Sesame Street
A visit from Odetta
Air date April 21, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors I, P, U, 4, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 On the steps, Gordon, Bob and the kids welcome Odetta, who sings "If I Had a Hammer".
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)

Muppets Ernie & BertErnie 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)
SCENE 2 Bob reads a letter from Kermit, asking for them to sing a song about frogs. Odetta sings "Froggy Went a-Courtin'".
Odetta and the kids talk about questions, and she sings "Why Oh Why". Gordon asks why a dancing lizard would come out of an egg.
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)
P pirate pistol
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)
Film A boy paints a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0064)
SCENE 3 Gordon and the kids observe a live porcupine.
Film An itchy wombat scratches its four legs.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0008)
Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Anything Muppets sing a round of "Four Blind Mice". (intro removed)
(First: Episode 0009)

Muppets Gordon asks Ernie to put three balls and a balloon into four small boxes. When Ernie learns the trick, he tries to play the game with Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
SCENE 4 Odetta sings a game song: "You May Go 'Round the Needle" as the kids participate.
Film Body Parts vs. Heavy Equipment: Three boys (including Brian Henson) pretend to be steam shovels, playing in the dirt. This segues into footage of real construction vehicles. A parallel is drawn between the machinery and how the boys' arms and mouths work.
(First: Episode 0003)
SCENE 5 Bob and Odetta do two rounds of "Three of These Things" with pictures of shapes.
Ernie barber 01
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 1: Ernie, having set up shop as a barber, gives Bert a haircut, but he ends up removing all of his hair.
(First: Episode 0068)
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
Ernie barber 02
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 2: Ernie tries to disguise Bert until his hair grows back, but a monster (later known as Grover) mistakes Bert for his father and lugs him away.
(First: Episode 0068)
Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0005)
Ernie barber 03
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 3: Bert has quickly grown his hair back, but his brief time amongst monsters has resulted in his speaking like Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0068)
Film Counting 11 eggs and one cookie.
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Cookie Monster: After watching the "eggs and cookie" film, Cookie Monster demands a cookie. A mysterious talking hook appears from the sky, and responds by giving him a book instead. Cookie is surprised, "This not cookie...this BOOKIE!" He then exchanges the book for lots of cookies, which rain on him.
SCENE 6 Everyone gathers on the steps again, and Odetta sings "Little Red Caboose".
Film Kids paint a picture of a porcupine on glass. (repeat)
SCENE 7 Gordon and the kids observe a live great dane.
Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
SCENE 8 Odetta sings "Winnie the Pooh". Gordon signs off.

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