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Sesame Street
Big Bird imagines that he's living one hundred years ago
(repeat of 0676)
Air date February 7, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors Q, U, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird is reading his "Western Tales" book and thinks it might be fun to have lived life as a cowboy. He begins to imagine what it would be like living in the Old West...
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SCENE 1 cont'd In Big Bird's imagination, Sesame Street is rendered as an old west town named "Sesame Gulch." Big Bird makes himself into a bad hombre named "Bad Bird," fastest wing in the West. Two miners (played by Willy and writer Joseph A. Bailey) flee in terror as he moseys over to "Hooper's Canteena."
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SCENE 1 cont'd Inside, Bob is the bartender, while Maria and David appear as saloon patrons. They become frightened when Bad Bird enters and turn yellow when Bob reveals he's unable to make his usual birdseed float. As they head for the exit, Big Bird freezes the scene, feeling tired of everyone treating him like the bad guy.
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SCENE 1 cont'd He changes into a good guy - Sheriff Matt Bird, who everyone commends for ridding the town of Bad Bird. Big Bird plays along, talking tough about how he handled the criminal. However, Bad Bird (still played by Big Bird) returns to town to exact revenge on the sheriff. Everyone in the canteena, especially Sheriff Matt, go into a panic as the scenes dissolves back to present day Sesame Street...
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SCENE 1 cont'd ...where Big Bird is still crying for help. David and Maria check on him and he runs off to hide from Bad Bird.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie plays doctor and makes Bert be the patient for his check-up. He checks Bert's heart, mouth and more. At the end, Bert wonders how he is feeling, but Ernie can't tell him that until he's a real doctor, twenty-three years from now. Bert faints after Ernie's answer and Ernie wonders if there's a doctor in the house.
(First: Episode 0937)
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Cartoon A child learns there's many things one can do with a stick.
(First: Episode 0803)
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Film Wild geese (to madrigal music)
(First: Episode 0935)
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Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper goes to a man and asks, "Can I take a picture of U?" The man gives him permission, but Harvey tells him that his shoes are untied, and when the man looks down, Harvey slaps the letter U on top of his head and takes a picture of it.
(First: Episode 0468)
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Cartoon U for uniform.
(First: Episode 0702)
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Insert Buffy sings a song about the letter U.
(First: Episode 0891)
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Cartoon Caterpillars Never Wear Brown Boots
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0809)
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Muppets Super Grover: A boy is confused -- his mother told him to take a bus home, but he doesn't know where to find the bus. Super Grover arrives, and they soon discover a sign that says "Bus Stop". The boy believes they found the answer, but Super Grover insists that his mother told him to take a bus home, not a sign.
(First: Episode 0708)
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Cartoon The word BUS
(First: Episode 0277)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird has a makeshift movie camera and wants to direct his own film. He hires David and Maria to be his actors, instructing them to act sad. Joking with their director, the two instead act glad, then mad. Big Bird gets in front of the camera to show them how it's done. David commends Big Bird's performance of sadness, which he then claims wasn't acting at all - he's realized he forgot to put film in the camera (though he reveals to the viewer once they're gone that he was merely acting).
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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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Film Russian nesting dolls 1-10
(First: Episode 0540)
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Insert In voiceover, kids count out twelve in a deck of playing cards.
(First: Episode 0480)
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Film How a steel drum is made
(First: Episode 0828)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
(First: Episode 0519)
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Transition Bridge #7 - Rectangle Bridge A
(First: Episode 0290)
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SCENE 3 Maria readies herself for a date with David by Oscar's trash can. Oscar complains that she all she ever talks about is David - "What's so great about David, huh?! He isn't even green!" Maria suspects that he might be a little jealous, though Oscar doesn't know the meaning of the word. Once educated, he denies he feels this way, citing that he doesn't like anybody enough to feel jealous. She tries to wring a response from him about how much he likes her, but this is against the Grouch code, he claims. "But, I might sit next to you at a movie," he says, "if you didn't smell so good." Maria goes on to tell him that she likes many different people beyond David for different reasons, even Oscar himself. Oscar admits that if she catered to his own interests a little more (such as not bathing, losing her front teeth, and eating onions), he might ask her to a movie sometime too. Feeling flustered, he goes back in his can to break some dishes. Maria remains struck and flattered by what she considers "the nicest thing" Oscar has ever said to her.
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SCENE 3 cont'd David comes by for their date, eager to see the newest Bruce Lee film. When Maria tries to tell him about what Oscar said, David snaps, "Oscar?! What's so special about Oscar?!"
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Cartoon A photographer tries to look for some animals quietly, but they all end up secretly following him.
(First: Episode 0799)
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Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk... but there are no glasses.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: "Q", Quiet
(First: Episode 0768)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
(First: Episode 0425)
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Cartoon Ants carry a huge letter 'Q' uphill.
(First: Episode 0787)
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SCENE 4 Bob bikes over to Oscar's can, which is affixed with a sign reading, "Oscar's Argument Boutique." Oscar accepts small change in exchange for an argument, but Bob has little interest in such, no matter how much prodding Oscar does. During this, Oscar tends to various call-in customers to have a brief argument with them. He finally fields a call from someone looking to reach Bob, but he hangs up. Bob slaps down a nickel to have it out with Oscar now.
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Cartoon The word BUS (repeat)
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Film A group of Hispanic children pick members for their baseball team. A new kid, Ramon, joins them.
(First: Episode 0440)
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Cartoon What if I had big feet?
(First: Episode 0514)
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Insert The Count counts to twelve while the Little Theatre of the Deaf (who are all dressed as The Count) sign the numbers.
(First: Episode 0687)
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Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
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Transition Bridge #9 - Rectangle Bridge C
(First: Episode 0290)
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Muppets Bip Bippadotta and friends show none, some and all.
(First: Episode 0615)
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Cartoon The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, most and all with a basket of oranges.
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Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
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SCENE 5 Bob has further complains he wishes to make with Oscar, who tells him that his time is up and it'll be another nickel for further arguing. Bob pays the fee and continues to hash it out with Oscar, as David announces the sponsors.


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