Sesame Street
Big Bird "helps" Mr. Hooper
Air date November 26, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production October 29, 1969
Sponsors B, M, X, 6, 7

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird wants to earn some extra money today, so he asks Gordon, Bob and Susan if they have any odd jobs he can do. Gordon points him to a sign at Hooper's Store which reads "Boy Wanted", and recommends him to Mr. Hooper. Mr. Hooper gives Big Bird six cents for the day, which is more money than Big Bird's ever seen.
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Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper explains to Big Bird how a store works, tells him where milk comes from, and shows him how to count pennies.
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Cartoon "Count Up Elevator" -- An elevator operator stops at ten floors to pick up passengers, including a witch, a fireman, and a kangaroo. The tenth passenger, a mouse, causes the elevator to overload and explode.
(First: Episode 0003)
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SCENE 2
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Big Bird tries to count the pennies, but gets the numbers mixed up. Instead, Mr. Hooper starts making a section for all the letter B items.
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Cartoon A boxer explains the letter "B".
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Butterfly
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is startled when a buzzing B enters the room and flies around. Bert thinks it's harmless, but then it stings Bert on the nose.
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SCENE 3 Susan bakes a cake in her kitchen using a bowl, which begins with B, and is round. Susan displays some of her other baking utensils which are also round (at the top).
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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 4 Bob and some kids look at some gerbils.
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Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be.
(First: Episode 0004)
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Cast Buddy and Jim try to fly a paper airplane.
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Film "Six Song (Song of Six)."
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film Kids paint pictures of things that start with B.
Producer: Ken Snyder Enterprises
(First: Episode 0008)
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SCENE 5 Bob notices that Big Bird has taken everything off the shelves in Hooper's Store. Big Bird says he's still sorting the B items, such as a big can of peanuts, a bumpy pickle, and a beautiful duck. Bob then suggests to Mr. Hooper that Big Bird could make some deliveries today, and Mr. Hooper fetches a wagon.
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Film Different kinds of wheels are shown and what they’re used for.
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SCENE 6 Gordon introduces a film of something else that's round.
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Film Close-ups are shown of a tire.
Music: Peter Schickele
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SCENE 7 Big Bird gets ready to make his deliveries. He doesn't have the list of who gets what, so he makes some wild guesses.
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Cartoon Jazz #6 (repeat)
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SCENE 8 Bob and the kids observe an anteater.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
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SCENE 9 Gordon reads a book, Swimmy by Leo Lionni, about a small black fish who leads a school of red fish towards a life without fear.
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Song Ernie leads the cast in "Everybody Wash."
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail (repeat)
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SCENE 10 Susan has Oscar sing "One of These Things" so she can test her new picture of ice cream cones.
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Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie has a treasure map of the living room, leading to a spot marked with an X. As Bert watches, he digs up a treasure chest with a letter X inside.
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SCENE 11 Gordon shows Ronald and Eva some picture pairs, and asks them which came first.
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Cartoon "Poverty X" (repeat)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert notices that Ernie has a bandage on his face that looks like an X. Ernie says he was in an x-ident ("accident").
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Cartoon Jazz #6 (repeat)
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Cartoon A little girl sings "The Alphabet Song," while continually admonished by an adult in voice-over. (ending cut)
(First: Episode 0010)
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SCENE 12 Gordon, Susan and Bob complain to Mr. Hooper that they received the incorrect deliveries from Big Bird. Big Bird feels bad about it at first, but Gordon suggests that Big Bird could look at the top of Mr. Hooper's shelves. Mr. Hooper even offers to pay him seven cents.
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Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 13 As Big Bird looks at the shelves in the store, Mr. Hooper signs off, Susan announces the sponsors, Bob announces the book read on today's show, and Gordon announces the CTW production tag.
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CLOSING SIGNS Mr. Hooper and Bob hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Gordon and Susan holds up the Children's Television Workshop sign.

Trivia

  • This is the first episode to have another character, aside from Gordon, sign off before the sponsors.


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