Sesame Street
Plot Gordon's day off
Air date December 23, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Sponsors A, H, 18
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird and Zoe are surprised to see Gordon in the park, since he should be teaching at school. Gordon notes today's a school holiday and he has the day off. He plants to spend it reading, listening to music and watching the clouds. Big Bird adds another thing he'll be doing: spending time with himself and Zoe!
Cartoon A boy chases a butterfly, and watches the clouds form into different objects.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 2362)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Film A for action, acrobat, art, artichoke, and applause.
(First: Episode 3266)
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(EKA: Episode 2253)
Celebrity The Count counts the musicians in the Tokyo String Quartet.
(EKA: Episode 3266)
Cartoon How to know a hippo when you find one. (new sound effects added)
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 3081)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
SCENE 2 Gordon tells the two he'd like to be left alone, though they suggest he read his book to them. Since his book is too advanced for them, they get him a fairy tale book instead.
Cartoon "Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2609)
Cartoon A spoof of Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" - the number of sandwiches the singer has to choose from.
(First: Episode 2859)
Animation Abstract #18
(EKA: Episode 2859)
Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck"
(First: Episode 2304)
Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out.
(EKA: Episode 0303)

SCENE 3 Now that the story is finished, Gordon moves on to watching the clouds through his binoculars. Zoe and Big Bird watch them too and Gordon recalls being in a play about clouds when he was Zoe's age. The two rush off and come back with two kids, all dressed like clouds for Gordon to observe.
SCENE 3 cont'd Big Bird even has a surprise cloud: an elephant, who shows off his skills as a pretend cloud and dog.
Video Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
(EKA: Episode 2687)
Cartoon Falling leaves form H and h.
(EKA: Episode 3118)
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)
Film The floating kids form H.
(EKA: Episode 3218)
Animation Cecille sings “Up Down, In Out, Over and Under.”
(First: Episode 2746)
Film The Count (in voiceover) counts five children standing behind a park bench.
(EKA: Episode 2931)
Muppets Wanda's friends beg her to stay in the water, but she'd rather explore land and be "A Fish Out of Water."
(EKA: Episode 3247)
SCENE 4 Gordon listens to Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" and imagines being in the country. Big Bird and Zoe provide him with a chicken to enhance the experience, which attracts its angry owner. She lets it slide when she sees how relaxed the chicken is, claiming it needs a day off.
Cartoon A chicken gets an idea to sit on a football and hatch it like an egg.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2455)
Song "Playground Map Song"
(EKA: Episode 2680)
Film Various situations of before and after, to a hip-hop beat.
(EKA: Episode 3201)
Muppets / Celebrity Kadeem Hardison says the alphabet with Natasha.
(EKA: Episode 2787)
SCENE 5 Zoe and Big Bird find Gordon writing a letter to his sister and learn as he reads it back to himself how much trouble they've caused him. They conclude the best way to help him enjoy is day off is to leave him alone and alert Bob of the fact. Finally at peace, Gordon watches the clouds and enjoys his music.
Film Alone Song
(EKA: Episode 1003)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment: Cookie Monster and Lexine talk about the letter A.
Animation Sand A / a
(EKA: Episode 2813)
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoons Backward and forward: dancing, flying and swimming.
(EKA: Episode 3083)
SCENE 6 Gordon catches up with Big Bird and Zoe, claiming to be free for playing now. The two, however, are taking a day off for themselves and watch the clouds, asking to be left alone. Gordon announces the sponsors and is shooed away.

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