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SCENE 1
Birdwatchers Madeline and Cedric (Madeline Kahn and Richard Hunt) arrive on Sesame Street looking for Big Bird. Maria helps them, but they aren't prepared for who they see.
Film
Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(EKA: Episode 0355)
Cartoon
"Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1459)
Muppets
Grover teaches the campers at Camp Wannagohoma about trees.
Cartoon
The Letter N is Nice.
(EKA: Episode 1092)
Cast
Finger Theater: Linda's fingers act out a story.
Film
"I'm Your Friend, You're My Friend," with film of kids playing.
Muppets
Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(EKA: Episode 1452)
SCENE 2
Cedric leaves to investigate a parrot in the Fix-It Shop. Madeline watches Big Bird counting to 20 during a game of hide-and-seek.
Cartoon
Peacock with twenty feathers.
(EKA: Episode 0406)
Cartoon
Animated quilt patterns.
Muppets / Celebrity
Cab Calloway and the Count sing "I Want to Count."
Cartoon
A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: Ernie gets Bert to participate in a rhyme game, but ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(EKA: Episode 0798)

SCENE 3
Madeline and Big Bird roller skate. Then, with the "Canary Brothers" (Zeppo, Gummo, Curly, and Moe), Madeline sings "Brown Bird in the Cherry Tree."
This scene was released on 40 Years of Sunny Days.
Film
Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(EKA: Episode 0600)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Cartoon
The Alphabet Song (country, gospel, Mexican)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Muppets
The Twiddlebugs attempt to exit a roller skating rink.
Cartoon
"The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Insert
The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
Cartoon
"Geometry of Circles"
SCENE 4
Madeline calls Mr. McNulty of the Bird Department in Washington, D.C. to confirm that Big Bird is an endangered species, based on his abilities to roller skate, count to twenty, make his own breakfast, and say the alphabet. Maria, Gordon, and Mr. Hooper are chagrined when Madeline announces that Big Bird must be removed from Sesame Street so he can live in a more protective environment.
Film
An osprey flies around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 1459)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Muppets
Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 1.
Cartoon
"Ladybugs' Picnic"
(EKA: Episode 0416)
Muppets
Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 2.
Cartoon
"L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
Muppets
Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
Film
Saxophone factory.
(EKA: Episode 1446)
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Herry Monster and John-John on up and down.
(EKA: Episode 0784)

SCENE 5
Madeline takes Big Bird to the Windy Hill bird sanctuary, but he gets homesick. None of the birdhouses there are big enough for him.
Film
Footage of all types of birds on land, including flamingos and pigeons.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Cartoon
A bird lays ten eggs.
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Ernie and Jason look in a mirror.
Cartoon
"Lowercase n"
(EKA: Episode 0425)


Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: "Me, Claudius"
Bruce, Harvey, Maurice, and the monster who would become Elmo fight over which one is Claudius. Slimey also makes a cameo.
(EKA: Episode 1448)

SCENE 6
Madeline brings Big Bird back to Sesame Street. Maria and Gordon promise to take care of him. Madeline and Cedric are stunned to learn that Big Bird has a family of birds who are just like him, and even more stunned to glimpse his Uncle Slim from Wyoming (identical in appearance to Big Bird, but with a cowboy hat, vest, and moustache) across the street.

Cedric announces the sponsors.

AlterationsEdit

Picture Segment Description
Muppets
"Honk Around the Clock"
(EKA: Episode 2492)
On the Old School: Volume 3 DVD release of this episode, as well as the HBO Kids version, this insert replaces "I Want to Count."


NotesEdit

  • This episode was taped on September 16, 1981 and directed by Jon Stone.
  • The HBO Kids version of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence, despite having originally aired on a Monday.

CastEdit

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