Sesame Street
Plot The Muppets express themselves using pencils.
repeat of 0720
Air date February 18, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors E, Z, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird announces himself to Susan and David in front of Hooper's Store to much fanfare. He introduces a pencil as a modern marvel and offers to draw a picture of Susan. David is skeptical and Susan suggests starting with something easier, like the alphabet. They're surprised and pleased to see that the drawing is actually quite good, and Susan asks if she can have it to show Gordon. Big Bird addresses the camera, "stay tuned to this station for the further adventures of your friend and mine... [musical fanfare]... the pencil!"
SCENE 2 Herry has written a song using a pencil that Big Bird has given him. The song is called "I Can't Help It."
SCENE 3 In Hooper's Store, Luis is using a pencil to show Susan how to write "I like you" in Spanish. In the basement, Biff has been working on the pipes with Sully, when he calls up and offers to show them something else they can do with a pencil. Accessing the basement via a trap door behind the counter, every ventures down to witness Biff's demonstration which consists of using a pencil as a tool to fix leaky pipes. He follows up with a poem about how to use tools, springing new leaks in the process which he blames on Sully.
SCENE 4 Oscar the Grouch stops Luis as he walks by his trash can to show what grouches do with the most important part of a pencil: the eraser. He presents a newspaper with all the good news taken out of it, a clock where the numbers have been erased so as to not tell the time, and a blank piece of paper representing the grouch alphabet. Oscar says the only thing left to do is erase Luis, but Luis says he can't erase people. Instead, Oscar erases himself and vanishes from view.

Known edits

Picture Segment Description
Cast / Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about the lifeguard and carpenter.
(First: Episode 0951)
Muppets Here is Your Life: A loaf of bread is profiled.
(First: Episode 0709)
Eggs are used to show some, more, and most.
(EKA: Episode 0800)
Film Where the buffalo roam ...
(First: Episode 0510)
Cartoon A man explains that the letter E begins both Enter and Exit. Another man named Roy runs through the doors.
(First: Episode 0406)
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)
Cartoon A cowboy sings about "Feelings That Are Real."
(First: Episode 0954)
Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is trying to write a letter to Mr. Rogers, but finds it difficult when Ernie operates his electric fan right next to him. Bert blows up at Ernie and says he is "hot and bothered," and Ernie has just the thing for that: more cool air!
(First: Episode 0544)
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0451)
Muppets "I Love a March"

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