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Sesame Street
Big Bird needs to make a phone call to Luis; Oscar plays Grouch Steps
Air date January 15, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors K, M, 3
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis plays a “what happens next” game with some kids: he shows them some out-of-order picture sequences and has them arrange them correctly. He introduces Batman.
Batman Penguin.jpg
Cartoon Batman and Robin catch the Penguin's gang who has dirty windows, teaching the opposite pairings of clean and dirty.
(First: Episode 0099)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
Muppets "M-M-M Monster Meal"
(First: Episode 0380)
SCENE 2 Big Bird needs to make a phone call to let Luis know that he doesn't have time to return the lunchbox he borrowed, because he's got to meet his cousin Leon at the bus stop. He doesn't have his own phone, so he asks to use Susan's, then Oscar's, then the payphone at Hooper's Store which is in use by Bob. He then runs over to the Fix-it Shop to call Luis, but Luis appears behind him. Big Bird quickly gives him back the lunchbox and runs off.
Film Traffic light.
(First: Episode 0131)
Cartoon The Pink Panther - K For Karate
(First: Episode 0241)
Muppets Lefty wants to sell Ernie an empty box, explaining that he can fill the box with things, such as a pet mouse (if Ernie had one) and jellybeans (if they rained from the sky). Ernie wants an empty box, but doesn't have any money. However, Bert brings a box of cookies. Ernie dumps the cookies so he can catch jellybeans from the sky.
(First: Episode 0081)
Cartoon A man walks by different people who demonstrate what love is.
(First: Episode 0292)
SCENE 3 Susan sings the Sorting Song: three small triangles and one big one.
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(First: Episode 0207)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot thinks that Grover is talking about the letter M whenever he makes an Mmmmm sound, but Grover is only making the sound because he ate peanut butter and got his mouth stuck shut.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Jerry Nelson narrates a story about a green Muppet hand that learns to spin a top.
(First: Episode 0362)
Cartoon K is for kitten.
(First: Episode 0040)
Raise your hand with no name.jpg
Cast A narrator (Jerry Nelson) demonstrates why it's easier to address people by their names. David, Gordon, Susan, Luis, and some kids are lined up in limbo as the voice calls out for a man to raise his hand (David, Gordon, and Luis comply). The voice then asks for a black man to raise his hand (David and Gordon). Finally, the voice asks for the black man wearing a tie to raise his hand, which leaves only Gordon.
(First: Episode 0423)
0316 giraffes.jpg
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: a herd of giraffes move their way through a field.
(First: Episode 0316)
David shapes arbor.jpg
Cast David (in voiceover) finds shapes in the arbor.
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and Grover talk about "AN" words. Herbert demonstrates the words themselves, while Grover provides visual aids. The first word they talk about is RAN. While Herbert talks about how to make the word, Grover keeps running around the scene until he tires himself out.
(First: Episode 0160)
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Herbert now makes the word "CAN," so Grover makes a stack of them, which he knocks over.
(First: Episode 0160)
Cartoon Marvelous Martha knows many words that start with the letter "M".
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Finally, Herbert makes the word "FAN." Grover brings in a fan that blows them both away.
(First: Episode 0160)
Cartoon Clouds that look like things.
(First: Episode 0211)
SCENE 4 Oscar is disgusted when he sees Gordon and his friends playing “Giant Steps”. He makes up his own version of the game, “Grouch Steps”.
Muppets Salesman Harvey Kneeslapper asks Tony if he gets attacked by monsters and run over by crowds. Herry Monster attacks him and a crowd walks all over him, so the answer is yes. Harvey has a simple solution for Tony: AWAY FROM! The next time those things happen to Tony, he can get AWAY FROM them.
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner. The M is very appreciative, and makes "Mmmmmm" sounds. It eats all of the food at the table, and winds up eating the screen!
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Ernie/Herry M sound tag (0:38)
(First: Episode 0255)
Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
Film Comparing a boy's skin to animals' fur, feathers, skin, and other coverings.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0108)
Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
Letter for Ernie.jpg
Muppets Ernie tries to help a mailman deliver a letter to Mrs. Mary Ann ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
(First: Episode 0038)
Cartoon What if a turtle and rabbit switched appearances?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
Cartoon The Pink Panther - K For Karate (repeat)
SCENE 5 Luis sings the Sorting Song in Spanish: three big rectangles and one small one. He introduces Kermit.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit gives a lecture about rectangles. Cookie Monster smashes the shape, but says it'll still work out: "It's a wreck -- and it's a tangle!"
(First: Episode 0017)
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man (repeat)
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters (repeat)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks (repeat)
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother (repeat)
Transition Bridge #7 - Rectangle Bridge A
(First: Episode 0290)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.

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