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Sesame Street
Gordon's broken vacuum
Air date April 10, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors B, M, 8
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Rafael greets the viewer, then Oscar gets his attention because he’s blown a fuse in his kitchen. Rafael gives him a fuse, then Oscar tries to navigate his way to the kitchen in the dark, making a lot of noise in the process. He brings up a toothbrush and toothpaste, asking if he keeps those things in the kitchen. Rafael says no, those go in the bathroom. Oscar also finds a pillow from his bedroom, a piano from his living room, and finally a pot from his kitchen. When Oscar installs the fuse and turns on the lights, he sees the amazing mess he’s made and decides to give the fuse back to Rafael.
Five balls try to play basketball.jpg
Muppets Five balls get together to play basketball. It takes them awhile to count themselves, but then they realize they don't have a ball.
(First: Episode 0267)
Cartoon With one mighty blow of his baseball bat, a boy knocks several B items (including a basket, bandit, and ball) off of a wall.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0237)
Film Jerry Nelson introduces the letters U and N. Other letters join them and become SUN, RUN and FUN.
(First: Episode 0230)
SCENE 2 Gordon, Molly and the kids play a game of “Rub Your Tummy”.
Film George the Farmer demonstrates up/down with two ladders.
(First: Episode 0239)
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)
Muppets A woman (Jim Henson) volunteers to assist The Amazing Mumford in his surprise magic trick. Mumford makes her disappear – but when he tries to make her reappear, Herry Monster pops up, saying "SURPRISE!"
Cartoon Jack waters a B, which grows into a B-stalk. He climbs it and travels to the Land of B.
(First: Episode 0277)
SCENE 3 A kid shows Gordon how he brushes his teeth. Gordon introduces the next film.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Whale Brushing Teeth", with a film of a trainer brushing a whale's teeth.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon B is for bear, bicycle, bump, branch and bee.
(First: Episode 0008)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to present a lecture about the letter B, but Cookie Monster eats the bottom of the B and turns it into an R. Kermit talks about the R, but then Cookie Monster snacks some more, and makes it a P. Kermit tries to go on, but the monster keeps eating, making it into an F, and then an I, and then nothing at all. Kermit chides Cookie Monster for ruining his lesson. Cookie Monster gives Kermit a kiss, then exits.
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon A boxer explains the letter "B". (Spanish remake)
(First: Episode 0355)
Film Kids paint various things that begin with the letter B on a window (edited version)
Full edit--(First: Episode 0008)
Animation A 3 looks for its house.
(First: Episode 0292)
SCENE 4 Bob creates a makeshift tool shelf with stencils of each tool, showing the kids where they fit.
Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets Lefty's boss makes sure Lefty knows the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0236)
Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
Film The Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
Muppets Two boys notice that the number 8 looks the same right side up and upside down.
(First: Episode 0282)
Cartoon The uses of water (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0278)
Celebrity Peggy Fleming skates a figure 8.
(First: Episode 0236)
Cartoon The uses of water
(First: Episode 0139)
SCENE 5 The kids watch as Bob draws a fish, then a star. He introduces the next film…
Song "Starfish"
(First: Episode 0280)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry Monster sing "Up and Down".
(First: Episode 0154)
Cartoon Jack and the B-stalk RPT
(First: Episode 0277)
Film A man (Barry Simpson) puts on snowshoes to bring his trash out.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0281)
SCENE 6 Gordon has to do an errand, so he asks a favor from Big Bird: vacuuming up a pile of dust. When Big Bird turns on the vacuum cleaner, he notices it’s broken. He thinks he broke it himself, and goes to find a broom.
Muppets Fran Brill narrates two Anything Muppet hands who argue over a piece of cake before they decide to share it.
(First: Episode 0189)
Mr. Snuffleupagus encounters Big Bird, about to vacuum the dust. Snuffy sucks up the dust with his snuffle, then sneezes it out. Gordon comes back, and doesn’t believe Big Bird’s claim about what just happened – but then he notices his vacuum cleaner’s broken.
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you know where I wanna be?" The man says he doesn't know. Harvey says, "I wanna B -- right here!" and slaps a letter B on the man's sweater. Harvey runs off, laughing.
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon A man demonstrates up and down.
Artist: Al Jarnow
(First: Episode 0276)
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
SCENE 7 Big Bird shows Molly the dance he’s been practicing, but trips and falls. He decides instead to watch the next film.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(First: Episode 0240)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about hands, with some assistance from a human hand. Kermit counts the hand's fingers and lists off various things it can do. The hand gradually becomes more aggressive with Kermit in demonstrating, but the two eventually make up by shaking hands.
(First: Episode 0342)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)

Muppets Ernie & BertErnie thinks something is wrong with the book he's borrowed from the library. Bert points out that it's upside-down and illustrates the concept using their portrait on the wall. Instead of turning the book right side up, Ernie suspends himself upside-down from above, reading the book this way.
(First: Episode 0311)
Cartoon B is for bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. And Bosco, who is taking a bath.
(First: Episode 0355)
SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.

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