Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird gets the Memory Flu
Air date November 20, 1995
(season premiere)
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Sponsors J, 14
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


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SCENE 1 Elmo makes his way to Big Bird's nest to have a playdate with Big Bird. He knocks on his door, but instead Gordon and Celina answer. They tell Elmo that Big Bird has come down with a case of the "memory flu" (as in his memory flew away) and can't remember anyone or anything. Elmo doesn't quite understand, until Big Bird appears and acts like he's never met Elmo before. Celina explains the only way to get his memory back is to surround him with his loved ones. Elmo wants to get underway with a plan right now.
Song "You're Important"
SCENE 2 Gordon, Celina, Elmo, Susan, Miles, Bob, Linda and Barkley surround Big Bird and remind him of who each of them are. Sadly, none of the information completely sinks in.
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Planet J / j
(First: Episode 2833)
SCENE 3 At Hooper's Store, Mr. Handford and Gina give Big Bird some birdseed milkshakes, hoping it'll jog his memory. He still remains clueless, but finds them tasty.
SCENE 3 cont'd Elmo calls Big Bird into the arbor to re-introduce him to the Birdketeers. Carlo, Lexine, Michael and the rest of the grown-ups sing "The Alphabet Song" for him, but he still doesn't remember anything. The adults continue to bring him around the street, while Elmo gets another idea.
Song "The African Animal Alphabet"
Cartoon A girl explains the concept of relativity by explaining how her house is a part of a neighborhood, the neighborhood is part of a city, the city is part of a country, etc.
(EKA: Episode 2742)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon".
(EKA: Episode 2061)
Cartoon A beatnik bat reads poetry at a nightclub, as everything rhymes with the "AT" sound.
SCENE 4 Over at the Fix-It Shop, Maria, Luis and Gabi attempt to remind Big Bird who they are, but it still doesn't work. Elmo brings in The Count to help, though Big Bird isn't even sure what counting is. The Count tells him, through song, that "Counting Is Wonderful." Big Bird thanks "Maria" for the song, but still can't remember. While everyone heads back to the nest, Elmo thinks of a sure-fire solution.
Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(EKA: Episode 3370)
SCENE 5 Elmo brings in Snuffy, who's heartbroken that Big Bird doesn't remember him. Big Bird thinks they can start their friendship all over again and the two start playing tag together.
Animation "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
Muppets Zoe talks about being proud.
(EKA: Episode 3226)
Cartoon "Fourteen Desert"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(EKA: Episode 3267)
SCENE 6 The group (now joined by Telly, Baby Bear, Zoe and Rosita) listen as Ruthie tells him a story, but Big Bird still remains inflicted by the memory flu. He still enjoys playing tag with Snuffy, though.
SCENE 6 cont'd Elmo searches through Big Bird's nest for something to get his memory back, when the Count discovers something among the items on the ground that should do the trick - Big Bird's teddy bear, Radar!

SCENE 6 cont'd They present Radar to Big Bird, which proves to work; Big Bird gains his memory back! Everyone celebrates by singing the "Sesame Street Theme," while Big Bird announces the sponsors.

Known missing segments

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Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(EKA: Episode 3300)

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