Sesame Street
Gordon's errands
Air date December 31, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors L, U, Y, 4, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Susan greets the viewer and mentions that Gordon will be a little late coming home from work. Right now he's helping Ernie with a problem.
Ernie Gordon Anything
Muppets / Cast Gordon encounters Ernie, who is sad because everyone is too busy to play with him. Gordon produces a blank Anything Muppet, names him "Harvey" and puts some facial features on him — first he's a poet who would rather think of rhymes than play with Ernie, then he's sad, then he's angry. Gordon solves this by modifying Harvey's face to look more like Ernie's, and sees that the two of them seem to have everything else in common. "I think Ernie just made a friend," says Gordon.
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SCENE 2 While Susan waits for Gordon in the kitchen, Bob, Cheryl, and Sumiko play with a set of dominoes. He counts four dots on one of them.
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 3 Susan remembers that Gordon was going to do two errands after school today — one with Ernie, and another one with the Anything Muppets …
Muppets The Anything Muppets sing a round of "Four Blind Mice". (intro shortened)
(First: Episode 0009)
Cartoon "Jazz #4" (repeat)
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SCENE 4 Gordon finally gets home. He's about to relax, when Bob asks him for another favor: he's got a box with some mice (five total) and needs help with them.
Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0005)
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SCENE 5 Bob and Gordon count the mice in the box.
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
Song "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Letter for Ernie
Muppets Ernie tries to help a Pumpkin Anything Muppet mailman deliver a package to Mrs. Mary Ann ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
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SCENE 6 Susan asks the kids what's wrong in the pictures she displays. Finally, she shows a picture of a wall.
Walls film
Film A funky soundtrack plays over a film about a kid interacting with walls of all kinds: tall walls, brick walls, fences, stone walls, and walls you never thought of like the side of a fishbowl.
(First: Episode 0020)
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SCENE 7 Mr. Hooper makes sure Big Bird knows about the letters L, U and Y, starting with the letter U.
Cartoon "Poverty U" -- A figure gives a salute to the letter U, and presents the letter with a bouquet of flowers.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0036)
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After the U demonstration, Gordon shows Big Bird the L.
Cartoon L is for Ladder
(First: Episode 0036)
Cartoon L is for Lunchbox
(First: Episode 0031)
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After the L demonstration, Bob shows Big Bird the letter Y.
Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0036)
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Big Bird suddenly remembers a story about the three aforementioned letters. The story involves a robber stealing a chair and breaking its legs off (making it look like an L), another robber stealing a bag of eggs (which looks like a U when empty), and the two of them bumping into each other at a Y-shaped fork in the road.
Cast Buddy and Jim hang a picture.
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 8 Bob, Mr. Hooper and some kids watch a live peacock walk. Susan informs them that Gordon went on another errand with the Anything Muppets.
Muppets Gordon puts some features on some Anything Muppets, forming them into a family. They all sing "Consider Yourself".
(First: Episode 0001)
Film A gibbon swings, and an audience cheers when the film ends.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0009)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Giraffes.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0010)
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SCENE 9 Susan plays "One of These Things" using illustrations of three small men and one big man.
Film Two men, Big and Little, travel around playing the tuba and violin. Even though they’re different (Big has dark skin, and Little has light skin), together they make beautiful music.
(First: Episode 0016)
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SCENE 10 Gordon reviews the three letters with Big Bird, then signs off and announces the sponsors again.

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