Sesame Street
Big Bird imagines that he's living one hundred years ago
Air date November 18, 1974
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Written by Joseph A. Bailey
Production August 13, 1974
Sponsors Q, U, 12

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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird is reading his "Western Tales" book and thinks it might be fun to have lived life as a cowboy. He begins to imagine what it would be like living in the Old West...
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SCENE 1 cont'd In Big Bird's imagination, Sesame Street is rendered as an old west town named "Sesame Gulch." Big Bird makes himself into a bad hombre named "Bad Bird," fastest wing in the West. Two miners (played by Willy and writer Joseph A. Bailey) flee in terror as he moseys over to "Hooper's Canteena."
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SCENE 1 cont'd Inside, Bob is the bartender, while Maria and David appear as saloon patrons. They become frightened when Bad Bird enters and turn yellow when Bob reveals he's unable to make his usual birdseed float. As they head for the exit, Big Bird freezes the scene, feeling tired of everyone treating him like the bad guy.
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SCENE 1 cont'd He changes into a good guy - Sheriff Matt Bird, who everyone commends for ridding the town of Bad Bird. Big Bird plays along, talking tough about how he handled the criminal. However, Bad Bird (still played by Big Bird) returns to town to exact revenge on the sheriff. Everyone in the canteena, especially Sheriff Matt, go into a panic as the scenes dissolves back to present day Sesame Street...
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SCENE 1 cont'd ...where Big Bird is still crying for help. David and Maria check on him and he runs off to hide from Bad Bird.
1041E&Bcookiesinbed
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
1836h
Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)
Utrain
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
0676-Sand
Animation Sand A/a
(First: Episode 0628)
1854-Ruler
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
PIYN-BakerShoemaker
Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about a baker and a shoemaker.
(First: Episode 0208)
Ladybugpicnic
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Gnomes flower vase
Cartoon Three little men climb up the three flower stems.
(First: Episode 0634)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird has a makeshift movie camera and wants to direct his own film. He hires David and Maria to be his actors, instructing them to act sad. Joking with their director, the two instead act glad, then mad. Big Bird gets in front of the camera to show them how it's done. David commends Big Bird's performance of sadness, which he then claims wasn't acting at all - he's realized he forgot to put film in the camera (though he reveals to the viewer once they're gone that he was merely acting).
Sesamestreetsports
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Tortoise and the Hare: When the race begins, the hare dawdles, since the tortoise is so slow he'll have time to win. Kermit rushes to the finish line so that he can see the results... and is crowned the winner.
(First: Episode 0477)
Film-GymnastSlow
Film A gymnast demonstrates slow.
(First: Episode 0507)
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Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Toon.UP
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Littlethings orig
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)
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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)
EB.NOsign
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)
1092-22
Muppets Muppets cheer on a rocket launch.
(First: Episode 0567)
Song.prettybaby
Song Joe Raposo sings "Pretty Baby."
(First: Episode 0040)
JNamath-Countdown
Celebrity Joe Namath counts down from 10 to signal a pass.
(First: Episode 0428)
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Cartoon "I've Got a Mind" -- bouncing a ball
(First: Episode 0279)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit talks with Chris about teaching his little sister, Stephanie, to talk. Chris practices the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0495)
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SCENE 3 Maria readies herself for a date with David by Oscar's trash can. Oscar complains that she all she ever talks about is David - "What's so great about David, huh?! He isn't even green!" Maria suspects that he might be a little jealous, though Oscar doesn't know the meaning of the word. Once educated, he denies he feels this way, citing that he doesn't like anybody enough to feel jealous. She tries to wring a response from him about how much he likes her, but this is against the Grouch code, he claims. "But, I might sit next to you at a movie," he says, "if you didn't smell so good." Maria goes on to tell him that she likes many different beyond David people for different reasons, even Oscar himself. Oscar admits that if she catered to his own interests a little more (such as not bathing, losing her front teeth, and eating onions), he might ask her to a movie sometime too. Feeling flustered, he goes back in his can to break some dishes. Maria remains struck and flattered by what she considers "the nicest thing" Oscar has ever said to her.
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SCENE 3 cont'd David comes by for their date, eager to see the newest Bruce Lee film. When Maria tries to tell him about what Oscar said, David snaps, "Oscar?! What's so special about Oscar?!"
12birds
Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
Flying Fingers
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie says that he has "flying fingers," and tries to find ten different things that his fingers can do.
(First: Episode 0617)
Cartoonup
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Speechballoon.Up
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0624)
RetroRabbitRun
Cartoon Three children are being chased by a giant mutant rabbit as fast rock music accompanies the chase. They outsmart him by hiding behind three trees.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0655)
BaseballPixilation
Cast David pitches a slow ball to catcher Maria. He then makes fast, faster, and fastest pitches (the latter of which knocks Maria out of place).
Film.Slowmotion
Film A boy imagines seeing everything in slow-motion.
Music: Joe Raposo
Song.stillwelike
Muppets Grover sings "Still, We Like Each Other".
(First: Episode 0395)
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Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
QuietKorty
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Snowwhite
Muppets Snow White accidentally visits the cottage of the six dwarves.
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 4 Bob bikes over to Oscar's can, which is affixed with a sign reading, "Oscar's Argument Boutique." Oscar accepts small change in exchange for an argument, but Bob has little interest in such, no matter how much prodding Oscar does. During this, Oscar tends to various call-in customers to have a brief argument with them. He finally fields a call from someone looking to reach Bob, but he hangs up. Bob slaps down a nickel to have it out with Oscar now.
2776FrogFilm
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Film-boysshovels
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)
LuisDavidU
Cast David and Luis assemble a fractured letter U.
(First: Episode 0468)
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SCENE 5 Bob has further complaints he wishes to make with Oscar, who tells him that his time is up and it'll be another nickel for further arguing. Bob pays the fee and continues to hash it out with Oscar, as David announces the sponsors.

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