Sesame Street
Big Bird pretends to be a woodpecker
(repeat of 0480)
Air date April 18, 1975
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Sponsors R, T, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria invites the viewer to imagine with her. We imagine that she's as small as a pair of jacks, and frightened by an enormous kitten which Luis brings.
SCENE 2 At Hooper's Store, Oscar prepares to interview a number of Grouches lined up outside. Oscar asks the first applicant what he'd do if he were handed a flowerpot with a flower inside. The applicant says he'd throw it in the wastebasket, but Oscar says a real Grouch would throw away the flower and the pot, and throw the dirt on the floor – which he does, to Mr. Hooper's dismay.
The next applicant comes in. Oscar asks what he'd do with a dirty old torn shirt, and he says he'd wear it to the opera. Oscar counters that a real Grouch would tear the shirt up even further and hang it up on the wall. Next!
Oscar asks the third applicant what they'd do with a bunch of old newspapers. The applicant proceeds to tear them to shreds, dirtying up the store. Oscar lauds this display of Grouchiness, and gives the applicant the job – but the applicant makes the mistake of showing gratitude (a big Grouch no-no). Oscar concludes that it's up to him to keep Sesame Street grouchy.
SCENE 3 A voiceover instructs Maria to try to pick up Mr. Hooper, who is heavy, then to pick up Luis, who is light (because he's chroma-keyed into the shot).
SCENE 4 Luis plays a “Here Are Some Things” game. What goes with the three big circles: the big square or the small circle?
SCENE 5 Big Bird recites a poem he wrote while pretending to be a woodpecker: he banged his beak on a tree all day, and is now bandaged.
SCENE 6 Mr. Snuffleupagus leads some kids in “Doin' the Snuffleupagus”.
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.

Known segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentJohn-John wants to count backwards. Grover tells him to count backwards from 10, but he has a little trouble.
(First: Episode 0547)
Kid like you
Insert Gordon sings "A Kid Like You."
(First: Episode 0731)
Kermit the Frog Smart Person Ferbilfeemer
Muppets Kermit the Frog, Smart Person, helps Max Ferbilfeemer (Luis) learn the difference between happy and scared.
(First: Episode 0704)
George Farmer saw table
Film George the Farmer saws the legs off a table.
(First: Episode 0297)
Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon Light and heavy (bird falls on man)
Cartoon Light and heavy (ball and seal)
Cartoon A girl and elephant show heavy and light.
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.

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