Sesame Street
The Bears Try to Hibernate
Air date November 18, 2009
Season Season 40 (2009-2010)
Written by Tony Geiss[1]
Sponsors K, 9
Releases Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures
Elmo Loves Animals
Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Hibernate
SCENE Telly enjoys a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day in Hooper's Store, when Chris reads in the newspaper that this winter, there will be a shortage of porridge. Telly realizes Baby Bear lives on porridge and runs off to warn him.

SCENE cont'd As the Bear family finishes up their stock of porridge; Telly rushes in to alert Baby Bear. However, they already know there is a shortage and are preparing to sleep for the next five months, or hibernating until Spring comes, when it’s warm and porridge is plentiful. But, Telly points out that he will have no best friend to play with while Baby Bear sleeps, so they set up a playdate next April. With their alarm set to April, they Bears try to sleep, but find they are unable to. They begin counting until they fall asleep.
SCENE cont'd Meanwhile, Telly and Chris go over how long until their playdate is, assuming the Bears have already begun sleeping.

SCENE cont'd However, the Bears are now up to the 700’s and are still awake. Papa Bear calls the “Bears Being Bears” program and asks for hibernation help. Max Bear, a hibernation consultant, is sent. He finds their cottage too warm and cozy to hibernate in, claiming that the cold is a part of hibernating. He convinces them to go outside and find a cave or hallow tree to sleep in. As they prepare for the cold, they sing about “Being a Bear”.
SCENE cont'd Once on Sesame Street, they have no success finding a cave or a hallow tree. Max spots a large crate of dirt, which they can use. Convincing them to listen to their “inner bear”, Baby Bear’s instincts tell him they must dig in the dirt for a place to hibernate. They all begin to dig.

SCENE cont'd Telly muses over the possibilities of the porridge famine being over and being able to wake the bears, when Chris spots them out in the garden. They rush over and find the bears are in the den they have dug. Snow begins to fall, which reminds Telly that he and Baby Bear won’t be able to build a snowman together. Before they sleep, Max insist they eat something first. Chris brings them some Bran Flakes from Hooper’s, which they find just as good as porridge. They decide to live off that during the winter, giving their den to Max, who forgot to make hibernation plans of his own.
Muppets / Celebrity Meredith Vieira talks about the word hibernate, waking up some animals trying to do so.

Muppets Murray prepares to "twinkle-think" for when Abby's Flying Fairy School comes up, but first, he plays "Bring Out Your K", asking people to display any K words they have on them.
Muppets In a commercial for "Super K Cereal", Anything Muppet children search for the letter K in their alphabet cereal, with little luck. An announcer proclaims that instead of looking for Ks in ordinary alphabet cereal, they should get "Super K Cereal", which is composed of Ks.
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4188)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose helps Abby, Blogg and Gonnigan recycle bottles they brought from home. One of Abby's bottles it dusty, so she rubs it and out comes Gene the Genie. He feels cramped inside and refuses to go back in. The bottle, not wanting to be empty, begins hopping around, looking for someone to suck inside. The bottle entraps Mrs. Sparklenose inside, while Gene plans to spend 1,001 nights in Vegas. Abby reminds Gene he needs to grant 3 wishes. Abby wishes for Mrs. Sparklenose to get out of the bottle, with Niblet then taken in his place. Gonnigan rephrases the wish and asks for not one of them to be inside, so he poofs them all inside, thus there is not one. They call on Spot, who shows them a film on “all” and “none”. They wish for them all of them to get out and none of them would be inside. The bottle looks for some to capture and it gets Mrs. Sparklenose again. Gene refuses to switch places with her, not wanting to be in a small space again. They twinkle think and get an idea to magically recycle his bottle with other ones to make a larger one, complete with sliding glass doors so he can leave whenever he feels.
(First: Episode 4189)
Muppets Murray announces Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is coming up, but first, he counts 9 of things.
Animation Salty and Pierre, spicy detectives, ride on a train, hoping it will take them to the number 9. Salt counts 9 puffs of steam that form the number 9.
Muppets Murray and Carson introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
While enjoying a day in the park, Ernie spots the ground being dug up around them, which sucks down Rubber Duckie. Ernie goes in after him, while Bert fails to believe Ernie. Ernie finds the hole has been dug by a gopher, who needs more space for his babies. Bert is eventually sucked down as well and they meet the baby gophers.
Muppets Since "Elmo's World" is near, Murray gives a demonstration of near and far.
(First: Episode 4188)

Muppets Lulu, Telly and the clubhouse monsters sing "Everybody Nap," a doo-wop song about taking naps.
Edited from episode 3878
Film A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
(First: Episode 3807)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4187)
Muppets Elmo's World: Sleep
(First: Episode 3983)
Muppets Murray tries announcing the sponsors, but forgets them. He rethinks the day, announces them and signs off.


  • When Chris reads the newspaper and finds out about the porridge shortage, a headline on the front page reads "Clash Unabashed by the Red Smash", with a picture of Kevin Clash next to it.


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