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Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper leaves Big Bird in charge of Hooper's Store
Air date January 17, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors H, J, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird introduces the letter J. Some kids play jacks, Susan displays a jonquil, and Luis displays a jigsaw, a jackknife and a jug. He also displays the jeans, jacket and jersey he's wearing.
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie tells Bert to stand still in front of the camera so that he can "trace" Bert's face on the screen.
(First: Episode 0536)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Pretty Baby."
(First: Episode 0040)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Video The kids count to 12 as the hands move on a clock.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit and Grover demonstrate "here" and "there".
(First: Episode 0277)
Video The kids count 12 eggs in a carton.
Cartoon Julius demonstrates "here" and "there", then ends up being "in pain."
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0418)
Video 12 garbage cans are counted; Oscar appears in the last one.
Cartoon A boy says he has a big surprise in his hand.
(First: Episode 0557)
Muppets Old West: Bad Bart is looking for Marshal Earp to give her a big surprise. The terrified townspeople try to warn Marshal Earp -- but Bad Bart explains that a surprise is something that someone doesn't expect. He orders them not to say a word. It turns out the big surprise is a cake for Marshal Earp's birthday.
(First: Episode 0537)
Film A mom and her son comment on a film of various animal babies and their moms.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0107)
SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper asks Big Bird to mind the store for him while he makes some deliveries. Big Bird agrees to do so, but gets a call from Mrs. Wheeler, who needs a dozen eggs. He steps out to deliver the eggs to her, but Mr. Hooper scolds him when he gets back, thinking he didn't follow his instructions. They get into a heated argument, until Mr. Hooper apologizes, and decides that he himself can run the store while Big Bird makes the deliveries.
Animation It's a Circle!
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 3 Two kids look up and see Alphabet Bates skywrite the letter J.
Wally Ralph slide.jpg
Cast Wally and Ralph take turns sitting at the bottom of a slide saying "wheee!" but they don't find it very fun. Wally pushes Ralph from the bottom to the top, and Ralph comes down the ladder to let Wally have a turn. "Wheee!"
(First: Episode 0380)
J Junkyard (Katz).jpg
Film Js appear in a junkyard.
(First: Episode 0449)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has acquired some drums, but he doesn't know how to play them well. Ernie teaches him how to make drum playing exciting.
Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
Insert Three of These Kids (upside-down girl)
(First: Episode 0413)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: H is for hole
(First: Episode 0080)
SCENE 4 At the Fix-it Shop, Luis constructs a letter H out of wood blocks, and shows some of the things he has: a hammer, a hacksaw, a hairbrush, etc. Mr. Hooper enters to deliver his hero sandwich.
Cartoon H for hola (Spanish soundtrack).
(First: Episode 0362)
Muppets Herry Monster looks for a triangle. He first spots a rectangle. Grover tells Herry it isn't a triangle, and becomes frustrated. Next he spots a square, Grover tells him it isn't a triangle, and once again is frustrated. Grover suggests that Herry should cut the square in half and make two triangles.
(First: Episode 0195)
Film African kids play at various activities, including a game with stones.
(First: Episode 0136)
Cast Luis demonstrates how to use a can opener to open a can of spaghetti ... not realizing that it's open on the bottom already.
(First: Episode 0469)
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing is a policeman.
(First: Episode 0223)
Cast Maria demonstrates how a hammer is used by hammering a nail into a wall to hang up a picture. Then, the wall tips over on her.
(First: Episode 0469)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit and Joey count to 20.
(First: Episode 0436)
Jenny Jeff Jacket.jpg
Cartoon A disobedient jacket, illustrating words that begin with the letter J, annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Cast Maria and Gordon add three tricycles.
(First: Episode 0477)
Muppets Bert shows off his bottlecap collection to Ernie, who remembers that he found a Figgy Fizz bottle cap -- the very one that Bert needed to complete his collection.
(First: Episode 0240)
Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
Film A pair of hands deal cards marked with the numbers 12 to 1.
(First: Episode 0433)
Wind-up man (GO).jpg
Cartoon A man winds up a toy person and orders it to GO, until the toy snaps back and makes him GO.
(First: Episode 0349)
Muppets Billy wants to know about here and there, so Herry and Grover demonstrate by spreading apart, each calling the monster over to their side. However, whenever the monster gets to "there," he always finds himself "here".
(First: Episode 0538)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic" (repeat)
SCENE 5 The sponsors are announced.

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