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
Sponsors Q, U, 12
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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 100 years ago...
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 (one played by writer Joseph A. Bailey) flee in terror as he moseys over to "Hooper's Canteena." Inside, Bob is the bartender, while Maria and David look on. They become frightened when Bad Bird enters and become fearful 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. He changes into a good guy - Sheriff Matt Bird, who everyone commends for ridding the town of Bad Bird. However, Bad Bird (still played by Big Bird) returns to exact revenge on the sheriff. Just as things looks tense...
SCENE 1 cont'd ...the scene returns to Big Bird on Sesame Street, having fallen asleep while daydreaming. David and Maria check on him and he runs off to hide from Bad Bird.
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)
Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Animation Sand U/u
(First: Episode 0624)
Cartoon A construction worker explains the uses of a folding ruler.
(First: Episode 0572)
Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about a baker and a shoemaker.
(First: Episode 0208)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Gnomes flower vase
Cartoon Three little men climb up the three flower stems.
(First: Episode 0634)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has a 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 reveals wasn't acting at all - he's realized he forgot to put film in the camera.
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 A gymnast demonstrates slow.
(EKA: Episode 0546)
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)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
Littlethings orig
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)
Cartoon A trainer announces that his talking dog will say YES, but he says NO instead.
Artist: Derek Lamb
(EKA: Episode 0546)
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)
Muppets Muppets cheer on a rocket launch.
(First: Episode 0567)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Pretty Baby."
(First: Episode 0040)
Celebrity Joe Namath: Countdown 10-1
(First: Episode 0433)
Cartoon "I've Got a Mind" -- bouncing a ball
(EKA: Episode 0279)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit talks with Chris about teaching his little sister, Stephanie, to talk. Chris practices the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0495)
SCENE 3 Maria readies herself for a date with David by Oscar's trash can. Oscar wonders why she has to talk about David all the time, and she suspects he might be jealous. Oscar says he doesn't like anybody, while Maria tells him that she likes different people for different reasons, even Grouches like him. Oscar admits that he might take her to the movies himself if she could cater to his interests more (by not bathing and eating an onion). He leaves to break some dishes, when David arrives. Maria tells him about her encounter and David asks why she always has to talk about Oscar.
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)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP (repeat)
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
(EKA: Episode 0655)
Cast Baseball Pixilation (1:16)
Film Fast-Slow 2;15
Film Kids narrate a film in which footage is slowed down and sped up. Sequences include kids on a playground, riding a roller coaster, and Big Bird jumping around and being chased in the park.
(EKA: Episode 0358)
Muppets Grover sings "Still, We Like Each Other".
(First: Episode 0395)
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Muppets Snow White accidentally visits the cottage of the six dwarves.
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE 4 Bob strolls past 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.
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Animation Children's voiceovers (in English and Spanish) dictate how to draw a male's body.
(First: Episode 0528)
Cast David and Luis assemble a fractured letter U.
(First: Episode 0468)
SCENE 5 Goodbye


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