Sesame Street
Plot The Adventures of Nick and Nora Chicken
repeat of 3129
Air date March 16, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Sponsors H, J, 17
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In the courtyard, Prairie Dawn practices a pageant song on the piano, and is confused when a voice-over announces "The Adventures of Nick and Nora Chicken." Prairie's piano vanishes right after it is announced that today's episode is "The Case of the Missing Piano."
"Don't panic, little musical girl," says a detective who arrives with a chicken, "We'll find your piano." He introduces himself as Nick Chicken (Kevin Kline), and the chicken next to him as his sister, Nora (a take off of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man). They'll help Prairie out for a price (chicken feed, of course). They look around the courtyard, listening for anything that sounds like a piano, but Nick keeps bumping into things.

Suddenly, they hear a musical instrument being played, but it's a saxophone, played by a tiger. They also falsely accuse a monkey playing a guitar, and finally spot a farmer pushing the missing piano along. The farmer says he mistook it for his tractor (it's his first day on the job).
SCENE 2 A remake of "Can Read" with Telly, Lillian and Savion.
SCENE 3 Nick and Nora Chicken hang out at Hooper's, when the voice-over introduces another episode, "The Case of the Missing Chicken." While Nick asks Mr. Handford if there are any missing chickens, Nora vanishes! When Nick finds this out, he panics, because he can't work without his sister (they're a team).

The same voice-over announces the presence of Colambo, who is now on the case. Colambo is confused when he finds out that Nora is the "sister" of Nick, who insists that he is also a chicken ("I'm one of the biggest chickens you'll ever meet!"). He shows Colambo the pictures of himself and his adopted family (chickens), then they argue over which of them is on the case, until Mr. Handford suggests they cooperate and work together. They agree to do so, and leave Hooper's.

SCENE 4 Telly finds a feather on the Fix-it Shop work table, and is cornered by Nick Chicken and Colambo, who question him about whether he's seen any chickens. Nick breaks down as he explains the story to Telly, and Telly offers to help him out. Nick and Colambo follow Telly ...

SCENE 5 Nick, Colambo and Telly dress in chicken outfits and pretend to be chickens, since according to Telly's logic, whoever took Nora will mistake them for chickens. Telly is approached by an agent named Bernie, who attempts to snatch him, but Nick and Colambo catch him red-handed. Bernie explains that he hires animals for his all-animal band, and Nora happens to be their tambourine player.

Sure enough, the band starts playing, and Nick spots Nora! When he tries to bring her back with him, she says she doesn't want to be a detective anymore, and they share a tearful goodbye. Colambo offers to make Nick his partner, but Nick also decides to quit the detective gig, and go into the family business: laying eggs.
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk - "Get Your Body Busy!"
Part 3
(First: Episode 2994)
SCENE 6 Telly asks Colambo if they can continue solving mysteries dressed as chickens, but Colambo declines. Telly the "chicken detective" goes off on his first case, and Colambo announces the sponsors.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk - "Get Your Body Busy!"
Part 1
(First: Episode 2994)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk - "Get Your Body Busy!"
Part 2
(First: Episode 2994)
Muppets / Celebrity Zoe counts the number of times Michael Chang bounces a tennis ball.
(First: Episode 3148)
Muppets Count von Count sings "Lambaba" as he counts sheep and other animals that pop into the room.
(First: Episode 2789)
Animation Fred the fish needs water to swim in, and Betty the bird needs air to fly in. Vanessa the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the air and water, but can't hold it all in. (narration by Jim Thurman)
(EKA: Episode 2642)
Animation Rubber Stamp #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings “Hand Talk."
(First: Episode 2622)
Cartoon A schoolyard of gloves invites other gloves to join them.
(EKA: Episode 1575)

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