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Sesame Street
Sesame Street Bird Games
Air date October 20, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Production February 15 & March 6, 2008
Sponsors V, 11
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Penguin
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SCENE Chris and Alan close Hooper's Store, welcome the viewer and plan on going bowling. However, their plans are put on hold when they hear a fanfare and Big Bird shows up, announcing the "Sesame Street Bird Games" and tells them they're the judges. A penguin adviser arrives and hands Alan an envelope with the game's rules. He also gives them their judicial headgear. Alan questions why they must do it and Big Bird points out that it will be fair if non-birds judge the events. The other two contestants arrive (a chicken and a duck), so the games can now commence!
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SCENE cont'd The first event is "The Square-Meal Peck". A dish of birdseed is placed in front of the birds and they must peck the birdseed into a square. The chicken begins pecking wildly, the duck carefully pecks his food and Big Bird takes one look at his plate and devours it in hunger. Time's up! Big Bird and the chicken have no square-shaped birdseed to present, but the duck has a perfect square, earning him a point. The duck begins to eat his square and Big Bird sighs, "If I only waited."
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SCENE cont'd The next game is the "30-Second Egg Lay". The penguin drags out a clock. Big Bird and the duck are males, thus they cannot lay eggs, but the rules say they are not exempt. Big Bird tries to buy one, but the rules do not permit it. The duck tries to pass off an apple as an egg, but denied. The thirty seconds are up and the chicken lays an egg, giving her a point!
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SCENE cont'd Event #3 is "The Rhyming Competition", where the contestants must find a rhyme for "heard". The chicken's eggs and duck's quacks do not rhyme. Big Bird thinks "bird" is the word and is right! He gets a point, tying the score.
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SCENE cont'd For the tie-breaker event, the trio must each do an interpretive dance that express what it's like to be a bird. The chicken dances as if she's laying an egg, the duck dances as if he's swimming and Big Bird sways to and fro to express his "inner birdness". The judges decide that since they all danced so well, they crown all of them winner! Alan and Chris leave to go bowling as the birds share the grand prize – 10 pounds of birdseed!
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Animation "There's a Bird on Me" (remake)
(First: Episode 4021)
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Muppets "El Baile del Pinguino"
(First: Episode 3133)
cut from the HBO Max version
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Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Bert and Ernie wander through the snowy terrain of Antarctica. Ernie spots a penguin. They waddle-walk with him and find out it's a female penguin as she lays an egg. She grabs Bert and puts him and the egg, feeds him a fish and then leaves. Ernie hails an "arctic taxi" (a sled dog) and plans to ditch the egg, until Bert points out someone needs to keep it warm until the mother gets back, but the dog knocks it down the hill. They go after it and Bert stops it, but the ice he sits on cracks and he begins drifting out to sea. The Mama Penguin catches up with them and saves Bert and the egg hatches. The Mama thanks him with another fish.
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Insert Leela jogs by and runs into the letter V, who tells her that he's playing hide and seek with Rosita. His way of hiding is to split in half and become the number 11. Once Rosita leaves, he becomes a V again.
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Animation A pencil, ruler and scissors all cooperate to make the letter V.
(First: Episode 4019)
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Film Floating kids make the letter V.
(First: Episode 3133)
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Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un uniforme (a uniform), una pelota (a ball), y una patea (a kick). The school turns out to be a soccer school, where kids practice playing soccer. Murray tries being a goalie, and dribbling the ball with his feet.
(First: Episode 4166)
cut from the HBO Max version
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Insert Leela watches as the V splits into the number 11 over and over and over again. Leela decides to "split" too.
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Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)
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Animation A girl types the number 11 on a computer, matches it with another one, and sees 11 elephants.
(First: Episode 3885)
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Muppets Game Show: Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer?
Jeff Bawksworthy hosts with his contestant, Miriam Cheswick. He gives her the categories for egg-related questions: "Grade A Eggs", "Grade B Eggs" and "Advanced AP Eggs". She goes with Grade A. Her question is "What is two eggs plus one egg?" The chickens lock in their answers, but Miriam is clueless. She takes some help from one of the chickens, Megan, whose answer is 3, the right answer! Next, she chooses Grade B Eggs, with the question "What is three eggs plus three eggs?" Miriam, once again, doesn't know the answer ("I think it has something to do with hydrogen!") Jeff suggests she ask another chicken, Kyle, who believes the answer is 6. His answer is right and Miriam gets another point. Her final category is Advanced AP Eggs which has the question "How many eggs are in a dozen?" Miriam guesses "a kagillion", but Jeff makes her ask a chicken, Tandori. His guess is 12, which is right! Despite Miriam not begin smarter than an egg layer, she wins anyway and gets the grand prize: a million bawks! The chickens surround and begin clucking. She remarks "This show's for the birds!"
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Muppets Elmo's World: Penguins
(First: Episode 4114)
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Insert The V/11 helps Leela announce the sponsors. Rosita runs by and sees she's found the letter V, until it splits into an 11. Rosita keeps changing her mind as the number/letter continuously changes form, and Leela decides to do some laundry.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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Muppets Elmo and Abby Cadabby point out the ways that they're the same and different, and Elmo imagines himself as a pink fairy monster.
(First: Episode 4171)
This segment replaces "El Baile del Pinguino" in the HBO Max version.
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Muppets Global Grover: Grover returns from Bangladesh. He narrates his film, in which Runa and her father travel to a river to fish. Afterwards Grover tries to throw his fishing net with little success.
(First: Episode 4095)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the HBO Max version.


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