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Episode 4170

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Sesame Street
Plot Curly Bear Chases Birthday Cake
Air date September 24, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Sponsors H, 19
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Elmo and Abby's Birthday Fun


Picture Segment Description
What's the Word on the Street: Rhythm

Today is Baby Bear's birthday, and he's about to celebrate it in the arbor! Telly arrives with his present, and Baby Bear goes over the plan: first they'll play some party games, then treat themselves to his Mama Bear's special chocolate-porridge cake. This cake is very special to him, and he's worried that his little sister Curly will ruin the cake, so Telly promises to guard Curly from getting her grubby paws on the cake.

Some guests arrive with presents for Baby Bear, and the party is ready to begin! The first game they play is limbo, but after Telly goes under the stick, Curly tries to get the cake, and Telly immediately stops her in her tracks, but accidentally breaks the stick when he does so. Baby Bear isn't angry that the stick is broken; he's just glad the cake is safe.

The next game is "Pin the Spoon on the Porridge Bowl" which involves the use of a blindfold. They spin Baby Bear around three times, which makes him dizzy. He tries to find his way to the porridge bowl, and pins the spoon on the bottom of the bowl. Next it's Curly's turn, but once she hears the word "cake," she runs towards the cake again. In another attempt to stop her, Telly ends up breaking the porridge bowl picture board. He feels ashamed about it, but Baby Bear reassures him that he did fine.

Next, it's the Great Pogo Stick Game, where everyone bounces on a pogo stick, including Curly, even though she is too young. She bounces towards the cake, and in a slow-motion shot, Telly tries to save the cake from being wrecked by Curly ... however, he is the one who ends up with his face in the cake. Baby Bear is shocked and upset about what just happened to his cake, and says his party is ruined. Telly feels like it's all his fault, and runs away in shame.

Gordon encounters Telly looking sad, and tries to convince him to go back to the party. Baby Bear catches up with him, and tells him that his party wouldn't be the same without his best friend. Telly feels much better, and decides to go back.

Baby Bear thanks everyone for coming to his party, and asks for Telly help blow out his candles. Curly beats him to it, then wishes him a happy birthday and gives him a kiss. He lets her have the first piece of cake.
John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy and proud" on your birthday.
(EKA: Episode 3487)
A rhythm is made of breaking eggs, door slams, cans dropping, ice, and feet stepping. (new voiceover added)
(EKA: Episode 3682)
"Drum Machine"
Two groups of creatures create a rhythm by lining up in a pattern on top of a keyboard.
Animation by Matt Semel, David Ahuja and LAIKA Studios.
Muppets / Celebrity
India.Arie and Elmo sing the The Alphabet Song.
(First: Episode 4100)

Baby Bear opens one of his presents, and finds the letter of the day inside, which transitions to the next sequence ...
H in space (with astronauts)
(EKA: Episode 3697)
A writer fidgets anxiously at his computer, then types up and prints out a yellow H, for ham and house. "Only 25 more to go!"

Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un sartén (a pan), una espatula (a spatula), y un sombrero de cocinero (a chef's hat). The school turns out to be a cooking school, where kids practice cooking various things. Today, they learn how to make stuffed corn tortillas.

Cut from the Sprout version (see Alterations noted below).
A Zerkel named Jake demonstrates -ake words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 3522)

Baby Bear opens his next present, this one being the number of the day. Everyone looks inside the box at the following segment ...
Rap #19
(EKA: Episode 2560)
Kid mural painting #19
(EKA: Episode 3775)

Muppets / Animation
Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert work in a bakery this time. They get a call from Big Bob, who orders "Chocolate Surprise" and a lot of other pastries which they must deliver in a short time before he arrives. In a panic, they cooperate while following instructions from a cookbook for big orders, and end up making a mess of the bakery. Big Bob, who turns out to be a rat, arrives, and is pleased with the Chocolate Surprise they've made without knowing it.
Kids comment on their favorite foods.
(EKA: Episode 3943)
Elmo's World: Birthdays
(First: Episode 3940)

Gordon announces the sponsors, as Curly runs away from Telly and Baby Bear with the gift boxes.


Picture Segment Description

Global Grover: Grover has just swung all the way from Kauai, Hawaii on a banyan tree vine. He was there visiting his Japanese-American friend Miles. Miles and his family taught Grover how to play the Taiko drum. Grover has forgotten his drum back in Kauai. While he swings back to go get it, the segment cuts to a film showing Miles' parents teaching him and his brother how to play the Taiko drum. They put on a performance with their father wearing traditional Japanese costumes. (Grover appeared in a different Taiko costume for PR shots.)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout version.

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