Sesame Street
Grover, Safety Monitor
Air date May 16, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors V, X, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria, David, Gordon, and the kids pester Oscar the Grouch at his can about helping them teach the audience the concept of big, bigger, and biggest, but he's not having it. In response, he produces a sign he's made with a definitive answer to their plea: "NO". They continue to urge him on, asking for his help, so Oscar emerges from his can with a bigger sign to help send the same message. Still his neighbors persist, so Oscar reveals the biggest sign of the three to really drive home his response. They all thank him and explain that he's inadvertently helped them teach big, bigger, and biggest after all.
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Cartoon A girl tries on big, bigger, and the biggest shoes.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0252)
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Muppets Kermit and Grover build a snowman. The snowball head is big, the next snowball is even bigger, and the one on the bottom is biggest.
(First: Episode 0336)
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Cartoon A trainer announces that his talking dog will say YES, but he says NO instead.
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0511)
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Muppets Herry Monster holds a sign with the word "NO" on it and tells Ernie that he can make him read his sign. Ernie replies "Oh no you can't!", and eventually gets the joke. He tries it on Bert, but the gag backfires when Bert bets he can get Ernie to read the sign.
(First: Episode 0416)
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Cartoon Jazz #9
(First: Episode 0137)
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SCENE 2 Grover has designated himself the Official Sesame Street Safety Monitor and uniformed himself appropriately. He spots Maria in the yard taking a nap in a chair and notes that her shoelaces are untied, which is very dangerous. As she sleeps, he attempts to tie her laces, but finds that it's more difficult than he realized, and ties her shoes together in several knots. When she wakes up, she says she loosened her laces to relax, but intended to tie them again after her nap. Grover explains that he's done this for her, so she gathers her books and begins to continue on with her day, but stumbles and falls.
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Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
(First: Episode 0542)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
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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 Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola talk about the letter X.
(First: Episode 0560)
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Film The celebration of Chinese New Year
(First: Episode 0495)
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SCENE 3 Grover blows his safety whistle at David when he sees he's piled boxes next to Hooper's Store. Grover explains they'd be in the way if someone rounded the corner and didn't see them, and might knock them over. Recognizing Grover's status as an "official" safety monitor, he moves the boxes back inside. To inspect the work, Grover enters from the store's back door and knocks all the boxes over.
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Muppets The Count sings "The Song of the Count."
(First: Episode 0469)
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Film Nine Song (Song of Nine)
(First: Episode 0016)
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Song "Here Come the Beans"
(First: Episode 0537)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: X for X-ray
(First: Episode 0064)
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Film The Alphabet Dancers make a letter X.
(First: Episode 0456)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird asks Maria and David to come meet Mr. Snuffleupagus, but they're too busy right now. At Big Bird's nest, Grover patrols as safety monitor and says the big mound of shaggy fur behind the construction doors has to go. Snuffy hears this and takes off, so there's nothing there when Big Bird, Maria, and David return. Grover tells Big Bird he did a good job of cleaning the fur up so fast.
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Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
(First: Episode 0538)
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Animation Sand X/x
(First: Episode 0638)
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Film Animal camouflage with kid voiceovers.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0366)
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Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
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Cartoon The story of an old woman who lived in a nine.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0512)
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Film Joe Raposo sings about the sunrise and sunset.
(First: Episode 0623)
VisualThink-SS.jpg Muppets Visual Thinking: A hipster and a square imagine shapes.
(First: Episode 0361)
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Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants Bert to pretend to be mad, but Bert says that he can't, because he has nothing to feel angry about. Ernie asks Bert to pretend that he borrowed Bert's paper clip collection, and lost his favorite paper clip. The thought makes Bert really mad. Bert gets tired out, and tells Ernie that he can't get mad anymore. Ernie makes a confession -- he really did lose Bert's favorite paper clip.
(First: Episode 0216)
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Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally sits alone in a room holding a giant key while Ralph tries to come in through a locked door. Wally suggests using the giant key to break the door down, but Ralph climbs in through the window to show him how a key is used to unlock a door. Ralph can now come in.
(First: Episode 0338)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: V for Violin
(First: Episode 0052)
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts the game show "What's My Part?". The contestant is Mr. Nose. The panelists -- Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic, and Cookie Monster -- don't know what a nose is, because none of them have noses.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Film A gorilla chases a woman, who registers her protest by shouting "No." She triumphantly drags the gorilla off.
(First: Episode 0546)
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SCENE 5 Prince Charming sings "Here Are Some Things" and asks Maria to sort shoes. In the end, he's left wondering why he's always left with just one shoe.
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Muppets Three monsters (Billy, Fenwick, and Pamela) demonstrate big, bigger, and biggest.
(First: Episode 0474)
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Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
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Muppets Grover, Herry Monster, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0364)
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SCENE 6 The Count counts the reasons he's quitting counting as the sponsors are announced.


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