Sesame Street
Plot Mr. Hooper's missing doughnuts
Air date March 10, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors I, 12
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Picture Segment Description
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)
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.
Celebrity Pat Paulsen counts 1-10.
(First: Episode 0069)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie 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)
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 0033)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
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 boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
SCENE 4 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.

Film Different kinds of wheels are shown and what they’re used for.
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — 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)
Film Wheels (1:22)
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)
SCENE 5 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 surmizes that even if he had found the note, he'd still not have known what had happened to his doughnuts.
Muppets Hippie Anything Muppets sing "Surprise."
(First: Episode 0173)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
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)
SCENE 6 In a kitchen, Susan instructs Big Bird and the kids about sentence structure with a board that reads I AM BIG BIRD.
Muppets Grover "I" tag (0:15)
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)
SCENE 7 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."
Muppets Some kids get ready to play baseball. Most bring the right equipment but one brings a hockey stick. They try again, but this time one has a tennis racket. On the third attempt, one has a box, which you don't need to play baseball either. But the box has a baseball in it.
(First: Episode 0193)
SCENE 8 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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