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Trip to New Mexico β€” At the New Mexico ranch, Big Bird misses Mr. Snuffleupagus
Air date December 24, 1975
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors F, M, 8


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Excited by his experiences in New Mexico so far, Big Bird has saddled up some horses and is sitting on a cart. "Well, howdy-doody there, buckaroos!" he cries. "It's your old sidekick, Buffalo Bird -- the rootinest, tootinest cowbird west of the Harlem. Yee haw! Yes, sir. I just got out this old buckbore here, cause I'm gonna mosey on down to the ol' lariat, and corral myself a bulldog. I'll round up a herd of them critters before it's time to hitch up to the ol' chuck wagon and put on the feedbag. Why, when it comes to ridin', ropin' or ranchin', you gotta go a fur piece to out-buffalo Buffalo Bird!" Big Bird urges on his horses: "Henry! Jerry! Giddyup now!" The horses take off... but Big Bird forgot to attach them to the cart, so they walk off without him. "I knew I'd forgotten something," he sighs.

Muppets When Maurice, a hapless casanova, puts an Anything Muppet woman's head together, he tells her that he loves her, but it turns out she doesn't love him. He then proceeds to take her head apart, bit by bit, as he sings "I Want to Hold Your Ear" (as well as eyes, nose, tooth, and hair). After she walks off in a huff, he notices to his shock that the parts he set aside have attached themselves to the tablecloth, who thinks he's kinda cute.
(First: Episode 0524)
Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0725)
Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner. The M is very appreciative, and makes "Mmmmmm" sounds. It eats all of the food at the table, and winds up eating the screen!
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Kermit draws the letter M on-screen with his magic finger. Grover asks what Kermit has drawn, and Kermit says it's the letter M. "Mmmmm!" Grover agrees.
(First: Episode 0516)
Film "Indian Baby Bath"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0444)
Cartoon The word SALIDA exits through a white square.
(First: Episode 0588)
Cartoon SALIDA (train)
(First: Episode 0537)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Insert A group of children play with a feather.
SCENE 2 Luis shows Gordon how to milk a cow. Gordon gives it a try.
Film Body part shout-out
(First: Episode 0264)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Humpty is put together again, but then Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
(First: Episode 0657)
Cartoon Jazz Alphabet: male vocalists shout each letter.
(First: Episode 0619)
Cartoon M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets Old West: Five good men are needed to form a posse and catch Bad Bart, the meanest man in the West. The sheriff counts five men in the saloon, and tries to organize them. But it turns out that there are only four good men -- one of them is Bad Bart!
(First: Episode 0554)
SCENE 3 Gordon writes a postcard to Susan; Maria says that she misses David too. Big Bird tells them that he misses his best friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus. Gordon says that Big Bird can't miss an imaginary friend. Left alone, Big Bird sings a song, affirming that he misses Snuffy, whether he's make-believe or not ("My Imaginary Friend").
Cartoon Two heads think of F words, ending with "finished."
(First: Episode 0128)
Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(First: Episode 0309)

SCENE 4 Big Bird makes a long-distance call to Hooper's Store, and asks Mr. Hooper if he can talk to Mr. Snuffleupagus. Mr. Hooper says that Mr. Snuffleupagus is imaginary, but Big Bird insists that Hooper go and look for him at his nest. While Hooper's gone, Snuffy walks into the store and notices that the phone is off the hook. Big Bird and Snuffy get a minute to talk about how much they miss each other. Snuffy goes to take his nap -- and when Mr. Hooper comes back, Big Bird thanks him for letting him talk to Snuffy. Mr. Hooper is baffled.
Cartoon One of these shoe pairs ...
(First: Episode 0503)
Film Kids ride horses.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0541)
Muppets In "The Ballad of Casey McPhee", Cookie Monster portrays a train conductor who's on his way to deliver cookies and cakes to a birthday party. However, an avalanche gets in the way of the train. Cookie Monster contemplates eating the kids' treats, but then decides to eat the snow instead.
(First: Episode 0516)
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Ernie has a bag of cookies, and locks them in a safe to protect them from Cookie Monster. When the monster discovers that the cookies are locked up tight, he eats the safe.
(First: Episode 0581)

SCENE 5 Maria and Luis are eating tacos with hot chili peppers. Oscar says that he'd like to try one. Maria and Luis say that he won't like them; they're too hot. Oscar insists that Grouches don't mind eating hot food; it won't affect him at all. He eats a chili pepper, and pretends that he doesn't find it hot at all. Teasing him, Maria feeds him one pepper after another. Finally, he escapes into his trash can -- and moments later, the can erupts in a cloud of steam as Oscar yelps.
Cartoon After the big game, a bird skeleton and an elephant skeleton get their skins mixed up in the locker room. The coach helps them out.
(First: Episode 0774)
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Two Anything Muppets sing "Me" in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0372)
Film Kid voiceovers identify a horse's body parts (shown one at a time), then the complete animal.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” The Count asks Ingrid to teach him how to count to 20 in Spanish.
(First: Episode 0477)
Film The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
(First: Episode 0179)
Muppets Marshal Grover asks Fred the Wonder Horse why he's walking backwards -- he can only see where he's been, and not where he's going. He also wants to know what happened to Fred's head. Fred explains that Marshal Grover doesn't know the difference between front and back. "That is a terrible, mean, cruel thing to say to me, Fred!" Marshal Grover exclaims. "It is true, but..." Fred tells Grover that he's facing backward, and if he turns around, he'll see Fred's head. Grover turns around, and cries: "Oh, Fred! I've missed you! Oh, it's good to see you!" Fred says that if he stays turned around, he'll be able to see where he's going. Grover tries it, and he's proud to know the difference between front and back. Unfortunately, now his head is resting on the saddle, with his feet in the air.
(First: Episode 0629)
Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M. (repeat)

SCENE 6 Luis walks through his old childhood haunts, singing a sentimental song about his memories of this special place.
Cartoon La letra M es para Miguel, musica, mariposa, marinero, molino, marciano, maroma y mono
(First: Episode 0464)
SCENE 7 Kids ride a burro as Gordon announces the sponsors.

The story of the New Mexico trip continues in Episode 0814.

CLOSING SIGNS Luis, Bob, and a girl hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Roosevelt Franklin and his mother hold up the CTW sign at the end


  • The plot to this episode would later be repeated in Episode 1163, with different inserts.

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