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Sesame Street
Big Bird learns the difference between open and closed
Air date February 27, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors N, P, 8
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon observes that it looks like rain, and isn't sure whether he closed the windows of his car. He goes to check, but Big Bird offers to do it for him instead, then realizes he doesn't know what β€œclosed” means.
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
Big Bird thinks he has closed everything in Gordon's car, but it's actually open - the windows, the doors, the hood, the trunk, everything. An angry Gordon shows him the difference between open and closed.
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors. (new music and female voiceover)
(First: Episode 0452)
Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "P Is My Favorite Letter".
(First: Episode 0322)
Film Kids paint P-word animals on glass.
(First: Episode 0119)
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
Film Animals fight.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0567)
Muppets Cookie Monster goes to the carnival and plays the "test your strength" game. Unbeknownst to him, the carnival barker rigged the game so nobody can win -- until Cookie finds out what the prize is.
(First: Episode 0449)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "Gone with the Wind" to a young woman. During the song, a very strong wind blows – making the leaves fly off the tree, causing the woman's house to collapse, and finally ripping Guy's clothes off.
(First: Episode 0034)
Cartoon A man talks about the word AGUA, which springs many leaks.
(First: Episode 0448)
Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 1)
A mother sends her young daughter into the forest to chop down a tree to use for wood. When she finds one, a terrible troll encourages her to chop it down. However, a bird above protests, as the tree is her home. The girl wonders what she should do...
(First: Episode 0307)
Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 2)
The girl resolves to not chop down the tree, allowing the bird to keep her home. She finds another tree, when an old man objects - he thinks it's the most beautiful tree in the forest and gives him shade on hot days. The troll wants to cut it down, so the girl starts thinking again...
(First: Episode 0307)
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 3)
The girl again choses to not chop down the tree and happens upon a third. She decides that this tree is perfect to cut down, as it is not being used by any birds or people. The troll reveals himself to be a handsome prince, who will grant her any wish. She asks him to cut down the tree and bring it to her house.
(First: Episode 0307)
Song "Eight Song (Song of Eight)”
(First: Episode 0016)
Cast Athlete Bob has to put his basketball away, but first needs to match the tag on his key to the right numbered locker.
(First: Episode 0434)
Cartoon P is for Pillow
(First: Episode 0374)
SCENE 2 In the kitchen, Gordon is about to make his special barbecue sauce, when he needs to borrow some onions from his neighbors down the hall, so he asks Big Bird to open the jars for him.
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
Big Bird has become so distracted by his pride of knowing the difference between open and closed that he forgets to open the jars. Gordon does it for him, then Big Bird says he knew all along that they were closed, so the rain wouldn’t get into them.
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Cartoon Three frogs show first, middle and last while hopping over each other.
(First: Episode 0411)
Muppets Two brothers, First and Last, sing about how their names affect how they do things.
(First: Episode 0134)
Cartoon Only one of the two footprints can belong.
(First: Episode 0491)
Film African kids play at various activities, including a game with stones.
(First: Episode 0136)
SCENE 3 Oscar visits Gordon to help with his barbecue sauce, since the combination of ingredients might make a good grouch recipe. Gordon mixes them, and Oscar tastes it, but says it needs one more thing: sand.
Wrench pipe cartoon.jpg
Cartoon A man instructs someone on how to use a wrench to tighten a pipe.
(First: Episode 0542)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has an important note for Bert, but he can't find it. He looks through the trash can for it and finds the note, which is a reminder that it is Bert's day to clean the apartment.
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
Film A mailman on horseback delivers mail in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
(First: Episode 0493)
SCENE 4 Susan plays a β€œThree of These Things” game with three quarts of milk and one half-gallon.
N naughty.jpg
Cartoon N is naughty, nice, nodding, nickel, noon, nibbling, nest, nut, nose, night, nine, and nursing.
(First: Episode 0140)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN."
(First: Episode 0523)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N (Spanish version)
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0477)
SCENE 5 As it rains, Big Bird recites a poem leading to the next film.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon "Candy Man" (repeat)
Muppets Ernie shows drawings to Bert, and Bert has to guess what happened. Ernie has a drawing of an empty bird cage with an open door (the bird flew away), and a man lying on the ground with a banana peel next to him (he slipped on it). Then, Ernie shows Bert a blank page. The answer to that one is that there was a cow eating grass, but the grass is all eaten now, and the cow went home.
(First: Episode 0030)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Agua
(First: Episode 0510)
Cartoon Jazz #8 (repeat)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.

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