Sesame Street
Big Bird dusts chairs
Air date December 8, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors U, 2
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon greets the viewer, and lists a few of the things we'll be seeing today.

Muppets / Cast Bob reads the story of "The Princess and the Cookie". In the story, a king is looking for someone to marry his daughter, the small princess Eunice. He is having trouble, because all the princes in the kingdom keep bringing her cookies that are too big for her. Finally, the baker (Cookie Monster) enters with the smallest cookie in the kingdom, which the princess immediately wants. The baker is disinterested in marrying the princess, until the prince offers him the other three cookies that the princes brought. And they lived happily ever after.
Film "What if you were magic, and could make things stop just by telling it to, or make it go backwards? Stop! Then you could see what things look like when they're moving. Go forwards! Stop! Well, film is magic, and this is a film, so you can be magic for three minutes. Like this: Go slow, water fountain! Now, you try it."
(First: Episode 0047)
The pigeon footage in this film was re-used for the introduction of "Doin' the Pigeon."
SCENE 2 Big Bird finishes dusting the four chairs in the arbor, which Mr. Hooper told him to do. Proud that he is being helpful, he goes to find Mr. Hooper to show him the chairs. Meanwhile, Mr. Hooper comes back and sees the chairs. He counts four clean chairs, and thinks Big Bird did a marvelous job. He takes a chair out in front of the store so he can get some sun. Meanwhile, Big Bird comes back to find only three chairs. He thinks that the fourth has run away, and goes to tell Mr. Hooper. Meanwhile, the sun has gone behind the clouds, so Mr. Hooper puts the chair back. Big Bird finds Mr. Hooper, but now there are four chairs. He thinks the chair ran away and ran back. As they go into the store, Mr. Hooper explains that chairs can't run away.
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)
SCENE 3 Gordon shows the kids a horse shoe that looks like the letter U.
Cartoon "Poverty U" (repeat)
Muppets Ernie demonstrates the letter U with a ukulele; Cookie Monster plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on it, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0047)
SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper observes how cloudy it is. Anticipating rain, he fetches his umbrella.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
SCENE 5 Susan sings "One of These Things" using patterns. Bob then sings it using shapes.
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures - Kermit watches some live bears do exercises.
(First: Episode 0044)
Muppets Tony tends to an Anything Muppet shopping for a fur coat who ends up wearing a monster (Cookie Monster, to be exact).
(First: Episode 0145)
SCENE 6 Gordon points out how many different things have wheels, introducing the next film …

Film Different kinds of wheels are shown and what they’re used for.
(First: Episode 0013)
Spinning Wheel intro.jpg

Muppets Gordon meets Professor Hastings and Professor Goldfinch, who will be performing a number. A wild Anything Muppet arrives as their drummer and the trio performs "Spinning Wheel".
(First: Episode 0012)
SCENE 7 Susan sets out some shapes and numbers for the kids to figure out what to make from them: a clock. Oscar reports that it's time for Larry and Phyllis.
Larry and Phyllis penny potatoes.jpg
Cast Larry and Phyllis retrieve a lucky penny from under a bag of potatoes.
(First: Episode 0133)
SCENE 8 Bob and Susan sing "I've Got Two".
Film "Doll House"
(First: Episode 0131)
Film A film of kids riding their bikes to the zoo. The kids look at zoo animals.
(First: Episode 0131)
Ernie Bert umbrella.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert — During the rain, Ernie stands under an umbrella explaining how the weather makes him feel happy, sad, and mad. Bert has been trying to get under the umbrella with him, telling Ernie that all it has made him feel is wet. Ernie wonders why he doesn't have his umbrella; Bert explains that it's because Ernie is using it. Ernie thanks him and leaves Bert sneezing in the rain.
(First: Episode 0137)
Cartoon Various renderings of the word DANGER.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0151)
Celebrity Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Folk song: Have You Ever Been To The Farm?
(First: Episode 0138)
Cartoon "Poverty U" (repeat)
SCENE 9 Gordon draws a picture of a hand for some kids, and explains that "mano" means "hand" in Spanish. They use their hands to wave goodbye.

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