Sesame Street
Plot Olivia sings at Birdland
repeat of 2304
Air date December 8, 1988
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors E, H, 6
This episode guide is missing segments cut from a PBS pledge broadcast.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Hoots the Owl plays some jazz for Athena before they must leave to open Birdland. Athena wants to hear more and begs for one last note. She becomes very particular of how it should sound. He eventually proposes a "Thazzall" note and exits singing, "Thaaaat's all."
Cartoon A cowboy adds two different herds of cows.
(EKA: Episode 2255)
Nightmare 1 & 2
Muppets Bert is visiting his grandmother, so Cookie Monster spends the night with Ernie. Cookie is frightened of a shadow on the wall, but Ernie shows him it's just a coat on a chair.
(EKA: Episode 2256)
Film Sounds around the house: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(EKA: Episode 2122)
The Flying and Singing Cookies
Muppets Later, Cookie Monster has a bad dream in which he is surrounded by flying, singing cookies who won't let him catch them.
(EKA: Episode 2256)
Cartoon Letter E ("See me... eating a peach...")
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)

SCENE 2 Before Birdland opens, Hoots shows Athena and Olivia (tonight's performer) some of the photos on the wall and how they detail his life. He previously toured with the Rhythm School, then met his wife, performed jazz downtown and finally moved to Sesame Street.
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is told that his dog looks thirsty, and says that his dog is a hot dog.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1299)

Muppets On Vacation with Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley and his tour guide have difficulty taking pictures of animals in the jungle because of Guy's uncontrollably loud voice. A tiger recognizes him, and offers to take a picture of him and some other animals. "Say TREES!"
(EKA: Episode 2390)
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1246)
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(EKA: Episode 0811)
Muppets / Celebrity Vincent Van Grouch (Danny DeVito), curator of the Museum of Trash, has a look at Oscar the Grouch's pieces of Grouch art, and is always finding reasons why they are not grouchy or rotten enough for the museum.
(EKA: Episode 2304)
Animation Where does the square fit?
(EKA: Episode 2258)
Muppets A heartbroken groom sings "Don't Walk."
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(EKA: Episode 0409)
SCENE 3 Patrons begin arriving as Hoots welcomes them. Olivia prepares in her dressing room. Athena admires everything around the room and hopes to perform at Birdland one day.
Cartoon Six camels
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(EKA: Episode 2275)
Muppets The Count has prepared himself a picnic not far from his castle. As he counts the ants who come to take away his things, he eventually has nothing left. He is not displeased, however, since it has started to rain.
(EKA: Episode 2234)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues." (re-filmed version)
(EKA: Episode 0277)
SCENE 4 Hoots introduces Olivia, who performs "Birdland."
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
Artist: Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(EKA: Episode 2486)
Muppets Ernie & Bert: Ernie wears socks on his ears and on his nose in order for Bert to guess which body part he's thinking of.
(EKA: Episode 2163)
Cartoon Two boys peek into a fire house, and write HAT, HOSE, and HOOK on the window using their breath. Two dogs come by and wonder what a HAT HOSE HOOK is, but their question is answered when the fire truck leaves the station.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1575)
SCENE 5 Olivia tells Hoots her next song is a duet with a special guest: Athena! The two scat a jazz-version of the theme song as Luis announces the sponsors.


A portion of the opening scene was included in Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.

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