Sesame Street
Bert’s amnesia
Air date March 5, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors V, X, 12
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Bob encounters Sam the Robot in the arbor, standing next to a US weather map. Sam gives a generic weather report, then one for Portland, Oregon (where Bob’s parents live). Whenever Sam gives a dire report about an area, Cookie Monster takes it off the map and eats it.
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit is interviewing Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to find Cinderella...so he can have the other glass slipper.
(First: Episode 0516)
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Cartoon Ralph asks Marvin what would happen if he didn't have a mouth, a nose and ears.
(First: Episode 0468)
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Cartoon Brand X
(First: Episode 0299)
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Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
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Muppets Prairie Dawn and a Anything Muppet boy named Walter enter an old house. Walter says that it's a haunted house. However, Prairie comforts him by saying it's just an old house. He gets scared by everything that happens while Prairie has an explanation for all of it. When they spot a little mouse Prairie gets scared and runs away, while Walter tells the mouse not to be scared.
(First: Episode 0252)
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Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
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Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
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Cast Luis is dressed for snow, but is stuck at the beach. David dresses for the beach, but finds himself in the snow. They happily switch places.
(First: Episode 0497)
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Cartoon Do you know what it's like to be scared?
(First: Episode 0547)
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Film A boy goes to the dentist and gets his teeth cleaned.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0476)
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SCENE 2 Susan and Gordon play a “Here Are Some Things” game with groups of 2 and a 3.
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Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
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Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Grover sees his shadow follow him around, and thinks it's a person following him. However, Herbert Birdsfoot explains what a shadow is.
(First: Episode 0221)
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Film Two kids help an old Chinese man get his dragon kite in the air.
(First: Episode 0444)
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Muppets Cookie Monster: The Count and Cookie Monster see a plate of cookies. The Count wants to count them, and Cookie Monster wants to eat them. After arguing over whether the cookies are for counting or eating, they decide to share them -- the Count will count the cookies, and then Cookie Monster will eat them.
(First: Episode 0514)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit."
(First: Episode 0160)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird encounters Bert, who doesn’t remember his name, or the alphabet. Big Bird recites it, then has Bert do it. He tells Bert to write it down with a pen, but Bert forgets what a pen is.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: X for X-ray
(First: Episode 0064)
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Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
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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)
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Muppets Cookie Monster uses the EXIT.
(First: Episode 0210)
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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)
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Film Some kids watch a silent film featuring a lady in a burning house. They instruct her to "go to the EXIT!"
(First: Episode 0536)
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Celebrity Joe Namath counts down from 10 to 1.
(First: Episode 0428)
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Muppets Sherlock Hemlock sings "X Marks the Spot!"
(First: Episode 0351)
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Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
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SCENE 4 Bert is still suffering from amnesia, when he overhears Bob, Gordon and Susan talking about Cookie Monster. He assumes he must be Cookie Monster, snatches their box of cookies and starts devouring it. Gordon shows him a picture of the real Cookie Monster.
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Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
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Celebrity Joe Namath points to the number 12 on his shirt.
(First: Episode 0504)
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Cartoon A young hipster dog explains to C.T. Wordsworth what an EXIT is.
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
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Cast Maria tries to build a block tower that matches an already-built one.
(First: Episode 0460)
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Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "Up, Up and Away."
(First: Episode 0049)
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Film The Alphabet Dancers make a letter X.
(First: Episode 0456)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: X Marks the Spot!
(First: Episode 0456)
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Cartoon The more a man inflates a balloon with a tire pump, the less room he has.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0294)
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Cast Wally and Ralph are about to go on a trip. They attempt to carry off an empty suitcase and a pile of stuff (shirts, pants, socks, tennis rackets, baseball gloves). They finally get the idea that it would be easier if they put the stuff in the suitcase.
(First: Episode 0319)
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Cartoon This is a big letter V poem (repeat)
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Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V) (repeat)
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SCENE 5 While racing to Hooper's Store with the kids, Mr. Snuffleupagus bumps into Bert, who suddenly gets his memory back. He tells everyone the good news, but then gets bumped by Snuffy again and becomes forgetful.
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about clues. He shows that a boy has grown some carrots because he has garden tools, a watering can, and a packet of seeds. Next, he confirms that a man has built a birdhouse because of his blueprints and carpenter's tools. When he notices Beautiful Day Monster with a suitcase and an umbrella, Kermit assumes that the monster is going on a trip and using the umbrella as protection from the rain. The monster corrects him; he's planning to eat his umbrella, and uses the suitcase to carry the ketchup he'll use to eat it with.
(First: Episode 0118)
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Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X (repeat)
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Animation Counting six red balls
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: X for X-ray (repeat)
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SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.


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