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Sesame Street
David and Big Bird have a misunderstanding
Air date December 23, 1974
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Sponsors Q, S, 4
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, David is getting ready to send back two boxes of plastic cups, since he ordered paper cups instead. Bob helps him take the boxes out to the curb, but can’t stick around to watch the store while David goes to the library, which is closing soon. Instead, David tells Big Bird to watch the store, and runs off to the library. Now alone, Big Bird sees the boxes on the curb and assumes they’re deliveries, so he brings them inside the store.
I'vegotamind bird.JPG
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Bird
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0269)
SCENE 2 Later, Big Bird has unpacked all the cups and aligned them on the shelves and the counter. A deliveryman arrives with some boxes of paper cups, but Big Bird says they don’t need any more cups. He insists the paper cups be sent back, then seals up the empty boxes from the plastic cups and puts them on the mail truck.
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0300)
SCENE 3 When David comes back from the library, he is furious at what Big Bird has done. When Maria comes by, he vents about it to her, and she points out that he didn’t give Big Bird any directions other than “watch the store”. David apologizes to Big Bird.
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out why there is a mess outside. He speculates that the Twiddlebugs made a mess after a Twiddlebug dance.
(First: Episode 0178)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Celebrity Burt Lancaster says the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0006)
Elephant toon.jpg
Cartoon Elephants have 4 legs.
(First: Episode 0560)
Horses pull cement.jpg
Film Horses compete in a contest to see who can pull the most cement.
(First: Episode 0556)
SCENE 4 David puts up a “QUIET” sign so he can read his book quietly. Oscar asks him what the sign says, multiple times, to get on his nerves.
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Simon Soundman tries to buy a saw at Sam's General Store.
(First: Episode 0409)
Cartoon "Eggs Are Oval"
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0654)
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School: Roosevelt Franklin talks to his class about Africa. Smart Tina thinks that Africa is just a big jungle, because she's seen it that way in Tarzan movies. Roosevelt corrects her; only a small portion of Africa is a jungle. Africa also has cities and deserts and lakes. Hard Head Henry Harris compares Africa to Smart Tina.
(First: Episode 0666)
Sand-alphabet q.jpg
Animation Sand Q/q
(First: Episode 0623)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Kermit and Joey count to 20.
(First: Episode 0436)
Dot & Hill B-2.jpg
Animation Dot & Hill B-2 — A dot tries to get up a hill after a cart, but doesn't make it up.
(First: Episode 0216)
Three Monsters.jpg
Muppets Grover, Herry, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint. (Spanish)
(First: Episode 0364)
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)

Film "Head To Toe Puzzle": Two kids put together a life size jigsaw puzzle of a human body. (title card cut)
(First: Episode 0024)
Cartoon S is for snow, Santa, and sleigh.
(First: Episode 0134)

Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with teachers and a newsdealer.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)
Film Comparing a boy's skin to animals' fur, feathers, skin, and other coverings.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0108)
Cartoon Before and after: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears.
(First: Episode 0631)
Film Marching Band #4
(First: Episode 0507)
Cartoon Antes y despues: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0631)
Celebrity Burt Lancaster counts while doing pushups.
(First: Episode 0010)
Cartoon The Square
(First: Episode 0536)
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)
Cast Salesman David tries to sell two sets of books, a four-volume history of the number 4 and a four-volume history of the letter Q.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie notices that none of the lampposts are on, and the lights won't turn on. Bert says that there is a blackout, but has to repeat himself when Ernie suggests they watch TV, play a record, and listen to the radio. Ernie decides to call someone to see if anybody else knows about it. He calls Oscar the Grouch, who grouchily asks who's calling and threatens to "see to it that you don't sleep for a week." Ernie says "It's Bert" and hangs up.
(First: Episode 0652)
Animation Dot & Hill B-3: Silhouetted dots use carts to climb a steep hill.
(First: Episode 0258)
Cast In speed-induced footage, Maria, Luis and David put together a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0467)
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions. (repeat)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit asks Trey if he's seen a letter Q before. At first Trey denies it, but eventually draws one in the air with his finger.
(First: Episode 0440)
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Cartoon A trainer announces that his talking dog will say YES, but he says NO instead.
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0511)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry & John-John observe a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0571)
Cartoon Q for Quiet (repeat)
Film A gorilla chases a woman, who registers her protest by shouting "No." She triumphantly drags the gorilla off.
(First: Episode 0546)
SCENE 5 Bob and The Count classify by form using some produce and a ping-pong ball. The sponsors are announced.

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