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Sesame Street
Mr. Snuffleupagus helps to find Rafael's missing glasses
Air date February 14, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors R, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Kids are busy drawing with crayons outdoors. When a stiff breeze begins to blow the papers about, Tom suggests that the kids come into his store to play. Once inside, the kids decide to play catch. Tom suggests that the store isn't the best place to play catch. The kids agree and go outside. Tom observes that there are some things that it's better to do inside and some things it's better to do outside.
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit and Cookie Monster demonstrate the idea of "some, more and most" using three piles of cookies, each one bigger than the one before. Cookie Monster gets his choice of the piles, but he doesn't want "some", "more", or even "most". He wants them all!
(First: Episode 0306)
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)
Film Tomatoes grow in a field. (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0084)
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(First: Episode 0240)
SCENE 2 Maria finds a paintbrush with blue paint on it. She deduces that it's Rafael's, since he has blue paint on his nose.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: R for rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
TV Chair Battle.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert play tricks on each other in order to sit in the TV chair, until they realize they both fit in it. Herry tricks Ernie and Bert into leaving their chair so that he can sit in it. Ernie and Bert decide that if the chair can hold two, it can hold three as well, so they cram their way into the chair with Herry. When they realize that they're watching something only Bert would enjoy, they leave Bert alone.
(First: Episode 0207)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
Film A man (Barry Simpson) puts on snowshoes to bring his trash out.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0281)
SCENE 3 Bob and the kids look for 12s in a cityscape picture.
Muppets Part 1: Lefty delivers some carrots to his boss, but the boss orders him to get more carrots (in 13 seconds).
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
Muppets Part 2: Lefty delivers more carrots to his boss, but the boss orders him to get the most carrots he can find (in 15 seconds).
(First: Episode 0255)
R ribbon.jpg
Cartoon A ribbon wraps itself around a woman, then turns itself into an R.
(First: Episode 0289)
Muppets Part 3: Lefty delivers the rest of the carrots to his boss. The boss reveals that the carrots are for his pet rabbit (a real rabbit), which he shows to Lefty.
(First: Episode 0255)
SCENE 4 Rafael is trying to find his lost glasses. When Big Bird enters, Rafael can hardly recognize him. When Big Bird asks why glasses are needed, Rafael demonstrates what it's like to view things through the out-of-focus world that glasses can often remedy. Big Bird can see why Rafael needs his glasses and helps him search.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie thinks that he isn't special. Bert tells Ernie to feel his nose -- "That's an Ernie nose!" -- and then feel his hair, and wiggle his fingers. Bert says that nobody else is just like Ernie. Encouraged, Ernie tells the audience to do the same.
(First: Episode 0276)
Rafael is busy looking for his glasses by the construction doors while Big Bird searches by the basement railing. Suddenly, the mysterious Mr. Snuffleupagus enters, and decides to help Big Bird look for the missing glasses. There's only one problem -- Snuffleupagus doesn't know what glasses look like. Big Bird tries to describe them, but to Mr. Snuffleupagus, Big Bird's limited descriptions could describe windows, or a bicycle. Finally, Snuffleupagus decides that he hasn't seen the missing glasses, and before he leaves, he asks Big Bird to take care of something he just found on the ground. It's the missing glasses! Big Bird runs to return the glasses to Rafael, explaining who found them. Just as Rafael puts on his glasses, Snuffleupagus disappears around the corner. Again, Big Bird fails to prove the existence of his elusive friend.
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
Cartoon A guru counts to twenty. (shown in English, then Spanish)
(First: Episode 0276)
Alphabet Kid old west sketch.jpg
Muppets Old West sketches: A couple of cowboy Muppets meet the Alphabet Kid, who claims that he can write the alphabet faster than any man alive. To prove it, he quickly draws his crayon and speedily writes out the whole alphabet.
(First: Episode 0307)
SCENE 5 Oscar wants an old beat-up box from Hooper's Store, but it's filled with oranges. Tom says Oscar can have the box as soon as it's empty. Oscar says that he might buy the oranges, once he knows how many there are. Tom has trouble counting the oranges in the box, so Oscar suggests that he remove each orange from the box as he counts. Tom agrees with this system, placing the oranges on the counter as he counts them. Tom counts twelve oranges, but now Oscar doesn't want them. Since the box is empty, he takes the box.
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I." (repeat)
Muppets A Muppet father and son switch roles in the forest. The father climbs trees and asks questions, while the son explains things.
(First: Episode 0089)
Cartoon R for radio (repeat)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: "It's an Otter!"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0284)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: R for rabbit (repeat)
SCENE 6 Bob accidentally spills Rafael’s lemonade, and apologizes. Oscar tries to increase the conflict between them, but fails.
R ribbon.jpg
Cartoon R for ribbon (repeat)
Ernie and an R.jpg
Muppets Ernie makes the sound of the letter R by pretending he's driving a car.
(First: Episode 0194)
Celebrity Carol Burnett demonstrates "what you can do with your nose."
(First: Episode 0131)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
SCENE 7 Big Bird, with the aid of his magic wand, is going to turn twelve rocks into the number twelve. Maria enters, and says that the trick might not work. Undaunted, Big Bird waves his wand. When the smoke clears, Big Bird discovers that he's turned Maria into a huge numeral twelve. He quickly reverses his stunt, and apologizes to an annoyed Maria.
Song Joe Raposo asks the musical question, "Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?"
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake... (repeat)
Muppets "The IG Family Song"
(First: Episode 0141)
SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.

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