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Sesame Street
Big Bird learns about what other birds eat.
Air date January 10, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Production August 14, 1973
Sponsors C, Y, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Bob greets the viewer, and proceeds to talk about the letter Y, when Maria interrupts him to talk about the number 7. They bicker, until Bob gets an idea: he draws seven Ys in chalk on the sidewalk.
Film The Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon.JPG
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
(First: Episode 0542)
SCENE 2 A distressed Big Bird tells Jay, Bob, and Maria that he’s all out of birdseed, and now he can’t eat lunch because Hooper's Store is closed. They suggest he try something new to eat, such as their different sandwiches. Big Bird would prefer something a bird would like and goes off to consort with his feathered friends.
Cartoon Two guys row their oars in different directions, until they decide to cooperate and row together.
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets A furry, purple creature whooshes in and counts five whistles set out on the workbench outside the Fix-It Shop. He subtracts one, blows it, then whooshes away again.
(First: Episode 0535)

SCENE 3 Big Bird meets Mrs. Bird, who likes to eat worms (she's an early bird). Big Bird cringes at the idea, but reluctantly starts snooping around for some to eat. He finds a box of dirt by Oscar's trash can and finds a worm crawling inside. He recognizes the worm as Slimey, Oscar's pet. A protective Oscar collects his worm and brings him inside to be safe from any hungry birds.
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets The creature returns to subtract one more whistle, leaving 3.
(First: Episode 0535)

SCENE 4 Big Bird encounters Waldo Woodpecker, who suggests he tap on a piece of wood and eat the bugs that come out of it. He pecks on the Carriage house steps and munches on some bugs. Big Bird gives it a try afterwards, but finds the act of pecking painful to his beak.
Cartoon A boy talks about his pet letter Y, named Yetta.
(First: Episode 0443)
Muppets Again, the creature appears to remove another whistle, leaving 2.
(First: Episode 0535)

SCENE 5 Mr. Pelican shows Big Bird how he catches and eats a fish. Big Bird considers a diet of fish now, when Luis comes over with a bowl of goldfish he's watching for Mrs. Sanchez. While he goes to the Fix-It Shop to get their food, Big Bird starts to consider snacking down on them. Luis returns and Big Bird dramatically refuses to ever eat those goldfish.
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)

SCENE 6 Bob sees Maria carrying a bag of birdseed for Big Bird, which she got from another store. They go into his nest area, which is now crowded with birds, and see that Big Bird has started his own business, a “Bird Food Co-op Store.” He got the idea to gather things that other birds like – worms, bugs, fish – and exchange them for birdseed!
Cartoon "Presenting...the pepper shaker!"
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam is looking for the biggest man in the saloon. The frightened customers point him towards Big Barney, who's cowering under the table. When Sam discovers that Barney is the biggest man there, he gives him a hat: "This ol' hat here don't fit me. I thought maybe you could use it, huh? I'll see you, fellers." Sinister Sam leaves the baffled customers behind. "Now, that's a nice gesture," one says. "He's a little weird, but he's okay after all, isn't he?"
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon “Presenting - the safety razor!”
Muppets "The King's Picnic"
(First: Episode 0419)
C- Cap.JPG
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
(First: Episode 0154)

SCENE 7 Letter Y quickies:
  • Maria exclaims, “Yippee!”
  • Bob’s favorite word is “you”.
  • Oscar’s favorite word is “yell”.
Cartoon A bear counts bees
(First: Episode 0083)
Song "What Kids Are Made Of" - a song about body parts. (part 1)
(First: Episode 0003)
Cartoon A man demonstrates Spanish words that start with the letter Y.
(First: Episode 0470)
What Kids Are Made Of part 2.jpg
Song "What Kids Are Made Of" - a song about body parts. (part 2)
(First: Episode 0003)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog tries to find out what makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately causes him to lose his temper and yell at the camera.
(First: Episode 0537)
Tool quickie jackhammer.jpg
Cartoon A man jackhammers the ground making it break away and dissolve to black.
Muppets Another whistle is subtracted, thus leaving only 1.
(First: Episode 0535)
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)

Muppets The creature takes away the last whistle, leaving 0.
(First: Episode 0535)
Cartoon A girl wonders what would happen if she popped her balloon. She imagines it would scare her sister, who would end up breaking a vase and getting in trouble.
(First: Episode 0280)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0294)
Cartoon Jazz #7 (Spanish)
(First: Episode 0281)
Wally Ralph glue.jpg
Cast Wally and Ralph buy a large jar of glue. The jar was unlabeled, so they get a label reading "Glue". But they cannot figure out how to get the label to stick to the jar. At one point, they accidentally spill some glue on the table; they use the label to wipe it up. Still with no solution, they decide to go out to dinner. So they put the label somewhere (on the jar!) and leave.
(First: Episode 0390)
Cartoon C - Cake
(First: Episode 0153)
Muppets Three monsters (Billy, Fenwick, and Pamela) demonstrate big, bigger, and biggest.
(First: Episode 0474)
Cartoon A farmer plants big, bigger and biggest trees.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
Muppets Tony sings "Lulu's Back in Town". Lulu turns out to be the Beautiful Day Monster, with a wig.
(First: Episode 0030)
Film This is the desert.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0514)
SCENE 8 Big Bird recites a poem about water, then gets caught in a downpour.
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
Cast Captain Nasty (David) orders his crew (Luis, Maria, and Gordon) to bring him the biggest treasure chest, which is filled with rubber duckies.
(First: Episode 0478)
C- Cap.JPG
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap (repeat)
Celebrity Lou Rawls sings the alphabet song to a group of kids.
(First: Episode 0043)
Cartoon A boy talks about his pet letter Y, named Yetta. (repeat)
SCENE 9 The rainstorm is still coming down. Big Bird shields himself with his book as several kids pass by with umbrellas. Bob announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Maria holds the Sesame Street sign, while Luis holds the Children's Television Workshop sign.

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