Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird tells a joke
Air date November 23, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Sponsors D, I, 10


This page has been compiled from a Japanese episode guide, and may or may not be equivalent to the American PBS broadcast.
Picture Segment Description
Insert Count von Count introduces Luis to his grandparents, who also love to count. In song, they demonstrate that while the Count's counting elicits thunder and lightning, Grandpa Count's counting brings snow, and Grandma Count's counting brings rain. When they count together, then comes all weather.
(First: Episode 2357)
Cartoon A man (voice of Richard Hunt) answers the TELEPHONE and gives it to the plant.
(EKA: Episode 2423)
Muppets Kermit draws a square on-screen using his "magic finger."
(EKA: Episode 1452)
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2494)
Cast Charlie Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
(EKA: Episode 2275)
Cartoon I-Ink (angry bird)
(EKA: Episode 0514)
Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be.
(First: Episode 0004)
Insert Mr. Snuffleupagus wants to play football with Slimey the Worm, but Oscar the Grouch thinks the size difference will make the game unfair to Slimey. He suggests hide and seek. Snuffy looks everywhere and can't find Slimey. Oscar shows Snuffy that Slimey is hiding in his fur, and says the joke is on him. Instead of getting angry, Snuffy thinks it's funny and leaves to tell Big Bird that the joke was--literally--on him.
(EKA: Episode 2375)
Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
(EKA: Episode 2399)

Muppets Grover is going to teach the audience about "surprise" by sneaking up on Ernie. He sees Ernie sitting in his chair -- and he knows that it's Ernie, because he can see Ernie's shirt and hair. Grover sneaks up to surprise Ernie -- but it turns out to be Herry Monster, disguised as Ernie!
(EKA: Episode 0261)
Animation The big green balls and one little orange ball ride over the top of the hills. The little one can't make it over the big hill, but conquers the small hill.
(EKA: Episode 2003)
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0813)
Ernie and Bert welcome you
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Bert asks who Ernie is decorating the room for. It turns out to be the viewer at home.
(EKA: Episode 0352)
Animation A montage of boys, all of whom are named Joe, saying what their favorite sports are. The last one turns out to be a girl named Joanne.
Artist: John Korty
Cast Linda shows a boy how to sign the word "telephone."
Film A girl and her friend David, a blacksmith, talk as he makes an iron wolf for his door.
Muppets The Rhymies go camping, but a bear disrupts their campsite.
(EKA: Episode 1452)
Insert Girls play double dutch in the arbor.
(EKA: Episode 1563)
Cartoon Typewriter Guy: D - Daisy
(EKA: Episode 1706)
Muppets Anything Muppets perform an opera about front and back (to the tune of "The Blue Danube").
(EKA: Episode 2481)
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
SCENE 1 Big Bird finds Gordon waiting at the bus stop, and wants to tell him a joke. He keeps getting drowned out by different city noises, until Gordon's bus comes.
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
(EKA: Episode 2363)
Seijiozawa Muppets /
"Pretty Great Performances" features Placido Flamingo singing "Italian Street Song" with the All-Animal Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa
(EKA: Episode 2485)
Film Maria and some kids count katydids hiding in the leaves.
Music: Joe Raposo
Muppets Two Anything Muppets (Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson) use a tape measure to figure out how far apart they are from each other. It turns out that thirty-seven feet separate them.
(EKA: Episode 0936)
Cartoon Pirates sing a doo-wop song about how they are preparing for their journey.
Artist: Michael Sporn
SCENE 2 Gordon's bus returns, and Big Bird is waiting to tell him the joke. What does a duck eat for a snack? Milk and quackers! Gordon doesn't laugh, and Big Bird is disappointed. Gordon suggests he tell it to someone else. Bob and the kids don't laugh either.
Song "Mom and Me"
Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0960)
Muppets Teacher Little Chrissy sings about how important it is to "Raise Your Hand."
(EKA: Episode 2274)
SCENE 3 Big Bird tells his joke to Maria, who pretends to laugh, but Big Bird isn't fooled. He thinks Gabi is laughing at his joke, but Gabi is too little to understand words.
Cartoon A man laughs out loud as an alligator uses the telephone to call his wife - then he eats the phone booth.
(EKA: Episode 1235)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(EKA: Episode 0288)
Cartoon A shoemaker shows how he measures (human) feet with his ruler.
(EKA: Episode 0760)
Film Song: What Do People Do All Day?
(EKA: Episode 2176)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster drives a car, but puts on the seat belt first.
(EKA: Episode 2164)
Cartoon A stubborn hippo sits on a girl's ball, and she tries to figure out how to get it back.
(EKA: Episode 1124)
SCENE 4 Big Bird tells his joke to a duck, who laughs. He realizes that you just have to find the right audience. The duck doesn't laugh at his next joke: What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence? Time to get a new fence! He tells it to Fluffy, and she laughs. Bob announces the sponsors.

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