Sesame Street
Big Bird's nest sale
Air date October 2, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Annie Evans
Production February 27 & March 3, 2008
Sponsors X, 2
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Curly


SCENE 1 Big Bird hangs up a sign for his nest sale and welcomes the viewer. He’s selling toys that he doesn’t play with anymore, and says that all the toys in the nest are for sale, while everything out of the nest isn’t, including Radar. Snuffy arrives at his nest, and Big Bird makes him his “Assistant Nest Sale Snuffleupagus”. Snuffy's only task is to remember what toys are for sale and which are not, especially Radar. Big Bird briefly leaves to get more of his toys from Maria and Luis’s apartment and puts Snuffy in charge, but unbeknownst to him and Snuffy, Big Bird’s tail knocks Radar into the nest when he leaves.

SCENE 1 cont’d The Count enters the nest area with a shopping cart, eager to buy some toys to count. Snuffy goes over the nest sale rule for him, and the Count decides to buy all the toys (including Radar) for 1,000 birdseeds. The Count counts 20 toys he’s loaded into his cart and goes off to count them some more. (“I love retail!”)
SCENE 1 cont’d Big Bird comes back and sees Snuffy has sold all he toys for a hefty price. Big Bird asks Radar if he’s excited too, but sees Radar is not around. Snuffy realizes that he may have been sold to the Count and Big Bird is in horrid shock. They go to find the Count and get Radar back.

SCENE 1 cont’d Outside of 123 Sesame Street, the Count has lined up the toys on the wall to count. Big Bird and Snuffy go to him and interrupt his counting, so he starts over, counting 19 toys. Big Bird points out he forgot to count Radar, however the Count gave him away to a tall, thin monster with curly hair on his head for his teddy bear collection. The duo set out to find this monster.

SCENE 1 cont’d In the arbor, a group of monsters play a game of freeze tag. Fortunately, this helps the duo as they can observe each monster when they’re frozen. They look at two monsters, but they each don’t fit the description. A third monster is frozen and he is tall, thin and has curly hair on his head. Plus, he’s holding Radar! They unfreeze him and ask him for Radar back, but he doesn’t have him, just his stuffed monkey, Tarzan. He tells them he gave it to someone else. The monsters all leave to catch their favorite TV show, leaving Snuffy and Big Bird miserable.


SCENE 1 cont’d Back at the nest, Big Bird and Snuffy look through the toys, hoping Radar may still be around. Kaitlyn comes to the sale and wants to purchase a baseball glove, but since she has no birdseed, she wants to barter with a teddy bear, which happens to be Radar! She tells them the monster gave it to her since hers was missing, but since she found it, she doesn’t need Radar anymore. Big Bird is happy to have his teddy bear back and continues to hold it in his arms.
Film A girl shows inside and outside while planning for a picnic.
Celebrity / Muppets Neil Patrick Harris and Elmo show things that are curly.
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)

SCENE 2 Rosita comes rushing into the nest sale, looking for the letter of the day, X, and finds it in Big Bird's nest.
Film A big X emerges, Jaws-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3341)
Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2929)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of insectos (bugs), un sapo (a frog), y una lupa (a magnifying glass). The school turns out to be the Science and Nature program at the American Museum of Natural History, where kids learn about bugs, amphibians and reptiles. They also learn about camouflage, and go on a safari outside.
(First: Episode 4163)
Animation "Dancing with the Flowers"
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 4058)
SCENE 3 Rosita frantically searches for the number of the day (2), and finds it in Big Bird's nest.
Animation Egyptian #2
(First: Episode 3291)
Song "2, 2, 2, Me and You."
(First: Episode 3690)


Muppets/ Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert are cavemen this time. Since they have no grocery stores or restaurants, they must find food on their own. Ernie finds a giant egg in a nest and he and Bert take it back to their cave. When Bert starts to cook it, it hatches and a baby dinosaur emerges, calling the attention of the Mama Dinosaur. After getting chased, they see how sad the mother is without her baby, so they give him back and are rewarded with bananas to eat.
Muppets The singing fruits do a hip-hop song, "Eat Your Favorite Fruits," over footage of kids eating fruit.
(First: Episode 4147)
Muppets Elmo's World: Up and Down
(First: Episode 4080)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Snuffy announce the sponsors, and celebrate the success of their nest sale with birdseed milkshakes.


Picture Segment Description

Muppets / Film Global Grover: Grover returns from the Philippines with a slide. In his film, Rodrigo and his family play at a Manila park. (First: Episode 3219) Afterwards, a pair of Filipino monkeys arrive to take their slide back home.
(First: Episode 4120)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in online releases.

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