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Measuring Big Bird
Air date November 26, 2020 (HBO Max)
September 13, 2021 (PBS)
Season Season 51 (2020-2021)
Sponsors M, 1


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and Abby set up today's theme of measuring by measuring a flower. Abby uses magic to make it grow taller.

SCENE 1 Nina has set up a growth chart on the side of 123 Sesame Street, measuring Elmo using smiley faces. She then measures Rosita, who is a smiley face taller. When Big Bird wants a turn, Nina runs out of smiley faces before they can get a full measurement. They go to raid the community center for alternate objects they can measure him with. They return with various items (and a chicken), when Nina tells them that the items all need to be the same size in order to get an accurate measurement.

SCENE 1 cont'd They return to the community center area to look for things that are all the same size. Elmo spots a bin of large blocks, which are all sized the same. As they begin to measure Big Bird with them, Nina discovers Cookie Monster attempting to snack on one (calling it a "square meal"). However, they still don't have enough blocks to reach the top of Big Bird.


SCENE 1 cont'd The youngsters split up and look for various items, none of which will be useful in giving an accurate measurement. Outside Hooper's Store, they see Mr. Johnson unwittingly posing for a drawing by artist Grover. His finished piece is a simplistic blue smiley face, not unlike the ones Nina was using before. The trio gets the idea to make their own smiley faces that will match the ones Nina already has. Nina sets out some cloth and they get to work making more faces to use.
SCENE 1 cont'd Now with even more smiley faces, Nina measures Big Bird and finds he's a full 12 smiley faces tall, much to his delight.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Elmo watches as Audrey measures Colton using a ruler and then using blocks.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - M.
(First: Episode 5005)
Animation "M is for Measure," a song about finding new ways to measure a toy robot.
Celebrity Hailee Steinfeld sings "I Wonder, What If, Let's Try."
SCENE 2 Elmo pretends to be a shoe salesman, measuring Big Bird for a pair of imaginary shoes. The two then hear the theme of the next segment coming on...
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket takes Abby and Rudy to a construction site so they can finish building a house. But first, they must measure the existing wall so they can build three more that are all the same size.
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there is 1.
(First: Episode 5017)
Muppets Elmo's World (Monster Edition): Measuring
SCENE 3 As everyone signs off, Big Bird reveals someone else who'd like to be measured - Radar.

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