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Sesame Street
Don McLean visits
Air date April 16, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Directed by Jan S. Rifkinson
Production March 18, 1970
Sponsors P, Q, U, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon comes home from work, and has to get his supplies upstairs in a hurry. He tells Bob to tell Oscar the Grouch that Don McLean is coming with his banjo and guitar. Bob mishears this as "banjo in a jar", and passes it along to Susan, who hears "banana in a jar". When Don arrives, he is confused when Oscar asks where his "banana and a cigar" are.
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)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
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SCENE 2 Don sits on the steps with Bob, Susan, and the kids as Gordon explains the confusion caused earlier in communicating their musician friend's arrival. Don uses it as an opportunity to demonstrate how people correspond with one another through song; he plays the guitar and sings "What Is Your Language", "Compre Una Casa", and "Communication Song".
Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)"
(First: Episode 0021)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie struggles to save a plate of cookies for Bert. Beautiful Day Monster disguises himself as a baker and a little girl to trick Ernie out of four of the five cookies, but Bert blames Ernie.
(First: Episode 0041)
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SCENE 3 Susan and the kids look up and see Alphabet Bates writing the letter P in the sky (First: Episode 0054). They think of P words like paint, picture, pink, pocket, Paul, point, pen, pencil, people, and pirate.
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Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - Pin
(First: Episode 0054)
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SCENE 4 Susan introduces Ruby Dee who sits on the steps of 123 Sesame Street with two kids. She hands them paper cutouts of characters from a book she's going to read them called Moving Day for Manuel by Ruth M. Baylor.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie reads Bert a dramatic story that he's just written. The "story" is actually the alphabet, which Ernie reads in an overwrought manner.
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 5 In the yard, Don tells Gordon that the banjo is the only American instrument, but that it has its origins in Africa. Gordon sits down with the banjo and introduces it to Susan and Bob as his cousin Lucillette. Gordon says he's kidding, but Don offers that they could sing an African song and leads the group in a rendition of "Kumbaya" in which the kids offer improvised verses.
Muppets A group of Anything Muppets enter, with one saying, "Some of us are here, but not all." They leave, and say that now none of them are there. They re-enter with a few more, saying that some of them are there but not all, and leave again, saying that none of them are there. Many Muppets appear, including Bert, Grover, Scudge, Billy, Oscar and Cookie Monster, who all say, "Now we are all here!"
(First: Episode 0061)
Cartoon "Poverty Q": A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
(First: Episode 0048)
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SCENE 6 Don sits on the stoop whistling "God Bless America" when a kid named Carlos comes by on his bike. He stops him to tell a story about a kid who wants to know how to get to Sesame Street while playing "Arkansas Traveler" on the banjo.
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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 β€” 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.
(First: Episode 0038)
Animation Clay animation insert by Jim Henson -- Quincy talks about Q.
(First: Episode 0043)
Muppets An Anything Muppet sings "Minute Waltz."
(First: Episode 0019)
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Film Solo piano underscores a film about two clay puppies β€” a dog and a seal β€” who each bark when they are animated into their full-grown sizes.
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SCENE 7 Don sings "Green Corn (Come Along Charlie)" while Bob observes the coverings of an orange and an ear of corn. He points out that animals also have coverings.
Film Comparing a boy's skin to animals' fur, feathers, skin, and other coverings.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0108)
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SCENE 8 Back on the steps, Don sings a somber melody called "Birds Fly" β€” a song he says the writer hopes is never recorded. Oscar announces the sponsors and publishing credits for Moving Day for Manuel.

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