Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to surprise Maria and Susan
Air date December 17, 1976
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors G, K, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird tries to surprise Maria, David and Bob, but it doesn't work.
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Cartoon Two red curtains are dropped to reveal a number 5 covered in colorful dots that vibrate and disperse.
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SCENE 1
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Bob, Maria and David muse about Big Bird’s attempts to surprise them, and they all decide to surprise him themselves.
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Film Joe Raposo sings "Look at This" over footage of something ... can you guess what it is?
(First: Episode 0514)
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Film Things that begin with G
(First: Episode 0357)
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Muppets Grover and George sing "Two G Sounds."
(First: Episode 0358)
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Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
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SCENE 2 Maria and David argue over who’s going to pick up the tickets for tonight’s concert. Big Bird intervenes, but after going between them multiple times, he decides to pick up the tickets himself.
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Muppets "It's Funny"
(First: Episode 0897)
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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)
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Song "Me and You," over footage of rhinos in love.
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Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Insert Three of These Kids are playing policeman, but the other one is playing fireman.
(First: Episode 0408)
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Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
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Cartoon "K" - Kangaroo - A man (voiced by Gary Owens) explains what a kangaroo is, and ends up in the pouch of one.
(First: Episode 0141)
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SCENE 3 Maria notices an "open" sign on Oscar’s can. Oscar says he has something for her, but she’s wary, assuming it’s a prank. Oscar gives her some flowers, a watering can, a pot of dirt, and a card. Maria goes berserk and leaves.
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Cartoon Some kids wander into the word OPEN, where there's a party going on.
(First: Episode 0394)
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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 Two groups of mountain goats try to pass each other on a mountain road.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Insert A group of children put together a scooter following a model.
(First: Episode 0922)
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Cartoon A song about the parts of a boy's body and the sounds they can make.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0923)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "New Life."
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon Two circles demonstrate "next to" and "away from".
(First: Episode 0644)
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Film A pair of hands wash and clean a pair of feet, as Bob identifies both parts in voiceover.
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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)
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Cartoon K is for kiss.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)
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Celebrity Helen Reddy sings "I Make Up Songs."
(First: Episode 0774)
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Cartoon The Typewriter gets stuck in a spot of glue, and types "G: Glue".
(First: Episode 0775)
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Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
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Cartoon Two men work at a manhole; one is tired of the same day-in-day-out routine of it. The other says the boss has planned a surprise for them. A jack-in-the-box pops from the manhole.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBig Bird tells Shola that he's been having some trouble figuring out big and little. Shola says that she's little and Big Bird is big. Big Bird says, "Oh! That must be why they call me Big Bird." Shola answers, "Yeah! You're Big Bird. I'm Shola."
(First: Episode 0306)
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Cartoon A girl imagines she's a rock, which becomes a statue.
(First: Episode 0513)
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Muppets Ernie plays a game of "Touch Your Face" with the viewer.
(First: Episode 0869)
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Cartoon A male voice narrates a story of a jazzy triangle who loved to dance, and a square square. The triangle likes being flexible, but the square would rather be stiff and *square*.
Music: "Waltz in Mean Time," David Lee
(First: Episode 0007)
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Muppets A woman (Jim Henson) volunteers to assist The Amazing Mumford in his surprise magic trick. Mumford makes her disappear – but when he tries to make her reappear, Herry Monster pops up, saying "SURPRISE!"
(First: Episode 0381)
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SCENE 4 The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.


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