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Sesame Street
What's wrong with Big Bird?
Air date December 11, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production November 10, 1969
Sponsors A, H, T, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Susan says hello to everyone, including the viewer. She encounters Big Bird, who feels a little woozy today, and suggests he gets some exercise.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 2 Susan and some kids ponder what's wrong with Big Bird. Susan remembers how confused she was after she said "hello" to him.
Cartoon H for hello (voice of Gary Owens)
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1 (repeat)
Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper shows Gordon and Carlos his brand-new "Hooper Super-duper Match Maker", which turns one item into three matching items. Instead, mis-matched items come out.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #3: Last dot shows up early
(First: Episode 0001)
Cartoon T is for Trash and Ticket
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #4: Third dot wants to be red
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 4 At home, Susan continues to wonder about Big Bird. Gordon comes home with a quart of milk, mentioning where it came from.
Film How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow."
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 Susan comes to the conclusion that Big Bird and Mr. Hooper aren't themselves today because they've probably skipped breakfast. She decides to invite them over - right after she makes Gordon some coffee.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #5: All the dots turn red
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 6 Jennie sits with some kids in the arbor, and has them guess from her drawings what happened before. She then confirms with Susan that she found Big Bird and Mr. Hooper, and that Susan's assumptions were correct: they haven't had breakfast today.
Cartoon Poverty T
(First: Episode 0020)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
Cartoon T is for Television
Cartoon A poem filled with T words, including a teacher, toys, Texas, and "turtles with brains".
Voice: Bob Arbogast
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SCENE 7 Susan shows Tracy how to use a toaster.
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Muppets Ernie attempts to make toast, but he thinks there's something wrong with Bert's side of the toaster. Bert points out that one slice of bread is too thick to fit in the toaster. He tells Ernie to insert the thinner slice, which works. Now Ernie thinks his side of the toaster has the problem.
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Film A magnetic scrapyard baler is used to lift cars into a compacter.
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SCENE 8 Tracy removes the toast from the toaster. Susan shows her how to spread butter, which is something Buddy and Jim have trouble with …
Cast Buddy and Jim attempt to make a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich; ultimately, Buddy constructs it as a "triple-decker."
(First: Episode 0008)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #6: Dot blows raspberry
(First: Episode 0001)
Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)"
(First: Episode 0021)
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SCENE 9 Susan, Gordon, Mr. Hooper, Jennie, Big Bird, and Tracy are gathered at the breakfast table. Big Bird wishes he had a family, so Susan says they'll be his family. Gordon explains that since he's a boy bird, he'll have to do all the important work. Susan asks him to find a girl to keep around the house to make everything look pretty.
Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 10 Bob is about to read a book to the kids, when they hear a party going on inside Oscar's trash can. Oscar is having a birthday party for his cousin, and the guests are all complainers. Bob complains that Oscar is making too much noise, and Oscar says he can join the party.
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Instead, Bob and the kids step into the arbor, and Bob reads Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats.

Film "Head To Toe Puzzle": Two kids put together a life size jigsaw puzzle of a human body.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
Celebrity Actor James Earl Jones recites the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon A poem filled with T words (repeat)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train (repeat)
Cartoon T is for Television (repeat)
Cartoon Poverty T (repeat)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #4: Third dot wants to be red (repeat)
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SCENE 11 Gordon tells Susan he's glad she made him coffee like he told her to. Susan tells the viewer they can be somebody. In voiceover, Jenny announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Bob and Mr. Hooper hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Susan and Gordon hold up the Children's Television Workshop sign.


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