirst retreats when he sees Alan is serving. Snuffy finally arrives and Gulliver is shocked to see Big Bird's best friend isn't a bird at all. He tells Snuffy that he doesn't want to play together because they're different species and Snuffy becomes sad. Big Bird tells Gulliver that he likes playing with Snuffy, even if he's not a bird. Gulliver learns that Snuffy likes saying the alphabet, just like he does. They all say the alphabet together and Gulliver apologizes for how he's acted. The other street residents appear and Gulliver becomes a little overwhelmed. They teach him to make new friends by singing "How Do You Do?"
Film Kids talk about what a friend is.
(First: Episode 3921)

Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird sets off on a Journey To Ernie. First, Big Bird looks for Ernie's box by repeating a clapping pattern.
(First: Episode 3984)
Film A group of girls do a playground cheer ("Ooh I'm so happy!").
(First: Episode 3017)
Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird looks for Ernie's box in the chicken coop.
(First: Episode 3984)
Animation "There's a Bird on Me" (remake)
Muppets Journey to Ernie
Big Bird asks the dinosaur to help him find Ernie's box. We found him!
(First: Episode 3984)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Come back tomorrow for another Journey to Ernie.
Muppets Hero Guy
Hero Guy hits a fly ball, but will Hero Guy be able to catch it?
(First: Episode 3984)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: N
(First: Episode 4005)
Animation A letter N pops out of a mailbox envelope.
(First: Episode 4005)
Muppets The Letter of the Day (cont'd): Super Grover helps Cookie Monster refrain from eating the letter "N," but is ultimately unsuccessful.
(First: Episode 4005)
Film Kids form the letter N.
(First: Episode 4005)
Muppets Spanish Word of the Day: gato
A cow tries to help Rosita by illustrating gato, but she isn't a cat. Suddenly Little Murray Sparkles comes by and Rosita replies that this is what gato is.
(First: Episode 3985)
Muppets Elmo's World: Families
(First: Episode 3975)
SCENE 3 Big Bird, Snuffy and Gulliver announce the sponsors together.

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