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Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake is a Sesame Street special which aired during the show's usual time slot on March 15, 1991 in most markets and in prime-time during the week of March 9. The special was produced for the PBS pledge drive season, and stars Big Bird and Snuffy, as they go to the roller skating rink for Big Bird's birthday. Meanwhile, Cookie Monster is tempted to eat Big Bird's cake, but staves off his desire by eating everything else on the street. Celebrity guests included Bo Jackson, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.

The special also appeared as a regular Sesame Street episode as show number 2835, with more inserts added to make it a complete sixty-minute episode.

Picture Segment Description
Snuffy wanders into Big Bird's nest area in the morning to make sure he's the first to wish Big Bird "Happy Birthday". The two head out down the street (as the opening credits roll), where all his friends wish him a "Happy Birthday" as well.
SCENE 1 cont'd
In the arbor, everyone sings about "Big Bird's Beautiful Birthday Bash".
Monsterpiece Theater: The King and I
(EKA: Episode 2727)
Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(EKA: Episode 2291)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(EKA: Episode 2687)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(EKA: Episode 2486)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Big Bird and his friends are ready to go to Central Park for his skating party, with Maria and Susan staying behind to decorate. However, Snuffy wants to stay behind as well because he doesn’t know how to rollerskate. Big Bird says he can teach Snuffy how to skate as they make their way to the city.
Muppets / Celebrity
Robin Williams shows Elmo the many fun things one can do with a stick.
A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All" as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2572)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
In the Central Park skating rink, everyone enjoys their time skating.

SCENE 3 cont'd
Snuffy isn’t sure he wants to learn how to skate because of his fear of falling down. Big Bird points out Alice is falling down, but Snuffy counters, claiming she’s closer to the ground. Big Bird finally coaxes him into learning and is about to help Snuffy onto the rink to teach him, when they witness someone fall right in front of them, making Snuffy’s fear come back.
"We Are All Earthlings"
Four genies carry the number 4 into a castle.
Artist: Ishu Patel
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.

Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
(EKA: Episode 2580)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Lillian discusses the adjustments she had to make when her parents had a new baby. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.

Back at the street, Maria and Susan lay out the cake but find they need more chairs and fetch some from their apartments. Cookie Monster wanders by and smells the cake. He is about to pounce on it, but he reads the cake and discovers it’s Big Bird’s birthday cake. He realizes he can’t eat it and tries finding something else to tide him over. He eats one of the chairs then heads for the table.
Muppets / Celebrity
Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror" assisted by several celebrities including The Simpsons, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.
A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2485)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Fay Ray adds two balls and two balls to make four.
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Pledge Break
Telly Monster, Monster on the Spot reporter, asks The Count if he's going to support his local public television station. The Count then recites a long list of reasons.
This scene was cut from the "episode" version.
Snuffy tries getting back out of the rink, still afraid of falling.
SCENE 5 cont'd
Telly latches onto Luis and asks where Oscar is. Much to Bob and Luis’ shock, Oscar is at the party with Bruno, not to celebrate, but to skate, since he loves the falling down portion. Bruno begins gracefully skating around the rink without falling (much to Oscar’s dismay). However, he senses it’s not a total loss, since the skating made him dizzy.
Whoopi Goldberg talks with Hoots the Owl about how proud they are of their body parts.
Kevin Clash sings "Skin".
(EKA: Episode 2749)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Back on the street, Cookie Monster has devoured most of the tables and chairs for the party and finishes off the lamppost and street sign. He then begins eating the mailbox.

SCENE 6 cont'd
Big Bird shows off a cool, rollerskating routine to Snuffy. He is impressed, but can’t skate like Big Bird. He and his friends sing “Put One Foot in Front of the Other” to get him begin skating. The song works and he is able to skate around the rink.
SCENE 6 cont'd
A pan down the street shows Cookie Monster has devour everything around him, from Big Bird’s doors to the stoop steps to the tire swing. Susan and Maria come back, shocked to see what Cookie has done. They take the cake away to keep it safe.
The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk."
(EKA: Episode 2503)
'"MacTV" intro cut

Everyone comes back to the street and find nearly everything has been eaten. They bring out his cake (still in-tact) and he blows out the candles. As they cut the cake, Maria wonders where Cookie Monster went. He appears and eats his slice of cake, then for desert: the sponsors Gina hands him.



Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Forgetful Jones, Buster the Horse, Elmo, Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Alice Snuffleupagus, Barkley, Prairie Dawn, Ruby, Count von Count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Herry Monster, Hoots the Owl, Athena, Wolfgang the Seal, Two-Headed Monster, Bruno the Trashman

Background Characters

Honkers, Dinger, Duck

Humans cast

Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Lisa Boggs, Eugene Byrd, Alexis Cruz, Ward Saxton, David L. Smyrl, Lillias White

Muppet Performers

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Richard Hunt, Kevin Clash, Judy Sladky, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, David Rudman, Jim Martin, Pam Arciero, Rick Lyon, Bryant Young, Joey Mazzarino, Carmen Osbahr


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