Sesame Street
Plot Maria goes to the hospital (season premiere)
Air date November 18, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors 10, E, R


This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.
Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Luis welcomes the viewer just before dinner. Gabi has invited Big Bird over and the two play a game where Maria pretends to be the animal of their choice. In the midst of pretending she's a cow driver, Maria suddenly experiences pain in her stomach.
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball, PhD., looks at breathing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2615)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Take a Breath." (re-filmed version)
(EKA: Episode 2561)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Samantha says she'll count to eleven for Grover, but she can't help getting to twelve.
Animation 10 masked dancers are counted.
(EKA: Episode 3079)
Cartoon The dancing birds dance fast and slow.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(EKA: Episode 3109)

Celebrity Ray Charles sings the Alphabet Song, and various celebrities join in, including Michael Jeter, Patrick Stewart, Tony Bennett, Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop, Harry Belafonte, Grover, David Robinson, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Cartoon Gloria Globe appears sick and ailing, because of pollution and damage to the planet. Only by taking better care of the Earth can Gloria become well again.
(EKA: Episode 2781)
SCENE 2 Luis is on hold with the doctor over the phone, while Big Bird makes his on theories regarding the doctor. Luis gets through to the doctor and describes Maria's symptoms. The doctor advises she come to the hospital.
Film Jodi goes to the doctor for a check-up.
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Pigs Will Jump Into This Mud?" The answer is 10.
(EKA: Episode 3390)
Muppets Grover interrupts the program for the Weather Bulletin and attempts to announce the weather, but it changes, making it difficult for him to keep up. In conclusion, tomorrow's weather would be partly sunny, partly rainy, and partly snowy,... and partly windy! Grover then returns the viewers back to their regularly scheduled program and adds that he needs a different job.
Song "It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There."
(EKA: Episode 3398)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings about the things she can imagine herself doing "In My Head."
SCENE 3 The group arrives at the hospital and Luis begins checking Maria in. Big Bird tries to explain how it happened, describing her cow routine, when Luis suggests he and Gabi sit aside while the grown-ups talk.

SCENE 3 cont'd Big Bird tries comforting Gabi, assuring her he knows the hospital procedures. He recalls his time in the hospital (showing footage from Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital). Luis comes by to report Maria's starting her examination and is sure she'll be fine.
Cartoon "How I Got the Hives," a true story by Corky Pumpkin.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 3353)
SCENE 4 Luis re-affirms to Big Bird his cow routine has nothing to do with Maria's ailment. Dr. Colburn (Noah Wyle) reports to the family and states Maria is fine, but they wish to continue tests to figure out what made her feel ill. Big Bird knows what isn't the cause - pretending to be a cow.
Animation In a Van Gogh painting, a baby takes its first steps to Papa.
(EKA: Episode 3492)
Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(EKA: Episode 2616)
SCENE 5 Dr. Colburn tells Luis that Maria has a possible stomach virus and wishes to keep her overnight for examination. He also remembers Luis' connection to the Fix-It Shop (Luis had previously fixed his brother Aaron's toaster) and asks him to fix the hospital toaster.
SCENE 5 cont'd Big Bird and Gabi find Maria, who's wheeled into the lobby. She's feeling better thanks to the hospital's medicine, so Big Bird thinks they're ready to leave. Gabi learns her mom must stay overnight, which doesn't please her. They all follow Dr. Colburn as he brings them to Maria's room.
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(EKA: Episode 2867)
Song John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy and proud" on your birthday.
(EKA: Episode 3421)
SCENE 6 The family and Big Bird check out Maria's room and Maria leaves some instructions for Gabi and Luis while she's gone. Visiting hours are over and Big Bird leaves Radar with Maria, so she'll have some company overnight.
SCENE 6 cont'd As they head out, Luis tells Dr. Colburn that the hospital toaster will have to spend the night in the Fix-It Shop until it gets better. Once they leave, Dr. Colburn announces the sponsors.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Cartoon "A Number 10 from Tennessee"
Artist: Gene Barretta
Muppets Elmo dances to "What's Your Number?" by Count Basie.
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk." ("MacTV" intro cut)
(EKA: Episode 2455)

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