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Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper's missing doughnuts
Air date March 10, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Directed by David Roth
Sponsors I, 12

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Susan greets the viewer from a window in 123 Sesame Street and announces that Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter I and the number 12. As she takes in the weather, she notes that the temperature is just right and the sun is out. Looking to the sky, she spots Grover flying by in a plane and waves.
Muppets Grover uses his airplane to demonstrate "above" and "below."
(First: Episode 0149)
Film A boy tells what happens on a fishing boat.
(First: Episode 0028)
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SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper opens up Hooper's Store and notices that the door has been left open and his jar of doughnuts has been emptied. As he searches around, he greets Bob who helps him retrace his steps from the previous night. When they don't find any doughnuts in the breadbox, they devise a plan to ask everyone on Sesame Street who likes doughnuts if they saw anything.
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Celebrity Pat Paulsen counts to 10. "Whoopee!"
(First: Episode 0069)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie reads Bert a dramatic story that he's just written. The "story" is actually the alphabet, which Ernie reads in an overwrought manner.
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper, Bob, Gordon, and Susan approach Oscar the Grouch at his trash can where he's seen enjoying a doughnut. Mr. Hooper quizes him about the origins of said doughnut, but Oscar explains he bought it two weeks ago: he prefers stale doughnuts with his marshmallow-fish chowder. Susan bangs the doughnut on the side of his can, confirming that it is indeed stale. Mr. Hooper apologizes for jumping to conclusions.
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite."
(First: Episode 0032)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
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SCENE 4 In limbo, Mr. Hooper asks Cookie Monster if he took his doughnuts. Cookie Monster said he couldn't have because he was busy eating a variety of cookies: chocolate chip, macaroon, lemon, pineapple, rutabaga, eggplant, wild raspberry, tame raspberry, etc. Also, he didn't want to ruin his dinner.
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
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SCENE 5 Mr. Hooper, Bob, Gordon, and Susan are sitting on the steps of 123 Sesame Street when Big Bird comes put pulling a wooden toy on wheels. He asks Mr. Hooper if he got the note he left him last night about taking the wheels he needed for his toy and asking him how much he owed for them. Mr. Hooper searches his thoughts for how much he charges for wheels, when he suddenly remembers he doesn't sell wheels. They all look down at Big Bird's toy where they find the doughnuts and Mr. Hooper offers him a bird seed sundae for solving the mystery.
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Film Different kinds of wheels are shown and what they’re used for. (edited)
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” As Bert takes a nap, Ernie tells the viewer how he knows that Bert is asleep - thus waking Bert up, just to tell him it's time for his nap.
(First: Episode 0027)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite." (repeat)
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SCENE 6 Back in his store, Mr. Hooper finds the note Big Bird had left for him and reads it out loud. "Dear Mr. Fooper. I needed some wheels for my duck. How much are they? Love, Big Bird." Mr. Hooper surmises that even if he had found the note, he'd still not have known what had happened to his doughnuts.


Muppets / Cast "Surprise!": A band of Anything Muppet hippies sing about the good and bad parts of surprises, and how people respond to them, with various characters demonstrating them in cutaways.
(First: Episode 0173)

Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
Cast Bob assembles a number 12.
(First: Episode 0173)
Muppets Bob reads the story of "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World."
(First: Episode 0138)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite." (repeat)
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SCENE 7 Susan instructs Big Bird, Little Bird, and the kids about sentence structure with signs that read I AM BIG BIRD.
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Muppets Grover scats his way through limbo when he notices a letter I, and then reads it.
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Muppets Gordon meets Professor Hastings and Professor Goldfinch, who will be performing a number. A wild Anything Muppet arrives as their drummer and the trio performs "Spinning Wheel".
(First: Episode 0012)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks (repeat)
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SCENE 8 Bob and Miguel meet on the street and both mention that they were going to sing a song. Miguel explains that the Spanish word for sing is canta. Bob proposes that they sing the same song in English and Spanish. Together, they sing "Sing"/"Canta."
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Muppets Some AM kids get ready to play baseball. A Fat Blue (Jerry Nelson) brings a bat, Prairie Dawn (Fran Brill) brings a glove, and a Lavender (Caroll Spinney) brings a catcher's mask. A Hot Pink (Frank Oz) brings a hockey stick, and a tennis racket, before producing a box... which holds the baseball.
(First: Episode 0193)
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SCENE 9 Big Bird returns to Mr. Hooper's store because the wheels have fallen off his toy. He points to a jar of freshly filled doughnuts and says they'd be perfect. Mr. Hooper has a better idea: he's ordered a box of wooden wheels and proposes that they put them on together.

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