Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird builds a model boat
repeat of 3831
Air date January 22, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Sponsors B, 19
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird introduces the letter of the day, B, and shows off the new boat kit he got from his Granny Bird. Gordon, Telly, Elizabeth, Barkley, and two children gather around to help build the boat. The boat they're going to build is called the USS Terrific.
Elizabeth is confused when the box is opened and they see nothing but parts. Gordon begins to read the directions, which tell the customer to take the pieces of the kit out of the box and put them together according to the diagrams. Everyone marvels at the amazing-looking parts, including the unusually loud foghorn. Telly and Big Bird loooooooove this boat!
Muppets Ernie: Captain Ernest pilots The Love Boat. He loves his boat, and soon all of the passengers join him in expressing their love for the boat. (beginning edited)
(EKA: Episode 2485)
Film William Wegman's dogs form the letter B, and Fay Ray balances a boat on her head.
(EKA: Episode 3536)

SCENE 2 Gordon continues reading the instructions. They count and name the parts of the boat, some of which Gordon explains. Telly then becomes worried that the boat could sink, since lifeboats come with the accessories.
They are just about to start building the boat, when Barkley grabs the directions and runs away. They all chase after him.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Christopher Columbus before he begins his voyage to discover America. Kermit tries to tell him that the third ship is tied to the dock, but it's too late -- the dock breaks free, and takes Kermit along with the ship.
(First: Episode 0578)
SCENE 3 The team continues to chase after Barkley, who still has the directions.
Muppets Ernie & Bert: Bert is preparing to give his nephew Brad a bath, but Ernie chastises him for not providing any bath toys. He brings so many toys that Bert feels there is no longer room for Brad. So as not to waste the water, Ernie hops into the tub.
(EKA: Episode 1134)

SCENE 4 Barkley is finally found sleeping on the directions. Gordon manages to gently pull them out, and the crew assembles the parts of the boat.
When they prepare to put the boat into the tub, they realize that the tub has no water ...

SCENE 5 The team brainstorms on how to fill the tub with water. Telly asks Alan for a glass of water and pours it into the tub, but it is clear that more than just a glass of water will suffice. They get a hose from Alan, but the hose is too short. Elizabeth suggests they move the tub closer, and finally the tub is filled. While they are occupied filling the tub, Oscar fills the boat with marbles - "She'll be the prettiest submarine on Sesame Street!"

SCENE 6 When the team puts the boat in the water, it quickly sinks to the bottom of the tub. Gordon fishes it out, and discovers that it has marbles at the bottom. They think they know who did it ...
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
(EKA: Episode 3460)
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "Where Can You Be B?"
(EKA: Episode 3381)
SCENE 7 The team asks Oscar why he put marbles in the boat, and Oscar says that he did it because, according to a grouch, toy boats are supposed to sink. Eventually they agree to disagree - Grouches like boats that sink, but everyone else likes boats that float, and since this is Big Bird's boat, they want it to float. They return his marbles and he puts them back in his boat, the Queen Muddy.
Celebrity Little Richard sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 3263)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Morgan sings the alphabet for Grover.
(First: Episode 3133)
SCENE 8 Elizabeth plays a kazoo fanfare as the boat is launched again. It successfully floats, and everyone agrees that they Love This Boat!
Muppets Elmo's World: Water
(First: Episode 3831)
SCENE 9 Big Bird announces the sponsors as everyone continues playing with the U.S.S Terrific.

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