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Sesame Street
The Big Bad Wolf hates losing games
Air date May 10, 2004
(season finale)
Season Season 35 (2004)
Written by Belinda Ward
Production December 4 & 11, 2003
Sponsors Z, 11
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN My Favorite Sesame Street Moments: Newelle J. McDonald notes her most respected moment as when Hooper's Store caught fire.

SCENE Gordon and Alan are playing chess, when the Big Bad Wolf comes along chasing the Three Little Pigs. A whistle blows, signaling their break. The Big Bad Wolf watches the game until Gordon loses and he [the wolf] now gets to play Alan. The wolf loses and blows the board away in a fit. He explains he doesn’t like to lose at chess and goes to join another game.
SCENE cont’d In the arbor, Gordon is playing baseball with Elmo, Zoe and the kids. The wolf steps up to the plate, but strikes out. They try to calm him down, telling him it’s just a game, but he blows them all away anyway.

SCENE cont’d Big Bad joins Big Bird, Radar and a Dinger in his nest to play the “Guess What's Next Game.” He has a row of a teddy bear and two rabbits, and must guess before the Dinger dings his bell. The wolf struggles to get an answer, but the Dinger rings before he can make a guess. The wolf gets upset once more and blows the toys and the Dinger away. Big Bird tries to talk some sense into the wolf, but gets blown out of his nest area, too.
SCENE cont’d Alan, Gordon, Zoe and Elmo are playing basketball in the garden, when Big Bird gets blown into them. The Big Bad Wolf comes to join them, but is immediately denied by Big Bird, Zoe and Elmo. Alan and Gordon explain in song that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but it's important to just have fun ("You Can't Win 'Em All"). The wolf takes a shot with the ball and misses, but asks to try again instead of huffing and puffing, and he makes it! A whistle sounds, the pigs show up and he resumes chasing the pigs.
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Tamara discuss winning and losing.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
Muppets / Celebrity Baby Bear is angry that somebody ate his porridge. Whoopi Goldberg helps him to learn different ways to deal with his anger.
(First: Episode 3980)
Muppets The Letter of the Day: Z
Prairie Dawn decides to give Cookie Monster a plate of cookies so he doesn't eat the letter Z, but alas, as Prairie lectures, Cookie Monster eats all the cookies and then proceeds to eat the Z.
Animation The Letter Z in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2855)
Film Zelda and Zachary have a “Z Day” while looking for Z words.
Muppets The Spanish Word of the Day: zapato
Professor Grover tries to teach the kids where to wear a zapato (a shoe).
(First: Episode 3989)
Cartoon Hop, Hop and Shake Your Head and Wriggle Like an Octopus.
(First: Episode 4030)
Muppets Journey to Ernie: Jungle
(First: Episode 4033)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie types a word on the computer that Skyla has to guess.
(First: Episode 3970)

Muppets Global Grover: Grover returns from Egypt with his camel Sidney. In Grover's film, Achmed visits his cousins and works on a farm. Afterward, Grover prepares to eat the basket of lunch that he brought back...but Sidney ate it all!
(First: Episode 4056)
Cartoon Global Thingy
In a West Side Story spoof, tough kids on a playground take a ball from some other Thingies.
Muppets The Number of the Day: 11
Balloons and confetti show up after The Count learns that the number of the day is 11.
(First: Episode 3987)
Animation A girl types the number 11 on a computer, matches it with another one, and sees 11 elephants.
(First: Episode 3885)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #11
(First: Episode 3946)
Muppets Narf and some monsters play with their ball until Pino takes it and refuses to give it back. They sing "Don't Be a Bully" to get him to change his mind.
Muppets Elmo's World: Dinosaurs
Insert The Adventures of Trash Gordon: Chapter 692
Trash can't get to sleep because of the snoring Snorecians. He solves the problem by playing his bugle and waking them up. And so ends the 35th season of Sesame Street.


  • In the iTunes release of this episode, the "Spanish Word of the Day" segment is cut.

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