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Sesame Street
The Big Bird Button
Air date January 18, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors L, P, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird is feeling a little gloomy when he greets Luis and Rafael on the street. He feels that he's not very special, but Rafael says that he's the most beautiful yellow bird he's ever seen. As he begins to talk about how many friends Big Bird has, Rafael whispers to Luis and the two depart, promising to return shortly.
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Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels.
(First: Episode 0278)
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
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SCENE 2 Luis and Rafael recruit Molly and Mr. Hooper to present Big Bird with the very first "Big Bird Button" β€” an oversized lapel pin with a bird drawn on it. As they hand them out to the neighborhood kids, Big Bird is overwhelmed that they went out of their way to cheer him up.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert 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)
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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)
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SCENE 3 Rafael has two boxes; he places two hats in one, and one hat in the other. Richie wants to know how he's going to tell the two identical boxes apart. Rafael shows him how he labels them using a magic marker. Richie asks him to empty one of the boxes so he can play in it, but Rafael says he'd get bored.
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)
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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)
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SCENE 4 Rafael claps out a rhythm and asks everyone to duplicate it. Luis kicks a trash can, Molly uses a kid's hands to tap it out on a pillow, and Mr. Hooper taps on the glass of his window. He eventually reaches Big Bird, and walks him through recreating the beat on a drum.
Cartoon L is for Lips
(First: Episode 0147)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Swimming and flying pelicans.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie 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. (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0195)
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SCENE 5 Luis has a couple of hammers and Rafael has some nails. Conversing 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)
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SCENE 6 Molly sings "Here Are Some Things" 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
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SCENE 7 Molly sings "Here Are Some Things" 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)
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SCENE 8 Molly encounters Oscar admiring a piece of trash 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. To Molly's shock, Oscar loves the idea, but Molly is having none of it and puts the trash into a nearby garbage bag.
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)
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Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels. (repeat)
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SCENE 9 Luis and the kids play handball against the side of Hooper's Store while Big Bird and Oscar announce the sponsors.

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CLOSING SIGNS Molly and Rafael hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Big Bird and Mr. Hooper hold up the CTW sign at the end.

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