Sesame Street
Trip to New Mexico — Big Bird wants to help build the new house
Air date December 26, 1975
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors I, T, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird finds out that everybody on the New Mexico ranch gets up early because they have work to do. He tries out the chicken feed that a woman is throwing to the chickens, and says it's pretty good.
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SCENE 1
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Big Bird wanders around, and finds Gordon and some kids feeding alfalfa to a bunny. He then walks over to Maria and Roberta, and they show him how they make adobe bricks. Then he passes by Bob building a window.
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SCENE 1
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Oscar is tending to his morning chores, too -- helping Señor Romo feed slops to the pigs.
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Cartoon Capital I, he's quite a guy
(First: Episode 0368)
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Muppets Old West: A cowboy who needs a dentist 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 "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
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Muppets Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School: Roosevelt Franklin finds that Suzetta Something is upset, because Hard Head Henry Harris called her a cantaloupe head. Roosevelt tells her that when you're upset with someone, you should tell them how you feel. He negotiates a peace settlement.
(First: Episode 0749)
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Cartoon What if we celebrated Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
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SCENE 2 "Buffalo" Bird dresses up in cowboy vest and spurs for his first horse-riding lesson. Maria brings the horse, Princess, but she notices that Big Bird is nervous about the horse. She shows Big Bird how to be gentle with the horse.
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Film Things you can carry
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0515)
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Cartoon I for Ink (angry bird)
(First: Episode 0462)
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Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2

The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Cartoon Little girl and cat (she imagines role reversal)
(First: Episode 0784)
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Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2

The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Cartoon I for Iron
(First: Episode 0314)
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Film Cold things that begin with the letter I
(First: Episode 0618)
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Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
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SCENE 3 Bob notices some T words around the farm -- "truck", "tire"... and when he sees that the tire is flat, he's found "trouble".
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Muppets An Anything Muppet boy and girl have a conversation using the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0273)
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SCENE 4 Having inflated the tire himself, Bob has become "tired."
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
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Film A look at the life of Colleen, who lives in Arizona.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
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Cast The Alphabet Dancers: Lowercase letter i.
(First: Episode 0462)
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Cartoon Letter I (Beep Beep)
(First: Episode 0427)
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Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
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Cartoon Dot bounces on top of lower-case 'i'
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
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SCENE 5 Luis, Gordon, Maria and Bob are all working hard building the new house. Big Bird offers to help, but the work is too dangerous, and everyone tells him to go play. Big Bird gets upset -- he came to New Mexico to help, too! The adults confer, and then they say that they can't get their work done unless somebody goes and gets them some water. Big Bird is thrilled to have a job to do.
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Cartoon T is for Television
(First: Episode 0024)
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
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Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(First: Episode 0454)
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Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
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SCENE 6 Luis and a boy ride on a horse.
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Muppets Ernie & BertLefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
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Film Grasshopper (harpsichord 50s-style music)
(First: Episode 0084)
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Muppets Cookie Monster: Cookie Monster goes to the carnival and plays the "test your strength" game. Unbeknownst to him, the carnival barker is a dishonest man who rigged the game so nobody can win -- until Cookie finds out what the prize is.
(First: Episode 0449)
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Film A boy narrates a film of how his family trains wild ponies on the farm.
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Muppets A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet cowboy shouts across a canyon to hear the echo. "Yippee ki-yi-yo!" is repeated back to him perfectly. When he shouts "One!", the echo repeats back, "¡Uno!" The cowboy is startled. "Two!" he shouts, and the echo repeats, "¡Dos!" "You s'pose that's Mexico over there?" he asks. He continues to count to ten, with the echo repeating the numbers back in Spanish. Frustrated, he shouts, "How are you?" "¡Muy bien, gracias!" is the reply. "Oh, this is ridiculous," the cowboy says, and throws his cowboy hat into the canyon. A sombrero is thrown back in return.
(First: Episode 0698)
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Cartoon Light and heavy (ball and seal)
(First: Episode 0785)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie and Bert talk to Shola about heavy and light.
(First: Episode 0549)
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Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
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Song "I in the Sky" (repeat)
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Film "La Maldita Iguana" (mariachi song)
(First: Episode 0047)
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Song "Yo Soy Un ..."
(First: Episode 0777)
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Cartoon They'd play with me if I had ...
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SCENE 7 Their work is done, so the Sesame Street friends sing about "Goin' Home."
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SCENE 7
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Emotions swell up within Luis as he knows he's about to leave his childhood home again. He says goodbye to his family.
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SCENE 7
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Maria announces the sponsors. As the end credits roll, everybody gets in the truck... except for Big Bird, who's so excited that he stands with the family waving goodbye. As the truck pulls away, he remembers that he's supposed to be on it. His friends stop for him, and help him onto the truck. They drive away, back to Sesame Street.
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CLOSING SIGNS Bob holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Luis holds up the CTW sign at the end

Notes

  • The plot to this episode would later be repeated in Episode 1165, with different inserts.


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