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Sesame Street
A fire in Hooper's Store
Air date November 23, 1973
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors G, R, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewer in the morning, then notices smoke coming from Hooper's Store. He assumes Mr. Hooper must be cooking something, but then sees Mr. Hooper isn't there. He realizes there must be a fire and calls out for help. Gordon quickly phones the fire department, while Bob evacuates from his apartment above. The firemen arrive, bust down the door, and find the source of the fire is in the store's basement. They extinguish it as the adults explain the process to Big Bird.
Cartoon "I'm six years old today!"
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 1 cont'd The firemen dump out some old junk from the basement, which is what caught fire. They make their way off, just as Mr. Hooper arrives in a panic. His friends calm him down and assure him everything's fine. He catches up to the firemen and thanks the lieutenant for his work. He promises they can have anything they want from the store free of charge, but the lieutenant just asks that he throw out his trash regularly to prevent any future fires.

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie asks Bert to keep an eye on his pyramid of blocks. The Count walks by, and counts the blocks, moving them out of the pyramid shape. Then he counts them again, putting them back into the pyramid. Bert yells at the Count for moving Ernie's blocks, so the Count counts the blocks again, taking the pyramid apart.
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
Stolen bathtub clues.jpg
Film A police officer follows clues that lead to a bathtub stolen by a gorilla.
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
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 "Presenting ... the window squeegee!"
R ribbon.jpg
Cartoon A ribbon wraps itself around a woman, then turns itself into an R.
(First: Episode 0289)
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
Cartoon Men in boxes sound out the word RUN.
(First: Episode 0369)
SCENE 2 Everyone brings the burned-up trash over near Oscar's trash can so the sanitation team can collect it tomorrow. Oscar instead requests they deposit it into his trash can. Bob thinks the can is too small to hold it all, but Oscar insists they get to it.
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
(First: Episode 0410)
SCENE 2 cont'd Oscar has managed to get almost everything into his can from the junk pile. The only thing there's no room for is a small, tin can, which Oscar says the sanitation folks can collect.
Cookie Ernie hat boxes.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie purchases a straw hat for Bert, and asks Cookie Monster which box the hat will go in.
(First: Episode 0438)
Cartoon / Film A cartoon man climbs a live-action boy.
(First: Episode 0494)
Cast The Kids try to spell the word "BUS" in the right way.
(First: Episode 0469)
Russian dolls.JPG
Film Russian nesting dolls 1-10
Cartoon G is for Glue
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0279)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” A tough guy named Tough Eddie accidentally knocks over Bert's sand castle while he's sleeping. Ernie points that out to Eddie, and Eddie tells Ernie, in a threatening tone of voice, that he's "got something" for Bert. It turns out to be an ice cream cone.
(First: Episode 0482)
Film A look at the life of Colleen, who lives in Arizona.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon Tool Quickies - Wood Plane (0:12)
Film Footage of a coral reef, showcasing the plant life and the fish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0466)
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

Muppets An Anything Muppet man arrives at a gas station, hoping to be filled in a short time. Instead, his car takes a long time to fill while the attendant fills other cars in a short time.
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things. (repeat)
Cartoon One of These Footprints says "excuse me."
(First: Episode 0487)
Celebrity Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Grover and the letter R, which ROLLS, ROCKS, RUNS, and ROCKETS.
(First: Episode 0194)
Cartoon Simple Simon meets some strange-looking animals, all of whom have their parts switched around.
Artist: Jeff Hale
SCENE 3 While everyone helps clean up in the store, they decide to play a sorting game using triangles they draw in the newly-waxed windows.
Film Two kids help an old Chinese man get his dragon kite in the air.
(First: Episode 0444)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie wants to have some cookies. Bert asks Ernie if he knows what "before" means, and Ernie demonstrates by saying that before he can have a cookie, he has to open the lid to a cookie jar, and after he closes the lid, he eats the cookie. He demonstrates a few times, until he loses his appetite for dinner.
(First: Episode 0007)
Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
Cartoon What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? What do you think would happen?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0406)
Transition Bridge #4 - Cornered Bridge C (0:26)
SCENE 4 Inspired by the events of today, Mr. Hooper decides to hold a "Fire Sale" at his store. Bob announces the sponsors and the credits roll.

CLOSING SIGNS Mr. Hooper holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Susan and Gordon hold up the CTW sign at the end.


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