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Sesame Street
Plot The adults on Sesame Street finally meet Mr. Snuffleupagus.
Air date November 18, 1985 (season premiere)
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Sponsors J, S, 6
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
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Since Mr. Snuffleupagus made his first appearance in the Season 3 premiere, the adults had thought that Mr. Snuffleupagus was just an imaginary friend of Big Bird's. Big Bird would often try to arrange for them to see Mr. Snuffleupagus, face-to-face, but Snuffy would always be gone by time they finally chose to look at him. After years of not seeing him and many near-misses, the adults finally got to see Mr. Snuffleupagus for the first time in this episode, and finally find out that he is real.

In the documentary Sesame Street Unpaved, hosted by Sonia Manzano, Snuffy's performer, Martin P. Robinson, revealed that Snuffy was finally introduced to the main human cast mainly due to a string of high profile and sometimes graphic stories of pedophilia and sexual abuse of children on shows such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. The writers felt that by having the adults refuse to believe Big Bird despite the fact that he was telling the truth, they were scaring children into thinking that their parents would not believe them if they had been sexually abused and that they'd just be better off remaining silent. In addition, during Robinson's explanation, Loretta Long uttered the words "Bronx daycare," a reference to reports of sexual abuse at the PRACA Day Care Center in New York City's Bronx borough, as covered by area TV station WNBC.

In 1988, a book about the adults meeting Mr. Snuffleupagus, titled Meet Mr. Snuffleupagus, was released. However, in that book, they meet him when he takes a toaster to The Fix-It Shop to get it fixed. The sequence in which the cast meets Mr. Snuffleupagus was included in Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Streets Forever, Sesame Street Unpaved, The Street We Live On, and Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days. A script for most of the street scenes was featured in Sesame Street Unpaved.

This episode guide is missing segments cut from Noggin's broadcast.
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
Big Bird tells Snuffy about his plan to show the adults that he exists. A footage of flashbacks with the adults thinking Mr. Snuffleupagus is imaginary is shown along with Big Bird telling them he's not. Big Bird describes the plan telling Snuffy he's going to yell a secret word to the adults so they can rush up to see him. The secret word is Food.
2096b
Cartoon
A boy acts out his feelings as animals. ("There's a zoo in me!")
(EKA: Episode 0796)
2096c
Muppets
Cookie Monster sounds out the word FOOD, then eats it.
(EKA: Episode 0723)
2096d
Song
Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up".
(EKA: Episode 1576)
2096e
Cartoon
"Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Elwood Smith
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SCENE 2
Snuffy decides to go back home to tell his mommy about Big Bird's plan. But Big Bird is eager to get it under way, and calls the adults, thinking he can get them there before Snuffy has completely disappeared. He fails, however, and Bob tries to convince Big Bird once again that Snuffy is just his imaginary friend, though Gordon and Maria, who by this time have decided to believe Big Bird, insist that he's wrong. Gordon suggests someone to help him plan so that Snuffy doesn't run away when Big Bird yells Food. Elmo volunteers to take the job.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
Phil Donahue, who has come to pick up his toaster from the fix-it shop, interviews the adults about whether they think Big Bird's secret word is silly or not. Maria, Gordon, Linda, and Uncle Wally say it isn't silly, whereas David, Bob, Petey, Luis, and Susan all think it is. Oscar the Grouch doesn't care either way and says they're all wasting their time. Phil suggests it doesn't matter whether it's silly or not and that they should simply agree to disagree about the situation.
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Animation
A car drives through blocks.
(EKA: Episode 1446)
2096h
Muppets
Muppet & Kid: Grover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow changes direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
2096i
Song
Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter".
(EKA: Episode 0720)
1839zh
Film
People jump.
(EKA: Episode 1707)
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Muppets
Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit asks the Three Little Pigs how they feel after the Big Bad Wolf has blown their houses down.
2096k
Cartoon
"Pinball Number Count" #6
Artist: Jeff Hale
Herryedithannproud
Muppets / Celebrity
Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin) tells Herry about feeling proud.
(EKA: Episode 0913)
2096m
Song
"Me and My Chair (Original)"
(EKA: Episode 1706)
Snocone
Film
Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(EKA: Episode 1094)
Character.bats
Muppets
The Count sings "The Batty Bat".
2096o
Film
A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
(EKA: Episode 1126)
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Film
A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
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Cartoon
Farm animals are counted 1-6.
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Muppets
Two-Headed Monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.
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Film
Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
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Cartoon
S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
(First: Episode 0063)
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SCENE 3
Big Bird asks Elmo to hang on to Snuffy's snuffle while he gets the adults. Snuffy tries to wander away but Elmo hangs on even when Snuffy swings his snuffle around. The adults arrive and get their first look at Mr. Snuffleupagus. Big Bird returns to his nest and rejoices at the sight of the adults finally seeing Snuffy. He says, "At last! Oh, joy joy! I told you there was a Snuffleupagus and at last, you've seen him and you gotta believe it, right? I told you all along that there was a Snuffleupagus, my best pal. He's not imaginary but you never believed me!" Gordon reminds him that he, Maria, and Linda believed him but Big Bird reminds the others that they never did. Susan says he has a right to be angry because they didn't believe him after all this time. Big Bird admits it was very hard for him. Susan apologizes "from the bottom of my heart". Bob tells Big Bird that from that day on whenever he tells them something, they'll believe him. Snuffy then says to Big Bird "Maybe we should get that in writing" to which Big Bird and all the adults laugh.
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Cartoon
A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
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Muppets
Ernie and Bert sing "Dance Myself to Sleep".
(EKA: Episode 1707)
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Cartoon
Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
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SCENE 4
The adults introduce themselves to Snuffy. Phil Donahue gives him a hug. Oscar announces the sponsors. "Hey, come on, I'll meet ya down at the swamp!"

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