Sesame Street
Big Bird builds a nest
Air date April 9, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors I, W, 8
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Luis and some kids notice Oscar doing physical exercises while counting. They join him, and Luis lists the benefits of exercising, but Oscar lists the benefits for Grouches.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 1: Ernie, having set up shop as a barber, gives Bert a haircut, but he ends up removing all of his hair.
(First: Episode 0068)
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Cartoon W For Wilbur
(First: Episode 0366)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 2: Ernie tries to disguise Bert until his hair grows back, but a monster (later known as Grover) mistakes Bert for his father and lugs him away.
(First: Episode 0068)
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Cartoon A trainer announces that his talking dog will say YES, but he says NO instead.
Artist: Derek Lamb
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Part 3: Bert has quickly grown his hair back, but his brief time amongst monsters has resulted in his speaking like Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0068)
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Cartoon An anthropomorphic cloud blows a wild wind disturbing some farm animals.
(First: Episode 0407)
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Film The Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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Cartoon A colorful, rhythmic demonstration of the word IN
(First: Episode 0337)
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates in and out.
(First: Episode 0293)
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SCENE 2 Susan and Mr. Hooper encounter Big Bird packing his suitcase, intending to run away from Sesame Street because he thinks he’s not important. They reassure him that he knows how to build a nest, which is something only birds can do. He decides to stay after all, and starts to build a nest.
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about the letter W. Cookie Monster eats the W.
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird puts up a “No admittance” sign on his door while he builds the nest, pointing it out to Gordon. He gets some building supplies – sticks and straw – from his bird friends, who drop them from above.
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to start his W lecture again, but the W comes to life and attacks him.
(First: Episode 0001)
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Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird has finished building the nest, so he tells Mr. Hooper to get inside it to make sure it’s the right size. Mr. Hooper assumes he built the nest for him, but he did it for his cousin Norbert.
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Animation Shape organization, part 1
(First: Episode 0419)
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Film There Once Was a Hand: Skip Hinnant narrates the story of an unhappy hand that wishes he could make a noise.
(First: Episode 0007)
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Animation Shape organization, part 2
(First: Episode 0419)
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Muppets Bert sings the club song for The National Association of W Lovers.
(First: Episode 0366)
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Cartoon A worm declares that the word "worm" is the only important word that begins with "W". A walrus retaliates by dumping a bucket of water on it.
(First: Episode 0001)
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Animation Shape organization, part 3
(First: Episode 0419)
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Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl who is stuck IN the quicksand.
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Muppets Herry Monster holds a sign with the word "NO" on it and tells Ernie that he can make him read his sign. Ernie replies "Oh no you can't!", and eventually gets the joke. He tries it on Bert, but the gag backfires when Bert bets he can get Ernie to read the sign.
(First: Episode 0416)
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Animation Shape organization (all formations review), part 4
(First: Episode 0419)
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Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
(First: Episode 0409)
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Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
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Cartoon A man walks in an IN.
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SCENE 5 Susan plays a sorting game with different size tables.
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Song "Eight Song (Song of Eight)
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cast Wally and Ralph figure out how to properly use the see-saw.
(First: Episode 0444)
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Cartoon W - wallpaper
(First: Episode 0291)
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Celebrity Flip Wilson shows how his teacher, Miss Johnson, taught the ABCs.
(First: Episode 0151)
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Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
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Film A man and children observe the life along the river.
(First: Episode 0409)
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Muppets In a Dragnet parody, Sergeant Thursday and Ben hunt for a wanted W.
(First: Episode 0395)
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SCENE 6 Luis plays a Spanish sorting game with different colored hands.
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Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
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Film Ten hats on a hatrack
(First: Episode 0439)
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Cartoon W For Wilbur (repeat)
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Muppets Grover the elevator operator gives a demonstration of in and out which annoys the passengers.
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Cartoon W for Wash
(First: Episode 0485)
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Film Tracks from a race car cross paths until most of the screen is blank. A pair of foot prints crosses the screen to blank out the last bit.
(First: Episode 0105)
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SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced.


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