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Big Bird makes a mess in Hooper's Store
Air date December 17, 1971
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors Q, X, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Tom stands before an alphabet sign and reveals that today's letter is Q.
Muppets Ernie demonstrates the letter Q with a quart of milk; Cookie Monster drinks the milk.
(First: Episode 0047)
Celebrity Bill Cosby demonstrates happy.
(First: Episode 0142)
Cartoon A bully says the alphabet to a mild-mannered gardener, who hits him in the face with a pie at the end.
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper is in the midst of arranging boxes of rubber balls outside his store when the phone rings. He can't go in the front door because if he opens the door, it will knock over the boxes and the balls will spill everywhere. He takes the long way around but fails to reach the phone in time. Repeat. He's glad that at least he didn't spill the balls. He goes back outside to find that Big Bird has knocked over the boxes, and the balls are all over the ground. Big Bird says he rang twice, but when nobody answered, he rushed right over.
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Caveman Days: Some Muppet prehistoric cavemen search for the door that leads out of their cave. The Royal Smart Person invents the word "EXIT" and puts it over the door.
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 3 Since Tom and a young boy have identical baseball gloves, Tom writes his name on the glove's label.
Cartoon Two lines intersect at the middle of the screen and have an argument; they cooperate by making a cross.
(First: Episode 0276)
Film Apples grow on a tree.
(First: Episode 0093)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
SCENE 4 Luis sings the Sorting Song in Spanish, with three small glasses of water and one big one.
Muppets Some Muppet kids (including Farley) plan to decorate their clubhouse, but each one is only able to find one item. They are upset at their individual failures, until they see what a difference each item makes when they're all hung up.
(First: Episode 0280)
SCENE 5 Susan sings the Sorting Song in English, with three big glasses of water and one small one.
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions.
Artist: Bud Luckey
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
(First: Episode 0154)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
Muppets Herry Monster looks for a triangle. He first spots a rectangle. Grover tells Herry it isn't a triangle, and becomes frustrated. Next he spots a square, Grover tells him it isn't a triangle, and once again is frustrated. Grover suggests that Herry should cut the square in half and make two triangles.
(First: Episode 0195)
SCENE 6 Susan and some kids look up at an airplane. It's Alphabet Bates, the Sesame Street skywriter. The plane writes the letter Q (First: Episode 0047).
Cartoon "Poverty Q”: A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
(First: Episode 0048)

Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Ernie is happy because he is about to eat his cookie, but Cookie Monster is sad because he hasn't had a cookie all day. Ernie gives him his cookie, but now Cookie is happy and Ernie is sad. The two keep passing the cookie to each other as both their emotions exchange. When the two decide to share they cookie, both end up breaking it, and now neither of them are happy!
(First: Episode 0172)
Cartoon Things that are the same or different are displayed like a slot machine. (version #1)
SCENE 7 Because young Antonio was the first one to make him feel welcome to Sesame Street, Luis thinks that the children are very important people in the neighborhood.
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit counts four eggs. A chick hatches out of one egg, so he counts the three eggs -- then two, then one. Then he counts the four chicks.
(First: Episode 0282)
Cartoon A girl wonders what would happen if she popped her balloon. She imagines it would scare her sister, who would end up breaking a vase and getting in trouble.
(First: Episode 0280)
SCENE 8 Tom tries to identify a squeaking sound. It's not Oscar blowing on his bugle. It's not Susan banging with her hammer. It is Mr. Hooper washing the glass on his front door with a squeegee.
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing. (repeat)
Muppets Twin Anything Muppets find they're identical, except for their voices.
(First: Episode 0277)
Film Two box-beings make each other look same and different by piling different objects on each other.
(First: Episode 0226)
SCENE 9 Big Bird learns that if you leave the lid off a garbage can, it's like leaving food out for flies.
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's (repeat)
Celebrity Bill Cosby demonstrates sad.
(First: Episode 0135)
SCENE 10 Susan has some jacks, but no rubber ball. She encounters a kid with a rubber ball, but no jacks. They cooperate to play jacks together.
Animation Scanimate Films #4 (repeat)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie can't sleep, so Bert tells him to count sheep. Ernie tries to count sheep, but it's dull -- so he starts counting fire engines. The noise from the imaginary fire engine wakes Bert up. Bert says that Ernie's waking up the whole neighborhood, and tells him to count something quieter. Ernie counts balloons -- but the balloon gets bigger and bigger, finally bursting with a huge explosion that wakes Bert up again.
(First: Episode 0276)
Film The kids form a triangle and a square.
SCENE 11 Susan, still playing jacks, signs off. The credits roll.

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