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Sesame Street
Bad Barney blackmails Big Bird
Air date January 22, 1975
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Sponsors I, K, 4


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird finds Bad Barney up to no good again, seeing he's just tipped over a garbage can. Barney prods the bird, thinking he's never done anything bad before. Big Bird counters that he's been bad before and reluctantly agrees to prove he's not just a goody-two-shoes.
SCENE 1 cont'd The two find Mr. Macintosh's produce cart has been left unattended and Barney wants Big Bird to steal something. Big Bird isn't sure, but constantly being referred to as "a chicken" provokes him into taking a sole zucchini. Barney is impressed, while Big Bird retreats to his nest to hide the stolen property. Barney threatens to rat Big Bird out unless he does a few favors for him (such as cooking the zucchini, getting a backrub, doing his homework...).
Cartoon K for keyhole, ketchup, and kitten
(First: Episode 0489)

SCENE 2 Big Bird has already finished preparing Barney's dinner and grocery shopping, and has now been ordered to return some books to the library (as well as having to call Bad Barney "Sir"). Gordon sees Big Bird looking upset and tries to get him to talk about what's wrong, but Big Bird clams up. He works up the nerve to confess to Mr. Macintosh himself, offering to work off what he owes for the zucchini. Mr. Mac forgives him, when Bad Barney pops up to cash in more favors. He flees when he realizes the jig is up.
Cartoon "Poverty K" - Karen the Kangaroo talks about words that start with the letter K. Featuring the sped-up voice of Gene Moss.
(First: Episode 0142)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” At the movies, Ernie makes some loud noises while he eats his candy bar and peanuts and drinks his soda. Bert loses his temper and shouts at Ernie to be quiet, at which point the usher enters and throws Bert out.
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Parts of a clown are shown in close-up as kids guess what it is.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
Cartoon A kitten is knittin' a kerchief, a kite, and a polka-dot mitten.
(First: Episode 0282)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Remembering Game", a game show in which the contestants must match pictures based on memory. The winner gets whatever item was in the pictures he matched, and the other contestant wins the item from the remaining two pictures as a consolation prize. Bill Smith wins a cookie, and Cookie Monster wins a jet plane. Disappointed, Cookie Monster suggests that they switch prizes.
(First: Episode 0310)
Cartoon K is for kitten.
(First: Episode 0040)
Celebrity Stevie Wonder performs his hit single "Superstition".
(First: Episode 0514)
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
Muppets Kermit attempts to talk about the letter K, but it falls off the wall.
(First: Episode 0044)
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Muppets Kermit attempts to talk about the letter K again, but the top half of the K collapses.
(First: Episode 0044)
Cartoon "I Can Remember": A little girl remembers what to buy at the store (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter) by visualizing her mother giving the instructions.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Kermit attempts to talk about the letter K again, when Cookie Monster comes by. Kermit tells off Cookie Monster, until he learns that he wants to help him. Kermit talks about K words (including his name), while having Cookie Monster display the items he's mentioning. Finally, Cookie karate-chops the K.
(First: Episode 0044)
SCENE 3 Oscar wonders what he could be when he's older, such as a mud taster or garbage designer. Gordon and Maria encourage him to pursue whatever he wants by singing "Believe in Yourself." Oscar realizes what he wants to be - a yucky warden, who warns other Grouches of yucky people singing yucky songs.
Animation Sand K/k
(First: Episode 0645)
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Film A Stool For Me
(First: Episode 0513)
Cartoon Willie Wimple: Tree Destruction
Artist: Abe Levitow
(First: Episode 0516)
Muppets Cookie Monster sounds out the word FOOD, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0601)
Cartoon K is for Karate
(First: Episode 0489)
Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
Elephant toon.jpg
Cartoon Elephants have 4 legs.
(First: Episode 0560)
Insert Stevie Wonder teaches Grover how to sing loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0514)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
Cast A thirsty Gordon drags himself through the desert looking for some water. He comes across Maria with a ice cream cart, from which she produces a cup of water, a bottle of soda, a glass of milk, and a potato. She turns this into a game of "Three of These Things," drinking all the beverages to show how the potato doesn't belong. With all the drinks gone, she asks Gordon to watch the cart while she restocks at the oasis.
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 1
Grover and a group of monsters, including Herry Monster, Fenwick and Billy, get into a rowboat. The monsters all gather at one end, causing the boat to tip over and sink.
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Agua
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 2
The monsters gather on the other end of the boat, and it sinks again.
(First: Episode 0281)
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 3
The monsters finally spread out over the boat evenly, and row away.
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #6: Dot blows raspberry
(First: Episode 0001)
Film Children narrate footage of a termite colony.
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Jack Be Nimble can't figure out how to jump over the candlestick.
Film Kid voiceovers identify a horse's body parts (shown one at a time), then the complete animal.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
SCENE 4 Maria stops Mr. Mac to purchase some fruit, as Big Bird announces the sponsors.
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CLOSING SIGNS Maria and the kids hold up the Sesame Street sign as Ernie and Bert hold up the CTW sign.

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