Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper graduates
Air date April 15, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors C, W, 2

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SCENE 1 Big Bird, Bob, Gordon, Susan and some kids find that Hooper's Store is closed. Inside, they spot Mr. Hooper in an oversized gown and mortarboard practicing a speech. They deduce that he's completed night school and will be speaking at the graduation ceremony. They alert him of their presence and he sheepishly hides the outfit and speech. Mr. Hooper admits that his graduation ceremony is tonight and that he was first in his class. He pulls his speech from the dishwater it fell in, making it illegible. Everyone agrees to help him out - Gordon and Bob will adjust his clothing, while Susan offers to type up his speech.
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Artist: Bud Luckey
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Flies on Animals" over footage of animals bugged by pests.
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SCENE 2 Everyone cooperates helping Mr. Hooper get ready, though Big Bird doesn't have a job. He's allowed to clean Mr. Hooper's glasses. Gordon finishes adjusting the gown, Bob finishes stuffing the hat with paper to fit properly, the kids finish shining his shoes and Susan finishes typing his speech. Mr. Hooper isn't able to read it, until Big Bird returns the glasses. He feels good about graduating, but sadly sighs that his family won't be present...
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SCENE 3 Everyone dons their finest with a surprise in mind for Mr. Hooper - they'll be going to his graduation ceremony! They all hide out in Big Bird's nest area, until Bob gives them a verbal signal to come out. Bob accompanies Mr. Hooper to the corner and utters a phrase to cue the surprise, but Big Bird, having slammed the door too hard, isn't able to open it. He charges and bursts through as everyone comes out to surprise Mr. Hooper. Big Bird yells surprise too, stuck in the mailbox on the sidewalk.
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SCENE 4 The graduation ceremony is underway. Mr. Hooper is among several other adult graduates (including Donald C. Moore) receiving their diplomas, as is the younger Jay Tucker. Throughout the process, Big Bird asks Gordon and Susan various questions regarding the ceremony. After Mr. Hooper receives his diploma (with the principal bungling his last name as Big Bird does), he steps to the podium to deliver his speech, which he is unable to find. Deciding to wing it, he recalls having dropped out of high school at the age of 14 to help support his family and how he always wanted to finish, thus returned through night courses. He concludes that he is very proud of this day, and his friends cheer and advance toward the stage to congratulate him. Mr. Hooper introduces his classmates to his friends, as Susan has them all pose for a photo.
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SCENE 5 At Hooper's Store, Big Bird "studies" to become a high school graduate like Mr. Hooper by doing some work in his coloring book. Mr. Hooper is doing some studying of his own, looking at potential colleges to continue his educational pursuits. The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.


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