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Sesame Street
Cookie Monster outsmarts Maria / Big Bird can't sleep
Air date March 27, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production January 24, 1978
Sponsors C, G, 9
Releases Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird and Grover clean the Fix-It Shop window, when they notice a conflict: Grover is hanging upside down cleaning the top, while Big Bird is squatting down to clean the bottom. Since Big Bird is taller than Grover, they decide to switch places.
Cartoon I have all, I have none (men w/ grapes)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0624)
Film Some clowns, more clowns
(First: Episode 0563)
Cartoon A boy acts out his feelings as animals. ("There's a zoo in me!")
(First: Episode 0783)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit explores the lab of Professor Nucleus Von Fission, who has just built a robot called the Six Dollar Man, out of parts that cost him a total of six dollars! The robot destroys the lab, while Von Fission laughs. Kermit is horrified, but Von Fission explains, "What do you expect for six dollars?"
(First: Episode 0933)
At the doll factory.jpg
Film Women put dolls together and package them at a doll factory.
(First: Episode 0538)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Grover's plan worked, but since Grover is so short and Big Bird is so tall, the middle of the window is still dirty (leaving Maria, the only middle-sized person around, to finish the job).
Yes toon.jpg
Cartoon A man carves a YES and puts it on display.
(First: Episode 0366)
Film A gorilla sits on a park bench with a lunchbox full of bananas. Noticing the woman seated beside him, he decides to share his bananas with her. She keeps answering "YES" every time the gorilla offers one until he runs out of bananas.
(First: Episode 0524)
Muppets Bob asks a blank-faced Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet how he feels. The Muppet answers, "I don't feel anything." Bob sticks a nose and angry eyes on the Muppet, who then starts to feel mad. He walks off in a huff, and we hear a crash off-screen. The Muppet comes back and ad-libs, "It's okay, Bob, I just dropped my watch!"
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
Song Northern Calloway sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?" (written by Joe Raposo).
(First: Episode 0371)
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover).
(First: Episode 0222)
Muppets Same Sound Brown shows Farley that "That's What Reading's All About."
(First: Episode 1088)
Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
(First: Episode 0542)
Cast Linda shows Damion how to sign "WET PAINT".
(First: Episode 1073)
Cartoon Number count to 20 (w/ cameo appearance by Cookie Monster), followed by cast list at the end.
(First: Episode 0350)
Topi Antelopes YES.jpg
Film Topi antelopes nod "yes."
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
Muppets Western: A cowboy comes to see Adam T. Glaser, who is such a jack-of-all-trades that he forgets what a dentist does.
(First: Episode 0408)
SCENE 3 Maria shows the letters C and G, and expects Cookie Monster to say that the cookie she has starts with C, but he outsmarts her: "It GINGER SNAP!"
Cartoon C for canary (role reversal)
(First: Episode 0703)
Cartoon G for giggle.
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 4 Maria approaches Cookie Monster with a cinnamon cookie, but he outsmarts her again: "It GERMAN cinnamon cookie!"
Gorilla toon2.jpg
Cartoon Speech Balloon: G for gorilla (in man suit).
(First: Episode 0085)
C- Cap.JPG
Cartoon C for cap (oversized cap)
(First: Episode 0154)
SCENE 5 This time, Maria brings a cream-filled cookie, which happens to be a girl scout cookie; Cookie Monster eventually gives in (and eats the C).
Cast On a desert island, a parched Luis finds a coconut, which has a letter C inside.
(First: Episode 0703)
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover in Spanish).
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon C for candle (blows man away).
(First: Episode 0703)
Film A voiceover recites a poem about trees, to music by Joe Raposo.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cartoon Black cat, white cat, orange cat, marmalade cat, mouse cat, bird cat, chasing balls of string cat.
Artist: Jeff Hale
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 Body Parts vs. Heavy Equipment: From toy to the real thing (steam shovel) featuring a young Brian Henson.
(First: Episode 0003)
Cast Buffy sings "My Jim Dog" with a Muppet dog.
(First: Episode 0868)
Muppets The Anything Muppets perform a "Handclapping Number".
(First: Episode 0491)
Film Footage of wolves.
(First: Episode 0982)
Cartoon I've got some (hair), I've got more, but I've got the most.
(First: Episode 0524)
Richard Pryor shares Strawberries on Sesame Street.jpg
Celebrity Richard Pryor sits on a park bench with a basket of strawberries; a kid wants him to share them.
Cartoon Four people cooperate building a table.
(First: Episode 0537)
Cast No matter how you arrange these nine people, they're still nine people.
(First: Episode 0413)
Cartoon The Square
(First: Episode 0536)
Cat toon2.jpg
Cartoon C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentThe Count and Ingrid count to twenty in Spanish.
(First: Episode 0477)
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
Cartoon A man shows the viewers his "YES" machine.
(First: Episode 0822)
SCENE 6 Big Bird hasn't been able to sleep for days. Bert has heard of his troubles and has brought over a record he thinks might help. The record is of the "Marching Lullaby" and Bert orders Big Bird to march along with the song (to his dismay).
Film Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0424)
AMs hair alphabet.jpg
Muppets Two Anything Muppets with hair over their eyes recite the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0779)
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 7 Big Bird is getting tired, but Bert still wants him to march. Big Bird sneaks out and finds a quiet spot in the arbor to sleep. Susan announces the sponsors.

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CLOSING SIGNS Gordon holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Susan holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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