Sesame Street
Plot Luis hurts his back
Air date March 31, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors K, 8
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis and Gabi get ready to go to the ballet and pretend they're dancers. Luis lifts Gabi into the air, throwing out his back in the process. Maria recommends he lay down on the couch, but he insists on going to the ballet and slowly makes his way out the door.
SCENE 2 Big Bird observes Luis' struggle to get down the steps of 123 Sesame Street, thinking it's some type of game. As Big Bird takes a turn, Gabi wishes to forgo the ballet for the sake of Luis' back and they head back up the stairs, with Big Bird following (still playing along).
Luxo Jr
Animation Luxo Jr.: Up and Down
(EKA: Episode 3130)
Cartoon Kids observe cloud formations, until it starts to rain.
(EKA: Episode 2356)

SCENE 3 Maria gets off the phone with the doctor, who prescribes plenty of rest for Luis. Big Bird learns Luis isn't actually playing a game and assists the family in moving him to the couch. They get quite close, until Luis' back gives even more; he can't move another step. They fix this by moving the couch closer to him and plop him down.
SCENE 4 Maria goes off to the Fix-It Shop, leaving Luis in Gabi and Big Bird's care. Gabi fetches some items to help him feel better - the laundry basket (to rest his legs on), the baking pan (to rest his arms), a teddy bear (to rest his head) and his radio to listen to. Gabi gets another idea and hurries Big Bird into the other room.
Animation A girl skips home through the city, hearing all kinds of noises. When she gets home, she repeats all the noises she heard with a little dance.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2595)
SCENE 5 Gabi and Big Bird return in some new outfits, ready to bring the ballet to Luis, since they aren't able to go. In their ballet, Big Bird plays a bird who hurts his back reaching for a worm. A magical princess (Gabi) helps him out.
Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3016)
SCENE 6 Big Bird heads back to his nest to take a rest from dancing, while Gabi tucks Luis in for a nap of his own. Maria announces the sponsors.

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