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Sesame Street
Maria teaches Big Bird how to plan his chores
Air date March 2, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors M, Y, 3
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 There are three plants of the same species on the ground: one small, one medium, and one big. Bob appears with a box labeled "Fast Grow Plant Food". He sprinkles some on the little plant, and it promptly grows to become the biggest plant.
Muppets Goldilocks attempts to show the bears how many are in their family.
(First: Episode 0277)
Film The Mad Painter #3
(First: Episode 0343)
Animation A kid's father tells him what can be built out of the wheels and things he found. (shown in Spanish, then English)
(First: Episode 0268)
Spanish: (First: Episode 0277)
SCENE 2 Maria advises Big Bird on how to plan before doing his chores.
Cartoon Marvelous Martha knows many words that start with the letter "M".
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Lefty tries to sell Ernie a STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0134)
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 3 Bob introduces a film about seahorses. Oscar pops up in a cowboy hat, thinking he heard β€œhorses”, but Bob explains that seahorses live underwater. Oscar swaps the cowboy hat for a scuba mask.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Seahorse
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot thinks that Grover is talking about the letter M whenever he makes an Mmmmm sound, but Grover is only making the sound because he ate peanut butter and got his mouth stuck shut.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about big things.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
SCENE 4 Bob sings "Special" to the Kids.
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza appear: Hoss and Mr. Cartwright take turns saying letters of the alphabet; Little Joe rides up in time for Z.
(First: Episode 0136)
Square cartoon.jpg
Cartoon A square is fit into many different things, such as a truck, window, television, etc.
(First: Episode 0316)
Planning Ahead.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” It's a sunny day at the beach, and Bert remembered to bring everything. Ernie, however, only brought an umbrella in case it rains... which it does.
(First: Episode 0284)
SCENE 5 Neither Big Bird nor Bob can blow up a giant balloon, but Snuffy can. Big Bird tries to prove to Bob that Snuffy blew it up, but he lets go of the balloon and it deflates.
Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner. The M is very appreciative, and makes "Mmmmmm" sounds. It eats all of the food at the table, and winds up eating the screen!
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0276)
Gordon Bob beach box.jpg
Cast Because the lid of a box won't stay open by itself, Gordon can't put a large beachball in it alone, and Bob can't put a large inflated beach animal toy in it alone. They discover that if one of them holds the lid the other can easily put his article in the box.
(First: Episode 0296)
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elephants in the zoo.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
SCENE 6 At the Fix-it Shop, Marty encounters Rafael boiling some salt water, and asks him for a glass of it because he’s thirsty. Rafael explains that you can’t drink salt water, and shows him how salt dissolves in water when it’s hot.
Cartoon The O in STOP bounces around, and the other letters tell it to stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0149)
Dot Bridge 11 gather tight.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #11: A lone square appears, so the dots all gather in a tight group
(First: Episode 0296)
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
(First: Episode 0152)
SCENE 7 David plays β€œOne of These Things”: 3 squares, 1 rectangle.
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(First: Episode 0207)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam is looking for the biggest man in the saloon. The frightened customers point him towards Big Barney, who's cowering under the table. When Sam discovers that Barney is the biggest man there, he gives him a hat: "This ol' hat here don't fit me. I thought maybe you could use it, huh? I'll see you, fellers." Sinister Sam leaves the baffled customers behind. "Now, that's a nice gesture," one says. "He's a little weird, but he's okay after all, isn't he?"
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon A magician tries to pull a rabbit out of his hat, but instead finds the numbers 1-20, which the rabbit repeats at the end.
(First: Episode 0337)

Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
SCENE 8 Luis is about to deliver a serving tray that he just fixed, but Oscar asks to borrow it so he can count 7 tin cans. Every time he starts counting, something interrupts him and he starts over again. Luis tries to speed up the process with a pencil, but then Oscar wants to count his old shoes.
Cartoon M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie lies in bed and starts talking about what a square looks like and how many lines it has, then goes on to compare a square with a triangle. He then starts to ponder how many sides a circle has, and goes to sleep. Bert is about to attempt to answer the question, but ends up not being able to sleep.
(First: Episode 0132)
Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
(First: Episode 0301)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about three trios of animals who live on a fat lady's lap.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
SCENE 9 Maria holds a small board while Oscar counts his shoes. She interrupts him, and he starts over again. She signs off, and the sponsors are announced.

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