Sesame Street
Plot Abby's first sleepover
Air date October 10, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Sponsors D, 13
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Brush
During the original airing on some stations, this intro is replaced by a trailer for "Abby's Fairy Fun Week" in which she and Elmo makes sparkles appear.

SCENE 1 At night, Hoots sits on the roof and plays the theme song on his sax. Chris closes up the store, welcomes the viewer and notices Luis and Maria dressed up for their night out dancing. After talking with Oscar, they see Abby dressed in her pajamas floating above Big Bird's doors, ready to have her first sleepover at Big Bird's nest. She shows off the things she is brought, such as her pillow and book (both of which float with her). Big Bird notices no one can read the book to them, so Abby suggest Luis and Maria read.
SCENE 1 cont'd They enter the nest area, but Abby points out that before they read, she needs her wings brushed. However, Abby forgot her brush at home. She calls her mommy, who plans to send it to her via the Fairy Delivery Service. The fairy delivery man arrives and shares a brief, high-pitched laugh with Abby. They sing the fairy brushing song as they brush Abby’s and Big Bird’s wings.
SCENE 1 cont'd Now, it is time for Abby to be tucked in, but her pillow floats up and down so much Maria can't do it. Abby points out it is a magic blanket and all Maria has to do is toss it up. She does so and the blanket magically sticks to Abby.


SCENE 1 cont'd Now, it’s time for the story. Maria chooses "Hey Diddle Diddle" and the duo find humor in the word "diddle" and repeat it over and over. She begins the book and she and Luis plan on leaving when the characters from the book (a cat, a cow, a laughing dog and a dish and a spoon) appear before them. After kissing them goodnight, the couple tries to leave again, but a rain storm begins. With no other option left, Luis and Maria are forced to cancel their night out and have the sleepover in their apartment.

SCENE 1 cont'd Now settled in the apartment, Abby calls her mom to tell her what is happened. Her mom tells her in gratitude, she will grant Maria and Luis a wish. Luis wishes they could’ve gone dancing and Abby's wand poofs music, a disco ball and appropriate lighting and clothes. They go out onto the dance floor and trip the light fantastic.
Cartoon An animated lion sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3848)
Film Great Moments at the Sink
Timothy brushes his teeth, accompanied by sports narration. A 10.0 sink bowl!
(EKA: Episode 3689)
Muppets / Celebrity Diana Krall sings "Everybody's Song" with Elmo and everybody in attendance.
(First: Episode 3961)
Cut from the Sprout version (see Alterations noted below).
Animation A clay animation of Russian, Arabian, and South American scenes.
(EKA: Episode 4111)
SCENE 2 Abby and Big Bird watch as the couple continues to dance. They receive a knock at their door from the letter D, who has come to dance with them.
Film A girl bends herself into a D.
Film A man types the letter D and various D words on his laptop. "Only 25 more to go!"

Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
As rainforest ecologists, Ernie and Bert answer the call of a parrot in danger. Upon climbing to the top of the tree, they spy an operatic beaver chewing down the trees. They confront him and find out he is not doing it to make a dam, but rather to make an opera house for a visiting beaver diva and begins eyeing the parrot's tree. Ernie tries to distract him by making Bert dress as a tree to lure him away, but Bert fears being eaten. They teach the beaver that animals use trees for their homes. He sees the error of his ways and stops, but the Diva arrives, so they use the parrot’s tree house instead.
SCENE 3 Still dancing, they get another knock at the door. This time, by the number 13, who, too, wants to dance. He and Maria share the dance floor.
Cartoon Number Creatures #13
(EKA: Episode 2691)
Cartoon Finding a 13 on a computer screen
(First: Episode 3936)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un leotardo (a leotard), unos aros (rings), y una voltereta (a cartwheel) The school turns out to be a gymnastics school, where kids do exercises.
(First: Episode 4165)
Cut from the Sprout version (see Alterations noted below).
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones. (new music added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2628)
Film A girl takes a bath and prepares to go to sleep.
(First: Episode 4087)
Muppets Elmo's World: Sleep
(First: Episode 3983)

SCENE 4 Abby and Big Bird are now sleeping. Luis and Maria announce the sponsors as they dance by.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Ernie and Bert: A dog is barking outside, prompting Ernie to sing "I Heard My Dog Bark". A horde of animals accompany Ernie as he works his way through the song, leaving Bert only to try convincing himself that he's dreaming. (First: Episode 4127)
This segment replaces "Everybody's Song" in the Sprout version.
Muppets Global Grover: Grover and his burro Roberto return from Mexico with a lump of clay. In his film, Saul and his family make clay pottery. Afterwards Grover completes his sculpture, which he calls "Potato." Roberto has created a more interesting composition, however. A parody of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker."(First: Episode 4081)
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout version



  1. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 186

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