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Quotes for
Maria Figueroa Rodriguez (Character)
from "Sesame Street" (1969)

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Follow That Bird (1985)
Miss Finch: Come on, Big Bird, you don't want to miss your plane.
Maria: Just a minute. Give me a big hug, Big Bird.
[they embrace]
Maria: Don't forget to write.
Big Bird: I won't, Maria.
Count: Don't forget to count, Big Bird!
Big Bird: Okay, Count.
Bob: And don't forget to dress warmly, okay, Big Bird?
Big Bird: I've got my muffler, Bob.
Grover: Don't forget to breathe! In and out!
Big Bird: I always do, Grover.
[Linda signs something to Big Bird]
Big Bird: I'll read every day.
Cookie Monster: Don't forget to eat, Big Bird!
Big Bird: I won't, Cookie Monster.
[Oscar comes slowly out of his trash can]
Big Bird: Well, goodbye, Oscar.
Oscar the Grouch: [surprised] What? Why, that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

Maria: [reading a letter from Big Bird to Sesame Street] ... So that's my new home. I should be happy here.
[pause]
Maria: What's wrong with me?
[then, with great surprise]
Maria: Love, Big Dodo?
[everyone begins whispering amongst themselves]
Maria: [finishing the letter] Big Bird to you.

Oscar the Grouch: [driving into a junkyard] This is where I wanna be - grouch paradise! Just look it at. It's like a work of art.
Telly Monster: It is different, Maria.
Maria: Oscar, I want you to turn this car around right now and head for Toadstool!
Oscar the Grouch: Ah, an angry face in a beautiful place - heaven.

Bob: [over phone] He's at some kind of carnival.
Maria: At a carnival?
Olivia: That fun fair!
Linda: [signs something]
Olivia: We passed that hours ago!
Maria: That's what she just said!


Sesame Street, Special (1988) (TV)
Luis: My, what a little picture. I would definitely say that is a tiny picture.
Maria: Really? I'd say it was itsy bitsy myself.
[they walk to a larger picture]
Maria: THAT is an enormous picture. Why I'd say it was humgous.
Luis: Well I would say it's tremendous. I might even call it stupendous.
Maria: You would!

Luis: Just look at *this*. Isn't it fantastic?
Maria: No it isn't, it's terrific.
Luis: Fantastic.
Maria: Terrific.
Luis: Fantastic!
Maria: Terrific!
Gordon: [singing] Can't you see that you both agree / What's the reason for this spat?
Susan: [singing] You like to say things this way / And you like to say things that.
Telly Monster: [singing] What a shame / It all means the same / There's no need to make a scene.
Elmo: [singing] There are lot's of ways to say the very same thing / If you know what I mean / SO...


Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978) (TV)
Maria: Oscar, I hope you're satisfied. You had to start all that stuff about Santa and tiny chimneys, and you've upset Big Bird so much, he's gone.
Oscar: Well, I didn't know he'd do anything dumb like that! I was only teasin' him!
Maria: Teasing him? Telling him that Santa's not gonna bring anybody any presents because he can't get down a tiny chimney? Now, you call that teasing?
Oscar: Well, he'll come back! He's part homing pigeon! Besides, what's the big deal? He lives outdoors all the time anyway!
Maria: Now, look here, Oscar. Now, the nest is something different. That's his home. He's got an electric blanket there and he's got heating pads and he's around all the people that he loves, but here, it's Christmas Eve and he's out there somewhere in this big city, and it keeps snowing and it's getting colder and he could be in serious trouble unless we find him! So what are you gonna do about it?
Oscar: I'm gonna find him and bring him back!


"Sesame Street: Episode #15.4" (1983)
Big Bird: [has drawn caricatures of Luis, Susan, Gordon, Bob, Maria, David, Olivia, and Mr. Hooper. After handing out seven of them, he sees that Mr. Hooper is missing] Say, where is he?
Maria: Big Bird, don't you remember we told you? Mr. Hooper died. He's dead.
Big Bird: Oh, yeah, I remember. Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back.
Susan: Big Bird, Mr. Hooper's not coming back.
Big Bird: Well, why not?
Susan: Big Bird, when people die, they don't come back.
Big Bird: Ever?
Susan: [shakes her head] No, never.
Big Bird: Well, why not?
Luis: Well, Big Bird, They're *dead*. They... They can't come back.
Big Bird: Well, he's got to come back. Why, who's going to take care of the store? And who's going to make my birdseed milkshakes, and tell me stories?
David: Big Bird, I?m going to take care of the store. Mr. Hooper - he left it to me. And I'll make you your milkshakes, and we'll all tell you stories, and we'll make sure you're okay.
Susan: Yeah, we'll look after you.
Big Bird: Oh, hmm.
[walks around as he thinks]
Big Bird: Well, it won't be the same.
Bob: You're right, Big Bird. It's... It'll never be the same around here without him. But you know something? We can all be very happy that we had the chance to be with him, and to know him, and to love him a lot when he was here.
Olivia: And Big Bird, we still have our memories of him.
Big Bird: Oh, yeah, Our memories. Right. Why, memories... that's how I drew this picture. From memory. And we can remember him, and remember him, and remember him... as much as we want to.
[looks at Mr. Hooper's picture]
Big Bird: But, I don't like it.
[chokes up]
Big Bird: It makes me sad.
David: We all feel sad, Big Bird.
Big Bird: He's never coming back?
[David and Olivia shake their heads]
Big Bird: Well, I don't understand! You know everything was just fine. Why does it have to be this way? Give me one good reason!
Gordon: Big Bird, It has to be this way... because.
Big Bird: Just because?
Gordon: Just... because.
Big Bird: Oh.
[looks at the picture]
Big Bird: You know, I'm going to miss you, Mr. Looper.
Maria: That's *Hooper*, Big Bird. Hooper.
[she and the others chuckle]
Big Bird: Right.
[as he continues to look at the picture, the others gather around him. Our view pulls back to a wide shot of the set, and the screen slowly fades to black]


Elmo Saves Christmas (1996) (V)
Elmo: How come Maria and Luis aren't fixing the toasters?
Luis: Oh, we're too busy celebratin' Christmas.
Maria: Yeah! Wrapping presents, unwrapping presents.
Luis: Cooking turkeys!
Maria: Eating turkeys! It's a full-time job! Who has time to work?'!