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Big Bird tries to get everyone to stop littering.
Air date December 9, 1971
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors A, C, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon and others are bothered by the sight of litter all over the sidewalk. Bob offhandedly comments that anyone who can prevent people from littering would be a hero, inspiring Big Bird to take up such a task.
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Film C - Clipper (0:37)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird has a loudspeaker and tape recording, which loops him yelling "Don't Litter" at a loud volume. Everyone asks him to shut it off, as it's too noisy to be effective.
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Cartoon C - Cake
(First: Episode 0153)
SCENE 3 Big Bird now hangs a number of signs reading "Don't Litter" around the block. The grown-ups agree this is a quiet idea, but don't think it's effective either. Big Bird throws a sign on the ground in frustration and wonders what he can do to combat litter. Maria says the best solution is to just pick it up, starting with the sign he just threw down.
C- Cap
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
(First: Episode 0154)
Groverwaiteralphabetsoup
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
(First: Episode 0276)
Tom Gordon blocks 01
Cast Part 1: Tom has blocks and Gordon has a truck. How can they play on the same table without getting in each other's way?
New Bridge no1 Panel Drop
Film New Bridge #1 - Panel Drop
(First: Episode 0105)
Tom Gordon blocks 02
Cast Part 2: Tom and Gordon figure out how to get the truck through the blocks.
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SCENE 4 Oscar quietly invites the viewer to join his secret Grouch Club. He teaches them the secret knock, which Gordon overhears and copies by banging on the banister. Oscar changes the knock, but now Bob picks up on it. Oscar comes up with one more knock, but calls it quits when Maria shows up.
Bath Precautions
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie brings an umbrella, a flashlight, and Bert's bowling ball to the bathtub, just in case the electricity goes out, the roof leaks, and somebody shows up asking to borrow a bowling ball. Bert thinks that Ernie is being ridiculous -- but everything happens, just as Ernie predicted.
(First: Episode 0269)
Batman Penguin
Cartoon Batman and Robin catch the Penguin's gang who has dirty windows, teaching the opposite pairings of clean and dirty.
(First: Episode 0099)
Michael-landon
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza -- Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, and Dan Blocker -- count up to 20.
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 5 Bob blows up a balloon, which becomes bigger and bigger until it bursts.
GroverBrian
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Brian to explain which of them is "you" and which is "me."
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Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
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SCENE 6 Gordon segues to the next segment...
Grover-Scatting
Muppets Grover, Big Jeffy, and a Lavender girl have fun scatting to handclapping.
Film-CarFactory
Film Kids narrate a visit to an automobile factory, and watch a taxi being made.
(First: Episode 0186)
Letter C toon
Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail.
Checkerboard
Cartoon Checkerboard transition cartoon
(First: Episode 0105)
Aapestory
Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
(First: Episode 0158)
GroverYellsMe
Muppets Grover sees the word "me" and shouts the word.
(First: Episode 0205)
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SCENE 7 Big Bird puts a clock on the doors of the garage, telling Maria that he's going to be a "Big Bird clock," akin to a cuckoo clock; every hour, he'll run in and out of the doors and tweet based on what time it is. After doing this nine times to signal 9 o'clock, he sets the clock to noon - his nap time.
ErnieBertPizzaGrapeJuice1
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert have pizza and grape juice. Bert complains that Ernie has more of each, so Ernie tries to make it even by eating some of his pizza and drinking some of his grape juice, but then Bert has more. And so on.
(First: Episode 0256)
Achicken!!
Cartoon A man tries to get to sleep, but is woken up by a fly, a chicken and a drum-playing rabbit, all of whom call him on the phone after he throws them out.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0257)
Moremoths
Cartoon More and more moths appear, and devour a man's clothes.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
SimonTransportationSounds
Muppets Simon Soundman has the viewers guess what sound he is making. He makes the sound of a train, car, and a horse. When Simon makes the sound of the horse, a cowboy uses his lasso to capture Simon, mistaking him for a real horse.
Waterman
Cartoon The uses of water
(First: Episode 0139)
1098circle
Transition A circle appears on screen, and grows until it covers the whole screen.
(First: Episode 0105)
Waterman
Cartoon The uses of water (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0278)
Circlessong
Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry sing "Circles."
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 8 Tom sees Oscar playing with a rattle. He comments that it makes Oscar seem like a baby, but Oscar insists it makes him seem like a rattlesnake...
1272-Snake
Film Footage of a rattlesnake
HarveyC
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper looks inside a paper bag and laughs and asks his next victim, "Wanna see?" The man says yes, so Harvey puts a letter C on him.
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SCENE 9 Tom, Maria and the kids play "One of These Things" using glasses.
FarleyMind
Muppets Farley explains things one can do with their mind - he plans on going to the door, he imagines who's knocking at it, he remembers it's not his mother and he hopes there's not a scary monster at the door. Herry Monster surprises him by bursting through the door, frightening Farley away. Herry's sorry Farley ran away; he wanted to play.
(First: Episode 0180)
More-1232
Cartoon The more a man inflates a balloon, the less room he has.
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SCENE 10 The cast show C words - Maria has a camera, a kid has a carrot and Tom blows out a candle.
Film.Babyturtle
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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SCENE 11 Oscar heckles as Tom and the kids discuss things they can do with their mouths.
Tank-Filling
Transition The screen fills up with fluid.
(First: Episode 0105)
Letter C toon
Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail. (repeat)
New Bridge no5 Bounce
Film New Bridge #5 - Bounce
(First: Episode 0105)
Aisforape
Cartoon A is for ape.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 12 Tom says one more thing they can do with their mouths - say goodbye.


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