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Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to be like Gordon
Air date April 26, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors P, Z, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon begins to present the letter Z, when Big Bird interrupts him. He's noticed how great Gordon is as a person and has decided to be just like him by doing everything he does. He annoys Gordon with this as they both present a letter Z.
Cartoon "Poverty Z”: -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy plays hide-and-seek with three letter Zs, who blend into his porch.
(First: Episode 0200)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
SCENE 2 Big Bird trails Gordon, who goes to the stoop to sit and read his newspaper. Big Bird sits and reads as well, but Gordon can't advance because Big Bird is busy reading the pages after him.
Film Kids comment on a film of the process of peanuts being made into peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0194)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon L is for Ladder
(First: Episode 0036)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock demonstrates the sound of the letter L.
SCENE 3 Gordon and Big Bird go to Hooper's Store and order a glass of water. Big Bird tries entering the same time as Gordon, getting them both stuck.
Muppets The Hands count to 11.
(First: Episode 0217)
Muppets An Anything Muppet girl shows the viewers that the number 11 is the same right side up and upside down.
(First: Episode 0183)
Mandrill carry.jpg
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A mandrill carries her young.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0039)
SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper asks Gordon to fetch two large sacks from a few yards away. Gordon can move one with ease, but Big Bird struggles to do the same. When he learns the sacks contain his favorite snack, birdseed, he asks Gordon to have some so he can eat some as well. Gordon prefers other kinds of foods, leaving Big Bird snackless. Some kids report that their volleyball is stuck on the arbor outside Hooper's. Gordon can't reach it, but Big Bird can. He realizes that sometimes, it's good to be different and asks Gordon if he can stop doing everything he does.
Muppets Ernie has four apples, and wants to draw the number 4, showing that he has four apples. However, Cookie Monster wants to eat an apple, so Ernie crosses out the 4 and draws a 3. Then Cookie Monster decides not to eat the apple, causing Ernie to have to cross out the 4 again and draw another 3, over and over again.
(First: Episode 0140)
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - pin
(First: Episode 0054)
Muppets Kermit talks about "same" by showing two identical rectangles. Cookie Monster eats one of them, making them different.
(First: Episode 0018)
SCENE 5 As the kids play with the barrels in Big Bird's nest area, Susan segues to the next film...
Film African children play in a village, and in a modern playground.
(First: Episode 0159)
You Can Clean Almost Anything.jpg
Film You can clean almost anything.
Music: Bach's "Gavotte" performed by the Swingle Singers.
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 6 Susan sings "Three of These Things" using things that are square and a milk carton.
Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0247)
Cartoon "Poverty Z” (repeat)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy meets Alphabet O'Malley, whose full name consists of twenty-six first names, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0135)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper (repeat)
SCENE 7 Gordon now sings "Three of These Things" using round objects and a crate.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert shows Ernie pictures and he needs to tell what happens next. Ernie imagines some very random scenarios based on the pictures. For the last picture (a man about to drive his car over a nail), Ernie says, "I think a monster's going to appear." Sure enough, behind Bert's back, Cookie Monster appears: "COOKIE!" Bert faints.
(First: Episode 0056)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - pin (repeat)
Hooper un family.jpg
Cast Mr. Hooper takes a journey through the "un" family. He's chroma keyed into backgrounds that correspond to words ending in "un" on his cue cards.
Film A boy paints a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0064)
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P. (repeat)
Cartoon P is for Puppy (repeat)
Cartoon A penguin repeats the rhythms of the sounds it hears, which include a drum, a door knock, a saw and a typewriter.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0239)
Cartoon I've got a mind: squares make a box.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
SCENE 8 Oscar rummages in his can for something to have to eat. He faces away from a crate behind him, which he sets some things down on without looking. Susan thinks he's liable to drop something if he's not looking, but Oscar says he knows what he's doing. He doesn't notice Mr. Hooper come by to take his crate back. Susan watches in horror as Oscar nearly puts something down where the crate was, only to put it back in his can instead. He finally settles on a bag of liver and onion cookies, which end up spilled on the sidewalk. Oscar doesn't see this as a bad thing; he likes his cookies smashed to bits.
Bob Gordon crossover 11.jpg
Cast Bob and Gordon erect an 11.
(First: Episode 0183)
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Celebrity Flip Wilson counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0147)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Tree kangaroo and baby.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0026)
SCENE 9 Oscar scarfs down his cookies, regretting not adding more vinegar to them.

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