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Maria, David, and Big Bird go to City Island
Air date December 27, 1976
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors O, Q, 11


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria and David wait for Big Bird on a subway platform, having already missed two trains because of his tardiness. Big Bird finally arrives, unable to find much of his beach accoutrements for their trip. David doesn't see why he'd need such things - they're only going to the Bronx. Maria tells David he'll see when they get there and assures Big Bird that her friend has the things he'll need. Their uptown train arrives and they all board.
In lieu of the normal opening theme sequence, we instead see footage of the train heading uptown scored by a funky, transit-inspired arrangement of the "Sesame Street Theme."

SCENE 1 cont'd The train finally arrives at City Island. David asks where all the supposed beaches, boats, and fishermen are in such an urban setting as New York City. Maria points behind him, where he sees how the area really is like a shore town. The two take in the sights, with Big Bird trailing behind, eager to hit the beach. They finally reach the block where Maria's friend Margie lives, pointing to the large greenhouse on her property.
Animation Shape organization, part 1
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Hamburger - Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger. The restaurant offers two sizes: the big hamburgers and the small hamburgers. When the small hamburgers are too small, he orders a big one, but because there have been some problems with the big hamburger, Grover tries to convince him to order several small ones.
(First: Episode 0705)

SCENE 2 Margie, with baby Ravi in tow, greets Maria and her friends at her garden gate. She shows them some of the Puerto Rican plants she's been growing in her yard, such as a banana plant, an amapola, a coffee plant, and some budding fruit trees. Big Bird stays out in the garden to play while the adults go inside to sample some home-grown Puerto Rican treats.
Animation Shape organization, part 2
(First: Episode 0419)
Film A warthog runs around.
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Animation Shape organization, part 3
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets Ice Follies: Grover and Cookie Monster get into zany antics as they try to play leap frog.
(First: Episode 0795)
Animation Shape organization (all formations review), part 4
(First: Episode 0419)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird sings about his new role as "Admiral Bird," sailing the seven seas. It is then seen that he's captaining a boat stationed in the parking lot.
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: O
Mr. Chatterly tries to deliver a lecture about the letter O, but is distracted by several things that don't begin with O, like a rabbit walking with a cow. The Anything Muppet producers decide to cancel the show and take down the set.
(First: Episode 0837)
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0364)
Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
Cartoon The Typewriter: O for Owl
(First: Episode 0837)
SCENE 4 Maria helps Margie's grandfather tend to the plants. Maria is given a hibiscus plant as a gift.
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Fish
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0195)
Celebrity Judy Collins sings "A Song Without a Reason" with the Anything Muppets.
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Film The Mad Painter #11
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SCENE 5 Big Bird waits on a sailboat for Maria to arrive. She finally boards and helps Captain Debbie prepare the vessel for a short sailing trip. All the while, Big Bird barks various nautical orders and generally gets in the way.
SCENE 5 cont'd The boat is ready to sail into open waters. Big Bird suddenly panics about moving away from dry land ("My mommy didn't raise me to be a duck!").
Cartoon Things say that other things are small, but then something comes along that's bigger, or smaller, or whatever.
(First: Episode 0320)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie, Bert, and Shola demonstrate "big," "small," "smaller, and "smallest" with four balls.
(First: Episode 0544)
Animation A kid's father tells him what can be built out of the wheels and things he found.
(First: Episode 0268)
Film "What if you were magic, and could make things stop just by telling it to, or make it go backwards? Stop! Then you could see what things look like when they're moving. Go forwards! Stop! Well, film is magic, and this is a film, so you can be magic for three minutes. Like this: Go slow, water fountain! Now, you try it."
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Animation A kid's father tells him what can be built out of the wheels and things he found. (Spanish version)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird, back on land, talks about what a beach is. He goes on to describe the process of evaporation and how all water finds its way back to the sea. He then notes something else the beach is great for - playing with his fellow kids.
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Film Counting 1-20 (planes taking off)
(First: Episode 0798)
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
SCENE 7 Big Bird and the kids sing about riding on a "Tugboat."
Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
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Cartoon Kids count from 1 to 10, then 10 to 1, as the numbers are displayed over colored lights.
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SCENE 8 David and Maria fish on the pier with Grandpa and Lisa.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #15: Dots and squares converse and form pattern
(First: Episode 0290)
Cartoon At the circus, Tommy Trueheart displays his 11 trick-performing lions.
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SCENE 9 Maria, David, and the others walk off with their catch of the day as Big Bird announces the sponsors ("Oh boy, fish tonight!").

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