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Sesame Street
Picking up papers
Air date November 25, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors I, 4
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon, Susan, Bob, and Mr. Hooper cooperate to clean up a mess of papers. Oscar refuses to cooperate, preferring to watch a rocket take off.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket falls over.
(First: Episode 0018)
SCENE 2 Big Bird helps picking up the scattered newspapers - Gordon points out that he's tall enough to reach the ones in the tree. Susan finds a letter, which belongs in the mailbox.
Film "I Am a Letter" - Vocalists sing a song describing the process of how mail is sent.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
(First: Episode 0018)
SCENE 3 Gordon displays a triangle and a square, also pointing out that a square folded at the corners can look like two triangles.
Cartoon A male voice narrates a story of a jazzy triangle who loved to dance, and a square square. The triangle likes being flexible, but the square would rather be stiff and *square*.
Music: "Waltz in Mean Time," David Lee
(First: Episode 0007)
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
Story of Ira and Inez.jpg
Muppets / Cast Bob reads "The Story of Ira and Inez."
(First: Episode 0034)
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)
SCENE 4 Susan shows the kids pictures of words in the IG family: big, dig, pig, wig.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie eats one of the two pieces of chocolate cake that Bert was saving for their dessert. Bert sees Ernie holding a fork in one hand and a napkin with some chocolate on it in the other--and in front of him is a plate full of chocolate-cake crumbs. When Bert accuses Ernie of eating the cake, Ernie tells Bert that a monster came in, ate Bert's cake, and framed Ernie. Bert doesn't believe Ernie's lie. But when Bert leaves the room, Beautiful Day Monster comes in and does exactly what Ernie told Bert happened to the first piece. Ernie tries to explain, but Bert says, "I don't want to talk about it."
(First: Episode 0119)
SCENE 5 Gordon finds Oscar looking sad. Oscar is sad because he just received a letter from his Aunt Sylvia, with details about his little nephew, Gregory Grouch, who is the worst grouch in the family because he is polite in every way.
Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets An Anything Muppet man holds up pictures and asks the viewer to find a square in each of them. Cookie Monster soon joins him when the man shows a picture of a cookie box, which Cookie Monster believes has cookies in it.
SCENE 6 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store, wanting to buy some candies. Mr. Hooper helps him count to four.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The announcer blasts off.
(First: Episode 0018)
Celebrity Carol Burnett: "Well, back to the ol' drawing board!"
(First: Episode 0057)
SCENE 7 Big Bird has emptied the contents of all three candy jars, and arranged them by shape. To Mr. Hooper's detriment, he's also been eating them.
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)
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)
SCENE 8 Susan and some kids sit in the play yard. Susan reads Some of the Days of Everett Anderson by Lucille Clifton.
Gordon is looking for a niΓ±o, which means "boy" in Spanish.
Muppets Four Anything Muppet cheerleaders give four big cheers for the number 4.
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has a number 4 in his hand, and asks Ernie what it is. Ernie says it's a chocolate cream pie. Bert points him to a film about the number 4.
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets When the clip is over, Ernie guesses that the 4 is a banana cream pie. "If this 4 is a banana cream pie, then what is this?" asks Bert, while he pulls out a pie. "That's a 4!" Ernie grins, and Bert pushes the pie in Ernie's face. "I knew what it was all along," Ernie remarks, "but who wants to get hit in the face with a 4?"
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 9 Gordon reads a newspaper, pointing out that one must know the alphabet to read -- like Burt Lancaster does.
Celebrity Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 10 Susan and Gordon see that Oscar has received a letter with more sad news: he's just been named "Most Handsome Grouch of the Year". Susan compliments him by telling him how ugly he is and how his voice sounds. Gordon signs off and announces the sponsors and today's book.

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