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Episode 3978

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Sesame Street
Plot Hurricane, part 3
Air date March 28, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Sponsors N, 5
Syndication
Releases Friends to the Rescue

3978

This episode is available for viewing, uncut, at The Paley Center for Media.
Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1
As the episode opens, the cast is in the midst of fixing Big Bird's nest area. We pan over to Big Bird, who explains the occurrences of the preceding days.

To be prepared for future hurricanes, Telly wears a raincoat, carries all sorts of equipment on him, and has devised an "early-warning system" whereby a hurricane is anticipated whenever his pinwheel turns. Gina is skeptical.

Film
Three floating kids form a triangle.
(EKA: Episode 3962)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Cartoon
A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.
(EKA: Episode 2885)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Film
Looking for triangles in the city (Maria voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 2784)

This segment replaced the above two segments when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.

Muppets
Grover attempts to announce the weather, but it changes, making it difficult for him to keep up.
(EKA: Episode 3720)
Animation
Song: "Five waltzing chairs"
(EKA: Episode 3036)
Film
Chinese acrobats demonstrate "5."

This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.

Cartoon
Five outlines of people dance.
Artist: Keith Haring
(EKA: Episode 3050)

This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.

Song
Joe Raposo sings Penguins Five
(EKA: Episode 0267)
This film, along with the cartoon below, replaced the above two segments when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.
Cartoon
A woman orders five tall things.
(EKA: Episode 1710)

This cartoon appeared only when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.

SCENE 2
As the cast clean up, Big Bird critiques the location of items. They then decide to take a break. Big Bird remains emotional: He expresses anger at the hurricane for wrecking his home (yelling back in the process), and is still sad about the damage. Luis and Maria invite him to stay with them for the night.
SCENE 2, cont'd
Telly soon walks into the scene, hysterical in anticipation about another hurricane. Gina explains that his "hurricane-detecting" pinwheel moves only because he waves it around, and there is no such storm coming.
Cartoon
A mouse sings "Felines," a song about emotions, to the tune of "Feelings."
(EKA: Episode 3314)
Celebrity
Robert De Niro explains to Elmo what an actor is, and proceeds in imagining himself variously as a dog, cabbage, and a clone of Elmo.
Film
Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet. Added sound effects.
Original version: (EKA: Episode 2096)
SCENE 3
Big Bird reminisces about his nest at Luis' and Maria's dinner table, leading to a flashback. Luis gets him a hot plate of sunflower seed souffle.
Cartoon
An elephant tries to remember Nigel (a cat's) birthday, succeeding after stringing together a series of clues.
(EKA: Episode 3806)
Song
"You're Important"
(EKA: Episode 3396)
Film
A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N." and dances around it.
(EKA: Episode 3722)
This segment appeared only in the original 2001 broadcast.
Cartoon
N / n paper fold
(EKA: Episode 3114)
Cartoon
Rodin's Thinker thinks about the letter N, eventually getting up to nibble some noodles.

SCENE 4
As Big Bird gets ready for bed, he talks to Luis about more memories they've had: Times Luis hatched a baby Honker in his nest, and Lea Salonga sang "A Little Bit" to a duck (EKA: Episode 3154). Gabi offers to sleep with Big Bird.
Cartoon
An animated lion sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 3848)
Muppets
The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 5 in the ocean.
(EKA: Episode 3007)
Cartoon
5 of various things found in space including 5 spaceships on Mars.
(EKA: Episode 3698)


SCENE 5

Luis and Maria go to bed, exhausted from the previous day's work. After they turn out the light, Big Bird walks in to share more memories of Telly delivering a message from him to Zoe, and Elmo and Ruthie engaged in a sleepover dance. He then invites Luis and Maria to engage in a sleepover dance themselves, although they politely decline.

Cartoon
Noodles and Nedd: The pair compete over the same blanket on a chilly night before reaching a compromise.
(EKA: Episode 3872)

Muppets / Film
Elmo introduces a clip of a young boy singing a song to his baby sister.
Film
A big N emerges, Jaws-like, in a swimming pool.
This segment appeared only when this episode was rerun on PBS in 2004 and 2005.
Cartoon
Computer N/n
(EKA: Episode 3039)
Cartoon
Leaves form N and n.
(EKA: Episode 3114)
SCENE 6
Gabi checks on Big Bird to see how he is doing. He sings "That Good Old Nest of Mine," with more flashbacks. He looks forward to creating new memories when his new nest is ready, and they turn out the light.
Muppets
Elmo's World: Games
SCENE 7
Big Bird wakes up in the middle of the night with another memory... in which he sat in his nest and announced the sponsors of the episode.

The story of the hurricane continues in episode 3979...

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