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Sesame Street
Plot Biff has a bowling ball stuck on his hand.
Air date March 15, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Sponsors H, V, 2

3217

This guide is for a 50-minute episode shown during a PBS pledge season.
Picture Segment Description
3217a
SCENE 1
Biff strolls into Hooper's Store for lunch, when Telly and Mr. Handford see he's got a bowling ball stuck to his hand. Biff explains that it's stuck, but oddly doesn't want it removed, claiming he's happy like that. Telly points out he can't do anything with it stuck on him, but Biff counters. He tries scratching his nose, but instead bonks himself to the floor.
SurpriseBalloons
Film
Balloons are popped in front of kids' faces, demonstrating surprise.
(EKA: Episode 2990)
3139j
Animation
Several cards form an H.
(First: Episode 3139)
SpaceshipH
Muppets
Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, and see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack and hula dancing hens.
(EKA: Episode 3195)
4115w
Film
A variety of H's are grown in a garden.
(EKA: Episode 3139)
BabyBird
Cartoon
A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Artist: Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 1858)
3217b
SCENE 2
Biff attempts to eat his lunch with the bowling ball, but finds he can't pick up his sandwich or milk with his stuck hand. Telly suggests a straw, which gives Biff a free hand - the one with the bowling ball. He demonstrates swatting a fly with in, knocking himself over again.
Kammikluuk
Song
"Ookyook Song," a Joe Raposo song with the Alaskan words for all the things you need to put on when it's ukiuq (winter).
(EKA: Episode 2404)
TypewriterV
Cartoon
Typewriter Guy: V for Vacuum
(EKA: Episode 0952)
SpinningVs
Animation
Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(EKA: Episode 2987)
HubleyV02
Cartoon
Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(EKA: Episode 0914)
Eskimohome
Muppets
"Home to Me"
(EKA: Episode 2122)
3986q
Cartoon
A cartoon shows a few Spanish words - which are also English words.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 3087)
3217c

3217d
SCENE 3
In the arbor, Biff starts an experiment - can he play the piano as well as he used to with a bowling ball on his hand? Biff plays along to a classical recording, producing a horrid sound and sending the keys flying everywhere. Telly, rattled, doesn't notice a difference in how he used to play. Biff considers the experiment a success and accidentally demolishes the piano. He suggests calling a piano tuner.
3962d
Song
Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)
Bellhop2
Cartoon
The Bellhop is told that there are two kids, Betty and Bobby Blobby, who are lost in the lobby, and he must help them find their parents.
(EKA: Episode 2503)
McDoubles.2s
Film
The McDouble twins display pairs of things.
Toon-inventstraw
Cartoon
The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2595)
3217e
SCENE 4
Biff's wife, Celeste (a crossing guard), arrives home from work and also insists he get the bowling ball removed. She loves it when they hold hands and they can't with the ball in the way; she suggests calling Dr. Edwynn. Biff reveals he's afraid of the doctor and is assured the procedure won't hurt and he might get a lollypop afterward. Mr. Handford makes the call, as Biff doesn't want to leave the safety of his lover's side.
Babyzebra
Film
Baby animals nurse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 1199)
10.Chinese
Animation
Counting to 10 (Chinese imagery)
Eb-fishingnote
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: Ernie keeps catching fish, and Bert doesn't, so Ernie tries moving to a different place on the boat, then not using bait, then just quitting. When Bert finally catches something, it is only a note that reads: "What happened to your friend?"
(EKA: Episode 3199)
Cecille-brushdown
Animation
Cecille sings "Brushin' Down the Doggies."
(EKA: Episode 3052)
3217f

3217g
SCENE 5
Dr. Edwynn concludes the only way to remove the ball is a "Bowlectomy." The procedure will need both him and Biff to cooperate. They pull in different directions until the ball is finally off! Everyone is happy he's freed, but Dr. Edwynn now has the ball stuck to his finger. "Is there a doctor in the house?!," he cries.
ManDogScratchBack
Cartoon
A mosquito bites a man and a dog, who agree to scratch each other's backs.
Artist: ArtistMike
SnailShell
Animation
A snail shell is uncovered in the sand.
(EKA: Episode 2058)
Waiter-pushchair
Muppets
Waiter Grover: In a miraculous feat for Mr. Johnson, Grover serves up a large bowl of spaghetti exactly to his liking. While Grover tends his other tables, he keeps bumping up behind Mr. Johnson and forcing his face into the meal. Grover solves the problem by moving the table away from him, so he can run in front of Mr. Johnson.
FrontBackYaks
Cartoon
Ballet-dancing yaks show their fronts and backs.
(EKA: Episode 3056)
CeliaCruzZunzun
Muppets / Celebrity
Celia Cruz tells Big Bird about a hummingbird, and sings "Zunzun". (music added to intro)
(EKA: Episode 3108)
Timeforarhyme
Song
"It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3151)
3960y
Cartoon
"Love" word animation
(EKA: Episode 0926)
3217h
SCENE 6
Free to hold hands once more, Biff and Celeste sing about how they feel when they hold hands together ("Holding Hands"). They then head off on a bowling date.
1186c
Cartoon
I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(EKA: Episode 1186)
FamilyPortrait
Animation
A girl dances her way into a family portrait.
(EKA: Episode 3134)
2059za
Cartoon
Mi kat iz ... gone
(EKA: Episode 2059)
3217i

3217j
SCENE 7
Back in Hooper's, Biff and Celeste finish some drinks. They are about to head back to Dr. Edwynn; following the bowling date, Celeste has a ball stuck on her finger. Biff assures her the procedure won't hurt as they head out. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.


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