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Sesame Street
Big Bird's hide-and-seek; Mr. Hooper's rocket launchers
Air date December 3, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production November 4, 1969
Sponsors D, E, M, 8, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon teaches Big Bird how to play hide-and-seek, but tells him he can't hide behind trees or the kids because he's too wide and tall. Gordon suggests Big Bird be "it" since he can't grasp the concept of hiding, so he begins counting while everyone else hides. As he counts while hiding his eyes under his wing, Big Bird starts to fall asleep. When Gordon peeks from his hiding spot to find what's going on, Big Bird springs to life and shouts "1-2-3 on you, Gordon!"
Film Nine Song (Song of Nine)
(First: Episode 0016)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket falls over.
SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper comments on the previous cartoon, saying he has a better method of launching a rocket. He brings out a set of blueprints and explains a complex Rube Goldberg machine series of events he has devised that includes a cat on a fence, a golfer, and a hen, and ends with a waiter being tickled by a feather. Gordon doesn't think it's a sure-fire way to launch a rocket; what if the waiter isn't ticklish?
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper is still not impressed with the rocket countdown cartoons, and displays his revised method that ends with a cow being tied to a rocket which β€” as in "Hey Diddle Diddle" β€” travels over the moon... with the rocket in tow.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The announcer blasts off.
Film Nine Song (Song of Nine)
(First: Episode 0016)

SCENE 4 After discussing siblings, Susan reads a book to Maurice and Chet in her kitchen: Tom in the Middle by Berthe Amoss. They then identify some of the big and little letters in the book's title, including an E.
Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 5 Gordon teaches the kids in the arbor how to play Simon Says, then tells the viewer, "Simon Says, watch Martha."
Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
(First: Episode 0013)
Ernie writes Mort a letter M.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has promised to write a letter to his cousin Mort. Bert helps him with the spelling, but Ernie only gets as far as writing a large letter M on the envelope. Bert says he can't continue spelling the name, because Ernie's written M has taken up the whole space. Ernie says it fulfills his promise to Mort: he's written him a letter; the letter M.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
SCENE 6 Gordon watches Bob and Ronald play with and talk about two St. Bernards. Bob explains how dogs like them have been known to help people buried in the snow, and compares their size to that of Gordon.
SCENE 6 cont'd After Bob takes the dogs to get something to eat, Gordon and Ronald talk about how they are same and different.
Muppets Kermit talks about "same" by showing two identical rectangles. Cookie Monster eats one of them, making them different.
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)
SCENE 7 Gordon, Chet, and Jackie build a pretend city using building blocks for the houses, apartments, stores, and a train station.
Alphabet Bates D.jpg
SCENE 7 cont'd Alphabet Bates skywrites the letter D (First: Episode 0016), and Gordon introduces "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Muppets Anything Muppets dressed as hippies sing a special rendition of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0003)
SCENE 8 Bob talks about the attributes of a crested owl, then asks it if it's seen Buddy and Jim.
Cast Buddy and Jim try to figure out a way to carry an ironing board (horizontally) from one room to another.
(First: Episode 0002)
Song β€œSong of Eight”
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 9 While waiting for Susan to finish cooking dinner, Gordon tells a story about a family of silverware: a mother (dinner fork), a father (dinner knife), their daughter (salad fork), son (butter knife), and their third misfit child: a spoon. The spoon child shows how special he is when the father dinner knife needs some sugar to go in his coffee cup, and nobody else is able to scoop it up.
Film Lions (instrumental, with occasional lion growls)
Music: Joe Raposo
SCENE 10 Susan serves her husband a meal, and they say goodbye to the viewer. Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Gordon holds the Sesame Street sign, while Mr. Hooper holds the Children's Television Workshop sign.

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