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Big Bird's house of cards / don't pick the flowers
Air date March 27, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors A, D, 9

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis and Tom are rushing to open their respective shops and bump into each other, dropping their keys. They pick them up, but a Muppet boy named Seth observes that both keys look alike - how can they know whose belongs to whom? Tom tests the keys in the Hooper's Store lock; the first doesn't work, meaning it's the key to the Fix-It Shop.
Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
(First: Episode 0158)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert goes out to mail a letter, and depends on Ernie to let him in when he knocks. Instead of letting Bert in, Ernie repeats his knocks on the drums.
(First: Episode 0280)
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Cartoon Dot & Hill -- C-1
(First: Episode 0164)
Film Most animals have two eyes, ears, etc. ... but some snakes have two heads.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0287)
SCENE 2 Gordon tries to count how many kids are playing tag, but can't keep track as they run all around. He has them hold still as he counts the nine kids.
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
Celebrity The New York Mets make 20 hits in a row.
(First: Episode 0167)
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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)
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
SCENE 3 Big Bird finishes a house of cards in his nest space, when Gordon drops by quickly; his opening of the door causes the cards to fall over, though Gordon doesn't notice. Big Bird gets upset, finds Gordon and tries hinting for an apology. Gordon doesn't get the hint, making Big Bird angrier and angrier. When Big Bird finally explains what's happened, Gordon claims he didn't even know he knocked over Big Bird's cards. He apologizes now and starts helping him make a new house of cards.
Cartoon Dot & Hill -- C-2
(First: Episode 0164)
Muppets Ernie demonstrates the word "Apple"; Cookie Monster eats Ernie's apple.
(First: Episode 0047)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Kids narrate a visit to an automobile factory, and watch a taxi being made.
(First: Episode 0186)
SCENE 4 Gordon, Rafael, Tom, Susan and Oscar sing "What Makes Music?"
Cartoon "Bumble Ardy #9" -- Young Bumble Ardy invites nine pigs to his birthday party while his mother, Sweet Adeline, is away.
(First: Episode 0305)
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
Celebrity The New York Mets make 19 hits in a row, but miss on the 20th.
(First: Episode 0167)
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
Cartoon Words that begin with A, ending with ambulance (Spanish soundtrack)
Animated by Cliff Roberts
Muppets Farley looks for his lost toy box.
(First: Episode 0279)
Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
Song Northern Calloway sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?"
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
SCENE 5 Tom plays a rhyming game with the kids.
Transition Bridge #10 - Bricks Bridge A
(First: Episode 0286)
Film Gibbons make screeching noises.
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: Do Ya Have an A on Ya?
(First: Episode 0293)
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: A pair of feet stand on a wall while Kermit the Frog talks about them and what they can do.
SCENE 6 Luis places a sign in the flowerbed reading, "Please Don't Pick the Flowers." Big Bird gets the idea, but still tries to pick one. He justifies that he's only taking one mere flower, but Luis has him imagine that if everyone took just one flower, there wouldn't be any left. Big Bird tells Luis to add an extra bit to the end of the sign - "Please Don't Pick the Flowers...not even one."
Cartoon D-dart (repeat)

Muppets / Cast Bob reads the story of "The Princess and the Cookie". In the story, a king is looking for someone to marry his daughter, the small princess Eunice. He is having trouble, because all the princes in the kingdom keep bringing her cookies that are too big for her. Finally, the baker (Cookie Monster) enters with the smallest cookie in the kingdom, which the princess immediately wants. The baker is disinterested in marrying the princess, until the prince offers him the other three cookies that the princes brought. And they lived happily ever after.
(First: Episode 0152)
Transition Bridge #11 - Bricks Bridge B
(First: Episode 0286)
SCENE 7 After finishing their sandwiches, Gordon tells Susan that since she made the food, he'll clean the dishes.
Cartoon A turtle, a bird, and a butterfly demonstrate small, smaller, and smallest.
Muppets Two Anything Muppet kids argue over a cookie. Cookie Monster arrives and says that the smallest person should get the cookie, and then, as the kids argue over which one is smaller, Cookie Monster shrinks himself.
(First: Episode 0253)
Film "It's an Otter!"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0284)
SCENE 8 Goodbye

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