|Home is Where the Bear Is|
|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||August 11, 1997|
|Written by||Andy Yerkes (and Co-Producer)|
|Directed by|| Chuck Vinson|
Laurie Gilbert (Associate Director)
|none||Water, Water Everywhere|
One morning, Bear finds Ojo playing pretend, having created a tent that's she's pretending is her home. Her imaginary home gets him thinking about his real home, the Big Blue House. He decides to take us all on a guided tour of the home. He takes us to the kitchen, which we learn is Tutter's favorite room. The bathroom is the favorite haunt of Pip and Pop. Treelo likes Bear's bedroom, mainly because of the bed. Shadow tells the story of the little old lady who lived in a shoe. Finally, Bear also enjoys going up to the attic, because he gets to talk there each night with his friend Luna, the moon.
- It's Great to Be Home
- No Place Like My Bedroom
- Where Oh Where Oh Where Is Shadow?
- The Goodbye Song
- Music and Lyrics by Billy Cobin, Bill Obrecht, Peter Lurye, Tyler Bunch and Brian Woodbury
- Pip and Pop perform their short bath song to the tune of the classic opera song La donna è mobile.
- This being the debut, Bear's asking of Luna if she'll sing the "Goodbye Song" is a bit different than other episodes. He asks her if she'll sing a Goodbye Song with him, rather than the "Goodbye Song." A subtle difference in phrasing to note that this is a routine that is being established.
- This episode, as the premiere, features the first use of the opening theme, "Welcome to the Big Blue House" and the "Goodbye Song." There are also two other original songs "(It's) Great to Be at Home" and "No Place Like My Bedroom." The first song is Track 11 on the album Songs from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House and is titled simply "Great to Be at Home" on that album. It is Track 4 on the first Playhouse Disney album and is titled "It's Great to Be at Home" on both that album and the closing credits for this episode.
- This first episode includes a brief real-kids segment in which kids talk about their homes (or fantasize about them.)
- This is the first episode Peter Hefter & Victor Smith become members of the Technical Team.