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Sesame Street Season 45 Episode 4502 - Bert's Training Wheels

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Episode 4502 - Bert's Training Wheels
    Tuesday September 16, 2014

    Bert and Ernie go for a bike ride, but Bert falls and breaks one of his training wheels. Luis tries to fix the bike but realizes he’s missing a part for it. Ernie and Luis encourage Bert to try and ride without his training wheels, but Bert insists that he needs them. Will Bert have the courage to ride without the training wheels?

    Subject: Self-Regulation
    Brought to you by: I & 2
    Word on the Street: Repair – To fix something.

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  2. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Interesting that Bert and Ernie get a street scene so early in the season. Though I wouldn't expect Bert to be the type of person who'd need training wheels since he is supposed to represent an adult. Though they did the same storyline with Abby a few years back, but we'll see what happens.
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  3. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Is Bert supposed to represent an adult? I honestly don't know anymore. We have two episodes this season: one where Bert needs training wheels, and another where Ernie keeps stealing Bert's smart phone. What? I don't understand.
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  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Heads up - Ernie's not being performed by Steve in this episode.
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  5. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    I honestly think that's for the best. Ernie and Bert have gone numerous seasons at a time without appearing in a street scene because Steve is so busy with Disney. Well this season they are getting two street scenes. If replacing Steve was the way to go in order to get Ernie and Bert back on the Street, so be it.
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  6. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    I missed the episode! Which SS humans were present?? how did the new ernie sound?? I love Steve´s Ernie, but if this means we would see him more on the street Im OK...
  7. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Whoever's voicing Ernie is the same guy who's done his voice in the past 2 Sesame Street Live shows, Can't Stop Singing (2012) and Make A New Friend (2013). I believe his name is Billy Barkhurst.


    I will say, he does sound closer to Jim Henson in vocal pitch. I'll be sad if Steve is replaced, but if it means more Ernie then I'm good with the change.
  8. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Live Thoughts on the Street Story:

    New bicycle shop is pretty cool. It looks like it's supposed to be Maria and Luis's new business. That's a cool change.

    It's always good to see Luis.

    This new guy's Ernie caught me off guard, even though I knew there was going to be a different performer. It was fine, but I know it will get better with time. I stand by what I said before, that if replacing Steve was the only way to get Ernie back in street stories, so be it.

    The physical layout of Sesame Street makes a little more sense seeing the park next to the bicycle shop.

    Eric Jacobson has mastered Bert by this point.

    "Feeling the wind in my eyebrow."

    The montage of Bert waiting was actually pretty funny.

    The shot of Ernie after the montage against the green screened city backdrop was also good at making the layout of the street make sense, but it was a little distracting because it was obviously green screened. Especially with the CGI kids riding bikes.

    This guy's Ernie sounds like John Tartaglia's.

    I'm glad that they mentioned Bert's love of pigeons and paper clips.

    Luis and Ernie's song was great. The new guy's Ernie sounded more confident while he was singing.

    Big Bird, Chris, Cookie Monster, Leela and Oscar in the background of Bert riding without training wheels. That was good because it makes the street look populated.

    This would have been a better premiere than the episode we got yesterday.


    I like that they have clips between the street stories and the celebrity word of the day now. And Janelle Monae's song was terrific.

    I don't understand why they break up Murray Has a Little Lamb throughout the show now. Like, what's the purpose?

    Three celebrity inserts in one episode? Janelle, Kat and Taye? Save some for the rest of the season!

    The updated Let's Go Driving was welcome, though.
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  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Episode 4502: Bert's Training Wheels.
    Sponsors: I, 2.

    Word on the Street: Repair.

    Street Story.
    *Laughs good-naturedly at the Spanish from Luis in the intro.

    Wow... Ernie's voice... It's reminiscent of John Tartaglea from PWMS, but, yeesh.

    I like Bert's song about his training wheels. That's how he rolls, that's how Bert keeps it real. And here we thought Bert was the square of the duo. Heh, Ernie keeps doing a good job at tempting Bert to come down to the playground to see all the things he likes like trained pigeon performers at the circus or hula dancers with paperclip beaded necklaces. And cue the variant song about Bert rolling without the training wheels trying to ride the bicycle.

    BTW: Did anybody notice ToughPigsJoe as one of the bike riders in the background?

    Song: "The Power of Yet".
    Nice cameo by the 2HM in the intro.

    Muppets/Celebrity Word of the Day Explanation.
    Abby's magic is getting better, she apparently knows about the Rule of Three. *Sabrina reference.

    Murray Had a Little Lamb: Bike Riding School.
    This makes sense given the street story. Also there was an Ovejita tease before the theme song this time.

    Super Grover 2.0: Ice Block Party.

    Muppets/Celebrity: Elmo and some guy imagine driving a car, setting us up for a new take on the song "Let's Go For A Ride", predictable.

    Letter of the Day Dance: I.

    Animation: A new Traction Jackson short? Nice little song about all the I-words the kids imagine.

    Muppets: Murray learns about the parts of a bicycle before he starts riding.

    Abby's Flying Fairy School: The Cinderella Challenge.

    Number of the Day Dance: 2.

    Song: "A Monster Ate My Red Two."
    I'm not sure if what Elmo was singing about a baby was a different song altogether, I didn't really understand the lyrics all that well.

    Muppets: The kids and Murray finally ride their bicycles.

    Elmo the Musical: RepairMonster the Musical.
  10. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I knew it wasn't Steve when I first heard it. I know Billy Barkhurst will get better after some time, but I will greatly miss Steve. I am kinda of curious why John Tartaglia didn't return; maybe something (Gobo) Fraggle related? :coy: Probably not. :( The show really has changed from when I last watched; it changed for the better though.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Count: Elmo's song was about growing up with a montage of little kids engaging in new activities.

    Anyway, I'm not going to give anything but encouragement for the new Ernie puppeteer. It sounds a bit rough, but that's how these recasts usually start out. If recasting the character means we'll see more of Ernie and Bert on the show, I'm all for it. I'm not going to guess when these were taped and how they conflicted with MMW if any, but we've got Ernie back on the show in an actual story not made specifically for the foreign market. Nothing wrong with that.

    It's always been ambiguous. Whatever the gag is, they'll play either angle. Keep in mind, also, some adults didn't learn to ride bikes when they were younger. So it still works both ways.

    As for the episode, the flow was much better that they had filmed the Murray School breaks this time, rather than shoving ones in to re-purpose an older Murray Had a Little Lamb skit.

    The street story was quite good, and much stronger than yesterday. We had a character piece, and the grand return of Luis as a repairman. A Bike shop is the perfect medium between outdated Fix it Shop and something more contemporary. I don't know what to make of the CGI background bits. They're alright, I guess. They fill in more atmosphere.

    Loved Power of Yet. Love that singer's awesome Kuwabara hair cut. More Bert in the episode=always win. Anyone else get the amazing joke they tossed in with Big Bird? Wearing a Larry Bird jersey (number, color and everything)? Wonder if Carol is a Celtics fan.

    And the Let's Go Driving bit was pretty good too. Nice to see this had more new footage outside of segments than yesterday. Couldn't even tell if that was Kevin or Ryan's Elmo almost.
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, a new Elmo song about kids growing up. Well, in my defense, the lyrics weren't that understandable. And it aired immediately after the song "A Monster Ate My Red Two", so I was obviously confused as it was the first time hearing that song. MCR should really play more songs from the last three seasons other than just "Lever Lovers".

    And I'll agree with the concensus—heh, try that as a Word on the Street Sesame Workshop—that if we can get more Bert and Ernie into the actual street stories it's good... Though Ernie's voice actor needs to work on perfecting the voice. It reminds me think of Richard Jeni's bit from Dr. Katz where he tries to imitate Kermit.
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It seems weird that all of Ernie's speaking parts were dubbed over by whoever did the final version. There's no way they could've gotten a recording from Steve? It slightly bothers me, but I guess I'll live with it. But, it's hard to have an E&B rapport when only one half can do the talking.
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  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if Ernie is completely recast now, or if it's more of a Frank Oz situation, where the new performer does Ernie whenever Steve isn't available, but Steve does perform when he is available (of course, at first David Rudman and Eric Jacobson were just supposed to perform Frank Oz's characters when he was unavailable, but that has allowed them to perform so much that Frank seems more like the occasional performer now, especially since he hasn't performed Cookie or Bert in so many years).
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Also, if you kept a sharp eye on the CGI city, Forgetful Jones walked through the park at one point.

    EDIT: Fun fact thing - some of the people used in the CGI city were from the ETM Repair Monster bit, which was shown later in the episode. "Fun" Fact!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2014
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That was off. Is Billy a puppeteer or just a voice actor? I noticed at the beginning Ernie's puppetering was a bit off sync.
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Apparently, he's a puppeteer as well, but it was clearly a dub job being done in the episode.
  18. FredMuseumMan7

    FredMuseumMan7 Well-Known Member

    I did not see today's episode, as I was asleep during it.
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Wait a few days and the half hour version will be on. Those are better for seeing the street story at least.

    Strange that it was, though.

    Now, while I can't say I hate the CGI backdrop in the far background, there's just something about the overall look the past couple seasons that's odd. Like the camera filters used make it look almost filmed, but not quite filmed. There's a weird quality to the picture that seems off. Maybe if I had an HD TV or something it wouldn't look a little off. But this episode really had it.
  20. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    They've filming at a different frame rate since season 43, which is why it has a "film" look to it. It also might be the editing software they're using too/how their exporting the shows. The clips and everything look better online, but for some reason, they look odder on TV. I don't know why. I definitely noticed it too.

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