Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird creates a magazine
Air date February 4, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors Y, 18
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Mr. Handford is serving Big Bird a milkshake when a man suddenly screeches by, asking for an edition of Automobile Week Magazine. Another customer comes looking for a copy of U.S. News and Glitch, a computer magazine, followed by another wanting Popular Pooch. Big Bird wonders if there's anything for 8-foot tall yellow birds, but Mr. Handford doesn't find any on his shelves. A parrot asks for a magazine about parrots, prompting Big Bird to decide to make one of his own. Mr. Handford tells the basics of a magazine (a cover and pages with numbers), but Big Bird wanders off before Mr. Handford can explain more.
Animation Y: Yuri, a yellow yak, eats yams and yogurt.
(EKA: Episode 3381)

SCENE 2 As Gabi and Rosita are being served, Big Bird returns with his magazine. Mr. Handford opens it, which turns out to literally have pages with numbers on them. Everyone counts the 40 pages, and Mr. Handford says he can't stack it on the shelf since there's nothing to actually read. They give Big Bird ideas about stories pertaining to an 8-foot yellow bird's lifestyle, so he recruits them to document his first story at his nest. "I can't wait to see this magazine," Mr. Handford wonders.
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(EKA: Episode 3084)
SCENE 3 For the first story in Big Yellow Bird, Big Bird reports about how to correctly walk through a small doorway – by ducking one's head. After Gabi and Rosita document the story, Big Bird takes them to write down their next topic, only to keep slamming his neck into the door's top.
Cartoon "Tall Short Texans"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(EKA: Episode 3135)
Cartoon A girl practices to roller skate over many days.
(EKA: Episode 3556)
SCENE 4 In the next story, Big Bird explains about the magazine's "Word of the Month" – "eggs." To demonstrate the importance of the word, Slimey hatches out of one. The gang heads back to Hooper's Store for the next story...

SCENE 5 ...which is about how to make a birdseed milkshake, as shown by Mr. Handford. Big Bird then begins to interview the "Man of the Hour," which turns out to be Mr. Handford. His four questions pertain to birdseed, being yellow, having a beak, and measuring eight feet tall, all of which don't fit Mr. Handford. Gabi and Rosita get the interview, and the three head off to do the same thing with Snuffy while Mr. Handford makes room on his shelves.
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2254)

SCENE 6 Everyone returns to Mr. Handford to present their finished magazine, with an updated cover and pages detailing all of their stories. Mr. Handford compliments them on a great job and goes to stack it on the shelves, when the parrot comes back looking for another magazine. He buys the gang's newly-published magazine right off the bat, making them realize they'll need more copies. Gabi's friends arrive with numerous copies of the magazines; as they distribute them at Hooper's, the parrot announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Miles gives Zoe an invitation to his adoption party.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo and his imaginary self sing about what he would do "If Elmo Had Teeth."
Muppets Telly is shocked to see Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats at the library. They explain that in addition to being rock stars, they're also "Rock 'N Roll Readers."
(EKA: Episode 2776)

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