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Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper's birthday
Air date December 18, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Directed by Robert Myhrum
Production November 2, 1970
Sponsors A, G, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon, Bob, and Susan find that Hooper's Store is closed, and observe several packages on the doorstep. Susan, having come from the bakery, overheard that Mr. Hooper's sister had a cake made for him. The packages at the door must be presents, ergo, it must be Mr. Hooper's birthday. They decide to give him a surprise party. When Mr. Hooper shows up, they pretend not to know that it's his birthday, which offends him.
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy meets Alphabet O'Malley, whose full name consists of twenty-six first names, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0135)
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 2 Susan sets up a table in the arbor, and Bob hangs some lanterns. Big Bird has a present for Mr. Hooper, but he doesn't think it's very good. Mr. Hooper comes outside to clean his store sign, and everyone suggests to Big Bird that he buy something from Hooper's Store so that the others can finish decorating the table without Mr. Hooper seeing them.
Cartoon A goat discusses the letter "G". (repeat)
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Cartoon G for Gorilla (in man suit)
(First: Episode 0085)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird tries to remember what he wanted to buy at Hooper's Store. He asks for five soda bottles, which, as Mr. Hooper points out, can be arranged in any way.
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Celebrity Jim Nabors counts from one to twenty, demonstrating soft and loud.
(First: Episode 0150)
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SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper grows impatient with Big Bird and his arranging of the bottles, so he goes outside, at which point the gang is ready to surprise him with a party. He's elated with all the gifts including a poem Big Bird has written about his store. Everyone sings "Happy Birthday to You".
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and Grover talk about "AN" words. Herbert demonstrates the words themselves, while Grover provides visual aids. The first word they talk about is RAN. While Herbert talks about how to make the word, Grover keeps running around the scene until he tires himself out.
Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
Cartoon A goat discusses the letter "G". (repeat)
Muppets Herbert now makes the word "CAN," so Grover makes a stack of them, which he knocks over.
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SCENE 5 Gordon asks some kids to point out the triangles and the circles on the construction doors.
Film "Round": A live-action film set to a lively soundtrack shows circles in every-day life, including Coca-Cola bottle caps, moving wheels, yo-yos, bubbles, and balloons.
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Finally, Herbert makes the word "FAN." Grover brings in a fan that blows them both away.
Muppets Bob reads the story of "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World."
(First: Episode 0138)
Muppets Kermit teaches some, more, and most with jellybeans in jars while Cookie Monster eats each jar of jellybeans.
(First: Episode 0022)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
Muppets Kermit returns to teach some, more, and most again, but with marbles in jars this time. Cookie Monster eats one jarful and hurts his mouth.
(First: Episode 0022)
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SCENE 6 Susan asks Oscar why he didn't come to Mr. Hooper's birthday party. Oscar reveals he was at a grouch double feature, "The Sound of Misery" and "Gone with the Whine". Susan gives him a carton of vanilla fudge ice cream, which he doesn't want at first. When she says she added some spinach sauce, it makes him want some. She says she also added some pickle syrup, which makes him want more, and finally chocolate-covered seaweed, making him want the most.
Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Insert Scanimate Films #10 (repeat)
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SCENE 7 Bob and some kids teach the Spanish word "zapatos" (shoes).
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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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Cartoon G for Gorilla (in man suit) (repeat)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Bein' Green".
(First: Episode 0087)
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SCENE 8 Herry Monster shows Gordon a picture of himself when he was a baby, and another from when he was two years old (when he first started scaring people). He says that people tell him he gets more handsome every day.
Song Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit."
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SCENE 9 Bob rides by on a bicycle talking about lion cubs. Mr. Hooper looks after him in bewilderment.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Lion family.
(First: Episode 0018)
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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)
Cast Mr. Hooper and Bob build an A.
(First: Episode 0083)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
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SCENE 10 Susan walks out of the garage and tells the kids she'd bet them they didn't know she had a car. While holding a wheel she got from a boy, she leads the kids around the yard in an imaginary car and sings "Riding in My Car." Bob announces the sponsors and the credits follow.

CLOSING SIGNS Big Bird holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Mr. Hooper holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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