Sesame Street
The Number Four Show
Air date February 6, 1975
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Written by Joseph A. Bailey
Sponsors F, H, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 An announcer (Jerry Nelson) introduces "The Number Four Show" starring Big Bird! He opens the show with a musical number, "I Just Adore Four," aided by the Tarnish Brothers.
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit is interviewing Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to find Cinderella...so he can have the other glass slipper.
(First: Episode 0516)
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Film Footage of a coral reef, showcasing the plant life and the fish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0466)
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Cartoon A red man tries to think of words that begin with H, but a yellow man keeps spewing them out until Red draws a hole under Yellow, who yells "HELP!!"
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Harold and Howard think of H words.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
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SCENE 2 Next on "The Number Four Show" is Grover's impression of the number 4 by contorting his body into the shape of a 4 (with much strain). Grover suffers as Big Bird compares him to his own 4 to make sure they match up. To Grover's dismay, Big Bird now asks him to impersonate the number 38.
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Film Marching Band #4
(First: Episode 0529)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
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Cartoon A farmer plants big, bigger and biggest trees.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
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Cartoon "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)
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SCENE 3 Mr. Snuffleupagus is Big Bird's next secret, surprise guest. Concealed behind the fence, he jumps four times, rattling the audience and the whole street.
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Film This is the desert.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0514)
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Cartoon A mad scientist puts together a capital H.
(First: Episode 0284)
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Cartoon H - Horse
(First: Episode 0474)
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Cartoon Abierto: Ali Baba arrives a bit late and gets run over by the 40 thieves leaving.
(First: Episode 0467)
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Muppets Ernie has four apples, and wants to draw the number 4, showing that he has four apples. However, Cookie Monster wants to eat an apple, so Ernie crosses out the 4 and draws a 3. Then Cookie Monster decides not to eat the apple, causing Ernie to have to cross out the 4 again and draw another 3, over and over again.
(First: Episode 0140)
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Film One of These Things (3 starfish and 1 crab)
(First: Episode 0516)
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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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Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
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SCENE 4 "The Number Four Show" now presents Bert, who does impressions of four different pigeon emotions.
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Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
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Cast Luis and David cooperate on a rainy day.
(First: Episode 0469)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: H is for hole
(First: Episode 0080)
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Film Letter H hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0336)
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Muppets The Miss Muffet Play
(First: Episode 0280)
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Film A clown (Dennis Allen) takes off his make-up. Which face do you like better?
(First: Episode 0461)
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Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones perform "Mad."
(First: Episode 0240)
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Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
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Cast Maria, Susan, Luis and David put together a fractured letter H.
(First: Episode 0422)
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Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
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Muppets A group of Muppets (including Herry Monster) split into two separate teams for a game based on whether they have letters or numbers printed on their shirts. However, one of the small ones points out that they've split into one team of big players and one team of small players. They eventually agree to play Tiddly-Winks.
(First: Episode 0298)
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Film Ten hats on a hatrack
(First: Episode 0439)
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Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
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SCENE 5 Count von Count eagerly awaits his slot on the show. He's not pleased that he can only count up to such a small value like four, but he counts four kids anyway. He proceeds to count them again and again in different languages.
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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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Film Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0424)
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Muppets Western: A cowboy comes to see Adam T. Glaser, who is such a jack-of-all-trades that he forgets what a dentist does.
(First: Episode 0408)
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Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(First: Episode 0309)
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Film F for Factory
(First: Episode 0447)
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Insert Three of These Kids are playing policeman, but the other one is playing fireman.
(First: Episode 0408)
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Transition Bridge #10 - Bricks Bridge A
(First: Episode 0286)
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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)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird and his cast take a bow, while Snuffy bows from behind the fence.

Notes

Sources

  1. Bailey, Joseph. Memoirs of a Muppets Writer, page 93.


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