Sesame Street
Plot Rain for Big Bird's plant and feathers
Air date April 27, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors E, R, 10
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In the garage area, Tom leads the kids in moving like a penguin, an elephant, and a fish.
Film Fish swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0284)
Muppets A disconsolate Ernie tells Oscar the Grouch that he's lost his Rubber Duckie. Oscar tries to calm Ernie down and says that he'll buy Ernie another one. Ernie says he can't - Rubber Duckie is special and unique. He tells Oscar that Rubber Duckie is "cute, adorable, sweet, cuddly, and makes a wonderful sound." Oscar tells Ernie that he'll bring him a new one.
(First: Episode 0139)
Cartoon "E Imagination": A surreal story of a boy eating a peach atop an eagle witnessing a queen on her knee, dreaming of eating ice cream in a land of steam.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets Oscar comes back with a new Duckie, but this one is different - it's a Grouch duckie. They realize that they have different ideas of what is cute and ugly. Ernie thanks Oscar for trying to help - and when he sits down, he hears a familiar squeak. He digs through the stuff on the floor, and finds his Rubber Duckie! Ernie and Oscar argue over which of their toys is the cutest.
Muppets Big Bird and Shola demonstrate short and long.
(First: Episode 0306)
Henson Scanimate 10
Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
VTR Crossover #10 (0:47)
(First: Episode 0120)
Film (LA) Shorter/Longer Skirts (0:56)
Planning Ahead
Muppets Ernie & Bert — It's a sunny day at the beach, and Bert remembered to bring everything. Ernie, however, only brought an umbrella in case it rains... which it does.
(First: Episode 0284)
Cast Gordon sings "One of These Things" about capital and lowercase E.
Cartoon Psychedelic alphabet
(First: Episode 0345)
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Cast Maria sings "One of These Things" in Spanish with a cookie, a plate, a clock, a wheel, and a TV set.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Flying."
Cast Part 1: In limbo, and without dialogue save for a voiceover, Tom, Rafael, Gordon, and Bob all try to get a drink of water from the same tap, but they keep arguing and bumping into each other when they all reach for it at the same time. The result is that no one gets a drink of water.
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon Some kids wander into the word OPEN, where there's a party going on.
Cast Part 2: The four men circle the water tap eyeing one another while the voicover wonders what they will do. One of them holds the tap while the other gets a drink. The voiceover declares that some things are easy when you cooperate.
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon Jazz #10 (Spanish)
(First: Episode 0306)
Muppets Bob holds an American bullfrog and asks Kermit to talk about frogs. However, due to living a somewhat different life than normal frogs, what Kermit says about frogs is somewhat incorrect; for example, Kermit believes that frogs eat fried chicken and pizza, and live in apartment houses.
(First: Episode 0277)
0316 04c
Cast / Muppets Bob opens an envelope full of envelopes, Luis pokes Tom with his elbow to demonstrate another E word, and Cookie Monster eats an egg with the letter E painted on it.
(First: Episode 0316)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Cast Gordon and Bob assemble an E.
(First: Episode 0005)
Film Dot Bridge #11 (0:50)
SCENE 2 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store and asks Tom and Maria for help with his wilted plant that he's been keeping under his nest. They explain to him that plants need water, so covering it is keeping it from the rain. They water the plant and tell Big Bird he has to be like a cloud for the plant, showering water down on it so that it will stay healthy. On his own, Big Bird wonders what would happen if the clouds forgot to rain, so he writes some notes for them so they won't forget.
Film Dot Bridge #13 (1:04)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
SCENE 3 Big Bird has tied his notes for the clouds to some balloons and releases them into the sky. One the last one, Maria asks what he's been doing and explains that clouds can't read but they'll rain automatically. When thunder rolls in, Big Bird supposes that these clouds must be smart. Maria is mystified when it starts to rain.
Larry block superman
Cast Part 1: In a parody of Superman, a title card, fanfare, and announcer (Bob) introduce "The Adventures of Super-Duper Man" followed by the entrance of Tom dressed as Clark Kent. Standing in front of a telephone booth, he takes off his glasses and declares, "this looks like a job for Super-Duper Man!" After a quick change into his [Superman] costume, he is ready to fly off and "bring all wrong-doers to justice"... except he can't remember what he says before he leaps tall buildings in a single bound. "Something, something and away. What is that word?" In voiceover, Bob tells the audience they'll help him remember by displaying the word "up" on the screen. Tom recognizes the word, but can't remember what it says, so he'll just have to try something else." He takes a leap, declares "Down, down and away!", and crashes to the ground.[1]
Cartoon Batman and Robin catch the Penguin's gang who has dirty windows, teaching the opposite pairings of clean and dirty.
(First: Episode 0099)
Cast Part 2: Bob, in voiceover, announces the returning adventures of Super-Duper Man where Tom is still trying to think of the word he's missing. "Up" flashes on the screen again, but doesn't help him. Instead, he tries "Across, across and away!" and zooms to the side out of frame where he crashes. Back in frame, he says he doesn't think that was the word either.
SCENE 4 Big Bird stands in the rain in front of 123 Sesame Street when David comes by in a raincoat struggling to hold an umbrella and some packages. He asks Big Bird where his rain gear is, but Big Bird explains that the rain just rolls off his feathers. David remarks how nice it would be if people had that. As he leaves, Big Bird realizes he has extra feathers, and runs off to offer them to David.
Cast Part 3: The Super-Duper Man fanfare and announcer are heard once more as we return to Tom still trying to figure out the word he's forgetting. He goes over his previous mistakes and worries he'll never fly again if he can't think of the word. Bob, still unseen, shows "up" on the screen for the last time. Tom tries to sound it out, but goes with "Around, around and away!" before running in circles and getting himself dizzy. Bob, no longer able to stay out of sight as the announcer, appears on screen and spells it out for Tom. "All you have to say is UP, UP and away." With a whoosh, Bob is lifted off the ground with Tom looking up after him.
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin spells his name.
(First: Episode 0182)
SCENE 5 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store and throws feathers all over David. He asks what he's doing, so Big Bird reminds David that he said he wished he had feathers. David said he didn't really mean it and Tom explains that birds have feathers and other animals have fur, but people are stuck with having to use rain coats and umbrellas in the rain. When Big Bird leaves, Tom looks at the feathers on David and says he'd make a nice looking bird.
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes and a monster use hot dogs to demonstrate "long" and "short."
(EKA: Episode 0304)
Cartoon Men in boxes sound out the word RUN.
(First: Episode 0369)
SCENE 6 Oscar the Grouch asks the audience if they want to try and catch a rattlesnake while he shakes a rattle.
Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0310)
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)
George tallershorter
Film George the Farmer demonstrates "shorter" and "taller."
(First: Episode 0289)
SCENE 7 Goodbye


  1. The script for this episode features this three-part segment, but it's missing from the "Script Highlights" in the CTW Archives which places it in Episode 0316 (the script for which does not include this segment).

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