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Sesame Street
Big Bird draws lowercase and uppercase R's
Air date April 29, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors R, V, 3
Releases Sesame Street Classics, HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Mr. Hooper welcomes the viewer, and says he's going to go through some boxes of musical instruments. He has a box of three harmonicas, a box of three toy trumpets, and a box that only has one toy flute. He mentioned that Gordon bought one of these flutes for a friend of his.

Cast / Muppets Gordon plays a game of "What Will Happen?" with Ernie. After Ernie guesses correctly what will happen when Gordon drops a ball and turns on a radio, Gordon asks what will happen when he picks up a bell and shakes it. Ernie says the bell will ring. Gordon states that a monster will come out and start blowing a flute. Ernie thinks that's silly, but is surprised when that exact thing happens. Gordon admits that he had worked it out beforehand with Cookie Monster, and gives him a cookie. After Gordon leaves, Ernie has an idea for a trick to play on Bert.
(First: Episode 0031)
Cartoon A bear counts bees and disturbs their beehive.
(First: Episode 0083)
cut from the HBO Max version

Muppets Part 2: Ernie tries to play the same trick on Bert, but when Ernie rings the bell, nothing else happens. Bert thinks Ernie's gone bananas, and he leaves. When Ernie wants to know what happened, Cookie Monster says that he couldn't play the flute, because his mouth was full of cookies.
(First: Episode 0031)
SCENE 2 Gordon shows the kids a coatimundi.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Baby reindeer (Gordon and kid voice-over)
(First: Episode 0003)
SCENE 3 Susan and the kids count to 10 with the help of numbers written on a piece of cardboard, but the 3 is missing. Susan introduces someone who knows what the number looks like...

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie draws a llama, but Bert says it doesn't look anything like a llama. Ernie asks a filmed llama for advice, but the llama doesn't like it either. So Ernie decides to draw a 3 instead, but he can't remember what it looks like.
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon "Jazz #3"
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Ernie draws what looks like a squiggle, so Bert recommends that he watch the 3 film again.
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon "Jazz #3" (repeat)
Muppets Ernie finishes his drawing. Bert asks, "You call that a three?" Ernie answers, "No, I call that a tree!"
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon A bear counts bees and disturbs their beehive. (repeat)
SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper and the kids hear an airplane and watch Alphabet Bates make an R.
(First: Episode 0014)
Mr. Hooper has the kids guess the word "radio".
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has a collection of Rs in a box. He shows Bert, who says that Ernie will be the laughingstock of Sesame Street if anyone else finds out. Ernie sadly throws away his Rs, and Bert asks to have the box for his J collection.
(First: Episode 0014)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)

SCENE 5 Big Bird can't remember how to draw the letter R, when a lowercase r falls from the sky and helps him. He writes a lowercase r on an easel, but then the lowercase r disappears. Big Bird tries to tell Gordon and Mr. Hooper about it, but they think he just imagined it. Big Bird starts to look for the lowercase r.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: "R" – Rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. When he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose. (repeat)

SCENE 6 Part 2: The little r comes back with a capital R. Big Bird draws a capital R, and then the r's leave. Mr. Hooper and Gordon come back and think that Big Bird is still imagining things, but then the r's show up again, much to Gordon and Mr. Hooper's surprise.
Cartoon Gloria, a rambunctious little girl, sings the alphabet song while an adult gives her instructions.
(First: Episode 0010)

Film "Noises"
A boy named Chris uses "magic glasses" to see invisible things that make noises, including construction equipment, a baby crying, people coughing and sneezing, a car honking, a telephone, and a typewriter. Can you make those noises?
(First: Episode 0004)
Cast Susan sings "One of These Things" with 3 lowercase r's and 1 capital R.
Cast Buddy and Jim try to figure out a way to carry an ironing board (horizontally) from one room to another.
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 1: Ernie expects a call from Bert, but lets Cookie Monster make a phone call to his mommy, provided it's short. He proceeds to tell her about show and tell at school.
(First: Episode 0064)
Film The β€œunsung beauty of manhole covers” is explored.
(First: Episode 0004)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon "Imagination V" -- A surreal segment involving the Venus de Milo statue, a violin, a vampire, and vigilantes.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0050)
Cartoon Gloria, a rambunctious little girl, sings the alphabet song while an adult gives her instructions. (repeat)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 2: Cookie Monster tells his mommy about jumping rope after school and counts the jumps he made.
(First: Episode 0064)
SCENE 7 Mr. Hooper shows the kids a crow.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Eating" while animals eat. (edited)
(First: Episode 0106)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 3: Cookie Monster has counted up to 4,614 by now and asks how his brother Fred is. Ernie offers him a box of cookies to get off the phone.
(First: Episode 0064)
SCENE 8 Susan talks about rectangles.

Film "Rectangles"
Rectangles in the city and country are shown to a percussion soundtrack.
(First: Episode 0005)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 4: Cookie Monster finally gets off the phone, and then eats it. When Bert calls, Ernie has to talk to him through Cookie Monster's mouth.
(First: Episode 0064)
You Can Clean Almost Anything.jpg
Film You can clean almost anything.
Music: Bach's "Gavotte" performed by the Swingle Singers.
(First: Episode 0001)
This segment was initially missing from the iTunes version. Later closed captioned releases of the full episode included the film intact.

SCENE 9 Gordon reads in the newspaper that it's time to "Go Goodbye," and Bob announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Ernie and Bert hold up the Sesame Street sign (repeated from episodes 0005 and 0115) while Cookie Monster holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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