Sesame Street
A day with Linda / Maria's surprises
Air date May 21, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors C, N, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob, Maria and Linda welcome the viewer to Sesame Street, each in a different language - English (Bob), Spanish (Maria) and sign language (Linda). Big Bird then welcomes the viewer in different bird languages.
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)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The miller's daughter is in danger of losing her baby if she cannot guess the first name of Rumpelstiltskin. Kermit offers a hotline, Sesame Street-555, for people to call in and help her. The name ends up being Bruce Rumpelstiltskin, but unfortunately for Kermit, he picked the wrong place to hide: the baby's carriage!
(First: Episode 0724)
Animation Three lines attempt to individually reach the top of the TV screen, but fail. They succeed after they combine all of their lengths.
(First: Episode 0288)
Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
SCENE 2 David, Maria, Bob and the kids talk about what hands can do. Linda reminds them that hands can talk.
Cartoon / Film A cartoon man climbs a live-action boy.
(First: Episode 0494)

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 tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
Film How a steel drum is made
(First: Episode 0828)
Cartoon / Film Things that begin with N: nail, nest, net, notebook, needle, noodle, nuts, napkins, nose. (Don't make noise at night). The letter N is nice.
(First: Episode 0659)
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Muppets Grover, Herry Monster, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint.
(First: Episode 0186)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N (Spanish version)
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0477)
SCENE 3 Oscar gives Maria a surprise present. Her friends tell her not to open it, because there might be a yucky surprise inside. It turns out to be an old tin can, which is something Oscar would like more. Maria gives Oscar his own surprise: a big kiss.
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Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants to have some cookies. Bert asks Ernie if he knows what "before" means, and Ernie demonstrates by saying that before he can have a cookie, he has to open the lid to a cookie jar, and after he closes the lid, he eats the cookie. He demonstrates a few times, until he loses his appetite for dinner.
(First: Episode 0007)
Cartoon Before and after: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears.
(First: Episode 0631)
Film The Mad Painter #5
(First: Episode 0345)

Muppets Grover is going to teach the audience about "surprise" by sneaking up on Ernie. He sees Ernie sitting in his chair -- and he knows that it's Ernie, because he can see Ernie's shirt and Ernie's hair. Grover sneaks up to surprise Ernie -- but then it turns out to be Herry Monster, disguised as Ernie.
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon A boy says he has a big surprise in his hand.
(First: Episode 0557)
SCENE 4 David has another surprise for Maria: the old snake-in-the-can trick. He then gives her a better surprise: a red rose.
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Cartoon A caterpillar escapes a hungry bird by turning into a butterfly.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0639)
Muppets Lefty tries to sell Ernie a STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0134)
Cartoon A dog pulls its master, who keeps begging "STOP!" until they reach the word STOP.
(First: Episode 0706)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Seahorse
(First: Episode 0183)
Cast On a desert island, a parched Luis finds a coconut, which has a letter C inside.
(First: Episode 0703)
Cartoon The Typewriter: C-cat
(First: Episode 0779)
SCENE 5 Linda sits in a chair, sleeping. As Maria passes by with a noisy radio, Big Bird tries to tell her not to wake up Linda, but she explains that Linda is deaf and thus can’t be woken up by noises.
Film A giant panda walks around.
Insert Alaina Reed (prior to the introduction of Olivia next season) sings "Move".
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie stacks cups and saucers in order to count them, making Bert quite nervous. Luckily, they're glued together.
(First: Episode 0586)
Cartoon "One to Five Counting Animals Song"
(First: Episode 0780)
Muppets Kermit, Farmer Grover and a horse show how a horse and cart works.
(First: Episode 0590)
SCENE 6 Bob, Maria and Linda say goodbye, each in a different language - English (Bob), Spanish (Maria) and sign language (Linda). Big Bird then says goodbye in different bird languages, driving them away. The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.

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