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Big Bird speaks in poems
Air date March 29, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors J, 3


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer with a poem, then starts speaking entirely in rhyme. Gordon and Susan don't think he can keep this up for very long.
Herecomedejudge
Cartoon "The J Commercial:" Two boys scrutinize a J, saying it looks like a fish-hook. A resonant voice (Gary Owens) informs them that it's the letter J. This leads to a jazzy story about Joe. Moral: "Don't jive a judge by jamming a junebug."
Studio: Ken Snyder; Director: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0009)
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Cartoon J - Jam
(First: Episode 0012)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird, still speaking in rhyme, comes into Hooper's Store to buy something. However, he finds it hard to place his order while crafting these poems as Mr. Hooper brings him various items. Exasperated, Big Bird finally stops rhyming and claims he wants an orange, which he couldn't think of a rhyme for.
Herb-AN01
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and Grover talk about "AN" words. Herbert demonstrates the words themselves, while Grover provides visual aids.

The first word they talk about is RAN. While Herbert talks about how to make the word, Grover keeps running around the scene until he tires himself out.
(First: Episode 0160)

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Cartoon Jazz #3
(First: Episode 0003)
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Muppets Herbert now makes the word "CAN," so Grover makes a stack of them, which he knocks over.
(First: Episode 0160)
No3
Film "Three Song (Song of Three)."
(First: Episode 0001)
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Muppets Finally, Herbert makes the word "FAN." Grover brings in a fan that blows them both away.
(First: Episode 0160)
Apesatplay
Film Apes play at the zoo.
(First: Episode 0045)
MuppetHands-Counting3
Muppets Bob narrates as three Muppet hands show 3 fingers.
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Cartoon A bear counts bees and disturbs their beehive.
(First: Episode 0083)
Letter for Ernie
Muppets Ernie tries to help a Pumpkin Anything Muppet mailman deliver a package to Mrs. Mary Ann ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
(First: Episode 0038)
Toon-JackInTheBox
Cartoon A man talks about the letter J with a jack-in-the-box, whose lid ends up crushing him.
(First: Episode 0071)
Hubley-SmallJ
Cartoon The letter J
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0133)
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SCENE 3 Bob has some musical instruments set out, along with a bowl. He asks the kids to figure out what item doesn't belong, then finding another way another item doesn't belong.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie holds a hanky while Bert sneezes -- and Bert's nose comes off in Ernie's hand. Ernie teases Bert by putting his nose back in the wrong places.
(First: Episode 0026)
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Insert Gordon demonstrates "next to" with Grover's aid, but it takes awhile for Grover to get it.
(First: Episode 0167)
Film-IAmALetter
Film "I Am a Letter" - Vocalists sing a song describing the process of how mail is sent.
(First: Episode 0143)
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SCENE 4 Gordon counts "amigos" and "amigas."
Waterman
Cartoon The uses of water
(First: Episode 0139)
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SCENE 5 The cast poses various "what happens next" scenarios. Mr. Hooper asks what would happen if the wind blew as he stacks newspapers, Susan asks what would happen as she puts cake ingredients into a bowl, and Gordon asks what will happen if he goes outside with his fishing gear.
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Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
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Cast / Muppets Gordon plays a game of "What Will Happen?" with Ernie. After Ernie guesses correctly what will happen when Gordon drops a ball and turns on a radio, Gordon asks what will happen when he picks up a bell and shakes it. Ernie says the bell will ring. Gordon states that a monster will come out and start blowing a flute. Ernie thinks that's silly, but is surprised when that exact thing happens. Gordon admits that he had worked it out beforehand with Cookie Monster, and gives him a cookie. After Gordon leaves, Ernie has an idea for a trick to play on Bert.
(First: Episode 0031)
Jughead
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
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Muppets Part 2: Ernie tries to play the same trick on Bert, but when Ernie rings the bell, nothing else happens. Bert thinks Ernie's gone bananas, and he leaves. When Ernie wants to know what happened, Cookie Monster says that he couldn't play the flute, because his mouth was full of cookies.
(First: Episode 0031)
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SCENE 6 Oscar the Grouch makes a letter J and names some J words. Instead of going back into his can as expected, Oscar says what will happen next is the following segment...
Bob Gordon mess
Cast Bob and Gordon cooperate to clean up a mess.
(First: Episode 0209)
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Celebrity Lorne Greene and the Bonanza cast add two horses and one horse to make three horses.
(First: Episode 0131)
Jughead
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story (repeat)
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SCENE 7 In split-screen, Susan and Big Bird try to prepare bacon and eggs. Susan is out of eggs and Big Bird is out of bacon. They both head off to the store.
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Film "Three Song (Song of Three)." (repeat)
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SCENE 8 Susan and Big Bird run into each other in front of 123 Sesame Street. Big Bird has plenty eggs at his nest, while Susan has bacon to spare. Instead of going to the store, they offer to share what they have and Susan invites Big Bird to eat at their apartment.
Hubley-SmallJ
Cartoon The letter J
Artists: John and Faith Hubley (repeat)
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SCENE 9 Susan and Big Bird tell Gordon about what they've done and he decides to whip up some toast as well.


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