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Big Bird washes his face
Air date November 16, 1972
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors E, G, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird approaches Susan playing in the arbor with some kids. He says he has a neat trick which involves counting from 1 to 10 forward and backward. First, he counts to 10, then turns his back, and counts to 10 again. He's impressed by his joke, but Susan challenges him to count down from 10 to 1 and leads the viewer for the count.
Cartoon An elevator fills up with 10 passengers, but quickly breaks when the mouse gets on.
(First: Episode 0003)
Muppets Simon Soundman tries to buy a saw at Sam's General Store.
SCENE 2 Susan notices that Big Bird's face is dirty, so she tells him to go wash it. Big Bird remembers how Luis washed a window, so he rushes out.
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 3 Big Bird starts to wash his face with a brush and hot, soapy water, but Maria tells him that's no way to wash his face. He resolves to try another way, and recalls the way Mr. Hooper washed his apron.
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
SCENE 4 In a basement, Big Bird fills a washing machine with soap and begins to stick his face in when David stops him and says that washing machines are for clothes only. Big Bird decides he'll just have to have a dirty face for the rest of his life.
G film.jpg
Film Things that begin with G
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 5 Back in his nest, Big Bird realizes he hasn't yet looked at his face to see how dirty he is, so he pulls out a mirror. It's so dirty that he can't see his reflection in it, so he starts to clean it with a facecloth in the sink. Maria and David come along and commend him for finding the proper tools to wash his face.
1041E&Bclean1.jpg Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 1) Bert tells Ernie to clean up the messy apartment.
(First: Episode 0010)
1095u.jpg Cartoon G is for Glue
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0279)
1041E&Bclean2.jpg Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 2) Ernie has finished cleaning up the apartment, but the toy chest is still a mess, so he throws toys all over the place.
(First: Episode 0010)
Muppets A furry, purple creature whooshes in and counts five whistles set out on the workbench outside the Fix-It Shop. He subtracts one, blows it, then whooshes away again.
SCENE 6 Susan sings the Enumeration Song in the arbor, with a board featuring sets of circles divided three ways.
Muppets The creature returns to subtract one more whistle, leaving 3.
I'm a macaw, Myrtle.jpg
Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
Muppets Again, the creature appears to remove another whistle, leaving 2.
Muppets Caveperson Days: King Ernie has a problem -- the cavemen write everything on rocks, which are too heavy to carry around. He calls upon the Royal Smart Person to invent something lighter to write on.
SCENE 7 Big Bird finds a sign on the door of the Fix-It Shop that reads "cerrado". He assumes it means "sleep" in Spanish, so he starts shouting and ringing bells trying to wake Luis up. Maria happens by and explains that "cerrado" means "closed" and that Luis closed the shop to have lunch with a friend. Big Bird realizes that the important thing he wanted to tell Luis was that he was supposed to have lunch with him today, and rushes back to his nest.
Muppets Another whistle is subtracted, thus leaving only 1.
Film Kids dancing.
Muppets An Anything Muppet sings "I'm Cold" in the middle of a blizzard.
(First: Episode 0368)
Muppets The creature takes away the last whistle, leaving 0.
Bert purple hand.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert can't go on a trip with Ernie because his hand has purple paint on it. Ernie puts a mitten on Bert's hand to cover it, but Bert still won't go because he looks silly wearing one mitten. So Ernie completes the outfit with another mitten, a hat, a scarf, and a sled. Ernie then reveals that they are going to the beach.
(First: Episode 0386)
Cartoon G is for Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 8 In the arbor, Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and the kids sing and dance "Doin' the Snuffleupagus".
Muppets The Martians find a telephone.
(First: Episode 0398)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Film A man and children observe the life along the river.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports on Rapunzel, who has been locked in a tower by the wicked witch. Prince Charming comes to rescue her by asking to let down her hair, and she literally does... by having her hair fall off her head.
Cartoon E for Eel
(First: Episode 0408)
1095s.jpg Cartoon G is for Goat
(First: Episode 0085)
SCENE 9 A Spanish-speaking kid enters Hooper's Store, but since David doesn't speak Spanish, he doesn't know what they're asking for. Maria stops by, speaks to the kid, and shows David how to make a piragua with shaved ice and syrup. David immediately makes a sign to advertise in the window that Hooper's Store now offers piraguas.
Muppets Grover and George sing "Two G Sounds."
(First: Episode 0358)
VTR G-Giggle (0:31)
SCENE 10 Goodbye

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