So I thought that the only time Bert and Ernie left the apartment was the terrifying Egyptian Episode when they visited a pyramid and the statues came to life. I think it terrified me so much as a child because it was one of the few times that Ernie was scared and normally he was so self-assured. Of course WHO WASNT scared after watching the Egyptian Episode.
Anyways after reviewing the episodes on this website, it’s very clear that my impression as a child that Bert was a killjoy, a dick, and a very boring person, were actually entirely accurate. Also, that there were some major existentialist themes going on:
At The Movies: Ernie Gets Emotional: Ernie gets emotional during a film: first he’s sad, then scared, then happy. His reactions bother the other moviegoers, and the scene ends in chaos.
FUCKING LOVE THAT so much.
But really, that Ernie was very sexual, which I did not recognize at the time. Keep it up Ernie!!
Rock Hunting: Ernie is on a hunt for big rocks. When he tries to pick a really big rock, the rock turns out to the dome of a big monster.
Soda straw (THE IMAGE. THE IMAGE. HOLY CHRIST THE IMAGE): Mr. Hooper and Tom serves sodas to Ernie and Bert. Ernie doesn’t know how to drink soda with a straw, so the others encourage him. Ernie gets so good at drinking with a straw that he drinks Bert’s soda too.
Robin Hood: Ernie portrays Robin Hood, who is setting up an audition trying to find some merry men.
Ernie and Bert Go Camping: Ernie and Bert are camping. It’s time for them to sleep, but Ernie keeps distracting Bert by pointing out the various sounds they hear.
Pigeon Watching: While Bert tries to watch some pigeons in the park, Ernie gives demonstrations of “next to,” “behind,” “in front of,” and “under,” blocking Bert’s view each time.
Sleeping: At the beach, Ernie tries to show Bert what he’s missing if he goes to sleep. Bert finally sees what Ernie means, just as he falls asleep himself.
Computer: Bert looks up pigeons on his laptop while Ernie bothers him with his bugle.
Jumping: Ernie wants Bert to jump with him, which Bert declines. To get him to do it, he swipes his hat and places it atop of a large stick that Bert tries to jump to reach.
Garden Exercise: Ernie and Bert find ways to exercise while cleaning the garden.
New Foods: Ernie brings home a strange fruit from the market and makes Bert try it.
Imaginary Ping Pong: Ernie ropes Bert into playing an imaginary game of ping pong with him.
Listening To Body: Ernie listens to his body’s needs.
Senses: Ernie uses his senses to explore and teaches Bert how as well.