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Sesame Street
Everyone buys "little machines"; Big Bird accidentally locks Gordon in the garage
Air date December 31, 1973
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors F, G, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird encounters A.J. Hornswaggle (Jerry Nelson) hawking “little machines” - boxes that that produce music, laughter and flashing lights, but also emit smoke, which the salesman downplays. Big Bird decides to take one.
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBert & Ingrid count backwards from ten to one.
(First: Episode 0527)
SCENE 2 Jay decides to buy one of the laughing/flashing/music machines, despite the smoke. Oscar doesn’t want to buy one, but changes his mind when Hornswaggle changes the “laughing” setting to crying.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
E deliver.png
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit plans to talk about the letter F, but Beautiful Day Monster delivers an E instead, so he fixes it by using an ax and chopping off the bottom line of the E to make it look like an F.
(First: Episode 0033)
SCENE 3 Susan, Gordon, Bob, David, Jay and Big Bird realize that Sesame Street is now heavily polluted with smoke, as a result of those laughing/flashing/music machines that Hornswaggle has sold to everyone. They take their machines and throw them away into Oscar’s can.
Cartoon "Poverty F
(First: Episode 0128)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts The Weather Show.
(First: Episode 0385)
F for Factory.jpg
Film F for Factory
(First: Episode 0447)
Celebrity Flip Wilson shows how his teacher, Miss Johnson, taught the ABCs.
(First: Episode 0151)
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)
Film Joe Raposo: Wet & Dry (Falls in pool; kid VO's)
(First: Episode 0467)
Insert Three of These Kids are wearing winter gear in the cold, but one is not.
(First: Episode 0463)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Astronaut Hooper and Susan sketch.jpg
Cast Mr. Hooper and Susan play astronauts on a mission on the Moon. Susan attempts to tally up the three moon rocks, which float off into space one by one (followed by her superior).
(First: Episode 0524)
Cartoon The uses of water (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0278)
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Muppets Grover is carrying the word "HELP", which is very heavy. He asks Marty to help him carry the word. Instead, Marty gives Grover three more "HELP" words to carry.
(First: Episode 0287)
SCENE 4 David sees that Big Bird has painted several “wet paint” signs - one for each previous sign.
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly.
(First: Episode 0034)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie keeps taking glasses of water outside the apartment. Bert thinks of possible uses Ernie could have for this water. As it turns out, the kitchen faucet is broken, and Ernie's trying to get rid of the water before the apartment floods.
(First: Episode 0425)
Cartoon The uses of water
(First: Episode 0139)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (near swimming pool)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Film Baby animals nurse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0546)
Animation Slide puzzle: Ernie
(First: Episode 0403)
Muppets "The "OP" Family Song"
(First: Episode 0146)
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
HELP Maria David Susan Gordon.jpg
Cast Maria, David, Gordon, and Susan pull on a rope to drag the word HELP into frame. Then they sit on the floor and drive an invisible car away.
Cartoon A man teaches his dog Rover how to read the word SIT.
(First: Episode 0304)
Bert purple hand.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert 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)
Cartoon glasses vs glasses.jpg
Cartoon A man uses drinking glasses on his eyes and pours water over his seeing glasses.
(First: Episode 0485)
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Muppets Some AM kids get ready to play baseball. A Fat Blue (Jerry Nelson) brings a bat, Prairie Dawn (Fran Brill) brings a glove, and a Lavender (Caroll Spinney) brings a catcher's mask. A Hot Pink (Frank Oz) brings a hockey stick, and a tennis racket, before producing a box... which holds the baseball.
(First: Episode 0193)
SCENE 5 Big Bird finds the garage door opened, and locks it, not realizing that Gordon is inside the garage. Big Bird goes to Hooper's Store to get the key from David, but David tells him he has to wait in line behind 7 people.
Cartoon "Poverty F(repeat)
Big Bird finally gets to his place in line, and tells David that Gordon is locked inside the garage. He, David and the others (Susan and Bob) rush over and unlock the garage door. Gordon asks what took so long, and they all start talking all at once, but Big Bird tells them to form a line and take turns.
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (umbrella)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0344)
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F. (version 2)
(First: Episode 0093)
Film A little girl needs HELP getting on a horse.
(First: Episode 0484)
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F. (version 3)
(First: Episode 0093)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (man laying on the beach)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Kids comment over footage of an eagle's view of different kinds of roads.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0377)
Cartoon A goat discusses the letter "G". A man comes by to also talk about G, but rather than point out that "goat" is a G word, he observes the grass. Disgusted, the goat butts the man out of the way.
(First: Episode 0085)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.

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