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Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper teaches Big Bird about paying bills
Air date February 15, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors E, R, 2
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis must leave the Fix-It Shop for a while, and asks Big Bird to mind the store for him; he's to take whatever customers bring in, and have them put their name on it. Molly brings her kettle to be fixed, and Mr. Hooper brings in his radio. Big Bird decides to surprise Luis, and fix both the kettle and the radio.
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals.
Artist: Bud Luckey
Film "Doll House"
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 2 When Luis returns, he finds a kettle that plays music and a radio that sprays out steam. Big Bird has succeeded in surprising Luis, but not in the way he thought.
Muppets Happening upon the ice cream man, Ernie wants to buy a chocolate - strawberry - peach - vanilla - banana - pistachio - peppermint - lemon - orange - butterscotch ice cream cone, but the ice cream vendor instead gives him a butterscotch - orange - lemon - peppermint - pistachio - banana - vanilla - peach - strawberry - chocolate ice cream cone.
(First: Episode 0133)
SCENE 3 Molly delivers Mr. Hooper’s mail, which is mostly bills. He explains to Big Bird that bills are letters that tell you that you owe money for something you've already bought. Mr. Hooper tells him that if he didn't pay the candy company, they wouldn't send him any more candy; if he didn't pay the magazine company, they wouldn't send him any more magazines; if he didn't pay the electric company, they would shut off his electricity and he wouldn't have any lights. Knowing this, Big Bird pays him a nickel in advance for a bag of birdseed he’ll get later.
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson wants a bowl of hot alphabet soup, and he really wants it to be hot. He looks to make sure that each letter of the alphabet is in his soup, but he is missing some. By the time Grover brings in all the missing letters, the soup is cold.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry sing "Circles."
(First: Episode 0131)
Cartoon E for elephant, eagle, everything, and egg.
(First: Episode 0002)
SCENE 4 David explains that humans and birds have a lot in common. We have mouths, and birds have beaks. We have arms, and birds have wings. But birds have tails, and we don't.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Animals with tails.
(First: Episode 0017)
Cartoon "Egg Chant": A girl skips rope as a boy sits with an egg on his knee. They recite an alphabet poem together. The egg hatches and a dancing lizard emerges.
(First: Episode 0003)
Film / Animation Part 1: A boy declares he wants to build a building. He and an adult voiceover describe how the building will be made, intercut with stop-motion animation and live-action footage. The two then wait for the foundational cement to dry...
(First: Episode 0142)
R ribbon.jpg
Cartoon A ribbon wraps itself around a woman, then turns itself into an R.
(First: Episode 0289)
Film / Animation Part two: With the cement dried, the boy's building is brought to completion.
(First: Episode 0142)
Muppets Grover sees the word "me" and shouts the word.
(First: Episode 0205)
SCENE 5 Luis sings the Sorting Song, with pictures of rainy weather items. He then hears an airplane, and sees Alphabet Bates writing the letter E with his skywriter plane (First: Episode 0061).
Cast Gordon and Bob assemble an E.
(First: Episode 0005)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover asks Brian to explain which of them is "you" and which is "me."
(First: Episode 0294)
Cast Mr. Hooper, Bob and Brian help Susan set the table. Now that's what I call cooperation.
(First: Episode 0276)
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)
Wally Ralph mirror.jpg
Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally gives Ralph a mirror as a present. Wally looks at it, and says it is a picture of himself. But when Ralph looks at it, he sees a picture of himself. When they look at it together, they see a picture of both of them.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
Celebrity The New York Knicks make 16 baskets in a row, but miss on the 17th.
(First: Episode 0146)
SCENE 6 David shows the number 2 with a two-wheeled bike, 2 boxes and 2 basketballs.
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals. (repeat)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot invents a complicated machine, to test Cookie Monster's problem-solving abilities. Cookie Monster needs to pull the string to raise the glass cover off the plateful of cookies at the other end -- but when he lets go to retrieve the cookies, the cover will fall again. Herbert hears Cookie Monster approaching, and hides to observe him. Cookie investigates the machine for a moment, then gets the cookies by karate-chopping the glass cover.
(First: Episode 0132)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 7 It's time to play "What's the Sound?" Mr. Hooper puts a milkshake on the mixing machine; we hear a clanking noise, an auto engine noise, and a mixer noise. Luis hits Oscar's trash can; we hear chimes, a bass drum, and clanging.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about hands, with some assistance from a human hand. Kermit counts the hand's fingers and lists off various things it can do. The hand gradually becomes more aggressive with Kermit in demonstrating, but the two eventually make up by shaking hands.
Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A turtle swims in a tank.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
Film The Mad Painter #2
(First: Episode 0309)
SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.

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