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Sesame Street
Big Top Big Bird
Air date January 12, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors A, Q, U, 8, 9
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon calls the others to come and see what he's found. On the construction door fence is a large circus poster. Susan, Mr. Hooper and Bob are also delighted to see the poster. They talk of all things to be seen at the circus and point out pictures of them on the poster as they mention them - the acrobats and clowns, the wild animals and jugglers. Big Bird enters in a state of great excitement, having just been at the circus himself. He saw some "A" animals.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 1
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Big Bird decides to join the circus. He thinks he can do bird imitations, but the others think otherwise. Everybody tries discouraging him, but Big Bird won't be put off. He decides to try walking on a rope laid out on the street, taking eight steps.
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Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
(First: Episode 0018)
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Cartoon Jazz #8 (repeat)
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SCENE 1
cont'd
Big Bird thinks maybe he shouldn't be an aerialist after all. Bob reassures him that some people are better off staying on the ground.
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The announcer blasts off.
(First: Episode 0018)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie shows drawings to Bert, and Bert has to guess what happened. Ernie has a drawing of an empty bird cage with an open door (the bird flew away), and a man lying on the ground with a banana peel next to him (he slipped on it). Then Ernie shows Bert an empty page. The answer to that one is that there was a cow eating grass, but the grass is all eaten now and the cow went home.
(First: Episode 0030)
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SCENE 2 In the kitchen, two kids watch as Susan cuts the stems of roses with a pair of scissors and puts the flowers in a vase. Oscar watches her from over the room divider, claiming that those roses just happened to be on the thorny stems he gave her. Susan invites him in for lunch, and tells him the meaning of "cooperation" by telling a story using the kitchen scissors she has.
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The spectators take off.
(First: Episode 0022)
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SCENE 3 Bob encounters Big Bird pretending to be a lion tamer - with a turtle as the lion. Bob explains that turtles can't do the same tricks that circus lions can do, and Big Bird recalls the last animal he tried to train - an octopus.
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "Octopus' Garden."
(First: Episode 0019)
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Song β€œSong of Eight”
(First: Episode 0016)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie finds an egg on the counter. Bert asks him to put it away so he can eat it later. Ernie doesn't understand why. Bert sighs, "Drop it!"... and Ernie does.
(First: Episode 0003)
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Cartoon "Egg Chant": A girl skips rope as a boy sits with an egg on his knee. They recite an alphabet poem together. The egg hatches and a dancing lizard emerges.
(First: Episode 0003)
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SCENE 4 In the kitchen, Susan draws a Q and has the kids (and Oscar) guess which letter it is.
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Animation Clay animation insert by Jim Henson -- Quincy talks about Q.
(First: Episode 0043)
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Cartoon Q - quarter
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SCENE 4
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Oscar and Susan list some of the Q words they know, and observe that U comes after Q in all of them.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
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Animation Clay animation film by Jim Henson: A unicorn talks about U words.
(First: Episode 0037)
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SCENE 5 A garbage man (James Catusi) finds Oscar's can uninhabited. Gordon informs him that Oscar's not home right now, but he remembers that Oscar always leaves his trash in a small refuse bin beside his door. It's the size of a coffee can, but luckily there's a small garbage truck that makes the can look big. Gordon remarks that now he's seen everything, but you haven't seen Bert sneeze...
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie holds a hanky while Bert sneezes -- and Bert's nose comes off in Ernie's hand. Ernie teases Bert by putting his nose back in the wrong places.
(First: Episode 0026)
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SCENE 6 Susan introduces the next segment.
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Film "Head To Toe Puzzle": Two kids put together a life size jigsaw puzzle of a human body.
(First: Episode 0024)
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SCENE 7 Bob and some kids observe a live pony.
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Cartoon Jazz #8 (repeat)
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SCENE 8 Big Bird tries to be a clown and tell some jokes, but fails to make Gordon and Mr. Hooper laugh.
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Film "Nine Song (Song of Nine)"
(First: Episode 0016)
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Film A film of things that make sounds, including birds, farm animals, vehicles and footsteps. Is silence a sound?
(First: Episode 0002)
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SCENE 9 For dessert, Oscar asks Susan for some pickles, then more, until the pickle jar is empty.
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Cast Buddy comes home with a new jacket and Jim tries to find out how to get him to see the large label still on it.
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 10 Gordon suggests to Big Bird that he could be a ringmaster, and everyone agrees. They dress him up in a hat and a cape, and send him off to the circus.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie shows Bert his A machine. You turn the crank over here, you push the button on top, and out comes an A. But it doesn't work when it rains, it only makes A when the sun shines.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 11 Big Bird returns from the circus, feeling down because there was nothing he could do there. The others reassure him that it's better that he stay on Sesame Street, and he agrees. Suddenly, he sees a poster for the ice show, and becomes inspired. As the others try to temper Big Bird's enthusiasm, Gordon signs off and announces the sponsors.


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