Sesame Street
Big Bird plays hide-and-seek
Air date November 22, 1973
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Production May 16, 1973
Sponsors E, G, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird joins Maria, Bob, and the kids for a game of hide-and-seek. Maria, designated as "it," sees Big Bird having trouble finding a spot he can convincingly hide. So, she instead makes him "it" instead. He counts to 10, but this puts him to sleep instead of going to look for everyone. The rest of the players simply end the game and let him nap.
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Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0007)
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Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Polly count five fingers.
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 2 Bob sings "Five Fingers on My Left Hand."
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Muppets Story: "The Geefle and the Gonk"
The Geefle and the Gonk, two aliens, learn how to cooperate and gather nectarines together.
(First: Episode 0452)
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Film Things you can carry
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0515)
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Cartoon One of these things doesn't belong (shoe pairs)
(First: Episode 0490)
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Celebrity Joe Namath tosses a football forward to a kid. The film then runs in reverse to demonstrate backward.
(First: Episode 0530)
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SCENE 3 Reacting to the previous segment, Big Bird throws a forward pass himself, which smashes into something offscreen.
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Film A figure skater illustrates forward and backward.
(First: Episode 0500)
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Cast "David the Daring" does his famous forwards and backwards trick.
(First: Episode 0439)
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Muppets "The Ballad of Casey McPhee"
(First: Episode 0516)
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Film Hippos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0415)
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SCENE 4 Maria makes a tower out of five cigar boxes. At first, she uses sticky tape to hold them together and stacks them like stairs. She asks what would happen if she did that without the tape, and then demonstrates the proper way to stack them as a tower.
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Cartoon Jazz #5 (repeat)
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Muppets Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot count to twenty.
(First: Episode 0189)
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Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(First: Episode 0240)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — While Ernie looks after Hooper's Store, Bert asks him for something to drink. Ernie starts out with a glass of unflavored soda water, tastes it, and decides it's too dull for his ol' buddy Bert. To Bert's dismay, Ernie then adds some strawberry syrup to the soda water, then a scoop of ice cream, and finally, some whipped cream. Now it's an ice cream soda, which Bert doesn't want... but Ernie does.
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Cast Gordon, Brynne, David, Maria, Luis, and Bob sit on a bus seat with newspapers numbered 1-6, as a voiceover (Jerry Nelson) counts them.
(First: Episode 0469)
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Cartoon Letter G drawing with kid voice-over
(First: Episode 0306)
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Film Things that begin with G
(First: Episode 0357)
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Cartoon G is for Goat
(First: Episode 0085)
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SCENE 5 Bob finds Big Bird repeating "G, G, G" to himself. He explains it's a memory trick to help remember a letter he received from his sister Tondalea regarding her 14 newly-hatched eggs - his immediate response was, "Gee!"
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Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Muppets Grover and George sing "Two G Sounds."
(First: Episode 0358)
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Cartoon La palabra cerrado
(First: Episode 0481)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert can't go on a trip with Ernie because his hand has purple paint on it. Ernie puts a mitten on Bert's hand to cover it, but Bert still won't go because he looks silly wearing one mitten. So Ernie completes the outfit with another mitten, a hat, a scarf, and a sled. Ernie then reveals that they are going to the beach.
(First: Episode 0386)
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Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be. (re-recorded music)
(First: Episode 0004)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird proudly demonstrates to Maria how he can count to 10 in Spanish. She congratulates him in Spanish, which he can't understand. He beams when she says she assumed he could speak Spanish as well as her.
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Animation Dot & Hill B-3: Silhouetted dots use carts to climb a steep hill.
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Muppets Simon Soundman goes to Marvin's Music City to buy a nice shiny trumpet. However, Marvin keeps bringing the wrong instrument.
(First: Episode 0458)
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Cartoon A man tries to explain how to put wallpaper up.
(First: Episode 0527)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit talks with Chris about teaching his little sister, Stephanie, to talk. Chris practices the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0495)
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Cartoon A man explains that the letter E begins both Enter and Exit. Another man named Roy runs through the doors.
(First: Episode 0406)
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Muppets The Count hires Ernie to answer his phone so that he won't be bothered with calls while he is counting. However, when the phone rings, the Count wants to count the rings, and won't let Ernie pick up the phone until it's too late. "I told you it wouldn't be easy," the Count explains.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
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SCENE 7 Big Bird, Maria, and the kids play soccer in the yard while Bob announces the sponsors.


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