Sesame Street
Michael Cooney visits / Big Bird’s backwards day
Air date March 5, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors T, 9
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Susan says hello to the viewer, but Big Bird says goodbye. Susan tells him he’s going backwards, and he promises not to do anything else backwards today.
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Cartoon Jazz #9
(First: Episode 0137)
KermitFuzzyfacewithBlocks
Muppets Grover the Assistant: Kermit and Grover count nine blocks.
(First: Episode 0080)
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SCENE 2 Michael Cooney appears to sing "I'm Gonna Tell."
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Cartoon A bully won't give the kids' baseball back. The boy imagines a few scenarios before ultimately calling for his dog.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
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SCENE 3 Big Bird makes a backward request for "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", which Michael then sings.
Tisfortelevision
Cartoon T is for Television
(First: Episode 0024)
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Cartoon A poem filled with T words, including a teacher, toys, Texas, and "turtles with brains".
Voice: Bob Arbogast
(First: Episode 0024)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
GroverandtheTelephone
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)
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SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper makes a “tienda” sign to expand his store’s clientele to Spanish speakers. Michael sings “Cielito Lindo”.
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Iguanas
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0047)
Roosevelt-SpellsName
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin spells his name.
(First: Episode 0182)
YellowPurpleHandsMilk
Muppets A yellow Muppet hand tries to match a glass of milk to a picture of an object that produced the milk. A purple Muppet hand tries to help it out.
(First: Episode 0185)
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SCENE 5 Michael sings a series of food songs with the kids.
Larry and Phyllis penny potatoes
Cast Larry and Phyllis retrieve a lucky penny from under a bag of potatoes.
(First: Episode 0133)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird walks backwards and accidentally bumps into Mr. Hooper, knocking over some jelly beans he was carrying in a bowl. Big Bird rectifies the situation with the help of a reverse-tape edit.
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HeadToToePuzzle
Film "Head To Toe Puzzle": Two kids put together a life size jigsaw puzzle of a human body.
(First: Episode 0024)
Tisfortrash
Cartoon "Poverty T
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train (repeat)
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SCENE 7 Michael sings “T for Texas”.
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Cartoon A poem filled with T words (repeat)
Tisfortelevision
Cartoon T is for Television (repeat)
PaddleballCount
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
(First: Episode 0152)
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SCENE 8 Gordon looks at a kid’s drawing of a sky with nine stars. Michael sings “Star Shine”.
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Cartoon Jazz #9 (repeat)
PaddleballCount
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird. (repeat)
Windy
Muppets Tony sings "Windy" to his girlfriend, Beautiful Day Monster.
(First: Episode 0074)
Monday family
Film A little boy narrates the various activities his family partakes in on a typical Monday.
(First: Episode 0127)
ErnDressesBalls
Muppets Ernie wonders what it would be like if everyone was exactly the same, and sees four balls who can't discern each other. Ernie decides to help the balls recognize each other by dressing each of them.
(First: Episode 0166)
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SCENE 9 Susan says goodbye, while Big Bird says hello. The credits follow.


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