Sesame Street
Big Bird and Susan listen to sounds around Sesame Street
Air date February 4, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors R, 11
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird visits Susan so he'll have something to do today. Susan suggests that they can listen to the sounds around Sesame Street, which include vehicles, a dog, and horses, but soon include a wolf, a lion and a train! Susan goes outside to investigate, and finds that Oscar was just playing a grouchy sound effects record. Susan starts to hear a train again, and a toy train passes by.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The director's hat blasts off instead.
(First: Episode 0148)
Larry and Phyllis wall picture.jpg
Cast Larry and Phyllis argue about which of two photographs to put on the wall, ultimately choosing a third that they both like. They cooperate to hang the picture together.
(First: Episode 0135)
SCENE 2 Susan introduces the next segment.
Bob Gordon crossover 11.jpg
Cast Bob and Gordon erect an 11.
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, and Robber, and Rake ...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Grover and the letter R, which ROLLS, ROCKS, RUNS, and ROCKETS.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: R for rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
SCENE 3 Big Bird is amazed when he sees Gordon remove some letters from his mailbox. Gordon explains that they don't appear magically, but that a mailman puts them there.
Film "I Am a Letter" - Vocalists sing a song describing the process of how mail is sent.
(First: Episode 0143)
Song "Puff the Magic Dragon" (2:52)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert shows Ernie pictures and he needs to tell what happens next. Ernie imagines some very random scenarios based on the pictures. For the last picture (a man about to drive his car over a nail), Ernie says, "I think a monster's going to appear." Sure enough, behind Bert's back, Cookie Monster appears: "COOKIE!" Bert faints.
(First: Episode 0056)
SCENE 4 Gordon plays a call-and-response rhythm game with the kids.
Film A percussionist on the beach talks about how rhythm is everywhere, such as in breaking waves, walking and horse galloping. (edited)
(First: Episode 0032)
SCENE 5 Susan sings "Three of These Things" with three R's and one P.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie 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 Speech Balloon: R for rabbit (repeat)
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Muppets Ernie makes the sound of the letter R by pretending he's driving a car.
Film Folk song: Have You Ever Been To The Farm?
(First: Episode 0138)
SCENE 6 Gordon, Susan and Bob demonstrate up and down by riding in an imaginary elevator via horizontal screen wipe.
Cartoon "Count Up Elevator" -- An elevator operator stops at ten floors to pick up passengers, including a witch, a fireman, and a kangaroo. The tenth passenger, a mouse, causes the elevator to overload and explode.
(First: Episode 0003)
Muppets An Anything Muppet man named Jack sings "A, You're Adorable" to his girlfriend, Adrienne, using alphabet blocks to enumerate the ways that he loves her. Cookie Monster shows up and eats the blocks.
(First: Episode 0023)
Muppets A yellow Muppet hand tries to match plastic baby animals to their plastic mother animals. A purple Muppet hand tries to help it out.
SCENE 7 Bob transitions from the previous segment to the next.
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Film A mandrill carries her young.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0039)
Bob transitions from the previous segment to the next.
Film Bob narrates film footage of a baby reindeer taking its first steps
(First: Episode 0003). (Music: Joe Raposo)
Muppets Grover uses a telephone booth to explain how a telephone is used. When he enters the booth, however, he finds that there is no phone in sight. An Anything Muppet boy arrives to use the telephone, and thinks that Grover is the telephone since he is the only thing he found in the booth. The boy proceeds and talks into Grover's mouth.
(First: Episode 0146)
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 An Anything Muppet boy gives a brief lecture on the telephone, which Cookie Monster then eats. Soon after, it begins ringing inside his stomach.
Cartoon R is for Rooster, and Robber, and Rake ... (repeat)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit plays a sorting game with squares and circles, until Cookie Monster arrives and takes a bite out of the shapes. Kermit is upset, until he tastes one of them, and he joins Cookie Monster in finishing off the rest!
(First: Episode 0094)
Film Kids comment on a film of the process of peanuts being made into peanut butter.
SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.

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