Sesame Street
Plot Abelardo visits
Air date May 5, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors R, 16
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird has decorated his nest area for a visit from his cousin Abelardo from Mexico, who's being picked up at the airport by Maria and Luis. Rosita helps him out by teaching him some Spanish to say - "manzana" (apple). Big Bird practices the word while he waits.
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)

SCENE 2 Oscar has arrived on the street with Abelardo, having been notified of his arrival by Pancho (who also sent some stale tortillas). Oscar leaves Abelardo in Telly's hands and tells him he's taught him a little English - "Scram!" Telly is pleased to see he can communicate a little with Abelardo and leads him to Big Bird's nest. However, they discover Big Bird isn't there! They both begin to search for him, as Telly remarks, "How hard could it be to find an eight-foot, yellow bird on Sesame Street?"
Film A girl's grandmother teaches Spanish to her parrot Kuka.
(EKA: Episode 3101)
SCENE 3 Maria and Luis report to Big Bird and Rosita that Abelardo wasn't at the airport as planned. Big Bird thinks he may have taken the bus and goes to consult the local bus driver, while Luis goes to phone Abelardo's abuela to see if he missed his flight.
SCENE 3 cont'd Maria considers filing a "missing bird report" with the police, when Oscar admits he picked up Abelardo. Maria is angry at first, but becomes relieved to know that Abelardo is safe and somewhere in the vicinity. She goes off to look ("How hard can it be to find an seven-foot, green bird on Sesame Street?"), just missing Telly and Abelardo as they traipse by.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(EKA: Episode 0355)
SCENE 4 Telly explains his situation to Ruthie, who believes Abelardo's "scrams" mean the word has a Spanish origin. She tells them Big Bird loves the park and suggests they continue their search there.
SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird and Rosita keep looking for Abelardo, when Ruthie alerts them of where he's just headed. Big Bird rushes off screaming, "¡Manzana!"
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 0668)

SCENE 5 Big Bird's search in the park has been fruitless. He sits on a bench, admiring a picture of Abelardo, and sadly sings "My Cousin, My Friend." Unbeknownst to him, Abelardo is sitting just on the opposite side of the wall, singing along in Spanish to Big Bird's photo. The two get up to leave and finally run into each other. Everyone gathers around for their delayed reunion.
Animation The word LOVE is formed on paper.
(EKA: Episode 3586)
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(EKA: Episode 2238)
SCENE 6 Big Bird has introduced Abelardo to the local delicacy of birdseed milkshakes, which he absolutely loves (having downed several glasses already). Big Bird announces the sponsors, which Abelardo translates into Spanish.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Mumford observes Maria is being snowed on.

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