Sesame Street
Maria and Big Bird play a rhyming game
Air date December 1, 1972
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors A, B, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon appears on Sesame Street (wearing blue against a chroma key background) with parts of his body missing. He talks to the audience as each body part returns (removing blue sleeves and leggings).
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Muppets Kermit tries to give a lecture on being happy, but Cookie Monster eats Kermit's happy face prop, which makes him mad.
(First: Episode 0066)
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Film Body part shout-out
(First: Episode 0264)
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Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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Film The Mad Painter #5
(First: Episode 0345)
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SCENE 2 Maria plays a rhyming game with Big Bird and the kids in the arbor where she gives them a word and tells them to come back with an object that rhymes with. She starts with knock and the kids bring back a sock, a rock, a clock, and a block. Next she assigns them hair and the kids return with a chair. Big Bird has made his way over to 123 Sesame Street where he finds a stair. It's cemented down, so he leaves to retrieve his tools.
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Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A.
(First: Episode 0132)
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SCENE 3 Just as Big Bird is about to saw away a stair from the stoop of 123, Maria stops him and says he can't ruin the stairs for a game; he'll have to find something else that rhymes with hair. Maria gives him a hint: it has four legs. After some thought, Big Bird resolves to go catch himself a bear.
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Cartoon Words that begin with A, ending with ambulance (Spanish soundtrack)
Animated by Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0371)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird has set out a series of honey jars leading up to his nest in order to catch a bear. He sits and waits for his prey as Maria comes by and commends him on find the object that rhymes with hair and has four legs: a chair.
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Muppets As ominous music plays, The Count walks around his castle, checks out the mirror (he has no reflection), and greets his bats. The mailman (Jim Henson) arrives, with a bunch of letters for him. He wonders why there are so many. The Count says that he wrote them all himself, so he could count them...and then he does.
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Cast Part 1: Luis enters limbo dressed in funny clothes and reads a sign that says "agua". Puzzled, he hold it to the camera and says the word again just as he's drenched from above with water.
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Song "1-2-3-4-5!" (repeat)
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Cast Part 2: Luis enters again with an umbrella and reads the "agua" sign. Nothing happens, so he reads it again. He lowers the umbrella, reads it one more time, and gets drenched in water again.
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Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
(First: Episode 0158)
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Film Squares are shown in close-up.
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Cast Part 3: Luis returns with Maria and indicates that she should read the sign (as he snickers). Maria reads "agua" while water pours on Luis.
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Polly demonstrate five fingers.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count to 5.
(First: Episode 0125)
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Cast Gordon points to a handkerchief that's in his pocket. He pulls on it (it's ten feet long) and notes that it's now out of his pocket.
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Muppets Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot recite the alphabet together.
(First: Episode 0188)
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Cartoon Country Fiddler: #5 (repeat)
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Cast Maria sits at a table and notes that an egg sitting over the opening of a milk jug is out of the bottle. A match placed inside the jar creates a vacuum and sucks the egg inside. It's now in the bottle.
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Celebrity Flip Wilson counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0147)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
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Cartoon B is for bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. And Bosco, who is taking a bath.
(First: Episode 0355)
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Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
(First: Episode 0389)
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Song "1-2-3-4-5!"
(First: Episode 0155)
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Muppets "The UN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0155)
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Film An osprey flies around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0293)
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cast Susan and the kids sort a hammer, saw, pliers, and a shoe.
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Muppets A group of Muppets (including Herry Monster) split into two separate teams for a game based on whether they have letters or numbers printed on their shirts. However, one of the small ones points out that they've split into one team of big players and one team of small players. They eventually agree to play Tiddly-Winks.
(First: Episode 0298)
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Muppets Big Bird sings "The Sound of the Letter A".
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Muppets Ernie finds an apple on a brick wall, and wants to know who it belongs to. Sherlock Hemlock helps solve the mystery, and realizes that Ernie has a brown paper bag with a hole at the bottom, and that Ernie had an apple in the bag, therefore the apple belongs to Ernie.
(First: Episode 0137)
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Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie asks Bert to go play in the park with him. When Bert says no, Ernie wonders if he isn't feeling well and starts to examine him.
(First: Episode 0124)
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates in and out.
(First: Episode 0293)
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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)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 The sponsors are announced and the credits follow.



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