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
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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 fat. Gordon suggests Big Bird be "it" since he can't grasp the concept of hiding, so he begins counting while everyone else hides. When Gordon peeks from his hiding spot to find Big Bird with his head under his wing, he thinks he's fallen asleep and approaches him. Suddenly, Big Bird springs to life, shouts "1-2-3 on Gordon!" and tells him he picked a terrible place to hide.
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 explains a complex Rube Goldberg machine series of events he has devised that includes 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 devises of a method that involves a cow being tied to a rocket which โ€” as in "Hey Diddle Diddle" โ€” 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 Susan reads a book to the kid in her kitchen: Tom in the Middle by Berthe Amoss.
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 โ€” 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 and a kid watch Bob play with and talk about an animal.
SCENE 7 Gordon and the kid 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 8 Gordon and the kids build a city with building blocks.
Alphabet Bates D.jpg
Film Alphabet Bates writes the letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 9 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".
(First: Episode 0003)
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 โ€œSong of Eightโ€
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 10 In his kitchen, 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.
Film Lions (instrumental, with occasional lion growls)
Music: Joe Raposo
SCENE 11 Susan serves her husband a meal, and they say goodbye to the viewer.

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