Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper hires Mr. Ortiz, a Spanish-speaking helper.
Air date January 25, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors A, H, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Mr. Hooper tells Maria and Luis that David is out sick, so he's called a local employment agency to send someone over in his place. The agency didn't tell him anything beyond the fact that he's a man around Hooper's age and he has experience running his own store. A man, Mr. Ortiz, arrives, speaking Spanish and inquiring if this is where has been sent by the agency. As he hears Mr. Hooper describe the job, he becomes unsure of his place here - he doesn't speak English well and believes the agency made a mistake. Mr. Hooper claims that he knows a few Spanish words (showing off the store's "Se Habla Espanol" sign) and encourages the man to stay, even though he has some difficulty understanding him.
Pinball 10
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is tall, Bert taller, and Big Bird is the tallest (and he also breaks the ceiling).
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Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out.
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Video Scanimate kids intro
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Muppets On a very slow day of counting, The Count plays some funky music that is irresistible to dance to. He then counts 6 dancing children that come by.
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Film / Cast Gordon joins a class for some exercises.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
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Muppets Farley looks for ME.
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Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
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SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper admits to Maria and Luis that things haven't been working out too well with Mr. Ortiz due to the language barrier. They have him imagine the situation being reversed, where the store is a Puerto Rican bodega under Mr. Ortiz's supervision and Mr. Hooper is unable to speak Spanish well. Mr. Ortiz helps his new employee by teaching him some basic Spanish words about the products they sell.
SCENE 2 cont'd Back in reality, Mr. Hooper uses this method to teach Mr. Ortiz some English words, as well as to learn some Spanish himself.
Cartoon A red man tries to think of words that begin with H, but a yellow man keeps spewing them out until Red draws a hole under Yellow, who yells "HELP!!"
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Cast Maria, Luis, Susan and David put together a fractured letter H.
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates short and tall.
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Cartoon A girl uses her paint-by-the-numbers set to find an elephant in her picture.
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Film / Animation Part 1: A boy declares he wants to build a building. He and an adult voiceover describe how the building will be made, intercut with stop-motion animation and live-action footage. The two then wait for the foundational cement to dry...
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Cartoon H for hair
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Film / Animation Part two: With the cement dried, the boy's building is brought to completion.
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Celebrity The Deadly Nightshade play a tune on kazoos.
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Cartoon A witch turns a little girl into a variety of things, but the girl insists "I'm still ME!"
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Cartoon A girl talks about preparing to play with her new sled.
Artist: Jim Simon
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Muppets Ernie finds an apple on a brick wall, and wants to know who it belongs to. Sherlock Hemlock helps solve the mystery, and realizes that Ernie has a brown paper bag with a hole at the bottom, and that Ernie had an apple in the bag, therefore the apple belongs to Ernie.
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Cartoon H - Horse
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Film Letter H hoist
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Insert Susan sings "How Do You Walk" with the kids, Mr. Macintosh and Bob, demonstrating how people's feelings affect how they walk.
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Cartoon A picture of a girl playing a guitar is drawn as off-screen kids (speaking English and Spanish) try to guess what the drawing will be.
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Kids count 12 playing cards
Insert In voiceover, kids count out twelve in a deck of playing cards.
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Cartoon Two men on a park bench turn their radios up louder and louder, each trying to drown the other's out, until they reach a station they can agree on.
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Film A baby monkey
Music: Joe Raposo
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Cartoon A big elephant and a small elephant make lowercase Hs come out of their trunks.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
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SCENE 3 Oscar asks Mr. Ortiz to teach him some Grouchy phrases to tell Maria when she comes by. Luis translates for Mr. Ortiz and the two plan a trick. Mr. Ortiz delivers an angry-sounding, Spanish message to Oscar, who repeats it back to Maria. To Oscar's dismay, Maria gives him the English translation - "Maria, I think you're very pretty. Please come here and give me a great big kiss," which she does.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert says it's Ernie's turn to go to the laundromat. He puts numerous things in the laundry basket, including storybooks, cookies, his boots, and a radio. Before long, the basket has no room for the laundry, so he decides to go play baseball instead.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Flies on Animals" over footage of animals bugged by pests.
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Transition Bridge #16 - Hourglass Slow/Empty
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SCENE 4 At the end of the day, Mr. Hooper and Mr. Ortiz thank each other for helping them learn new languages today. Maria and Luis also bid farewell, as the two older men declare the other a new friend. Mr. Hooper proudly admires his "Se Habla Espanol" sign as Luis announces the sponsors in Spanish.

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