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Episode 3387

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Sesame Street
Plot Biff turns 40
Air date May 9, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Sponsors A, U, 16
Syndication
Releases

3387

Picture Segment Description
Martians-lettera
COLD OPEN
The Martians discover the sponsors sitting on a brick wall.
These scenes would later be used as separate, stand-alone sketches.
3387a

Martians-sad
SCENE 1
Roxie Marie comforts a sad Biff. The Martians appear on the fence and see he is sad as well. Elmo comes by and is told today is Biff's 40th birthday. He is sad that he has gotten so old, so Elmo and Roxie try cheering him up by throwing him a party. Biff bids them good luck, as do the Martians, who then vanish.
A brief portion of this scene with the Martians has been put online by Sesame Workshop.
3977e
Song
"It's All Right to Cry"
(EKA: Episode 3154)
40pigs
Cartoon
Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(EKA: Episode 3084)
Film-citygarden
Film
Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(EKA: Episode 2899)
3959c
Cartoon
"The Room is Full of Chickens"
(EKA: Episode 3104)
Celina.Jelly
Song
"Do the Jelly" with Celina
(EKA: Episode 3357)
MillieMollywalk
Cartoon
Millie and Molly take a walk, and have different perspectives of their surroundings.
(EKA: Episode 1836)
4125y
Muppets
Zoe sings "My Name Is Zoe."
Itsatruck
Film
Slide puzzle - truck (new sting added)
(EKA: Episode 2782)
Speechballoon.Up
Cartoon
Speech Balloon: Two men demonstrate "up" on a teeter totter; one man ends up crashing through the ceiling.
(EKA: Episode 1899)
EB.HappyBirthdayToU
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: Ernie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake. (extra sound effects and sting added)
(EKA: Episode 2234)
TGUmbrella
Cartoon
Typewriter: U for Umbrella
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 0891)
3387b
SCENE 2
Gina and other kids are attending the birthday party. Roxie attempts to lift Biff's spirits with four clowns. Though Biff admits he feels better, he's still not happy.
Animation.HappyBirthday
Animation
Stop-motion representation of "Happy Birthday," with balloons, gummi bears, glitter, etc.
3960l
Muppets
Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(EKA: Episode 3331)
KoreanFestival
Film
A girl narrates a segment about a Korean festival she attended with her two friends.
(EKA: Episode 3162)
Dancewithtiger
Cartoon
A girl dances with a tiger.
Artist: Karen Aqua
BBAmazing
Muppets
Big Bird exclaims "Amazing!"
4116zd
Song
"There's a Lot of Different Ways to Get to School"
(EKA: Episode 2782)
Toon.spider
Cartoon
A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(EKA: Episode 2238)
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3387d
SCENE 3
Roxie presents Biff with a poem about him. Gina and the kids then bring a cake with 40 candles and sing "Happy Birthday to You." Biff is now cheered up and begins opening presents, while the Martians observe he is now happy from atop the fence before disappearing again.
Fabulousparty
Cartoon
"Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3006)
TurtleRabbit01

TurtleRabbit02
Muppets / Cast
Gordon reads the story of "The Turtle and the Rabbit." In the story, Preston Rabbit and Shelly the Turtle are about to have a race, when Benny Rabbit interrupts. He insists that there's no point to enacting the story, since the turtle always wins, until he finds it's a different story and rabbit could win. When the race starts, Benny gets in Preston's way with a talk about how proud rabbits everywhere will be, leaving Shelly to win the race.
Pencilbox.A
Animation
Pencil box A/a
(EKA: Episode 3125)
LetterGarden.A
Animation
Letter Garden: A
(EKA: Episode 3027)
4122as
Cartoon
A man is allergic to the letter A.
Monsterinthemirror
Muppets
Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror."
(EKA: Episode 2681)
Priestley.Marbles
Cartoon
A group gives a newcomer funny looks, which hurts his feelings, but then they invite him to play marbles with them. He turns out to be a good player.
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(EKA: Episode 2840)
TellyJohnGoodman
Muppets / Celebrity
All the kids are too busy to enjoy looking at Telly's triangle with him. He runs into John Goodman, who happens to be a hardcore triangle lover himself.
3995o
Song
"I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(EKA: Episode 3300)
Bellhop.16
Cartoon
The Bellhop must take Mrs. Stein's bags to floor 16.
(EKA: Episode 2496)
Folge2269-9
Muppets
"Sixteen Samba"
(EKA: Episode 2822)
NumberCreatures.16
Cartoon
Number creatures #16
(EKA: Episode 2755)
4127s
Film
A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet. A Bert and Baby Fozzie plush can be seen in the little girl's bedroom.
(EKA: Episode 2859)
BB.between
Muppets
Big Bird is between what we just saw and what we're about to see ...
(EKA: Episode 3145)
2485n
Cartoon
An orchestra conductor asks "May I have an A, please?" at which point a giant letter A falls from the sky.
(EKA: Episode 0858)
BigBird.A
Muppets
Big Bird demonstrates how the alphabet song would sound if it didn't begin with A.
(EKA: Episode 3145)
HammerTime
Cartoon
"Hammer Time with Hammer"
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3387f
SCENE 4
Biff finds one more present un-opened, from an unknown friend. He opens it and finds a new hammer, making him even happier. The Count announces the sponsors, which appear behind the fence as the Martians spy them. When the 16 plumets onto the fence, it causes them to fall off. They rise up and remark "Happy birthday!"


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