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Big Bird's β€œOne Way” journey
Air date April 3, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production February 14, 1978
Sponsors T, X, 3
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird goes to Hooper's Store, then finds it's closed. He goes back to his nest, but notices he's walking in the opposite direction of a newly-installed One Way sign. He turns around and follows the sign, then sees another sign, thus beginning a long β€œOne Way” journey back to his nest …
Cartoon "Jazz #3"
(First: Episode 0002)
SCENE 2 Big Bird's journey leads him down 85th Avenue and Central Park West.
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about small things. A man thinks about small things, and lists them. A sea monster thinks it is small, especially when compared to its father!
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0241)
Three is So Curvy.jpg
Cast / Muppets Olivia sings "Three is So Curvy" with Crumbs Unlimited.
(First: Episode 0980)
Cartoon A chair displays the word SIT, and a beast sits on him.
(First: Episode 0399)
Big Bird's journey leads him to the corner of 85th and Columbus Avenue.
Cartoon "Young MacDonald Went to Town"
(First: Episode 0787)
SCENE 3 Olivia watches Slimey dance as Oscar sings β€œThe Wiggle”.
Film The Mad Painter #3
(First: Episode 0343)
Muppets Old West: Five good men are needed to form a posse and catch Bad Bart, the meanest man in the West. The sheriff counts five men in the saloon, and tries to organize them. But it turns out that there are only four good men -- one of them is Bad Bart!
(First: Episode 0554)
SCENE 4 Big Bird's journey leads him across the Central Park Bridge.
Cartoon A man demonstrates front and back using his sneakers.
(First: Episode 0826)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Geese and their goslings swim in the water.
(First: Episode 0388)
Cartoon The front and back of a costumed horse follow an ice cream truck.
(First: Episode 0782)
Cast Linda holds up a "One Way" sign for Damion Brown in front of Big Bird's nest construction doors. Damion reads the word, then learns to sign it.
(First: Episode 1066)
Muppets Marshal Grover asks Fred the Wonder Horse why he's walking backwards -- he can only see where he's been, and not where he's going. He also wants to know what happened to Fred's head. Fred explains that Marshal Grover doesn't know the difference between front and back. "That is a terrible, mean, cruel thing to say to me, Fred!" Marshal Grover exclaims. "It is true, but..." Fred tells Grover that he's facing backward, and if he turns around, he'll see Fred's head. Grover turns around, and cries: "Oh, Fred! I've missed you! Oh, it's good to see you!" Fred says that if he stays turned around, he'll be able to see where he's going. Grover tries it, and he's proud to know the difference between front and back. Unfortunately, now his head is resting on the saddle, with his feet in the air.
(First: Episode 0629)
SCENE 5 Big Bird's journey leads him past a reservoir near Central Park. He spots a jogger headed in the opposite direction, and finds another "One Way" sign pointing toward his previous path.
Cartoon A bird displays the front and back of a turtle.
(First: Episode 0789)
Film While walking and reading the newspaper, a man barely avoids DANGER on three occasions, but then gets hit by a revolving door.
(First: Episode 0656)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Danger."
(First: Episode 0704)
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
Celebrity Richard Pryor plays all the parts in a scenario of two kids meeting a new kid who wants to play.
(First: Episode 0779)
Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0451)
Ernie's Bert Sculpture.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie makes a clay bust of Bert, but runs out of clay for the nose, so he pulls Bert's nose off and puts it on the statue.
(First: Episode 0463)
Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 6 Oscar places a letter X on the ground in front of his can. When Mr. Hooper inquires about it, he says that X marks the spot, and tells him to get lost.
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
(First: Episode 0425)
SCENE 7 Big Bird's journey leads him to a stop sign downtown, so he stops.
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(First: Episode 0240)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews one of the Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.
(First: Episode 0551)
Cartoon T is for Television
(First: Episode 0024)
SCENE 8 Oscar gives Slimey a giant plate of cold mashed potatoes, explaining to the kids that even little worms have to eat so they can grow up big and grouchy.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Baby animals are fed milk.
(First: Episode 0238)
Slimey finishes eating the mashed potatoes, so Oscar serves him the main course: creamed spinach with maraschino cherries.
Cartoon T is for Television (Spanish)
(First: Episode 0324)
SCENE 9 Big Bird's journey leads him through a traffic circle downtown.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert are watching TV, but Bert gets bored and decides to play a record. Ernie tells him to turn down the volume, but Bert won't, so Ernie drowns out Bert's music by playing the radio. Bert then retaliates by turning on the blender. With all four things running at once, they blow a fuse, causing a total blackout in their apartment. Bert goes outside to fix the fuse box, while Ernie turns off all the things that were running. When the lights come back on, they decide to play cards instead of fight.
(First: Episode 0003)
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form the letter T.
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon "Poverty T”
(First: Episode 0020)
Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition (version three).
(First: Episode 0460)
Film The letter T is a very useful letter.
(First: Episode 0402)
Big Bird's journey leads him through another traffic circle.
Muppets Baby Breeze participates in Headball at Roosevelt Franklin Stadium. His question: what would you do if your ball rolled into the street?
(First: Episode 0877)
Animation A grape blows reveille and inspects the "troops" -- 12 raisins on a slice of white bread.
(First: Episode 0618)
Cartoon La t minuscula
(First: Episode 0376)
SCENE 10 In the evening, the street sign man reverses the One Way sign in front of Big Bird’s nest. When Big Bird finally reaches home, he sees the same sign pointing the opposite direction, and thinks he can’t go home ever again. Olivia reassures him that the One Way signs don’t apply to sidewalk foot traffic, and takes him to Hooper’s Store. The sponsors are announced.

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