|The Good Birds Club|
|Air date||October 17, 2011|
|Season||Season 42 (2011-2012)|
|Written by||Joey Mazzarino|
|COLD OPEN||What's the Word on the Street?: Include|
|SCENE||Gordon helps Big Bird go through his mail, when they find an invitation to join the "Good Birds Club." Big Bird is excited to become a member and makes his way to their clubhouse while singing "Happy to Be Me."|
|SCENE cont'd||Over by Hooper's Store, Chris, Elmo and Abby applaud his song. He explains to them about the club and Chris points out their near-by location. He eagerly rushes over. At the clubhouse, the lead pigeon tells a mean story to his cohorts, then Big Bird approaches, ready to join. The other two birds are excited for a new member, but despite all the good things Big Bird does, the pigeon turns him away. He turns their attention to his feet, which he deems too large and don't make him a "good bird."|
|SCENE cont'd||Big Bird walks back to Abby and Elmo with his song and repeats what they told him. Elmo and Abby don't understand; they think his feet are fine the way they are. Big Bird asks Abby to make them smaller, so he can be a good bird and get into the club. Abby casts a spell and his feet shrink. Despite the affect it has on his balance, Big Bird is glad and sure he'll make it into the club.|
|SCENE cont'd||The pigeon points out "Big Foot" is back and Big Bird shows off his resized feet, which means he's a good bird now. The pigeon silences the cheers from the other members and points out how big the rest of him is. He turns him away again and starts mocking him once he's gone.|
|SCENE cont'd||Big Bird's song has gotten more somber and tells his friends he didn't make it again. He asks Abby to make him smaller. Although she is hesitant, she magically makes him smaller anyway. Abby begins to suspect something's wrong with the club.|
|SCENE cont'd||Big Bird returns, but the pigeon once again turns him away. Struggling to find a reason, he tells him good birds don't have yellow feathers and begins to laugh at his rejection again, though the other members are less tickled.|
|SCENE cont'd||Big Bird's song has reached its saddest melody as he sulks back to his friends. Abby and Elmo try to convince him he's beautiful the way he is, but he requests she change his color. Abby refuses, so Big Bird shakes her wand and is accidentally turned blue. He goes to the clubhouse, with Abby and Elmo following.|
|SCENE cont'd||Big Bird shows the birds he's not yellow and the pigeon starts to crack up. Abby and Elmo witness this and go to tell an adult. They bring Chris over, who tells Big Bird to ignore the other birds and be the way he wants to be, not how they want him to be. Big Bird realizes he liked the way he was and is returned to normal. The group decide to start their own club - "The Happy to Be Me Club," where anyone can join as long as they're happy with how they are. The two other birds ditch the Good Birds Club in favor of the new one. The pigeon flies off, stating he'll form a great club by himself. Chris hopes the bird will learn to accept others and the Happy to Be Me Club sings a triumphant reprise of Big Bird's song.|
|Muppets / Celebrity||Mila Kunis and Elmo show the word include when some dancing sheep include them in their dance.|
|Cartoon||A boy learns how to deal with bullies.|
Artist: Tony Dusko
|Muppets||Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is on the way, but first, it's time to learn the letter of the day. Three clues are provided by Ovejita -- yarn, yogurt and a yak, which all start with Y.|
|Cartoon||"Why Do I Love the Letter Y"|
|Muppets||Murray and Navin introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.|
(First: Episode 4188)
|Muppets / Animation||Abby's Flying Fairy School|
The students are in the middle of music class, but the music they make isn't too great. Abby requests they just use magic to play their instruments, but Mrs. Sparklenose says practice is the right path. A flying boombox swoops in the window and they press "play," releasing Morty the Musical Muse (who speaks in rhyme). Before he can leave, they must pass his three challenges. With a wave of his baton, Abby's trombone flies out of control. In order to get down, she must change the pitch; by playing high notes, she goes higher, and playing low notes, she makes it back to the ground. Next, Gonnigan's maracas shake violently, quaking the entire school. To top them, he needs to change the tempo. He discovers that means fast and slow and is able to stop the shaking by moving them slowly. Finally, Blogg's drum starts bouncing on top of him and must change the dynamics of the music (how loud and soft). Blogg grabs the drum and plays it softly, sedating it. The students have learned many new things about music and Morty takes his leave. The kids decide to apply their knowledge and make music instead of snack time.
|Muppets||Murray announces Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is coming up, but first, he counts 9 of things.|
(First: Episode 4193)
|Cartoon||Smidgen the Pigeon counts 9 birds on a wire in song.|
Artist: Michael Goldberg
|Muppets||Murray and the kids introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.|
(First: Episode 4187)
|Muppets / Animation||Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures|
Bernice and Rubber Duckie are competing in the Bird Games, with Bert and Ernie as their respective coaches. Although Bernice is nervous, Bert is sure she'll do great. The first event is the Skwaking challenge. The third competitor, a turkey, lets out a measly gobble, Bernice lets out a quiet coo, but they both lose to Rubber Duckie's mighty squeak. The next even has them eating a bowl of birdseed. Rubber Duckie can't eat any, Bernice pecks slowly and the turkey goes all out and devours the bowl first. The final even is the Fancy Flying contest. The turkey jumps from a barn, but falls shortly after. Rubber Duckie sits the game out, leaving Bernice. Bert tries to show her how to fly, but begins to plummet. Bernice saves him and does some fancy flying. All three birds win a medal.
(First: Episode 4221)
|Muppets||"Elmo's World" is coming, but first, it's time to play "Murray's Cubbies" with sports equipment.|
|Animation||Traction Jackson sings "Me and My Chair." (introduction cut)|
(First: Episode 4057)
|Muppets||Murray and the kids introduce "Elmo's World."|
(First: Episode 4261)
|Muppets||Elmo's World: Friends|
(First: Episode 4109)
|Muppets||Murray announces the sponsors.|
- Caroll Spinney considered the episode one of his favorites involving Big Bird in recent years.
- The Season 43 (2012-2013) repeat included an additional sponsor tag:"Sesame Street is brought to you by Hands Up Solutions."
- The street scene events were mentioned in the CNN special, Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.
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