Sesame Street
Plot Hurricane, part 1
Air date March 26, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Sponsors X, 8
Releases Friends to the Rescue


This episode is available for viewing, uncut, at The Paley Center for Media.
Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The episode's plot begins with Big Bird and Gordon conversing on and about, as Gordon describes it, "this very windy day on Sesame Street". They are soon interrupted by Old MacDonald on the street, who remarks that his chickens quack and his sheep do the cha-cha whenever there is a hurricane.


SCENE 1, cont'd They walk to Hooper's Store, where the entire cast is congregated around the television set for a special weather bulletin. Kermit the Frog appears on Sesame Street News Flash to announce the hurricane, before cutting to Al Roker posed in front of a weather map. Telly and Elmo fret about the news, but the human characters detail ways in which they can prepare.
Film On a windy day, Maria (in voice-over) asks a man (Bill Irwin), "Does air move things?" The wind speaks for him.
(First: Episode 2876)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Ben shows Ernie his weather map of the United States.
(EKA: Episode 3836)
Cartoon Kids and animals alternate in passing letters over themselves, in an alphabet song.
(EKA: Episode 3740)
SCENE 2 Kermit and Al are on location, explaining ways the presence of a hurricane can be noticed. They are soon interrupted by MacDonald, who brings his animals home through the subway.

SCENE 2, cont'd Kermit interviews Luis and Maria about ways they are preparing for the hurricane. Afterwards, he interviews Alan and Baby Bear, then Elmo and Zoe about the ways they are contributing and cooperating.
Cartoon Stamped and painted X animation.
(EKA: Episode 2934)
Film A big X emerges, Jaws-like, in a swimming pool.
(EKA: Episode 3341)
Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(EKA: Episode 2929)
SCENE 3 Big Bird's friends help him prepare for the hurricane by helping him place his possessions in a toy chest. Gordon then informs Big Bird that he cannot stay in his nest, and must be indoors during the storm.
Cartoon Mary Shaboom reluctantly moves to a new house, and muses about the consequences.
(EKA: Episode 2959)
Film Milo Counting: 8
(First: Episode 3554)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #8
(First: Episode 3893)
Film Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places.
(EKA: Episode 3231)
SCENE 4 Oscar expresses his pleasure about the weather to Gordon and Bob. They insist that Oscar will need to come inside, but he reluctantly agrees only after Slimey is nearly blown away. They end up carrying his entire trash can inside, with great difficulty.
Song "Danger Song"
(EKA: Episode 3833)
Muppets Grover demonstrates "surprise" with Prairie Dawn in thirty seconds.
(First: Episode 3892)
Cartoon Pirates sing a doo-wop song about how they are preparing for their journey.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(EKA: Episode 2624)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Two viewers with Picassoesque facial features in an art gallery critically examine the portrait of a viewer.
Artist: Mo Willems
(EKA: Episode 3442)
This cartoon replaced the above segment when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.
Film William Wegman's dogs form the letter X and demonstrate an X-ray.
(EKA: Episode 3659)
Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(EKA: Episode 2862)


SCENE 5 As evening approaches, Telly and Gabi look out at the storm through their windows. Indoors, Luis and Maria share fish sticks with a pair of penguins. Gina and Zoe converse with each other. Bob is frazzled both by Oscar demanding more peanuts for the elephants in his trash can, and some monsters, a honker, a dinger, a pig, and a chicken chunking a hurricane song out on a piano. Meanwhile, Susan gives Big Bird a birdseed milkshake.
Film Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(EKA: Episode 3132)
Cartoon Clown Honking #8
(EKA: Episode 3224)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Eating Cookie" -- there's another reason every season.
(EKA: Episode 3506)
Luxo Jr
Animation Luxo Jr. demonstrates "up" and "down."
(EKA: Episode 3130)

SCENE 6 Susan, Gordon, Miles, and Big Bird are sitting out the hurricane when the lights flicker and go out. Nevertheless, they manage to entertain themselves by playing games and telling a story with flashlights.
Cartoon Noodles and Nedd play shadow games indoors with a flashlight, and outdoors.
(EKA: Episode 3704)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie can't sleep, because he's afraid of dark shadows and spooky things. Bert comforts him, and the two sing "Imagination" before falling asleep.
(First: Episode 3820)
Cartoon Gerald is repeatedly kept awake by his dog Sparky, who does a dance and poses as an alligator through his shadow whenever his parents close his door.
(EKA: Episode 1563)
SCENE 7 Big Bird remains worried about his nest, and cannot fall asleep. He walks into Gordon and Susan's bedroom and climbs into their bed.
Muppets Elmo's World: Birds
(First: Episode 3945)
SCENE 8 The episode concludes with a view of the Robinsons' window from the storm outside. Oscar reads off the day's sponsors.

The story of the hurricane continues in Episode 3977...


  • This episode was Kermit's last new appearance on Sesame Street until 2009 when he made a special cameo appearance in Elmo's World: Frogs.
  • This is the only time Kermit interacts with Gabi, Baby Bear, Alan, and Zoe.
  • This and the next four episodes were edited together into the DVD release Friends to the Rescue. These episodes have also been rerun on PBS in 2004 (in the wake of that year's Atlantic hurricane season, where four hurricanes devastated Florida) and again in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.
  • The street scenes from this episode were also released to SesameStreet's YouTube Channel on October 26, 2012; a few days before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.

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