Sesame Street
Bert leaves Ernie
Air date March 9, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors N, Z, 8
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Picture Segment Description
0359 01a

0359 01b
SCENE 1 Harvey Kneeslapper stands behind the newsstand at Hooper's Store, preparing to play a joke on some residents of Sesame Street. When Tom comes buy, Harvey says, "I'm glad to zee ya" and slaps a letter Z on his back. He repeats the gag with David, barely containing his laughter. He attempts the same with Maria, but at the last second, Tom and David yell for her to duck; Harvey misses and plants the Z on his own forehead. Tom and David have a good laugh, but Harvey doesn't find it funny at all.
Cartoon zip, zoom, zoom, zig, zag, zany, zoo.
Muppets Kermit and the word "taxi."
(First: Episode 0312)
Film "Hey, let's make a road!" Kids do so at the beach, while a construction crew does the real thing.
(First: Episode 0295)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is reading a book when Ernie startles him by asking if he wants to play checkers. Bert says, "I thought maybe you weren't here!" Ernie starts to search to see if he can find himself.
(First: Episode 0171)
Transition Diamond transition
(First: Episode 0282)
0359 02a
SCENE 2 Maria and Bob encounter Bert standing at the bottom of the steps for 123 Sesame Street, suitcase in hand and shouting at the building. He's had it with Ernie's shenanigans — always squeaking his Rubber Duckie, and making that silly little giggle of his — so he's moving out of the apartment. Bob asks if the two could possibly work it out, but Bert's mind is made up; he's never going back to Ernie. When Maria asks where he'll live, Bert says it doesn't matter; anywhere without Ernie would be fine, even out here on the street.
0359 02b
SCENE 2, cont'd The scene ripples to Bert's imagination as he pictures his bed on the sidewalk looking at the stars at night and getting a tan during the day. Bob and Maria ask what would happen if it rains or snows. Bert imagines those scenarios and decides living outside might not be the best idea after all.
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SCENE 2, cont'd As the scene ripples back to reality, Oscar the Grouch approaches and asks what's going on. When he hears about Bert's situation, Oscar offers his trash can as a place for him to stay. "Anybody who likes peace and quiet is a friend of mine." Bert giggles, accepts his offer, and they leave together. Bob and Maria are less sure about how this is going to play out.
Cartoon A guru counts to twenty.
Producer: Ken Snyder; Music: Billy Taylor
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon A guru counts to twenty. (Spanish)
Producer: Ken Snyder; Music: Billy Taylor
(First: Episode 0276)
0359 03
SCENE 3 David and Tom approach Oscar's trash can where Bert can be seen throwing a bunch of junk out onto the sidewalk. He explains to them that he's moved in, so while Oscar is out buying them groceries to make dinner, Bert has taken it upon himself to remove the rusty cans from the swimming pool and the old shoes sitting on his piano. Oscar returns from the market and asks what's going on; Bert thought he'd appreciate it if he cleaned up the place for him. When Oscar explains that he likes his junk just the way it is, he tells Bert that he can find someplace else to live.
Cartoon An N-terview with an N
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird has graciously invited Bert to stay with him in his nest, inside of which Bert is now sitting. He thanks Big Bird for his hospitality and asks if he has any toys. When Big Bird produces a long, thick rubber worm for them to play with, Bert freaks out at its enormity and appallingly shouts for Big Bird to put it away.
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SCENE 4, cont'd Wondering if Ernie's Rubber Duckie isn't so bad after all, Bert is asked if he wants to listen to the radio and eat a snack. Warm to the idea, he quickly realizes he and Big Bird have the same taste in music, and begins to groove out with his new roommate. Big Bird moves on to the snack, produces a bag of bird seed, and proceeds to fill Bert's mouth. Disgusted, Bert spits the seed out, realizing that it was not the sweet, delicious cookie he expected.
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SCENE 4, cont'd Declining Big Bird's offer for more, Bert says he'd just like to take a nap. Big Bird says he's sleepy too and begins to position himself in bed with Bert. After some wrangling in several positions, they realize that there's just no way for them to get comfortable lying together. Bert soon realizes that living with Ernie may not have been so bad after all and resolves to return to their apartment. He thanks Big Bird for his geniality, but ultimately leaves shuddering at the thought of the terrifying rubber toy and all that disgusting seed.
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(First: Episode 0281)
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SCENE 5 Ernie sits alone in the apartment acknowledging that Bert left him, but he has since resolved to come back home again. Ernie's so happy to have Bert back, that he has planned a little surprise welcome home party. When Bert enters, Ernie releases an explosion of confetti all over him and tells him how happy he is that he's returned. As Ernie's excitement rises, Bert's initial pleasure of seeing him again quickly turns to annoyance. Ernie gets Bert to promise he'll never leave him again, and once he's sure Bert is here to stay for good, Ernie tells him he can clean up, then; he's going outside to play football. Bert is flabbergasted.
Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
Short long skirts
Film Kids narrate a film about shorter and longer skirts.
Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes and a monster use hot dogs to demonstrate "long" and "short."
(EKA: Episode 0304)
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SCENE 6 David sings a song about how two cans are the same and different: one is shiny and new, and the other is rusty and old. The kids point out the similarities and differences between the two and Oscar asks if he can have the good one. When David hands him the shiny and new can, Oscar tells him that's not the good one; (takes the rusty can), "this is the good one."
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0255)
Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "Octopus' Garden." (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0019)
Wally and Ralph rain box
Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally thanks Ralph for a box of stuff he's been gifted, but worries about how he'll get home in the rain without getting wet. He empties the box's contents to use as a covering on his head, but now he has nothing to carry all that stuff with.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie imagines what life would be like if he and Bert had their characteristics switched around.
(First: Episode 0299)
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Cast Quick cuts to Maria zipping a zipper, Bob and the kids making toy cars go zoom, and Tom zig-zagging through five kids lined up.
Muppets "The Zizzy Zoomers"
Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
Muppets The Trading Game: Contestants Sally Screamer and Oscar the Grouch bring in items that they can trade for an item in a mystery box.
(First: Episode 0279)
Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it. (repeat)
Muppets Alien Alphabet
(First: Episode 0277)
Big Bird Shola sticks
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBig Bird and Shola demonstrate a big stick versus a little stick.
(First: Episode 0306)
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
0359 Tom skate
Cast It's time to play "What Happens Next?" Tom is carrying a big load of groceries and can't see too well in front of him. He's about to step on a roller skate. What do you think will happen next?
(First: Episode 0312)
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
George tallershorter
Film George the Farmer's ladder gets taller and shorter, as does his box of berries.
(First: Episode 0289)
Muppets Zs come out of Herry Monster's mouth as he snores. (part two)
(First: Episode 0307)
0359 count tomatoes
Cast Mr. Macintosh counts out eight tomatoes for Maria.
Film Tomatoes grow in a field.
(First: Episode 0084)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N (repeat)
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Grover helps Kermit demonstrate "long" and "short" by picking up a short ladder. Then Kermit says he'll help Grover bring in a long ladder, but Grover says he'll get it alone. He carries the long ladder past Kermit, who's amazed that Grover can get it all by himself. When the other end of the ladder passes by, Grover is holding that end too.
(First: Episode 0276)
Animation Kids narrate a letter 'Z' drawing
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SCENE 7 Bert is once more on the stoop of his apartment building yelling goodbye. Everyone asks him if he's leaving Ernie again, but he says he was just saying goodbye to the viewer.


  • Ernie and Bert would later consider going their separate ways in a dream scenario first seen in Episode 0672.

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