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Big Bird tries to be a detective
Air date May 20, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors C, P, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 While reading "How to Be a Detective," Big Bird learns about employing disguises. He dons a false mustache and attempts to listen in on Mr. Hooper and Susan’s conversation about produce prices, but he's instantly recognized. Big Bird thinks he can fool Gordon, but he also recognizes him, pointing out he's the only guy on the block who’s eight feet tall and yellow. Big Bird realizes the mustache isn't enough and goes to get more disguises.
Cartoon C - Cake
(First: Episode 0153)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has added sunglasses, a neckerchief and pipe to his disguise, sure no one will know it's him. The kids pick up on it the second they see him, despite him insisting he's Inspector Bird of the Yard. Mr. Hooper finds him sad and he explains his situation. Mr. Hooper then approaches Susan and Gordon and convinces them to pretend to be fooled by Big Bird's next disguise.
Cat toon2.jpg
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
SCENE 3 Big Bird has added more to his disguise (even changing his voice) and passes by the adults, who act as if he's a different person. They go so far as to believe he's a detective disguised as Big Bird, despite his desperate claims he's not. As they head off, Big Bird isn't sure he wants to be a detective anymore, thinking he’d rather be a dentist.
Muppets The Anything Muppets perform a "Handclapping Number".
(First: Episode 0491)
Letter C toon.jpg
Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail.
(First: Episode 0294)
Film In stop-motion, three balls try to match three holes.
(First: Episode 0572)
Animation Shape organization, part 2
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: With Kermit's help, Don Music manages to rewrite "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as "Drive, drive, drive your car."
(First: Episode 0897)
Animation Shape organization, part 1
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets / Cast Kermit's Lectures: Bob holds an American bullfrog and asks Kermit to talk about frogs. However, due to living a somewhat different life than normal frogs, what Kermit says about frogs is somewhat incorrect; for example, Kermit believes that frogs eat fried chicken and pizza, and live in apartment houses.
(First: Episode 0277)
Animation Shape organization, part 3
(First: Episode 0419)
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
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)
Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon Words that rhyme with BALL (voices of Bob Arbogast and Daws Butler)
(First: Episode 0773)
SCENE 4 Oscar reads Susan a poem he wrote about trash, littering the street in the process.
Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
Flying Fingers.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie says that he has "flying fingers," and tries to find ten different things that his fingers can do.
(First: Episode 0617)
Cartoon Dr. Frankenstein makes sure his monster knows about front and back. (Voices: Rick Cimino)
(First: Episode 0782)
Cast Gordon and Luis demonstrate front and back with a tandem bicycle.
(First: Episode 0826)
Cartoon P is for Pillow
(First: Episode 0374)
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)
Animation Sand P / p
(First: Episode 0634)
SCENE 5 Big Bird writes his name in chalk on the door to his nest area, but Gordon points out that the B’s are on the inside of the door, while the IG and IRD are on the outside where people can see it. Gordon helps him by writing IG and IRD on the wall adjacent to the door.
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 1: WET.
(First: Episode 0473)
Cartoon La palabra cerrado
(First: Episode 0481)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 2: SET.
(First: Episode 0473)
Cartoon A bird displays the front and back of a turtle.
(First: Episode 0789)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 3: MET.
(First: Episode 0473)
Spilled milk film.jpg
Film A woman asks a boy how a glass of milk was spilled on the table, so the boy offers several outlandish scenarios before telling her the truth: it was him.
(First: Episode 0212)
Cookie Ernie hat boxes.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie purchases a straw hat for Bert, and asks Cookie Monster which box the hat will go in.
(First: Episode 0438)
Cartoon A monster sees a box that keeps opening and closing, saying "Abierto" and "Cerrado."
(First: Episode 0771)
Film A pride of lions feasts on an animal carcass.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon C - Cake (repeat)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper looks inside a paper bag and laughs and asks his next victim, "Wanna see?" The man says yes, so Harvey puts a letter C on him.
(First: Episode 0294)
Animation Shape organization (all formations review), part 4
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Bert & Ingrid count backwards from ten to one.
(First: Episode 0527)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.

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