Sesame Street
Big Bird builds a seesaw
Air date February 11, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Production December 15, 1970
Sponsors P, 4

0199 00

Picture Segment Description
0199 01
SCENE 1 Miguel welcomes the viewer in both Spanish and English, and teaches the kids how to say it.
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie, dressed in his football uniform, marches around the apartment reciting his team chant. He tells Bert he's a member of the Dirty Rugs, named such because everyone beats them.
(First: Episode 0009)
Cartoon Jazz #4
(First: Episode 0006)
0199 02a
SCENE 2 Big Bird excitedly gathers Gordon and the kids to see what he's put together in his nest: it's a seesaw. Little Bird wants to ride it with Big Bird, but first Gordon has Sally, Paul, Bryan, and Reggie draw sticks to see who gets to go first. The first two kids take their turn while everyone else counts.
Cartoon Jazz #4 (repeat)
0199 02b

0199 02c

0199 02d
Gordon stops the kids at 88 ("that's it, nobody goes past 88") and Big Bird demands to go next since he built it. He gets on an end with one kid on another, but it's not enough weight. Four kids are ultimately enough to seesaw with Big Bird, but they get so carried away that they catapult him up into the sky.

Little Bird and the kids watch him go up, and then down again. He lands in Oscar's trash can, head first, losing several feathers in the process. Oscar the Grouch offers him a cup of hot mud since he's here.

Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry Monster sing "Up and Down".
(First: Episode 0154)
Film A boy paints a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0064)
0199 03
SCENE 3 Gordon teaches the kids about the P sound. They hang over the construction doors while Gordon holds a letter P and asks them to recite "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."
Cartoon P is for Puppy

Muppets Bob reads the story of "The Magic Apple," which is acted out by Ernie, Bert and three Anything Muppets. Ernie plays a "poor but honest farm boy" who would like to marry a princess and live in a palace with Rubber Duckies and banana milkshakes. A fairy godmother grants him that wish, but only if he can pick a magic apple from a tree. A farmer attempts to help him get the apple, but doesn't succeed. Finally, Ernie rests under the tree until the apple falls into his mouth! Just then, a king arrives and chooses Ernie to marry his daughter, "the lovely Princess Gwendolinda" (Bert in drag!).
(First: Episode 0133)
0199 04
SCENE 4 Susan entertains some kids in her kitchen and sings "Someday, Little Children."
Film A film shows parts of a flower.
Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D Major II - Largo
(First: Episode 0008)
Muppets Granny Fanny Nesselrode tries to solve the problem of why ketchup won't come out of a bottle. Her co-host points out that she should remove the bottle cap first. Having solved the problem, Granny ends up pouring ketchup all over the place.
Cartoon Various renderings of the word DANGER.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0151)
Grover danger sign
Muppets Grover reads a sign that says DANGER and looks around for said danger. He doesn't find it anywhere until he trips and falls on the sign.
(First: Episode 0182)
BBKing sings alphabet
Celebrity B. B. King sings the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0130)
0273 cartoon d b p
Cartoon Robert W. Unimportant projects a film about the small letters d, b, and p (they rotate and turn into one another).
Muppets Prairie Dawn explains to Herry Monster about the similarities and differences between three shoes.
0199 05
SCENE 5 Big Bird asks Little Bird if he ever hits his head on doorways. Little Bird says he doesn't have that problem, but he does get stuck in keyholes.

Miguel arrives to deliver an alarm clock Big Bird ordered from Hooper's Store to help him get up in the morning. He's been sleeping in and losing time writing his poems. He recites some that he hasn't completed yet, and the kids fill in the blanks with the words that rhyme.

Film Transportation
(First: Episode 0005)
Batman joker cross street
Cartoon Batman and Robin attempt to capture the Joker, but also teach a lesson about crossing the street safely. Holy manhole!
(First: Episode 0090)
Ernie Bert umbrella
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)
Film A film of things that make sounds, including birds, farm animals, vehicles and footsteps. Is silence a sound? (edited)
(First: Episode 0002)
0199 06
SCENE 6 Gordon lays in a hammock that he's hung in the yard, enjoying the silence. But someone's swinging elsewhere; a one-man band...
Song "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Charlie and Louie
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)
P pirate pistol
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cartoon P is for Puppy (repeat)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - Pin
(First: Episode 0054)
0199 07
SCENE 7 Gordon continues to swing in the hammock while a kid plays on the tire swing. Susan announces the sponsors.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 0198 Episode 0200
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+