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Episode 2786

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Sesame Street
Plot A television birthday card for Gordon
Air date January 7, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Sponsors P, V, 20
Syndication
Releases

2786

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1
Uncle Wally and his barbershop singing group of horses, The Kentucky Derby, sing "One of Us Here is Not Like The Others" and has the viewer guess which one is different.
Cartoon
A man wants a hat, but the hat shop owner's hats are all the same - except for a ten-gallon hat, which complements the customer's horseback riding nicely.
Film
Footage of all types of birds on land, including flamingos and pigeons.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
Cartoon
P for Planet
(EKA: Episode 2486)
Muppets
At the carnival , Herry asks Ernie to participate in a game. Ernie has three chances to win a prize by knocking down a pile of bottles with a baseball. Ernie only manages to knock down some, then most of the bottles, but not all of them, so he doesn't win the prize. Herry, on the other hand, can knock the bottles down not with a baseball, but with his loud voice.
(EKA: Episode 0935)
Film
How paper is recycled
(First: Episode 2627)
Cartoon
Sign Man: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(EKA: Episode 1957)
SCENE 2
Gordon encounters Clementine and Buster waiting for a letter from Forgetful Jones. It finally arrives, and they know it's from him because there's no stamp, the envelope has not been sealed, and the letter itself is not signed. They love him, despite his forgetfulness.
Cartoon
A boy learns to put his mom's letter in the mailbox all by himself (with a little help).
(EKA: Episode 1708)
Film
Kids paint P-word animals on glass. (shortened)
Full version: (First: Episode 0119)
Animation
A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(EKA: Episode 2602)
Muppets
Kermit the Frog sings "When I Listen."
(EKA: Episode 2124)
Cartoon
Number Creatures #20 (gradient)
(EKA: Episode 2687)
Song
Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(EKA: Episode 2275)
Cartoon
Peacock with 20 feathers.
(EKA: Episode 0406)

SCENE 3
In the garage, Big Bird, Snuffy, and Felice prepare to make a "television birthday card" with Hiroshi's help. Snuffy is "the card," and the card is "signed" by all of them at the end of the video.
Cartoon
V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
Film
Wendy makes cookies with her grandmother. They later visit Wendy's great-grandmother at the nursing home, and give her some of the cookies.
(EKA: Episode 2244)
Animation
"¡Ella juega ténis!"
(EKA: Episode 2356)
Muppets / Celebrity
Elmo thinks that Whoopi's skin is a very pretty brown. Whoopi likes Elmo's soft red fur. Elmo admires Whoopi's bouncy hair, too. Elmo suggests that they trade, but Whoopi says that they can't -- it doesn't come off. But even if she could trade, she wouldn't want to. She likes her skin and her hair, and she wants to keep them. Elmo says that he wants to keep his fur, too.
(First: Episode 2746)
Film
Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
(EKA: Episode 1091)
Muppets
In the park, Harvey Kneeslapper comes up behind a man, asks him, "Wanna see something funny?" and then holds a mirror up. The man sees nothing funny...until he looks at Harvey!
(EKA: Episode 0343)
Cartoon
The Bellhop is sent to the grocery store to get twenty grapefruits. He counts to 20 on the way there so that he can remember the quantity, but forgets what item he was sent for.
(EKA: Episode 2630)


SCENE 4
Hiroshi brings Gordon and Susan into the garage, to give Gordon a surprise for his birthday. Felice connects the camera to the TV set, and displays the video they made earlier. Gordon is pleased with the card, and is even more pleased when he learns that the camera they used is a present from Susan. Big Bird realizes that they made a TV birthday card, but they didn't make a TV birthday cake!
Cast
The Alphabet Dancers form the letter V.
(EKA: Episode 2475)
Cartoon
Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(EKA: Episode 0429)
Muppets
The Count has prepared himself a picnic not far from his castle. As he counts the ants who come to take away his food, he eventually has nothing left. Which is just as well, since it has started to rain.
(EKA: Episode 2234)
Animation
Stop-motion: tap-dancing shoes
(EKA: Episode 2367)
Film
Corn grows in a field.
Music: Joe Raposo
Muppets
The Two-Headed Monster blows bubbles.
(EKA: Episode 2403)
Cartoon
Spike's Scribble Theatre Presents: "Island"

SCENE 5
Bob and Linda (and later, Uncle Wally) encounter Oscar and the Grouchketeers conducting a scientific experiment: Oscar believes that umbrellas cause it to rain, since he always sees people carrying them whenever it does rain. Oscar notices that nothing's happening, and thinks it would help it rain faster if the Grouchketeers walked around in a circle while he "sings in the rain." When Gordon comes by and sees what they're doing, Oscar claims to have learned from the experiment that umbrellas don't make it rain ... and when people see open umbrellas, they look around for raindrops and ask silly questions.
Cartoon
Kids observe cloud formations, until it starts to rain.
(EKA: Episode 2356)
Animation
Teeny Little Superguy: R.W. Shipshape gets a hat for his birthday, and it blows into the street. R.W. remembers not to cross the street without an adult; Teeny Little Superguy helps him across.
(EKA: Episode 2755)
Muppets
Grover takes several dogs for a walk, explaining that dogs need exercise as much as people do.
Cartoon
"You know what it's like to be scared?"
(EKA: Episode 0597)
Film
Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(EKA: Episode 2636)
Cartoon
Typewriter: V for Vacuum
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 0952)

SCENE 6
Oscar gathers up Hiroshi, Bob, Linda, Uncle Wally, and the Grouchketeers so they can see his "art collection" - that is, a collection of artists' palettes and paint-stained blankets. Hiroshi thinks it's not bad, which upsets Oscar.
Buster announces the sponsors.


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