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Sesame Street
Big Bird uses a Sound Machine to make strange sounds
Air date January 6, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors I, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird turns dials on his Sound Machine to produce a series of sounds; when you guess what sound it is, a picture of the thing appears on the side of the contraption. Gordon successfully guesses the sound of a rooster and a typewriter, but he can't conceive of the sounds of a cow, airplane, jackhammer, plus wheezings and thumpings all mixed together. To Big Bird, β€œIt sounds like I just broke my machine.”
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
Cast Gordon appears as the strongman in the circus, and bends a solid metal bar into the number seven.
Cartoon Jazz #7
(First: Episode 0136)
Muppets Ernie tries to count his balloons. The balloons are arranged in a circle, so he continues counting around the circle, and counts some of them twice. Grover has a solution -- he pops each of the balloons as he counts them.
(First: Episode 0133)
SCENE 2 Molly sings the "Same/Different Song" in English and then asks a group of kids how two envelopes are the same and different.
Cartoon Jazz #7 (Spanish)
(First: Episode 0281)
SCENE 3 Luis sings the song in Spanish and asks how two pair of shoes are the same and different.
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about big things.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
Film Detective Fred (Joe Raposo) is sent by his boss (Danny Epstein) to locate the number 20. Throughout the office and on the streets of New York, Fred tracks down the numbers 11 through 18 in numerical order by spying his surroundings. When he finds his way to Apartment 19, he discovers it is occupied by a gorilla, who leads him directly to the elusive 20.
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Fish
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0195)

Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2
The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
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 0032)


Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2
The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0154)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy gives a brief lecture on the telephone, which Cookie Monster then eats. Soon after, it begins ringing inside his stomach.
(First: Episode 0194)
Muppets Marty uses a chain to make shapes.
(First: Episode 0232)
Bonanza near far.jpg
Celebrity Lorne Greene from Bonanza demonstrates near and far on his horse.
(First: Episode 0161)
Muppets Grover demonstrates the difference between "near" and "far" by running away from the camera and back, eventually fainting from exhaustion.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cast Gordon appears as the strongman in the circus again, and bends a solid iron bar into the letter J.
Cartoon A man has a J under his hat.
(First: Episode 0231)
Film Corn grows in a field. (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit comes across the word "Telephone", spells it, and then teaches the word to the viewer. When an Anything Muppet boy who stands too far away says that he can't hear Kermit, Kermit dials the T, and the boy answers with the last E.
CT Wordsworth telephone.jpg
Cartoon A drummer precedes C.T. Wordsworth who presents today's word: TELEPHONE.
Dot Bridge 08 cough.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #8: Dot can't stop coughing, then leaves
(First: Episode 0295)
Cast Two kids cooperate on putting on smocks for painting.
(First: Episode 0284)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out why there is a mess outside. He speculates that the Twiddlebugs made a mess after a Twiddlebug dance.
(First: Episode 0178)
Cartoon Two lines intersect at the middle of the screen and have an argument; they cooperate by making a cross.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon The letter J
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0133)
George nearfar.jpg
Film George the Farmer is near when he's on a barrel; he's far when he's on the porch.
(First: Episode 0235)
SCENE 4 Near/far quickies:
  • Bob moves near and far the camera.
  • A kid swings near and far on a swing.
  • Big Bird throws a frisbee too far.
Film The Mad Painter #7
Cartoon Speech Balloon - I: An iron irons the word.
Film A turtle walks slowly.
Music: "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod
(First: Episode 0281)
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)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
Cartoon Once there were two men. Each had his own idea. One man told his thought to the other man, then the other man told his idea to the first man. Now both men knew twice as much.
(First: Episode 0268)
SCENE 5 Molly digs into her mailbag, and delivers the letter I.
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I." (repeat)
SCENE 6 Bob explains to Oscar that one can only grow flowers in a flower box with seeds in soil, sunshine and rain.
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin says his ABCs.
(First: Episode 0103)
Cartoon I for impolite (repeat)
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced.

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