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Sesame Street
Hansel & Gretel's Playdate with Big Bird
Air date September 26, 2012
Season Season 43 (2012-2013)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Directed by Matt Vogel[1]
Production April 29, 2011
Sponsors B, 17
Releases Fairytale Fun


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

SCENE Big Bird welcomes the viewer, stating Hansel and Gretel will be arriving any minute for a playdate. At the Subway Station, their parents (Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and Tyler Bunch) drop them off and tell them they'll meet them in the same spot before parting. The two then realize: how will they find their way back? They can't leave a trail of breadcrumbs like in their story, or birds will eat them. They decide cookie crumbs are a better solution and leave a trail while singing "We're On Our Way."

SCENE cont'd With their trail in place, they call Big Bird to begin playing. However, Cookie Monster pops up, having eaten the entire trail. The two begin to fret that they'll never find their way back, and Big Bird suggests they make a new trail and leads them back to the subway, listing all the directional landmarks along the way.

SCENE cont'd Big Bird heads back to his nest while they make a new trail. They decide to make a new trail from paper, as Cookie Monsters do not eat paper. Just as they reach the nest, Big Bird notices some flying paper blowing around. Their trail has blown away! Big Bird helps them get back to the subway and goes back to his nest while they make another trail.


SCENE cont'd Hansel has an idea - leave a trail of fish; they don't blow away in the wind and Cookie Monsters don't eat them. But, once they reach the nest, they find the fish for their trail is being used by the Fabulous Flying Fish Jugglers' act. They start to sob, but Big Bird has a different solution - just remember how to find their way back. Using their memory of Big Bird's directions, they are able to find their way back to the subway without a trail! Sadly, their parents arrive shortly after to pick them up, despite that their playdate never actually began. Big Bird remarks that while they didn't get to do any playing, they did some great remembering! Their parents are about to lead Hansel and Gretel down to the train, but find their schnitzel trail is gone. Hansel and Gretel think their parents could use a lesson in remembering too.
Muppets / Celebrity Abby and Eric Stonestreet explain the word "remember" as Eric remembers a list - "A loaf of bread, container of milk and a stick of butter," who turn out to be his friends.
Cartoon A girl goes to the store to buy a loaf of bread, container of milk and a stick of butter.
Muppets Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming soon, and Murray's belly is big and makes him bounce. Dr. Ovejita finds he's got a case of letter B.
Animation Two siblings love B words.
Muppets Telly appears by Oscar's trash can to talk about the letter B. Oscar tries to get rid of him, but his choice of words all start with B, helping Telly out.
(First: Episode 4248)
Muppets Murray and the girls introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
In class today, the students will be using their senses to study the water in their water table. Blogg would rather study his sludge balls instead. He takes his sludge balls tot he table and they fall in, mucking up the water. To retrieve them, they turn into fish and dive into the table, which contains a whole ocean. The scout the ocean floor, using their five senses to locate each of Blogg's 6 sludge balls, having run ins with a juggling octopus and an electric eel. The water becomes clean and the students exit the water, and send Mrs. Sparklenose into the pile of sludge balls.
(First: Episode 4275)
Song "Ziggy Says" (part one)
Muppets Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures are up soon, but first, Murray presses Ovejita's button, causing 17 stars to appear. A second push brings a 17 plummeting onto Murray.
Animation Counting 17 mushrooms in the garden.
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Bert and Ernie are visiting Scotland, when a passing women tells them the story of the Loch Ness Monster. Ernie borrows the lady's bagpipes and camera and sets out into the lake to take Nessie's picture. Ernie's bagpipe playing seems to lure her from the lake and they begin a chase, until the monster hits land. They talk with Nessie and learn she's shy and wishes to be left alone. Ernie decides to forget the picture and asks her to take his and Bert's photo instead. Back on land, they see Nessie's finger made it into the shot.
(First: Episode 4215)
Song "Ziggy Says" (part two)
Muppets "Elmo the Musical" is on the way, but first, Murray welcomes us to the Museum of Modern Remembering. He tries to remember what colored door the goldfish is behind.


Muppets Oscar introduces the GrouchBO hit series, True Mud.
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and tells the waitress he wants some "true mud." The other customers begin to assume he's a Grouch. The waitress comes back with a "true spud" instead of mud. A cow overhears and asks if he wanted some "true cud," as she's chewing on some. A man named Bud thinks he's been called and offers the man his broken watch (a "true dud"). Just when the man has had enough, the waitress brings a tub full of mud, just in time for the man's mud bath! (alternate theme music track)
(First: Episode 4215)
Cartoon Cowboy hat/ boot pattern
Artist: LAIKA House
(First: Episode 4183)
Muppets Murray and Daphnie introduce "Elmo the Musical."


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Sea Captain the Musical
Elmo imagines himself as a sea captain, with the viewer as his first mate. His goal is to find Moby Pink, the rarest creature in the seven seas. With his chicken crew, they remove the anchor and set sail. A Bottle tells him that to find Moby Pink, they must sail to the Bermuda Octagon. They pass the Bermuda Triangle and find the Bermuda Octagon, where a giant octopus forbids them from passing, unless they defeat him in ping-pong. Elmo gives a serve and the cocky octopus gets tangled up in his arms and loses. They find Moby Pink, who thrashes around, irritated by the barnacles on her back. Elmo gets rid of them using subtraction. Moby feels so glad she could dance, but since whales don't dance, Elmo uses his powers of imagination to get them to dance together.
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.
Sponsor Leslie Carrara-Rudolph announces: "Sesame Street is brought to you buy Hands Up Solutions."
(First: Episode 4301)


  1. ↑ Museum of the Moving Image "Jim Henson's World: Q&A with Craig Shemin & Stephanie D'Abruzzo," October 3, 2020.

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