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Sesame Street
Plot Baby Bear Hates Tee Ball
Air date January 30, 2014
Season Season 44 (2013-2014)
Sponsors G, 1


Picture Segment Description
What's the Word on the Street?: Athlete
Alan welcomes the viewer and finds Baby Bear drawing on the stoop in a baseball uniform. Baby Bear states Papa Bear has signed him up for the Pee-Wee Wee Tee Ball league and they're practicing soon. He admits he's not much of an athlete, but his papa really wants him to play. Alan assures him it'll be fun, when Papa Bear calls him over to play.

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Papa Bear is sure Baby Bear will love Wee Tee Ball, just like when he and his Grampy Bear would play. Papa Bear sings about how "Nothing Could Be Better" than playing Wee Tee Ball with his son. First, they're going to practice hitting. Baby Bear revs up, but is quickly distracted by a passing butterfly, admiring its wing design. Papa Bear steers him back to the tee, telling him to keep his eye on the ball. Baby Bear does so and becomes fascinated with its round shape and wishes to draw it. Papa Bear tells him he can draw after they practice.
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Baby Bear goes up for a swing, but misses and ends up on the ground. He recovers and finds himself focusing on a birds nest he found while down there. Abby appears, having found his bat. She reveals she plays for the Powder Poof league and magically hits the ball away. She learns most people (and bears) use the bat to hit the ball and she finds it more fun! She rushes home to her mommy.
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Baby and Papa Bear return to the game, when Cookie Monster appears. He reveals he also played Tee Ball, where his mommy was the coach. He takes a swing and delivers Papa Bear a great hit. He asks for a cookie, explaining that's what would happen when he'd play with his mommy. Papa Bear doesn't have any cookies, so he eats the ball and bat instead and leaves for a game of "Cookie Tennis."
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Even though Cookie devoured the ball, Papa Bear still has a whole bucket full. Without the bat as well, he's prepared to practice catching instead. He throws him a ball, but Baby Bear fails to catch it, instead admiring the stitching of his mitt and would like to draw it. They try again and Baby Bear successfully catches the ball and thinks they're done. He then claims his arm is too tired to throw the ball back. Papa Bear decides they should practice running now and runs down the block, hoping he'll follow.

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Baby Bear makes his way back to his art supplies and continues to draw. Chris meets up with him, claiming Papa Bear nearly ran him over running so fast. Chris recalls when his dad signed him up for Wee Tee Ball; Baby Bear assumes he loved it like everyone else, but Chris is quick to point out the opposite. He didn't care for it; he'd rather cook. He tells Baby Bear to just tell Papa Bear how he feels. Papa Bear comes back and Baby Bear admits he doesn't like Wee Tee Ball. Papa Bear understands, as he just wants an activity he and his son can do together. Baby Bear suggests they draw together and teaches Papa Bear a thing of two about art. They sing about how "Nothing Could Be Better" than this moment.
Muppets / Celebrity
Albert Pujols and Grover talk about the word athlete. Grover tries to show how great an athlete he is, but fumbles in every sport. He doesn't realize Albert himself is an athlete.

Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's ready for school and Ovejita provides him with the clue of a catchers mitt. They then rush to today's school - baseball school! (edited from the original, season 39 segment)
(First: Episode 4167)
Film / Animation
Two girls find G words.
(First: Episode 4306)
Mr. Johnson tries to read in the park, when game-show host Grover appears to put him in "The Letter G Game," where he must find something that starts with G. Although Mr. Johnson refuses to play, Grover recognizes him as a "gentleman" and gives him a vast amount of G-word prizes.
(First: Episode 4230)
Murray and Georgia quietly introduce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4404)


Muppets / Animation
Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose is teaching the students opposites today, though Blögg doesn't grasp the concept as easy. After Gonnigan and Abby demonstrate, he tries to use their opposite spell on Gonnigan, but uses it on himself instead. Suddenly, Blögg becomes the opposite of himself, wearing posh clothing and being obsessed with cleanliness (constantly giving Niblet a bath). Gonnigan likes having a less-disgusting friend around now, but Opposite-Blögg ruins their playtime by putting away their blocks and refusing to wear the wrinkled costumes. Abby and Gonnigan learn that to change him back, Blögg has to do the spell on himself. Abby tempts him with his favorite stinky cheese, but he instead is frightened by it. Everyone muses about the old Blögg, making him realize the right thing to do is to change himself back.
(First: Episode 4277)
Back at baseball school, Murray learns some more about the sport from the coaches.
A girl talks about the number 1.
Murray and the kids introduce "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" with a fanfare.
(First: Episode 4417)


Cookie's Crumby Pictures presents The Biscotti Kid. (Rated SR: For School Readiness)
Mr. MiCookie attempts to teach Cookie Monster the ancient art of "Biscotti Karate." He tells his pupil to listen with his whole body ("Eyes watch, ears listen, voice quiet, body calm.") as he demonstrates ("Snacks on, snacks off!"). Cookie has a hard time paying attention, finding himself focusing on the black-and-white cookie belt instead. As he fails his attempts, he is tangled in the arms of The Karate Squid. Cookie is soon able to listen with his whole body, making him able to perform Biscotti Karate and earning him the cookie belt (which he then consumes).
(First: Episode 4405)
"Elmo the Musical" is next, but now, Murray gets up to bat and hits a home run!


Oscar introduces the GrouchBO hit series, True Mud.
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and tells the waitress he wants some "true mud." The other customers begin to assume he's a Grouch. The waitress comes back with a "true spud" instead of mud. A cow overhears and asks if he wanted some "true cud," as she's chewing on some. A man named Bud thinks he's been called and offers the man his broken watch (a "true dud"). Just when the man has had enough, the waitress brings a tub full of mud, just in time for the man's mud bath! (alternate theme music track)
(First: Episode 4215)
Murray and Daphnie introduce "Elmo the Musical."
(First: Episode 4303)


Elmo the Musical: Athlete the Musical
Elmo imagines he's an athlete, facing off against an Enormous Athlete to win a pair of golden shoes, a coveted prize Elmo wants to win. Enormous Athlete defeats Elmo in the long jump and shot put competitions. They finally compete in the race, which give either competitor enough points to win. During the race, Enormous Athlete trips over a hurdle and falls over. Elmo considers finishing the race and winning the shoes, but instead goes back to help his competition and they tie at the finish line. Despite the tie, Enormous Athlete has a larger total, earning him the golden shoes. Velvet doesn't think it's a happy ending, but Elmo doesn't mind losing - he had fun just playing the game. He passes along the moral to Enormous Athlete, who shares the golden shoes with him.
(First: Episode 4302)
Murray announces the sponsors.

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