Sesame Street
Big Bird redecorates Hooper's Store to give it bird appeal
Air date February 22, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors P, R, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gordon watches Big Bird rapidly show off some R words - run, race and rush (which he does while imitating the Road Runner), carrying a sign with each word. He finally brings in a stool, which Gordon notices is not an R word - it's for Big Bird to Rest on.
Muppets Ernie and Lefty the Salesman have an argument over the letters "R" and "P."
(First: Episode 0129)
Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit the Frog is about to talk about the letter R, until Cookie Monster karate chops one of the legs off, turning it into a P. When Kermit threatens to tell the monster's mommy, Cookie reassembles the broken letter back to the letter "R".
(First: Episode 0129)
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
(First: Episode 0410)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Families."
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)


Muppets / Cast "Surprise!": A band of Anything Muppet hippies sing about the good and bad parts of surprises, and how people respond to them, with various characters demonstrating them in cutaways.
(First: Episode 0173)
Cast David, Luis and Linda count in different languages.
(First: Episode 0326)
Cartoon "Bumble Ardy #9" -- Young Bumble Ardy invites nine pigs to his birthday party while his mother, Sweet Adeline, is away.
(First: Episode 0305)
SCENE 2 Big Bird watches Hooper's Store for David, but gets bored when nobody stops in. He thinks he can increase business by catering more to birds. He spreads out some packing straw and starts planning for nests, bird houses and perches.
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie has a collection of Rs in a box. He shows Bert, who says that Ernie will be the laughingstock of Sesame Street if anyone else finds out. Ernie sadly throws away his Rs, and Bert asks to have the box for his J collection.
(First: Episode 0014)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 3 The store is now full of birds thanks to Big Bird's new fixtures. Luis comes by and doesn't think these changes will please David. He suggests Big Bird remove them and find a spot where "they'll really be appreciated."
Film Nine Song (Song of Nine)
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 4 Luis tells David about what happened and they're relieved to see the store is back to normal. As Big Bird describes what he did with the fixtures, Luis gets a horrid suspicion that Big Bird moved the things into the Fix-It Shop. Instead, Big Bird gave them all to the local pet shop.

Muppets Maria reads "The Boy Who Cried Monster." A terrible, cookie-stealing monster helps to teach a mischievous Anything Muppet boy an important lesson.
(First: Episode 0412)
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon Pat the Pilot skywrites a letter P with her plane.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0478)
Film A clown (Dennis Allen) takes off his make-up. Which face do you like better?
(First: Episode 0461)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Cookie Monster and Genelle say the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0320)

SCENE 5 Big Bird confers with Gordon about something - "If I was to get angry at you, would we still be friends?" Gordon confirms this, and Big Bird angrily tells him to stop standing on his foot.
Muppets Grover the Elevator Operator: Grover's elevator holds five people.
(First: Episode 0462)
Cartoon Julius demonstrates "here" and "there", then ends up being "in pain."
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0418)
I'm a macaw, Myrtle.jpg
Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
(First: Episode 0409)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: R - rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
AM fix BUS.jpg
Muppets An Anything Muppet brings his broken BUS (the word) to a garage for a mechanic to fix up.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cartoon The word BUS
(First: Episode 0277)
Film A voiceover counts nine cars at an intersection.
(First: Episode 0424)
SCENE 6 Mr. Fussbudget has an ice cream soda at Hooper's, which he finds lacking in both ice cream and soda. He then gets angry when David accidentally short changes him, believing David was trying to cheat him out of his money.
Muppets A woman (Jim Henson) volunteers to assist The Amazing Mumford in his surprise magic trick. Mumford makes her disappear โ€“ but when he tries to make her reappear, Herry Monster pops up, saying "SURPRISE!"
(First: Episode 0381)

SCENE 7 Mr. Fussbudget protests Hooper's Store over the money incident. Maria comes by and tries to explain, but Mr. Fussbudget accuses she's in cahoots with David. Luis reminds him that he never returned the hammer he borrowed. Mr. Fussbudget apologizes for the mistake and realizes he was wrong about David. He forgives David, who offers an ice cream soda on the house. Mr. Fussbudget passes, again citing that David's work is uneven.
Film A pride of lions feasts on an animal carcass.
(First: Episode 0407)
Mama Busca.jpg
Cartoon A child runs through a crowd shouting for MAMA.
(First: Episode 0458)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Kermit and Brian talk about the difference between here and there.
(First: Episode 0127)
Cartoon Men in boxes sound out the word RUN.
(First: Episode 0369)
SCENE 8 Gordon sings "Here Are Some Things" involving chairs and a lamp.
R ribbon.jpg
Cartoon A ribbon wraps itself around a woman, then turns itself into an R.
(First: Episode 0289)
Muppets Three Anything Muppets (including Farley) wait for a bus at a bus stop. To their surprise, the bus is very small, and two small Muppets get off of it.
(First: Episode 0189)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things. (repeat)
Film Lizards
(First: Episode 0047)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
Film Nine Song (Song of Nine) (repeat)
SCENE 9 David invites the kids inside the store for some free hot chocolate, as Mr. Fussbudget announces the sponsors.

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