Sesame Street

Season 1 Episode 1

Welcome Sally

Aired Weekdays 7:00 AM Nov 10, 1969 on PBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Kermit: (attempting to fool Cookie Monster) Hey, listen! I think I heard your mother calling you!

    • Buddy: The bird is sitting.
      Jim: What is the bird sitting on? That's the dumbest picture I've ever seen in my life. What is that bird sitting on? You tell me.

    • Ernie: (taking a bath)Hey, Bert! Bert! Can you bring me a bar of soap? (Bert arrives)Just toss it into old Rosie here. Bert: What? Ernie: The soap. Justtoss it into Rosie here. Bert: Who's Rosie? Ernie: My bathtub. I call my bathtub, Rosie. (continues scrubbing)Bert: Why do you call your bathtub Rosie? Ernie: What's that? Bert: I said, why do you call your bathtub Rosie? Ernie: Because every time I take a bath, I leave a ring around Rosie! (laughs and continutes scrubbing) Bert: Ernie, get outta the tub. Ernie: How come? Bert: Well, because there are a lot of people waiting to take a bath, that's why. Ernie: Take a bath? In my Rosie? Who? Bert: Well, Solomon Grundy, for one.

    • Gordon: Sally, you've never seen a street like Sesame Street.

  • Notes

    • The following changes are made to when this episode was released on the DVD release of the first Sesame Street Old School volume:
      The "You can clean almost anything" film is replaced with the song, "A Little Bit (at the beginning)" which was not included in the original broadcast of the episode.
      "Consider Yourself" is removed while the rest of the scene with Gordon and the Anything Muppet Family remain intact.
      The original NET logo at the end is replaced with the popular 1971 PBS ident.

    • In the "Follow the Leader" skit, the "through the pipe" and
      "over the sawhorses" scenes was removed from the "Sesame Street Unpaved" version of this episode show on the cable station Noggin.

    • Oscar the Grouch was orange during the entire first season.

  • Allusions

    • Regarding the names of Bert and Ernie, as well as the veteran work of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, there are a couple brief Sesame Street allusions made in the 1985 John Landis film Into the Night. The first is a cameo made by Henson himself, playing the "Man on Phone" who is conversing with somebody named "Bernie". The movie's second reference takes place in an airport, where a loudspeaker announcement can be heard paging a "Frank Oznowicz" for a courtesy phone call.

    • There has been much speculation over the years regarding the origin of Bert and Ernie's names, ever since the program first aired. Many fans are convinced that the two derived their names from characters in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life...Bert the policeman and Ernie the cabbie. The media has helped to reinforce this urban legend, and a scene from Elmo Saves Christmas shows the two muppets reacting to a Capra excerpt that mentions both theirnames...lending yet more creedence to the rumors. But the fact of the matter is, Jim Henson and other originalSesame Streetwriters have gone on record denying any connection to the classic film. They gave their prototype muppets names that seemed to fit their looks...anything beyond thatwas simply coincidence.