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Sesame Street
Big Bird looks for a job
Air date March 30, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors L, P, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird walks down Sesame Street and notices all the grownups doing their jobs โ€“ Rafael at the Fix-it Shop, David repairing a door, and Molly delivering the mail โ€“ and decides to get a job of his own.
Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug)
(First: Episode 0296)
Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "P Is My Favorite Letter".
(First: Episode 0322)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has decided to take up farming. He shows Molly the empty milk carton he has, which will be full once he gets milk from a cow. Molly explains to him that the few grass blades growing between the cracks in the sidewalk will not be enough to feed a cow. He decides instead to grow vegetables, but flower pots can't accommodate things like corn seeds โ€“ so he eats them.
Muppets Anything Muppets sing "How Do You Get From Here to There?"
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
SCENE 3 Big Bird is now a necktie salesman. He tries to sell Bob a tie that's too long for a guy like Bob, but is just right for eight-foot-tall birds. Big Bird is discouraged, until he remembers that he painted the โ€œTIES FOR SALEโ€ sign, and decides to become a sign painter.
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
SCENE 4 David sees a sign that Big Bird has made with felt letters: โ€œBIGB IRDSS IGNS HOPโ€. David shows him how to arrange the letters the right way, and Big Bird then makes an โ€œOUTO FBU SINESSโ€ sign.
Grover herbert 20.jpg
Muppets Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot count to twenty.
(First: Episode 0189)
SCENE 5 Rafael encounters Big Bird, having now opened a day care center, doing a job he loves: babysitting chicks.
Bob danger broken ice.jpg
Cast Bob comes across a DANGER sign next to a frozen pond. Ignoring the sign, he skates on the ice (via pixillation) until it starts to crack. Bob then concedes the sign is there for good reason.
(First: Episode 0279)
Cookie Danger David.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Cookie Monster asks David to read a DANGER sign.
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE 6 Rafael reads a list of groceries in Spanish to some kids, defining the words.
Tom Gordon blocks 01.jpg
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)
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
Tom Gordon blocks 02.jpg
Cast Part 2: Tom and Gordon figure out how to get the truck through the blocks.
(First: Episode 0294)
Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover opens a menu, and shows Mr. Johnson a large picture of a specialty sandwich, which comes with potato chips on the side, a pickle on the top, and an olive inserted on a toothpick. When the sandwich arrives, Mr. Johnson complains that it doesn't match the picture on the menu - it doesn't have potato chips, a pickle, or an olive. After Grover finally gets the order right, Mr. Johnson says he doesn't have time to eat it, since his lunch hour is over, and leaves. An exasperated Grover throws a tantrum in the kitchen.
(First: Episode 0332)
Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes and a monster use hot dogs to demonstrate "long" and "short."
(First: Episode 0289)
SCENE 7 David uses chalk to measure how far the kids can jump: will they jump long or short?
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit asks Grover to use ladders to demonstrate the difference between short and long. Kermit's amazed that Grover can carry the long ladder by himself, but then sees that Grover is on both ends.
(First: Episode 0276)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
(First: Episode 0179)
Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about a baker and a shoemaker.
(First: Episode 0208)
Cartoon P is for Pillow
SCENE 8 Molly displays some toy construction vehicles to the kids, introducing the next film.
Film "Hey, let's make a road!" Kids do so at the beach, while a construction crew does the real thing.
(First: Episode 0295)
Cartoon Various renderings of the word DANGER.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0151)
Grover danger sign.jpg
Muppets Grover reads a sign that says DANGER and looks around for said danger. He doesn't find it anywhere until he trips and falls on the sign.
(First: Episode 0182)
Film Kids paint P-word animals on glass.
(First: Episode 0119)
SCENE 9 David and the kids help Oscar decorate his shelf to look like the picture in his Worse Homes and Gardens magazine. Oscar adds the finishing touch: dirtying up the picture.
Short long skirts.jpg
Film Kids narrate a film about shorter and longer skirts.
(First: Episode 0324)
Big Bird Shola sticks.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Big Bird and Shola demonstrate a big stick versus a little stick.
(First: Episode 0306)
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
SCENE 10 Big Bird recites a short poem about the kangaroo.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
Muppets Alien Alphabet
(First: Episode 0277)
SCENE 11 The sponsors are announced.

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