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Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to fit a big bag of birdseed in a small bucket
Air date April 19, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors Q, S, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon greets the viewer, introducing some kids to the letter Q. Oscar unknowingly helps them think of Q words: he tells them to be quiet, asks if this is a quiz, says he doesn't like questions, and finally, โ€œI quit!โ€
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
Muppets "The Question Song"
(First: Episode 0378)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
SCENE 2 Bob encounters Big Bird with a bag of birdseed from his cousin Everett. He plans on carrying it in a small bucket, but Bob shows him how to compare sizes. Bob proceeds to put the birdseed into the biggest bucket, but Big Bird points out that this bucket has a hole in it.
Film The Mad Painter #5
(First: Episode 0345)
Cookie Ernie hat boxes.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie purchases a straw hat for Bert, and asks Cookie Monster which box the hat will go in.
(First: Episode 0438)
Imagination Gum.jpg
Cartoon A girl imagines what would happen if she were a piece of gum.
Cast Kids comment as Bob's legs, torso, and head move into place.
(First: Episode 0489)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
SCENE 3 Maria plays a selection game with different sized trees.
Rhyme With BUY.jpg
Muppets Cookie Monster: Cookie Monster comes to the bakery looking for something delicious that rhymes with BUY. He tries the I (from the MIKE'S BAKERY sign) and the baker's TIE, both of which aren't that delicious. Finally, Guy Smiley comes in and loudly announces that he would like to BUY a PIE. Cookie then knows what he can get in the bakery that rhymes with BUY and is delicious: it's GUY! A chase ensues, and Cookie asks the baker to send him the bill.
(First: Episode 0481)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Green Tree Snake
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0285)
Film Counting 6 pieces of laundry on the line
(First: Episode 0419)
Film Apples grow on a tree.
(First: Episode 0093)
SCENE 4 Kate plays guitar and sings a folksy alphabet song.
David Luis clothesline.jpg
Cast David and Luis prepare to hang clothes on a high clothesline using a ladder. However, they each climb it to hang one article at a time. A voiceover instructs them to cooperate, so David climbs the ladder as Luis hands him clothes to hang up.
(First: Episode 0438)
Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out. Voice: Joe Flynn
(First: Episode 0303)
Film A trio of clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus illustrate tall and small.
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie is tall, Bert taller, and Big Bird is the tallest (and he also breaks the ceiling).
(First: Episode 0284)
SCENE 5 Short/tall quickies:
  • Kateโ€™s plant is short; Mariaโ€™s plant is tall.
  • Gordonโ€™s boots are short; a kidโ€™s boots are tall.
  • Bob is too tall to enter a short door - but then he shrinks.
Film George the Farmer demonstrates short and tall.
(First: Episode 0254)
Song "1-2-3-4-5!"
(First: Episode 0144)
Muppets "Five People in My Family"
(First: Episode 0008)
Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
Film A band plays and children dance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
(First: Episode 0438)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie asks Bert to play a game where they take turns counting and then saying "Q". Ernie goes first with "1 Q", and Bert follows with "2 Q". The game continues, until Bert gets to "10 Q". "You're welcome, Bert!" Ernie says.
(First: Episode 0440)
Film A man karate chops 5 boards.
(First: Episode 0469)
Muppets Kermit and Grover draw a Q on the screen.
(First: Episode 0493)
Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon Country 5 (repeat)
Cartoon A girl runs home to her CASA.
(First: Episode 0503)
Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally has a new pair of pants, but they're too big for him. Ralph has a belt, but isn't quite sure how to secure it. Ralph ultimately suggests Wally eat a lot of bananas until he's big enough to fit into the pants.
(First: Episode 0353)
Scrapyard baler.jpg
Film A magnetic scrapyard baler is used to lift cars into a compacter.
(First: Episode 0024)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Bert and David display their mad and happy faces.
(First: Episode 0343)
Cartoon A short bird stands under a tall bird, which lays an egg on its head.
(First: Episode 0303)
SCENE 6 Big Bird reads a poem about pelicans, introducing a film about them.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Swimming and flying pelicans.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0322)
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Wind-up toy
(First: Episode 0255)
Cast In speed-induced footage, Maria, Luis and David put together a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0467)
Cartoon Q for Quiet (repeat)
Film A kid narrates footage of a termite colony.
(First: Episode 0408)
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
Dot Bridge 01 straight.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced.

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