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Birdie & the Beast
Air date April 16, 2016 (HBO)
March 20, 2017 (PBS)
Season Season 46 (2016)
Sponsors F, 0


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Cookie Monster thumbs through a fairytale book, which sets his mind on cookies and he devours the book.
SCENE Chris informs the viewer that today, Big Bird will tell everyone a fairytale he's made up entitled "Birdie and the Beast."


SCENE cont'd As the story begins, Birdie (played by Big Bird) moves into a new nest near a castle. He goes inside to introduce himself to his new neighbor, when he's met with the castle owner - Beast, who sings about his nasty ways with his enchanted possessions. He commands Birdie to leave at once, but explains his backstory when Birdie mentions the word "friend." Beast was put under a witches curse and unless he can make a friend before all the coconuts from the coconut tree fall, he will remain that way forever. He tries forcing Birdie to be his friend, but Birdie informs him that's not how friendship works. Beast throws a tantrum, causing one coconut to fall from the tree. Beast then orders his door to lock, trapping Birdie inside the castle until they become friends.

SCENE cont'd Birdie tries bonding with Beast over a game of "Spin the Piggy," only Beast doesn't get the concept of taking turns. He throws another tantrum, causing another coconut to fall. He becomes desperate for a new plan, so Birdie suggests they have a friendly picnic. But, Beast hogs all the food and lemonade, not knowing how to share. Birdie has had it with Beast and tries to go, leaving the Beast all alone.

SCENE cont'd Beast soon begins crying, prompting Birdie to come back and perk him up with a hug. He then sings about friends and their feelings, causing Beast to feel a kind of happy he's never felt before. He realizes he has upset Birdie by keeping him trapped and orders the door to unlock. Birdie points out he just did a friendly deed and offers to be his friend. Beast then transforms into his original form: still a Beast, but his unkempt hair is restyled. Everyone concludes the story with a song and Big Bird tells his friends that Birdie and Beast remained "B.B.B.F.Fs" (Best Bird and Beast Friends Forever).

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, F, with a song and dance.
(First: Episode 4515)
Cartoon "F is for Fairytale": Franny Jones sings about her and Fearless Fred's encounter with a fiery dragon.
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)


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Prince Elmo the Musical
Elmo imagines himself as Prince Elmo, aided by his two royal mice guards, who report that the citizens of Tottentot are menaced by a dragon. To get to the town, they must go over the Burping Hill of Beans, under the Friendly Froggies Five and through the Hiccuping Hoop of Ballyhoo. As they climb the hill, they start to sink in until Velvet helps them out. Next, they go under the Froggies Five, who musically count off. They find the hoop and surprise it so it'll stop hiccuping and they can pass through. When they reach Tottentot, they are told the dragon is harassing them with his incredibly stinky breath. Fighting fire with fire, Prince Elmo gulps down some garlic and Limburger cheese wedges (five of each) and defeats the dragon with his own breath. (edited)
(First: Episode 4315)
Outro (PBS) Cookie Monster, Rosita and a girl dance fast and slow.

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