Sesame Street
Big Bird's alphabet show
Air date April 23, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors C, U, 7
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 In the arbor, Big Bird presents his fabulous, fantastic alphabet show for everyone. First, for the letter A, he acts like an acrobat. For the letter B, he inflates himself like a balloon, then floats away – and crashes, for the letter C.
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Muppets Cookie Monster presents to Ernie his new device “The Cookie Counter” which will notify him of the quantity of cookies inside the box. Cookie Monster points “The Cookie Counter” rod to the box of cookies, which rings five times representing the amount of cookies inside the box. Ernie is impressed by Cookie Monster's device and talks about the benefits the device provides to the audience, simultaneously Cookie Monster eats Ernie's box of cookies. Ernie tests the Cookie Counter by pointing the rod at the box of cookies, the box doesn't ring. Cookie Monster asks Ernie to face the Cookie Counter rod to his stomach; it rings five times as proof of the location of the five cookies.
(First: Episode 0481)
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Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
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Film C is for cars on the highway.
(First: Episode 0469)
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Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail.
(First: Episode 0294)
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Muppets / Cast Kermit's Lectures: Bob holds an American bullfrog and asks Kermit to talk about frogs. However, due to living a somewhat different life than normal frogs, what Kermit says about frogs is somewhat incorrect; for example, Kermit believes that frogs eat fried chicken and pizza, and live in apartment houses.
(First: Episode 0277)
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Cartoon A baby cries whenever he gets a beso.
(First: Episode 0433)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letter D, he dances like a duck. For the letter E, he exits like an engine, and crashes again.
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Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other.
(First: Episode 0433)
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Film Grasshopper (harpsichord 50s-style music)
(First: Episode 0084)
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Muppets Grover the Assistant: Grover volunteers to assist the Amazing Mumford in his suspension act. Grover will get on top of a platform, and Mumford will pull the pillar off from underneath, and the platform will not fall. The trick works, so Grover decides to try it himself, with Herry Monster as his assistant. Grover can't pull it off, and Herry falls.
(First: Episode 0292)
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Cartoon The 'b' in 'beso' kisses an apple and a duck.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0461)
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Film The Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letter F, he flies like a frankfurter, and crashes again after being told frankfurters can’t fly.
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Cartoon C is for clipper... and captain, crew, cargo, cookies, cantaloupe, cabbage, candy, cake, and corks that the crew eats (some by mistake).
(First: Episode 0253)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie has a licorice whip that he offers to share with Bert. He divides it in half with a pair of scissors, but then discovers that Bert's half is longer than his. He cuts off a little bit of Bert's half, and eats it. Then he discovers that his own half is longer than Bert's, and that's not fair, so he cuts a bit off of his own, and eats it. Ernie goes back and forth, cutting off more and more, until the licorice whip is gone.
(First: Episode 0461)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon Two lines intersect at the middle of the screen and have an argument; they cooperate by making a cross.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit asks Grover to use ladders to demonstrate the difference between short and long. Kermit's amazed that Grover can carry the long ladder by himself, but then sees that Grover is on both ends.
(First: Episode 0276)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letters G through K, he gobbles like a goose, honks like a horn, imitates like an impressionist, jiggles like jelly, and kisses like a kangaroo, but crashes yet again while hopping.
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Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cast David and Maria dine in spaghetti. Maria polishes off her plate in a short time, but David starts to eat each piece individually, which takes very long. (part 1)
(First: Episode 0429)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
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Cast David's plate is about half-empty now. (part 2)
(First: Episode 0429)
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Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
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Cast Maria has fallen asleep by now, when David finally finishes eating his spaghetti. He then beckons a waiter (Bob) to bring him another serving... (part 3)
(First: Episode 0429)
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Cartoon Capital letter U for up
(First: Episode 0416)
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Song "Riding on the Train"
(First: Episode 0423)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letters L through R, he…
  • laughs like a lamb…
  • marches like a mushroom…
  • nods like a nincompoop…
  • operates like Oscar
  • prances like a penguin…
  • quacks like a quail, and
  • runs like a rhinoceros, crashing yet again.
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Film Stop-motion: in a park, a garbage man puts litter in a trash can. (Part 1)
(First: Episode 0491)
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Muppets Cookie Monster sings "C is for Cookie."
(First: Episode 0372)
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Film Stop-motion: in a park, a man reads a newspaper, then shamelessly drops it on the ground. A little girl finds this disgusting, and puts the newspaper in the trash bin. (Part 2)
(First: Episode 0491)
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Cast VTR: Add tricycles (1:27)
(First: Episode 0477)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letters S and T, he spins like a spool, then takes off like a torpedo. CRASH!
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed, and then he'll get crumbs in his pajamas, itch, and not be able to sleep. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
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Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
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Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
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Cartoon C is for clipper... (repeat)
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SCENE 7 Big Bird’s alphabet show continues: for the letters U through Z, he…
  • undulates like an upside-down cake…
  • vanishes like a vapor…
  • whistles like the wind…
  • x-rays his cousin Xavier…
  • yodels like a yak, and…
  • zooms and zigzags like a zany zebra.

Everyone cheers. Big Bird then announces his fabulous, fantastic number show, but the cast all sign off instead.


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