Sesame Street
Cookie Monster hits his head, and loses his memory
Air date February 29, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors Q, X, 12
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Grover greets the viewer from Big Bird's nest, where he's hanging out with the kids. He tells them to count and he will stop them once they reach the number of the day - 12.
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Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks who Ernie is decorating the room for. It turns out to be the viewer at home.
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Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
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SCENE 2 Maria and David invite Cookie Monster to go for a walk. As he descends the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, he slips on a stray rollerskate and falls to the sidewalk. They check on him and find the accident has caused him to lose his memory, to the point where he doesn't even know what cookies are. Cookie thanks the strangers for their hospitality.
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Cartoon "Poverty Q": A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0048)
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SCENE 3 Oscar greets Cookie, who suspects he's a Grouch (citing their shared shaggy fur and hairy paws). Oscar gives him a test to see how much of a Grouch he is. He presents Cookie with a choice of two shoes - one nice and one dirty; Cookie picks the nice one. He then produces two images of a happy and sad face; Cookie again chooses the non-grouchy option. Finally, Cookie attempts to (pretend) tell off somebody for giving him nice flowers, but just doesn't have the rotten attitude in him. This concludes that he's not a Grouch.
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Film Fish swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0284)
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Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that “Q” starts the word “quarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)
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SCENE 4 Cookie mopes through Big Bird's nest area, sad over his lost identity. He meets Big Bird and guesses he might be a bird as well - a furry, blue bird to be exact. He tries proving he can tweet and flap his wings, which isn't very convincing to Big Bird. He gives the monster one final test - he presents him with a dish of birdseed to eat. Cookie pours it into his mouth, but is quickly appalled by the taste and concludes he is no bird after all. "Maybe he's an antelope," Big Bird posits.
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Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Film A young baboon sits on the back of their parent as they cross the plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0299)
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SCENE 5 As Mr. Hooper goes to mail a letter, he finds Cookie Monster now believing he's a mailbox, asking to have the letter put in his mouth. Mr. Hooper quickly puts this theory to rest and Cookie starts sobbing.
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates beginning and end.
(First: Episode 0265)
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SCENE 6 Although Cookie's head is feeling better, he still has no memory of who he is. Maria tells him he's "the Cookie Monster," and he briefly gets scared; he's afraid of monsters. Maria assures him that he's a nice monster and hopes to jog his memory with a game of "One of These Things" using cookies. Afterwards, she encourages him to try one (though he thinks it's a rock or button at first). He takes a sample bite, but this only earns an unimpressed "eh" from him.
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
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SCENE 7 Maria and David feel bad for Cookie Monster's fate, while Mr. Hooper takes umbrage with whoever left the rollerskate on the stoop (which he places back down on it). Cookie emerges from the building, still sad, and everyone invites him to sit and hang on the stoop. He once again slips on the skate and hits the sidewalk, only now he immediately recognizes everyone. As they ask him more questions, he thinks they're playing some kind of quiz game and asks for cookies as his prize. Mr. Hooper eagerly presents him with a whole plate of cookies, which everyone gleefully watches him devour.
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Transition Tracks from a race car cross paths until most of the screen is blank. A pair of foot prints crosses the screen to blank out the last bit.
(First: Episode 0105)
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Muppets / Cast Bob reads "The Queen's Questions". In the story, Queen Quinella, who lives in a Q-shaped palace and owns everything Q related, wants to give her fortune away to someone who loves the letter Q as much as she does. She meets a duck named Quincy and asks him some questions, which he answers with more Q words. She likes him so much that she gives him her entire fortune — a quarter.
(First: Episode 0164)
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SCENE 8 Grover and the kids witness Alphabet Bates writing a Q in the sky.
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Muppets Ernie demonstrates the letter Q with a quart of milk; Cookie Monster drinks the milk.
(First: Episode 0047)
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Cast Part 1: Tom has blocks and Gordon has a truck. How can they play on the same table without getting in each other's way?
(First: Episode 0294)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet boy meets Alphabet O'Malley, whose full name consists of twenty-six first names, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0135)
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Cast Part 2: Tom and Gordon figure out how to get the truck through the blocks.
(First: Episode 0294)
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Film Kids narrate footage of humans and animals overcoming obstacles, particularly a boy trying to ride a two-wheeler.
(First: Episode 0132)
The HBO Max version removes all the scenes of the boy trying to ride his bike.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie's doctor comes over. Ernie keeps trying to tell the doctor why he called him, but the doctor is too occupied with checking on Ernie, hardly allowing him to get a word in edgewise.
(First: Episode 0137)
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Cast Gordon notices two groups of potato sacks with the wrong numbers matted above them: the group of two has the number 3, and the group of 3 has the number 2. He and Bob cooperate to carry one sack from one group to the other.
(First: Episode 0178)
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SCENE 9 David and the kids clean up their play things - there are two blocks, three balls, and four cans. David has three boxes, numbered with how many items each one can hold, so they store the items in the proper boxes.
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Muppets Betty Lou teaches the meaning of "beginning", "middle", and "end", and introduces two of her friends: Beginning and End. The duo tell a story, but it lacks something in between the beginning and end parts. Beginning and End recruit their pal Middle to fill out the rest of the story. Middle, however, cannot stop telling the exciting part of the story, and the three friends begin a quarrel, forcing Betty Lou to declare the end of the lecture.
(First: Episode 0138)
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SCENE 10 Big Bird recites a short, silly poem about snakes, leading to...
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Film Green Tree Snake
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0285)
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Cast Bob assembles a number 12.
(First: Episode 0173)
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Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks (repeat)
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SCENE 11 As the kids roll around in the yard, Grover announces the sponsors.


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