Sesame Street
Plot Birth of Gabriela
Air date May 12, 1989
(season finale)
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors B, M, 8
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Paley Center Archive

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird wants to know if Maria's baby has arrived yet. If so, is it a boy or a girl? Does anyone on Sesame Street know yet?
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SCENE 1
cont'd
Meanwhile, at the hospital, Luis tells Oscar to call Hooper's Store and update everyone on the status. He does so...
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SCENE 1
cont'd
... but when the phone rings, there's no one to pick up. And when everyone realizes they should keep an eye on the phone at Hooper's, it stops ringing by the time they get there.
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SCENE 1
cont'd
Meanwhile, Oscar has a conflict: the night before, he drove Maria and Luis to the hospital, which was a nice thing. And just now, he tried to call everyone at Hooper's, which would have also been a nice thing. He's confused, because Grouches aren't supposed to be nice.
2485za
Song Joe Raposo sings "I Believe in Little Things."
(EKA: Episode 2485)
2356-26
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert play "the feelings game."
(EKA: Episode 2356)
Bellhop8
Cartoon The Bellhop has to bring 8 steamer trunks down 8 flights of stairs.
(First: Episode 2511)
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SCENE 2 Telly walks by Susan and Gordon reading a book to Miles. He wonders how they can nonchalantly do this while everyone else on Sesame Street is excited about the arrival of a new baby. Susan explains that having a new baby around will change a few things, but many things will still be the same.
2head.story
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster takes turns reading itself a story.
(First: Episode 2590)
B-animation
Cartoon Letter B/b (bouncing circles)
(EKA: Episode 2222)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Zebracloseup
Film Close-ups of animals. Kids try to guess what they are.
(EKA: Episode 1369)
Toon.M.MyMusic
Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1207)
Soundofmusicgrover
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Sound of Music"
(EKA: Episode 1929)
Fay.3balls
Video Fay demonstrates addition by placing 3 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
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SCENE 3 The phone rings at Hooper's -- could it be Luis? No...it turns out to be someone who wants lunch.
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SCENE 3
cont'd
While David talks to the customer, he ties up the line at the exact moment when Luis tries calling Hooper's himself.
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SCENE 3
cont'd
Oscar tells Luis that he's embarrassed about doing nice things for Luis and Maria. He even admits that he's happy the baby is coming! Luis explains that babies make everybody happy, and tells Oscar to keep reminding himself that he's still a Grouch.
Toon.AMOR
Cartoon AMOR, amor, amor ... amoramor ... amoramor
(EKA: Episode 0801)
2356-39
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
B.ballerina.banana
Cartoon B for banana and ballerina
(First: Episode 2515)
Khome.polliwog
Muppets Kermit sings about his youth, or as he calls it, "My Polliwog Ways".
(EKA: Episode 1443)
Toon.fromtadpoletofrog
Cartoon The birth and growth of a frog is documented. At the very end, the fully-grown frog hops in the middle of a field and calls out, "Hey, Kermit!"
(EKA: Episode 1232)
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SCENE 4 Someone calls Hooper's again ... but it's a wrong number. Then, Telly says it's quite exciting when a new baby is about to show up, and that pretty soon, Linda and Bob will get married and have a baby of their own! Gina gets excited and asks them about having a baby, but Linda and Bob both explain they do not have any plans to have a baby. Telly says “thank goodness”. Bob is taken aback at this remark but Telly explains that after Luis & Maria’s baby he can’t handle any more excitement.
Toon.AnnieEyeball.air
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball, PhD., looks at breathing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2586)
Grover.Zelda
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Grover and Zelda look above and below.
Aboveitall
Cartoon A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All", as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2559)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
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SCENE 5 Oscar, now back from the hospital and in his trash can, refuses to tell Gordon, David, and Bob whether or not the baby has been born yet. This makes them furious, and they reassure Oscar that he's still as grouchy as ever!
Stop.Dance
Video Ann Marie and Skeeter Rabbit do their dance routine. The frame freezes whenever the word STOP comes on.
(First: Episode 2600)
Melvinsmuscles
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man
(EKA: Episode 0276)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Ernestine's First Word
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie tries to get baby Ernestine to say his name. It turns out she's much better at saying "Bert!"
(First: Episode 2586)
Sqsong
Cartoon The Four Squares sing "It's Hip To Be a Square."
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
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SCENE 6 At the hospital, Luis tries calling Hooper's once again. No one answers. But suddenly everyone shows up behind him! Luis tells everyone... "It's a girl."
BabyHonker
Muppets Three Honkers teach a newly-hatched baby Honker to honk.
(EKA: Episode 1706)
Toon.8brotherscircus
Cartoon The 8 Brothers Circus displays 8 elephants.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 2176)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
There's a Bird on Me!
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(EKA: Episode 0536)
Letter.B.green.red
Cartoon B for boats, bouquet, baby, bonnet, etc.
(EKA: Episode 1703)
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SCENE 7 Everyone visits Maria in the delivery room. Maria recalls that the experience of giving birth was quite an adventure.
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SCENE 7
cont'd
Everyone meets baby Gabriela for the first time.
2485x
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Animation by Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 0677)
Susansarandon
Muppets / Celebrity On a rainy night, the Count brings Susan Sarandon to a locked castle. He knocks on the door just for the sake of counting the knocks, until it's revealed that the castle is his own. He then proceeds to unlock the numerous locks, counting them in the process.
(First: Episode 2528)
2356-30
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(EKA: Episode 2243)
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SCENE 8 At night, Luis knocks on Oscar's trash can and tells him that the baby came, and that it's a girl. Oscar asks if she is cute and if she cried a lot.
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SCENE 8
cont'd
After Luis leaves, Oscar gives Maria a call at the hospital to see how she and the baby are doing. Gordon announces the sponsors. A nighttime credit crawl follows with the standard harmonica theme. So ends the 20th season of Sesame Street.

Notes

  • This was Northern Calloway's final episode as David. After the episode aired, Calloway left the show due to medical reasons with the explanation that David moved away to live with his grandmother and that ownership of Hooper's Store was turned over to Mr. Handford. Calloway died in 1990.
  • Scene 6 and a portion of scene 7 appear on 40 Years of Sunny Days.
  • Baby Gabriela is played in this episode by an infant boy: Dick Maitland's son Bryan Maitland, to be exact.


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