Sesame Street
Plot Athena's bird-day party
Air date March 1, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors F, S, 7
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 During the wee hours, Hoots tries to comfort Athena, who is upset because her friends on Sesame Street can't stay up for her bird-day (birthday) party, which is tomorrow night. Hiroshi, however, says he'll spread the word about the party so people will accommodate their sleep schedules.
S-sing
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
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Muppets In the park, Bert overhears the sound of a tuba - his favorite instrument. It's actually Simon Soundman, who's "just practicing." Bert begs Simon to teach him how to make that sound by himself, but Bert ends up attracting Gladys the Cow, who thinks she heard the romantic call of a bull.
(EKA: Episode 2386)
Prettyfish-refilm
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
7commercial-01

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Cast In a spoof of the famous Mean Joe Green Coke commercial, football player Big Murray (Gordon) accepts a number 7 from a young fan, whom he rewards with a towel that also has a 7 on it.
(EKA: Episode 2358)
BCayard.Skin
Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2611)
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SCENE 2 Elmo finds Big Bird asleep, and learns that it's because he's resting to prepare for Athena's party. Elmo, however, insists that he doesn't need a nap ...
1800-19
Cartoon Different uses of a triangle (Spanish version)
(EKA: Episode 2275)
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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)
Winditup

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Film A montage of the evolution of mechanical technology, from wind-up toys, to robots that can spell "SESAME STREET" with blocks, to satellite transmitters.
(EKA: Episode 2226)
S-Snail
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
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SCENE 3 Elmo is about to ask Big Bird what time the party is, but doesn't want to wake him, so he uses Big Bird's phone to call Hiroshi, who says he'll call right back. When the phone rings, Big Bird wakes up and answers. Elmo is so embarrassed that he tells Hiroshi he'll call back.
F-flames
Cartoon F/f (Gordon voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 2398)
Moschittababy Celebrity John Moschitta, Jr. has a baby who has a name beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 2122)
Baldeaglefilm2
Film A bald eagle flies over houses, a beach, and other locations.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0411)
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Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
Ssnews.hickory
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit stands by a grandfather clock waiting for a mouse to run up it, acting out "Hickory Dickory Dock". A cow and duck show up instead. Finally, a horse comes in and explains that the mouse can't make it. The horse runs through the clock, breaking it.
(EKA: Episode 0710)
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Cartoon Splash (girl on beach)
(EKA: Episode 1120)
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SCENE 4 At night, Big Bird is wide awake, because he took a nap, but Elmo looks very sleepy because he didn't take one. Elmo still insists that he can stay up, but he keeps yawning and nodding off when Big Bird shows him how to sing the bird-day song.
6Snakes
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(EKA: Episode 1958)
Mpiece.guysdolls
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
Madscientist.FRED
Cartoon A mad scientist teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot", and "Friday."
(First: Episode 1162)
AlphabetDancers-F
Insert The Alphabet Dancers make the form of the letter F.
(EKA: Episode 0890)
Shoerepair
Film The shoe repairman
(EKA: Episode 1028)
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SCENE 5 The bird-day party is about to begin. Hoots goes off to fetch Athena, who will be surprised when she sees the kids who stayed up late. Elmo, who didn't take a nap, finds it harder to stay awake than Big Bird does. Athena arrives, and everyone sings the bird-day song to her.
PingPongBallsToon
Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(EKA: Episode 0899)
Noimage
Insert Potato Bag Race - Raw Vegetables (2:39)
HerryJohnJohn loudsoft
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(EKA: Episode 0774)
7owls.OG
Cartoon Seven owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1562)
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Cartoon A man teaches his dog Rover how to read the word SIT.
(EKA: Episode 0304)
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SCENE 6 Athena introduces a bird-day game, "The Bird is the Word," in which Hiroshi displays pictures of certain birds, and the kids try to guess what sound each one starts with. Hiroshi shows pictures of a seagull, a swan, and a saxophone (which Hoots plays). Elmo makes the "S" sound in his sleep, so he gets them all right!
Australiamap
Cartoon A map of Australia morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2646)
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Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Carfrog
Film Close-up shots of a car and a frog are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1530)
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Cartoon Before dinnertime, a boy discovers a worm under a rock and some baby birds in their nest.
(EKA: Episode 1709)
Doitbymyself
Film "It's Easy"
(EKA: Episode 1736)
QuietHippoLoudMouse
Cartoon A hippo who lives in the country, and likes it quiet, is disturbed when a mouse, who likes it loud, moves in.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1432)
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SCENE 7 Elmo wakes up after the party has ended. Even though he doesn't remember the fun he had, he still thinks he can have fun at a party without taking a nap. Big Bird takes him home as Hiroshi announces the sponsors.

Notes

  • This episode was taped on November 16 and 17, 1989.


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