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Sesame Street
Rufus visits / Cookie Monster moves in with Oscar
Air date January 8, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production December 9, 1969
Sponsors I, K, N, 6, 7

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 During the opening theme, a dog named Rufus looks for Sesame Street.
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SCENE 1 cont'd He finally reaches Bob, sitting on the steps, and gives pantomimed clues about his name for Bob to guess. Rufus is lost, so Bob agrees to take care of him until they find his owner. Rufus cowers at the sight of Big Bird, until Bob assures him that he's not in danger.

Bob plays a game with Big Bird, who has to guess what rhymes with "eye" in the poem he recites. Big Bird incorrectly guesses "fly," but Rufus mimes "cry." Bob recites a second poem with a word that rhymes with "played," but Big Bird has a hard time guessing the correct word: "afraid."

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has seven jellybeans, and Bert has six. To make it even, Ernie eats the extra jellybean. That's fair, isn't it?
(First: Episode 0014)
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SCENE 2 Bob has Rufus put some pictures in the correct order. In the pictures, a dog digs up a bone. Bob thinks Rufus would like a …
Film A steam shovel picks up debris.
(First: Episode 0034)
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SCENE 3 Bob introduces Rufus to Susan. Susan welcomes Rufus and invites him to join in the activities today, including counting.
Film "Six Song (Song of Six)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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Rufus thinks he knows counting by now, but all he knows is how to fall down with a strawberry shortcake, like the baker just did. Susan shows him another way …
Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people.
(First: Episode 0008)
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Rufus thinks he knows counting by now, but he tries using an eraser when he does. Susan suggests he learn about letters instead, like this one from Kermit …
Muppets Kermit the Frog attempts to talk about the letter K, but it falls off the wall.
Cartoon K is for kitten.
(First: Episode 0040)
Muppets Kermit attempts to talk about the letter K again, but the top half of the K collapses.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: K - Key
(First: Episode 0040)
Muppets Kermit attempts to talk about the letter K again, when Cookie Monster comes by. Kermit tells off Cookie Monster, until he learns that he wants to help him. Kermit talks about K words (including his name), while having Cookie Monster display the items he's mentioning. Finally, Cookie karate-chops the K.
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SCENE 4 Susan sings "Hey Big Bird" while Big Bird dances.
Song "What Kids Are Made Of" - a song about body parts.
(First: Episode 0003)
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SCENE 5 To celebrate Alison's 5th birthday, Bob sings "Turn Around."
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
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SCENE 6 Susan and Rufus look up and see Alphabet Bates skywrite the letter N.
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Susan needs a newspaper, so Rufus fetches one from Hooper's Store. In the paper is a "lost dog" ad with his description. He is reluctant to go home at first, but Susan says he can come back and visit any time. She scratches him behind the ears, which feels great.

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert have difficulty scratching their backs, so both help each other scratch their back. While Ernie's itch takes a little too long to scratch, he introduces a film called "Everybody Scratch." After the film, Ernie notices that Bert has stopped scratching his back; Beautiful Day Monster is.
(First: Episode 0012)
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SCENE 7 As Rufus reunites with his owner Gayle, Susan reads If I Were a Mother … by Kazue Mizumura.
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After Susan finishes reading, she hears a commotion from Oscar's trash can. Oscar tells her that someone has been using his candles, reading his newspapers, and drinking his milk. The culprit turns out to be Cookie Monster, who decides to move in with Oscar.
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 8 Oscar inhabits a trash can next to his, since he has difficulty getting the Cookie Monster to leave. The hungry monster, looking for a cookie, devours one of Oscar's Aretha Franklin records.
Cast Buddy and Jim struggle with round and square window frames.
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 9 Oscar prepares to force Cookie out of his can, but Cookie has already decided to leave. He thanks Oscar for being nice and gives him a balloon. Oscar is upset because he was just beginning to like him.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures - Kermit watches some live bears do exercises.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream. (repeat)
Cartoon K is for kitten. (repeat)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: K - Key (repeat)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: N - Nail
(First: Episode 0040)
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SCENE 10 Susan comments on today's surprise visitors and signs off. Bob announces the sponsors and today's book.

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



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