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Sesame Street
Building a box
Air date December 17, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors G, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon encounters Betty Lou, who is sad that she can't take her kitty on the train to her grandma's house because she doesn't have a box. Gordon remembers that his friend John is a carpenter, and takes her over to visit him.
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Cartoon Jazz #9
(First: Episode 0137)
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SCENE 2 Gordon comes back with John, who can start his plan right away, which involves drawing it out on paper. He tries to draw his picture on top of Oscar's trash can, only for Oscar to tell him to "scram to Pennsylvania" in retaliation. John instead draws it on the steps of 123 Sesame Street, as Gordon, Betty Lou, and the kids watch, drawing out a box for the kitty. He then leaves with the kids to get his tools and some wood.
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Cartoon The O in STOP bounces around, and the other letters tell it to stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0149)
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Muppets Lefty tries to sell Ernie a STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0134)
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SCENE 3 John displays his tools to the gang, and has them guess how they work. They all get to work on building the table. Oscar comes out from under the steps to make sure the gang does everything right.
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Cartoon Jazz #9 (repeat)
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SCENE 4 While building the table, John asks the kids to identify the shapes of the pieces of wood.
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Film African children play in a village, and in a modern playground.
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit presents a lecture on tall and short using two Snerfs, who keep changing their size.
(First: Episode 0015)
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Celebrity Arte Johnson talks about short and tall.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit presents a lecture on big and small with the Beautiful Day Monster and a small monster. Splurge comes in at the end to show what a really big monster looks like.
(First: Episode 0015)
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SCENE 5 John and the gang cooperate to assemble the top of the box.
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Film A boy narrates how you can talk with your hands.
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SCENE 5
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John and the gang cooperate to assemble the bottom of the box.
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Film A man asks a purple fellow what G word is behind a circus curtain. It's a gorilla.
Artist: Film Fair
(First: Episode 0085)
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Muppets A group of monsters enter the frame, look upward, and exclaim "Gee!" The camera pulls back and reveals they're admiring a letter G.
(First: Episode 0085)
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Cartoon A goat discusses the letter "G". A man comes by to also talk about G, but rather than point out that "goat" is a G word, he observes the grass. Disgusted, the goat butts the man out of the way.
(First: Episode 0085)
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SCENE 6 A kid helps John by sanding the edges of the wood with sandpaper, and by holding the parts together as he attaches the door hinges.
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Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 6
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The box is finally finished. Gordon and the gang compare it to John's original blueprint, and they all start painting it red.
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Film Filmfair G: A man asks a purple fellow what G word is behind a circus curtain. It's a gorilla.
(repeat)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about the capital and small G, while Grover celebrates how the letter starts his name (though he prefers it displayed with a capital G).
(First: Episode 0125)
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Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Celebrity Bill Cosby plays twins who recite the alphabet together.
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 7 While the paint dries, Gordon plays a game with the gang: "Rub Your Tummy".
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie's doctor comes over. Ernie keeps trying to tell the doctor why he called him, but the doctor is too occupied with checking on Ernie, hardly allowing him to get a word in edgewise.
(First: Episode 0137)
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SCENE 8 Gordon goes outside to mail a letter, but tries to figure out where to mail it. He tries Big Bird's nest, but Little Bird points out that letters don't go in nests. They also don't go in Oscar's trash can, but they go in a mailbox.
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Film "I Am a Letter" - Vocalists sing a song describing the process of how mail is sent.
(First: Episode 0143)
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Muppets Charlie is lost and finds a policeman. It's his Uncle Louie, but he doesn't recognize him in uniform. Without the uniform on, Charlie asks Uncle Louie to find him a policeman.
(First: Episode 0135)
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SCENE 9 Betty Lou likes the box that Gordon and John made for her kitty. Gordon brings out her kitty (named Samantha) and places her in the box.
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Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (repeat)
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Cartoon G for Gorilla (in man suit)
(First: Episode 0085)
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SCENE 10 The kitty is ready to go, so everyone says goodbye. Oscar announces the sponsors.


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