Sesame Street
Big Bird guards the confetti
Air date April 25, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors I, J, 8
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 David greets the viewer, and counts three different sized wrenches, writing the number 3 on a white board. Luis grabs one, making it two, causing David to crumple up the 3 sheet and write the number 2 on a blank one. Luis then grabs another wrench, making it one, causing David to crumple up the 2 sheet and write the number 1 on a blank one. Luis then grabs the last wrench, making it zero, causing David to crumple up the 1 sheet – but David then realizes he can count the three balls of paper.
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Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
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Celebrity Jim Nabors counts from one to twenty, demonstrating soft and loud.
(First: Episode 0150)
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Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam comes to the saloon, looking for Doc Holiday. He questions the frightened townspeople, looking for the doctor, but all he can find is a mailman and a fire fighter. Sam says they'd better find the doctor, because he's got an itchy trigger finger. The doctor is found, cowering under a table. The doctor asks what Sam wants with him, and the mean hombre says that his finger is really itchy -- it's driving him crazy. Is it a mosquito bite? Should he use some lotion on it? Doc Holliday faints. Sam shrugs, and joins the other patrons at the bar for some milk.
(First: Episode 0318)
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Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
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SCENE 2 On the 123 steps, Mr. Hooper asks Big Bird to take a box of confetti bags upstairs while he answers the phone. Big Bird isn’t clear what he means by “upstairs”, but still looks for a place to put the confetti.
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Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
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SCENE 2
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Big Bird puts the confetti box on top of the step landing, which Molly doesn’t think is a safe place to put it. Big Bird solves this problem by yelling out loud to everyone, “Don’t bump that box!” but then comes up with a better solution …
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster and Genelle say the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0320)
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SCENE 2
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Big Bird makes some warning signs directing foot traffic away from the box, which is still on the landing. Molly points out that it would have taken Big Bird less time to move the box than to make those signs. Just then, David opens the door to exit the building, and the confetti falls on Big Bird and Molly.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit teaches Grover to read his sign with "NO" written on it. (transcript)
(First: Episode 0297)
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Film George the Farmer shows embedded shapes using drawing of geometric forms and household objects with the same shape.
(First: Episode 0288)
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SCENE 3 Luis plays the Selection Song game with three striped clothing items on one side, and a striped peppermint stick and pair of white socks on the other.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon - I: An iron irons the word.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Muppets Ernie wonders what it would be like if everyone was exactly the same, and sees four balls who can't discern each other. Ernie decides to help the balls recognize each other by dressing each of them.
(First: Episode 0166)
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Cartoon A jar is full of jellybeans. The jar becomes empty, while a hungry boy is full.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0322)
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Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
(First: Episode 0152)
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Cartoon A circle becomes a clock, balloon, sun, etc.
(First: Episode 0358)
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Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
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Cast Wally and Ralph huse a nail in an attempt to hang a picture to a wall. This sketch was a re-shoot of a Buddy and Jim sketch.
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Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "Octopus' Garden."
(First: Episode 0019)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #14: Dots line up at the same time as some squares who ultimately dominate the board
(First: Episode 0297)
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Cast Bob and Mr. Hooper have a dispute over using a sole coat hanger for their coats. They eventually cooperate and put both their coats on the one hanger.
(First: Episode 0282)
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SCENE 4 David, Luis, Molly, Mr. Hooper and some kids contribute to a handclapping rhythm.
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Muppets Grover, Big Jeffie, and a Lavender girl have fun scatting to handclapping.
(First: Episode 0294)
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates empty and full.
(First: Episode 0257)
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Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0243)
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Muppets Lefty the Salesman wants to sell an 8 to Ernie, who ran out of money buying some 9s. Ernie then offers to sell Lefty his 9s.
(First: Episode 0079)
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Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
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SCENE 5 Oscar frightens Mr. Hooper when he pops out of his trash can wearing a scary mask, causing Hooper to drop his groceries. Mr. Hooper doesn’t think it was funny, but Oscar does – until Mr. Hooper reveals that they’re Oscar’s groceries.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #16: Dots kick aside a crumpled object
(First: Episode 0283)
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Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
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Film The Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet demonstrates empty by leaving his room, soon Grover and his friends, including Cookie Monster, occupy the room making it full. The Anything Muppet comes in and scares the monsters away leaving it empty.
(First: Episode 0148)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream (repeat)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
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SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.


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