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Sesame Street
The Electric Company meets Sesame Street
Air date April 9, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Production February 19, 1974
Sponsors T, V, 4
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description

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SCENE 1 In the early hours of the morning, Big Bird greets the viewer and tells them his job today is to make sure things are quiet for everyone who's still asleep. Just then, milk delivery person Millie (Rita Moreno, reprising her role from The Electric Company) appears and wonders what's going on. Big Bird tells her what's going on and she thinks they'll need some help. As usual, she loudly calls out, "Hey, you guys!" disturbing and waking up many of the neighbors. She does this again and again, even after producing a "QUIET" sign for them to read instead. Once everyone is awake and angry, Millie realizes she's in the wrong show and splits.
Cartoon "Imagination V" -- A surreal segment involving the Venus de Milo statue, a violin, a vampire, and vigilantes.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0050)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon Two men, one named Virgil Veep, discuss the letter V as they stand atop a capital V.
(First: Episode 0110)
Muppets Beat the Time with Grover.
(First: Episode 0423)
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Song "Where the Garbage Goes," a song film that explains what happens to garbage after it gets thrown away. (edited version)
Music by Peter Schickele
(First: Episode 0077)
Animation Sand V/v
Cast The Alphabet Dancers form the letter V.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cartoon A baby cries whenever he gets a beso. (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0433)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” At the beach, Ernie notices that Bert is missing; all he sees is Bert's hat. Sherlock Hemlock helps find Bert, and in the process, discovers that Ernie accidentally buried Bert under the sand. (alternate take)
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other.
(First: Episode 0433)
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SCENE 2 David leaves Hooper's Store under the care of Count von Count while he steps out. A delivery man (Don Moore) brings in a stack of newspapers, which the Count proceeds to count. He asks the man to bring in more and more newspapers.
Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
Film A gemsbok runs fast, then faster.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
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SCENE 2 cont'd The store is filling with newspapers as the Count reaches 200, for now...
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
cut from the HBO Max version
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SCENE 2 cont'd The Count counts over 800 newspapers piled into the store now.
Cartoon Gloria sings the alphabet (uppercase version)
(First: Episode 0140)
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SCENE 2 cont'd Hooper's Store is filled with 2,253 newspapers, which is all the delivery man has in his truck. David is shocked when he sees this and wonders who on Earth could buy up all these newspapers. Easy Reader (Morgan Freeman) strolls by and purchases them all, naturally. The headlines he reads include "Gorilla Escapes from Electric Company" (referencing Paul the Gorilla) and "Naomi Found and Then Lost Again" (referring to the "What about Naomi?" line from the "Love of Chair" sketches on TEC.).
Muppets "The King's Picnic"
(First: Episode 0419)
Film Body Parts vs. Heavy Equipment: Three boys (including Brian Henson) pretend to be steam shovels, playing in the dirt. This segues into footage of real construction vehicles. A parallel is drawn between the machinery and how the boys' arms and mouths work.
(First: Episode 0003)
Film A young girl mashes away at the keys of a piano. As the years go by, she practices more and more until she's an adult playing at a recital.
Muppets "Bein' Green," with Lena Horne and Kermit the Frog.
Film Russian nesting dolls 10-1
(First: Episode 0563)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
(First: Episode 0407)
Muppets Western: A cowboy comes to see Adam T. Glaser, who is such a jack-of-all-trades that he forgets what a dentist does.
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon The 'b' in 'beso' kisses an apple and a duck.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0461)
Film Paper-cut triangles fade into live-action shots of triangle-shaped things.
(First: Episode 0538)
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SCENE 3 The kids watch Alphabet Bates draw a letter V in the sky.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie is painting a portrait of Bert, but paints Bert with curly hair, glasses and a beard. When Bert gets angry about this, Ernie takes him behind the easel and puts curly hair, glasses and a beard on Bert.
(First: Episode 0365)
Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit counts four eggs. A chick hatches out of one egg, so he counts the three eggs -- then two, then one. Then he counts the four chickens.
(First: Episode 0282)
Cartoon T for typewriter and toe
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0506)
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Film A letter T drives through a tunnel.
(First: Episode 0454)
Song Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cast Maria sings "Three Whipped Cream Pies on the Wall" (which she eventually gets pelted with).
Film "La Maldita Iguana" (mariachi song)
(First: Episode 0544)
Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)
cut from the HBO Max version
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Insert Some musicians play a musical bridge in close-up shots of guitars, an organ, and drums.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie approaches Bert in a harried manner, talking rapidly. Bert tells him to talk slower so he can understand him. Ernie says, slowly, that Bert's bread is burning in the oven, which causes Bert to speak in the same rapid, harried manner.
(First: Episode 0323)
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SCENE 4 The kids play in the yard while Maria announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS David holds the Sesame Street sign, and Bob holds the Children's Television Workshop sign.


  • This episode is one of the rare instances in which the Count does not have thunder and lightning occur after he has finished counting.

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