Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird learns about sadness
Air date February 18, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors U, X, 2


This guide is for a 50-minute episode shown during a PBS pledge season.
Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar holds a Grouchketeers meeting, teaching them some Grouchy words, such as "rotten," "yucky," and "terrible." Buster the Horse appears and teaches him another word - "abominable," which he passes onto the kids. Maria is pleased he's learned a new word and gives him a kiss of congratulations, making him furious.
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert is reading a book when Ernie startles him by asking if he wants to play checkers. Bert says, "I thought maybe you weren't here!" Ernie starts to search to see if he can find himself.
(EKA: Episode 0274)
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0817)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets "I'm in Love with U"
(EKA: Episode 1854)
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(EKA: Episode 2356)

Muppets Luis reads the story of "The King Who Ate Only Chicken."
King Richard the Chicken-Hearted does not know of any food other than chicken, thus he eats it for every meal. Seeking a change, he initiates a "New Royal Food Contest," with a hefty reward (half the kingdom and a trip to Bermuda). His subjects bring him many healthy foods and the King enjoys them all. They convince him to eat all the foods together, thus making a healthy meal and a healthier king.
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(EKA: Episode 1230)
Cartoon A man chases a runaway "no."
(EKA: Episode 2059)
Film Students prepare for a spelling bee.
(EKA: Episode 2208)

Celebrity Ricky (Billy Crystal) walks through a letter U, which he thinks is UNBELIEVABLE!
(EKA: Episode 2208)
Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 1446)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy and girl have a conversation using the letters of the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 0267)
Film Kids use a magnet to retrieve a jack.
(EKA: Episode 1021)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(EKA: Episode 0351)
SCENE 2 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store, feeling sad. David and Gina explain that it's okay to feel sad and it helps to talk about what's wrong. Big Bird explains that Granny Bird was going to visit, but she had to cancel. Talking about it has rid him of his sadness, but now he's angry!
Cartoon Two Elephants
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(EKA: Episode 1457)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
SCENE 3 Big Bird finds Snuffy sad in his nest area. Using what he's just learned, Big Bird asks his friend to confide in him. Snuffy states that he's sad because Granny Bird's visit means they can't play together. When he learns Granny Bird won't be visiting, he perks up. Snuffy suggests they pretend; Big Bird plays Granny Bird and Snuffy plays Big Bird and they re-enact her call to her grandson.
Cartoon Two caterpillars plus three caterpillars equal five.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Two is You and Me."
(EKA: Episode 1091)
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(EKA: Episode 2254)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(EKA: Episode 2342)
SCENE 4 Bob, Gordon, Mae and the kids are picking a song to play in band practice. Gladys the Cow suggests a cow song (such as "Mary Had a Little Cow" and "Row, Row, Row Your Cow"). Because it's time to say goodbye, Bob instead thinks they should play the "Sesame Street Theme." Gladys initially refuses, until she learns the lyrics aren't "sweeping the cows away." She sings along, then announces the sponsors.

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