Sesame Street
Plot Barkley won't stop barking
Air date February 12, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors X, 15
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob and Gordon have a conversation in the arbor as Big Bird reads his book. Linda arrives and asks them to watch Barkley while she goes out with her friend Monique. She leaves some toys for Barkley to play with, but once she leaves, Barkley won't stop barking.
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2258)
Animation The word TOY is displayed, followed by a wind-up drum-playing panda.
(EKA: Episode 3067)
SCENE 2 Bob and Gordon deduce Barkley misses Linda. They try giving him some toys to cheer up. They end up playing fetch for awhile (in fast-motion) until they're all tired. Bob thinks Barkley is now over Linda's absence, but the mention of her name sends Barkley into a barking fit again.
Cartoon mydoghappy
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(EKA: Episode 0969)
Muppets Oscar the Grouch sings "I'm Sad Because I'm Happy."
(EKA: Episode 3394)
Film The letter X dances at the beach.
Film A zydeco band plays "Bayou Pon Pon" while people dance and the townspeople of New Orleans wave at the camera.
(EKA: Episode 2589)
SCENE 3 They now try food, water, his chew bone and pull rope, but nothing seems to stop Barkley from barking. They find one thing left in the backpack - a toy mouse. Barkley puts it in his mouth and everyone attempts to go back to their plans, until Barkley starts squeaking it over and over.
Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 1952)
Cartoon Stamped and painted X animation.
(EKA: Episode 2934)
SCENE 4 Gordon wrestles the mouse from Barkley, when The Count happens by. He has what he thinks is an obvious solution - count barks. He counts 40 barks from Barkley until he finally stops (though the Count wished he'd have barked more). He starts barking some more once the Count departs; he misses him too!
Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
(First: Episode 2892)
Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(EKA: Episode 2754)
SCENE 5 Big Bird has an idea now that'll help him actually get to read his book ("Little Bo Peep"), by reading it to Barkley. He begins, transitioning to...
Film Wegman dogs: Batty as Little Bo Peep, seeking her sheep.
(EKA: Episode 3525)
SCENE 5 cont'd When Big Bird finishes, Barkley still won't stop barking. Big Bird tries to find the positive in the situation; at least he got to read his book.
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
(EKA: Episode 3460)
Film How to say "butterfly" in sign language
(EKA: Episode 3341)

SCENE 6 Big Bird gets an idea on how Gordon and Bob can talk over the barking: use sign language! The plan works and Linda returns shortly afterward. Bob assures her he was no trouble whatsoever and she takes him away.
SCENE 6 cont'd Just as things get quiet, an Anything Muppet woman comes by with her pet elephant, whom she leaves in their temporary watch. They try to announce the sponsors over the elephant's loud and constant blaring.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Telly is concerned when Oscar is reading a "nice" book.

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