Sesame Street
Luis starts a homemade button craze
Air date January 18, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors L, P, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis is wearing a homemade button on his lapel. He is very proud of it because it is his creation and the only one in the world. He meets Big Bird, who borrows the button to copy it.
George the Farmer 20 barrels.jpg
Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels.
(First: Episode 0278)
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 2 With Mr. Hooper’s help, Big Bird has made a button of his own. Mr. Hooper starts making one for himself, and soon, Molly, Rafael and some kids want a button as well.
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed, and then he'll get crumbs in his pajamas, itch, and not be able to sleep. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "P Is My Favorite Letter".
Song Joe Raposo sings "New Life."
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes uses two water buckets to show empty and full. She inadvertently empties some water on a monster, who dumps the bucket on her head.
(First: Episode 0148)
Muppets Bob and the Anything Muppets sing "The People in Your Neighborhood": Fireman and Postman.
(First: Episode 0023)
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
SCENE 3 Rafael has two identical boxes and three old hats. He puts one hat in one box, and he puts two hats in the other box.
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug)
(First: Episode 0296)
Gordon Tom draw house.jpg
Cast Fran Brill narrates a segment with Gordon and Tom drawing a house in limbo.
(First: Episode 0271)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
SCENE 4 Rafael claps out a rhythm and asks everyone to duplicate it. Luis stamps it out with his feet; Molly drums it out with her fingers; Big Bird beats it out on a drum.
Cartoon L is for Lips
(First: Episode 0147)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Swimming and flying pelicans.
Music: Joe Raposo
Fish Cowboy Hat.JPG
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, and the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I gonna wear when I wanna play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0300)
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
(First: Episode 0154)
Animation Scanimate Films #4 (repeat)
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 5 Luis has a couple of hammers and Rafael has some nails. In a conversation (in Spanish) they decide that they can fix the broken fence if they share their equipment.
Film A boy paints a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0064)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit teaches Grover the word YES. (transcript)
Cartoon L is for Lips (repeat)
SCENE 6 Molly sings the "Selection Song" with pictures of different sized blobs.
Film George the Farmer demonstrates empty and full.
(First: Episode 0257)
Cartoon A jar is full of jellybeans. The jar becomes empty, while a hungry boy is full.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
SCENE 7 Molly sings the "Selection Song" again, with new pictures of different sized blobs.
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
Muppets Grover and Oscar the Grouch recite the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0229)
Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug) (repeat)
SCENE 8 Molly encounters Oscar admiring a gum wrapper on the ground. She is about to pick it up, but he tells her not to. Oscar and Molly imagine what it would be like if everyone threw their trash on the ground.
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem. (repeat)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Kids narrate a film of an African plain and the animals that live there.
(First: Episode 0128)
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions. (repeat)
George the Farmer 20 barrels.jpg
Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels. (repeat)
SCENE 9 As two kids play handball in the arbor, Luis signs off and announces the sponsors.

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