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Episode 2122

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Plot Gordon and Susan adopt a baby, Miles. (part 1)
Air date December 24, 1985 (Christmas Eve)
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Sponsors B, K, 5 (Only segments for B are shown in the Noggin version)
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
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Background

In 1985, Sesame Street tackled the issue of adoption when they introduced the character of Miles, son of Gordon and Susan. Roscoe Orman originally suggested that Gordon and Susan have a child when he first joined the show in 1974. At the time, the producers felt that it was too complicated to cast a baby to play the part. Ten years later, when Orman's son Miles was a year old, he revisited the idea. Orman remembers, "Caroll Spinney offhandedly said one day, 'That son of yours is so cute -- he's such a great kid -- we should bring him on the show and let him be your son.' I said that I had suggested something like that years ago but it was shot down. And he said, 'Well, you know, you could even adopt him.' That really started my wheels turning and I mentioned it to [Executive Producer] Dulcy Singer."[1]

The producers were intrigued by the adoption angle, and cast Miles in the role. "The idea is that he'll grow up on the show -- for as long as he wants to," Roscoe Orman said in 1986. The adoption of Miles was shown in a four-part story arc that started in this episode and continued through 2123, 2124, and 2125. The events of Miles' adoption were also presented in the 1986 book Susan and Gordon Adopt a Baby.

Segments

This episode guide is missing segments cut from Noggin's broadcast.
Picture Segment Description
2122a
SCENE 1
Big Bird and Snuffy plan to celebrate "Best Friends Day" with a picnic.
Bforbat
Cartoon
Small letter b (ball/bat)
Wishihadafriend
Muppets
Ernie doesn't want to play with Bert, who sings "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me".
There's a Bird on Me!
Song
Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me".
(EKA: Episode 0536)
Countsheep

Fauxsheep
Muppets
The Count's main jumping-over-the-bed flock of sheep quits on him, so he calls the "24 Hour Emergency Counting Service". A reluctant deliveryman in sheep's clothing laments, "It's not an easy way to make a livin' ..."
Eskimohome
Muppets
"Home to Me"
Notababy
Song
"I'm Not a Baby Anymore"
2122b
SCENE 2
David packs a picnic basket for Big Bird's picnic. On the way to his nest area, Big Bird observes Susan and Gordon getting ready to prepare a room for their new baby, Miles.
2122c
SCENE 3
Snuffy looks for Big Bird, who tells him that he has to help them get ready for when Miles arrives. Snuffy, not knowing who Miles is, gets the impression that Big Bird has a new best friend and doesn't need him anymore.
2122d
SCENE 4
Big Bird helps Susan and Gordon prepare a room for Miles at the 123 Sesame Street apartment building.
2122e
SCENE 5
Feeling dejected, Snuffy looks for a new best friend. He knocks on Oscar's trash can, and meets Fluffy, Oscar's pet elephant. They both play a game of catch inside the trash can!
2122f
SCENE 6
Big Bird looks at pictures of Gordon and Susan when they were babies. Gordon assembles a new crib for Miles, but when Olivia is about to take a picture of it, it suddenly falls apart.
2122g
SCENE 7
Oscar and Bob hear Snuffy and Fluffy playing catch in Oscar's trash can. Bob is skeptical, as always ...
2122h
SCENE 8
Gordon finally rebuilds Miles' new crib. Olivia is about to take a picture of him with it again, but she realizes that her camera is out of film. Gordon complains, "You lost the moment!"
2122i
SCENE 9
Oscar tells Snuffy that he can play with Fluffy any time he wants. Snuffy observes everyone bringing gifts for Miles and wonders why Miles is so popular all of a sudden, so Maria fills him in on the situation. Big Bird overhears their conversation, and apologizes to Snuffy, reassuring him that they're still friends.
Twoheadedmonsternewspaper
Muppets
The Two-Headed Monster finds a newspaper.
Soundsaroundthehouse
Film
Sounds around the house: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
Groverwaitercomida
Muppets
Grover the Waiter at La Casa de Comidas
Moschittababy
Celebrity
John Moschitta, Jr. has a baby who has a name beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
Bforbeard
Cartoon
B for Beard (poem by Edward Lear)
Artist: Jeff Hale
Frogsoftheglen
Muppets
Kermit sings "The Frogs in the Glen".
Patelwhale
Cartoon
It's a whale
Artist: Ishu Patel
Sunflowers
Film
A boy compares the growth of the sunflowers to his own height. (Raposo instrumental)
(EKA: Episode 0850)
Owlbirdcompromise
Cartoon
An owl and a bluebird work out a compromise.
2122j
SCENE 10
Big Bird and Snuffy celebrate Best Friends Night with a sleepover. Hoots the Owl plays them a jazz lullaby on his saxophone as Gordon and Susan look forward to adopting Miles tomorrow.

The story of Miles' adoption continues in Episode 2123.

Notes

  • Over 20 years later, in 2006, Sesame Street revisited the issue of adoption with the addition of Marco, the son of Gina. The story of Marco's adoption was addressed in episodes 4130, 4131, and 4132.

Sources

  1. "Meet Gordon: Roscoe Orman," by Rebecca Herman. Sesame Street Magazine Parents' Guide, issue 160, December 1986.


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