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Sesame Street
Block party on Sesame Street
Air date November 17, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production October 13, 1969
Sponsors A, B, X, 4, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon invites the viewer to the block party that's going to be held tonight on Sesame Street.
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SCENE 2 Bob sings "One of These Things" while displaying pictures of some strange shapes, and thinks of strange names for the shapes.
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Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie shows Bert his A machine. You turn the crank over here, you push the button on top, and out comes an A. But it doesn't work when it rains, it only makes A when the sun shines.
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Cartoon "All right, now that you've eaten everything in sight, would you mind telling me what you plan to have for dessert?"
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SCENE 3 Gordon displays some cards with drawings of parts of machines, and has the viewer guess what they're parts of.
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Film Close-ups of a tomato are shown.
Music: Peter Schickele
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SCENE 3
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Gordon asks the viewer how long it took them to figure out that it was a tomato. The tomato film is shown again.
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SCENE 4 Susan gives Big Bird a present: an orange and green necktie. She puts it on him, and Gordon gets a mirror so Big Bird can see how the tie looks on him. Big Bird cowers when he sees his reflection for the first time.
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Cast Buddy and Jim: Buddy gives Jim a present, which is a mirror, but each one thinks it's a picture of themselves.
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Film A group of kids play follow the leader and go over, around and through various obstacles, but one of them takes a while to catch on.
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 At Hooper's Store, Big Bird does Susan a favor by asking Mr. Hooper for four -- but Mr. Hooper doesn't know what he wants four of. Big Bird goes out, then comes back and asks four dinners, which Mr. Hooper thinks is impossible, until he learns that Big Bird got the words "for" and "four" mixed up.
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Cartoon "Jazz #4"
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has a number 4 in his hand, and asks Ernie what it is. Ernie says it's a chocolate cream pie. Bert points him to a film about the number 4.
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Film Four Song (Song of Four)
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Muppets When the clip is over, Ernie guesses that the 4 is a banana cream pie. "If this 4 is a banana cream pie, then what is this?" asks Bert, while he pulls out a pie. "That's a 4!" Ernie grins, and Bert pushes the pie in Ernie's face. "I knew what it was all along," Ernie remarks, "but who wants to get hit in the face with a 4?"
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SCENE 6 Gordon reads a book, Look At Me by Marguerita Rudolph, about body parts. After reading the book, Gordon points out that one has to know about letters in order to read a book.
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is. (repeat)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
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Cartoon A boxer explains the letter "B".
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Butterfly
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SCENE 6
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Gordon doesn't want to go through the whole alphabet that slowly, so he introduces Burt Lancaster doing it instead.
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Celebrity Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to present a lecture about the letter B, but Cookie Monster eats the bottom of the B and turns it into an R. Kermit talks about the R, but then Cookie Monster snacks some more, and makes it a P. Kermit tries to go on, but the monster keeps eating, making it into an F, and then an I, and then nothing at all. Kermit chides Cookie Monster for ruining his lesson. Cookie Monster gives Kermit a kiss, then exits.
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SCENE 7 Gordon plays a (non-singing) "One of These Things" game with tomatoes, shoes, and round things.
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Film Four Song (Song of Four) (repeat)
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Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
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SCENE 8 Susan toils in the kitchen. Gordon comes in with a letter for her, asking her to sing at tonight's block party. Susan comes up with the many excuses why she can't, then changes her mind and leaves for the beauty parlor, leaving Gordon in charge of both dinner and dessert.
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Cartoon "All right, now that you've eaten everything in sight, would you mind telling me what you plan to have for dessert?" (repeat)
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SCENE 9 Gordon has Bob and Mr. Hooper help him out in the kitchen. Bob leaves, misinterpreting the part of the recipe that says "beat it with a wooden spoon".
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
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SCENE 9
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Gordon has the other two fetch some garlic, onions and lettuce, put them in a bowl, and toss -- but not like a football! (Silly Bob!)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Butterfly (repeat)
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SCENE 9
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Gordon reads instructions for cooking beans, which say "Soak overnight in cold water". "You'll catch pneumonia," says Mr. Hooper.
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
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SCENE 9
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Susan comes back to find that the men haven't gotten very far in cooking. "Okay, so I can't cook! I'd like to see you teach high school science sometime," Gordon says to her as she leaves. Mr. Hooper asks Gordon what he studied today, and Gordon answers, "Monkeys …"
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Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
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Film "Round": A live-action film set to a lively soundtrack shows circles in every-day life, including Coca-Cola bottle caps, moving wheels, yo-yos, bubbles, and balloons.
(First: Episode 0002)
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SCENE 10 At twilight, the block party is underway. Tables are set and decked with food and drink, and lanterns align the tops of the buildings.
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SCENE 10
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Gordon walks over to a little Anything Muppet boy, who wonders why everyone's gathered out here tonight. The boy's father answers with a song, "Brotherhood of Man," which the rest of the family joins in singing.
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SCENE 10
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Mr. Hooper announces that Susan is going to sing now. Susan sits on the steps with Eva and sings "Draw Me a Circle" as Eva does so.
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SCENE 10
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Gordon closes the show. Caroll Spinney announces two of the five sponsors (A and 4), and the book read on today's show.
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CLOSING SIGNS Gordon and Susan hold up the Sesame Street sign while Cookie Monster holds up the CTW sign.


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