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Trip to Hawaii β€” The Big Trip
Air date December 29, 1977
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production September 29, 1977
Sponsors B, P, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria finishes repairing a TV set. She tests it out just in time to see the ending of "The Big Trip," where a contestant dressed as a slice of pizza has just won a trip to Paris. Maria explains to David that the show awards people who show up in amazing costumes. Host Guy Smiley teases tomorrow's program, where the grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Hawaii. Big Bird thinks he can get on the show and win the trip for himself and Mr. Snuffleupagus. Maria thinks if she and David go along too, and bring more of their friends, they might have a better chance of winning the trip for Big Bird.
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)
Film A clown (Dennis Allen) takes off his make-up. Which face do you like better?
(First: Episode 0461)
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets Bad Bart is looking for Marshal Earp.
(First: Episode 0537)
Cartoon A peacock counts 20 feathers on his tail.
(First: Episode 0406)
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
Cartoon More and more moths appear, and devour a man's clothes.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0294)

SCENE 2 Big Bird dresses like a cowboy for the game show. Snuffy can't think of something he'd like to be dressed as, but cites Shirley Temple as someone he likes to pretend to be. Big Bird gives him the right things he needs to look like her. Snuffy does a tap dance number not unlike those Temple was famous for.
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket falls over.
(First: Episode 0018)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and a witch -- they are all confused about who they are and what holidays they belong in.
(First: Episode 0711)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket shoots water.
(First: Episode 0022)
There's a Bird on Me.jpg
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
Countdown launch success.jpg
Cartoon Rocket countdown: Unlike previous segments, the rocket successfully launches at the right time as everyone celebrates, and the director grins at the camera.
(First: Episode 0042)
Muppets Ernie tries to teach Cookie Monster to use his knife, fork, and spoon.
(First: Episode 0134)
Typewriter P.jpg
Cartoon The Typewriter: P for Pencil
(First: Episode 0782)

SCENE 3 Maria dresses as a raggedy clown and asks Oscar if he has anything she could use, including a hat, tie and shoes. Oscar isn't certain she'll be picked on the game show, though - "They always pick some ding-a-ling in a crazy costume. You look gorgeous!"
Cartoon P is for Painting
(First: Episode 0764)
Film A STOP sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0930)
Cartoon A STOP sign commands a train to stop.
(First: Episode 0493)
Muppets Luis reads "The King Banishes the Letter P."
(First: Episode 0712)
Cartoon A dog pulls its master, who keeps begging "STOP!" until they reach the word STOP.
(First: Episode 0706)
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
Cartoon man weighs scale.jpg
Cartoon A man weighs himself to demonstrate how a scale works.
(First: Episode 0572)
Celebrity Helen Reddy sings "Grow."
(First: Episode 0774)
Film Paper-cut triangles fade into live-action shots of triangle-shaped things.
(First: Episode 0538)

SCENE 4 Gordon, Susan, Maria and Big Bird wait for David to come out with his costume. He finally arrives, dressed as a Christmas tree. They all can't figure out how to fit in Susan's car, so Gordon offers a solution - Big Bird rides in the car with himself and Susan, while Maria and David can take the bus. David feels embarrassed to be be in public dressed as he is.
Cartoon The Dog & The Bone
(First: Episode 0772)
Film "Hey, let's make a road!" Kids do so at the beach, while a construction crew does the real thing.
(First: Episode 0295)

Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster helps Ernie match mittens, shoes, and gloves and put them away. Guess how he puts away two matching cookies.
(First: Episode 0135)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
SCENE 5 Everyone is in the audience at "The Big Trip" studio. Big Bird tries pointing out Snuffy to the others, who instead think he's referring to some other audience members.


SCENE 5 cont'd The show begins and Guy Smiley details the lovely Hawaiian trip they're giving away today. Guy scans the crowd for a contestant and chooses Big Bird, thinking he's actually an elaborate bird costume. Big Bird is given the challenge of finding five things that begin with the letter B. Big Bird heads into the audience and borrows a bell, banana, bow, and belt (a rope Maria is using as one). Guy points out that's only four items, when Big Bird notes his own name begins with B. Guy declares him the winner and Big Bird earns the free trip for two. Everyone celebrates as Oscar announces the sponsors.

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