Sesame Street
Big Bird Loses His Nest
Air date November 21, 2014
Season Season 45 (2014-2015)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Lisa Simon[1]
Sponsors Q, 0


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

SCENE Big Bird reads Radar a story, when he falls from the nest. Big Bird gets out to pick him up and discovers another bird has landed in the nest. She introduces herself as Minnie Mynah, claiming to be the new owner of the nest. Even though it's Big Bird's, she reminds him of the bird rule - finders keepers, losers weepers; he left it empty, so anyone can claim it. She's even taken the liberty of altering his mailbox to fit her name. Saddened, Big Bird leaves to find a new nest.

SCENE cont'd Big Bird tries settling into a much smaller nest outside Hooper's Store. Chris finds him and is told about what's happened, which Chris thinks is wrong. Suddenly, the owner of the nest returns to find her nest now taken by Big Bird. She understands the rule and sobbingly lets Big Bird have it. Big Bird can't bear to see her cry, so he lets her have it back. Chris takes Big Bird back to his nest, determined to set things right.
SCENE cont'd Chris and Big Bird confront Minnie, who's now furnished the nest with her own stuff. Chris states Sesame Street follows other rules and the bird rules don't apply, then learns the rule was instated by the Bird Supreme Court. Chris decides to take the case to them.


SCENE cont'd The Bird Court assembles to hear the case. Minnie states what has happened, but Big Bird doesn't stand up for himself. Chris asserts the nest belongs to Big Bird, as confirmed by a passing Snuffy. The Court recognizes the nest belongs to Big Bird, but also state that rules are rules. Before the case is closed, Big Bird finally speaks up with a musical plea ("How Would You Feel"), asking the Court how they'd feel if their nest was taken. The birds would feel sad, but Minnie insists upon the rule. She accidentally knocks over her teddy bear, Stewie, but Chris refuses to return it - finders keepers. Minnie sees how Big Bird must feel and returns his nest, allowing her to get her teddy back. The Court decides to vote to change the unfair rule, declaring birds can't take what doesn't belong to them.
Muppets / Celebrity Murray helps Jonah Hill learn the word of the day - empty - by emptying a bowl of pretzels, a glass of water and a cage full of wild animals. Jonah catches on by emptying Murray's crayon box, which was the only thing that calms the animals down.
Cartoon In song, an owl subtracts birds from the blue jay's nest party.

Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray enjoys the lovely day, when he's met with a bird...but what kind of bird is it? Murray has no idea it's a pigeon, who tells Murray he knows nothing about birds. Ovejita appears and takes him to the Staten Island Zoo, where Dr. Marc will introduce Murray to many different birds, including the sun conure parakeet.

Muppets Super Grover 2.0
A duckling wants to go to a woodland party, but can't cross the river without getting her new party shoes wet. Super Grover 2.0 shows up and begins using his powers of scientific reasoning to get her across. He ultimately uses his powers of engineering to design a broccoli bridge, but his piece of broccoli isn't long enough and floats down the river. He pulls out a large log too, but thinks it's useless. The duckling thinks it'll work perfectly and pushes it to the river, where it successfully reaches across. As she joins the party, Super Grover tries to take off and lands in the middle of the party. He decides to stay and dance along with them. (shortened intro)
(First: Episode 4507)

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, Q, with a song and dance.
Animation "Quincy's Letter Q Song"
(First: Episode 4320)
Muppets Back at the zoo, Murray learns about raptors (or birds of prey) and meets some. He even gets an owl to sit on his hand.

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Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
An awful smell fills the classroom. The source is Blogg's "Schlubby," an old, dirty, smelly sock that he treasures. He throws it into some magic mud to make mud pies with, but it comes alive. It starts running around the room, dirtying everything (including Abby). The only way to make him stop is to clean him, which Blogg reluctantly agrees to do. He tries to wash him by licking (like a cat), but ends up lassoing his tongue around Peck. Gonnigan and Niblet turn on a hose and clean Abby, but not Schlubby. Abby twinkle-thinks and gets the idea to use a washing machine to clean him. Although the sock comes out clean, Blogg is happy because now he can get it dirty all over again.
(First: Episode 4261)
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 0, so the Count stomps 0 times.
(First: Episode 4504)
Cartoon A family of penguins eat snacks at the movies, but leave 0 for the father.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 4220)
Muppets Oscar presents the Count with the number of the day - 0, hoping he won't be able to count it. The Count instead drives Oscar into his can by pointing out things there are zero of around.
(First: Episode 4403)
Muppets Elmo performs “Elmo's Ducks” as his ducks are subtracted one by one. (intro and ending edited)
(First: Episode 4180)
Muppets Back at the zoo, Dr. Marc introduces Murray to some big birds, including the emu and ostrich. They don't compare, however, to the big bird Murray brought with him - Big Bird!


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Bird the Musical
Elmo imagines he's a bird; his Mama Bird puts him in charge of watching her egg. Elmo Bird can't go play with his bird friends, when another bird teaches him a dance he can do while sitting. The dance flings the egg out of the nest, with Elmo in hot pursuit. It lands on a farm, during a "Most Unusual Watermelon" competition, where the rooster host declares it the winner, until Elmo Bird explains it's an egg. The rooster tosses the egg away, where it lands in a hat shop, atop a duck's new #5 Hat. Now that it's a #6 Hat, the clerk subtracts it and hurls it away too. It lands at a ballpark, where the chicken pitcher mistakes it for a baseball, until Elmo Bird and the umpire chicken point out the difference. The pitcher throws it back to the nest, where Elmo Bird's new baby brother hatches.
(First: Episode 4401)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.


  • The missing portions of "Elmo's Ducks" were included in the half-hour version of the episode.


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