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Sesame Street
β€œSmart” Alex beats Big Bird
Air date December 28, 1972
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Production October 9, 1972
Sponsors O, S, 3
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, Big Bird tells David that he's been practicing adding and subtracting. A new kid in the neighborhood, Alex (nickname β€œSmart Alex”) approaches and asks for an orange. Big Bird tries to solve the subtraction problem, but Alex beats him to it. Big Bird worries that David might like β€œSmart Alex” better than him.
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Cartoon King Minus and the Disappearing Dragons
(First: Episode 0345)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird muses that he may not be good at math, but he's at least good at running. Susan referees a race between him and Alex, and Alex beats him to Hooper's. Big Bird worries further about Alex taking away all his friends.
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Muppets An Anything Muppet boy teaches "forward" and "backward" with a group of Muppets who keep running over the boy when his back is turned. (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0385)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird muses that at least he's taller than everyone. Just then, Gordon comes along and asks him to get a kid's frisbee down from a tree. It's too high for even Big Bird to reach, but Alex comes through, once again, by climbing the tree and getting the frisbee down. Big Bird feels much less needed.
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Muppets An Anything Muppet boy teaches "forward" and "backward" with a group of Muppets who keep running over the boy when his back is turned.
(First: Episode 0069)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird packs his things in a knapsack, then announces he's running away from Sesame Street. The adults and kids (and Alex) gather around him and reassure him they still love him.
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Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
(First: Episode 0136)
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Film Mad Painter #3
(First: Episode 0343)
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Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Lefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
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Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
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Celebrity Pat Paulsen demonstrates "forward" and "backward".
(First: Episode 0069)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
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SCENE 5 Susan sings the Selection Song with pictures of foods and a pencil: which one doesn't belong?
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Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
(First: Episode 0063)
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Cartoon S - Serpiente
(First: Episode 0382)
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Muppets "The Story of the Boy and the Girl and the Jellybeans (Part 1)"
A boy loves jellybeans and comes across a girl who's sad because she lost hers. The boy shares his bag of jellybeans with the girl, but now he has none. Will he get his jellybeans back? Stay tuned...
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cartoon A cowboy tries to lasso a rolling letter O.
(EKA: Episode 0286)
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Muppets "The Story of the Boy and the Girl and the Jellybeans (Part 2)"
The boy who gave his jellybeans away finds the girl again. This time she's afraid of a monster, but the boy assures her that if the monster comes around, he'll be there to help out. Rewarding his kindness, she gives the boy back his jellybeans. All is well until the monster shows up and the girl reveals the reason the monster was bothering her was because he wanted the jellybeans. Now the boy has them, so she's no longer afraid. The monster eats the entire bag of jellybeans and gives the boy a kiss. Our hero is no longer afraid, but he still doesn't have jellybeans. Stay tuned....
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0364)
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Muppets "The Story of the Boy and the Girl and the Jellybeans (Part 3)"
The boy is mad because he has an empty bag and no jellybeans, and the girl is mad because she found her jellybeans, but she doesn't have anything to put them in. They decide to share, and the girl puts her jellybeans in the boy's bag. A happy ending with jellybeans for all!
(First: Episode 0016)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit."
(First: Episode 0160)
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Cast "David the Daring" does his famous forwards and backwards trick.
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket doesn't go off until a few seconds after the countdown commences.
(First: Episode 0148)
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Film A bearded skier walks in the snow to create the word "ME."
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
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Film "Three Song (Song of Three)."
(First: Episode 0001)
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Muppets "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for. (repeat)
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SCENE 6 Kate looks at a kid's bicycle and sees that one of the tires is flat. She asks Oscar to ask Susan if she still has the bicycle pump she lent her, but Oscar passes it to Susan in grouchier terms. Kate is more polite to Susan, and gets the pump back.
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about three trios of animals who live on a fat lady's lap.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover asks Brian to explain which of them is "you" and which is "me."
(First: Episode 0294)
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Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
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Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The director's hat blasts off instead.
(First: Episode 0148)
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Cartoon A cowboy tries to lasso a rolling letter O. (repeat)
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SCENE 7 Kate plays the guitar and sings β€œI Live in the City”.
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Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake. (repeat)
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Song Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Kermit smells smoke. An Anything Muppet girl tells him that there's a fire "over there", and Kermit screams for the fireman. Grover comes along wearing a white coat and a stethoscope; then carrying a pitchfork, and talking about his cows, chickens and the barn. Kermit reminds him that a fireman puts out fires. When Grover finally arrives with a hose, they discover that the fire is coming from the girl toasting marshmallows over a small campfire.
(First: Episode 0348)
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Cartoon Kids around the world say "ME."
(First: Episode 0389)
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Film Ten hats on a hatrack
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SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.


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