Sesame Street
Plot A movie star visits Sesame Street
Air date April 5, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors B, D, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.

James Earl Jones perfect egg cream

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 As Mr. Hooper sweeps outside the store, a limousine pulls up on the block. A window rolls down and a man pops out, asking if the store makes old-fashioned egg creams. He is ecstatic to hear Mr. Hooper confirm this and hops right out. As he begins making the egg cream, Mr. Hooper realizes who the man is - famous movie star Michael Medford (played by James Earl Jones). As he begins autographing a paper plate, Big Bird enters and is introduced to Medford, then learns what a movie star is ("Like Benji...I wonder if he likes egg creams."). Before he can sample the egg cream, Maria and Bob rush in, star-struck. They all give him some space as he is about to sip, but now Mr. Hooper stops him. He thinks the egg cream has gone flat now and already has a fresh one prepared. Medford takes a sip and loves it ("Just as I used to drink as a kid," he notes).
SCENE 2 A mentally-challenged child helps Maria fix a broken wagon.
SCENE 3 Oscar asks a child to read the sign he's hung from his can - CLOSED. The kid then closes the lid on Oscar.
SCENE 4 Big Bird gushes over meeting a movie star today and thinks he can be one too, then starts digging through his costume bin. Over at Hooper's Store, Mr. Hooper tells his sister, a huge Michael Medford fan, about his visit over the phone. Big Bird enters, dressed as though he's a fashionable star and acts with an air of sophistication. The adults play along and act starstruck. Big Bird signs his autograph and makes his way to the door. He thinks his imagination has run away with him when he sees a limousine parked outside, but it turns out to be Medford's; he's returned to get another egg cream (this time, to go). As the adults all head inside with Medford, Big Bird gets in the limo and orders a drive, much to the shock of the driver (Richard Hunt).
SCENE 5 Goodbye

Known edits

Picture Segment Description
Fox and crow
Cartoon A minstrel sings about a fox who outsmarts a crow.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0631)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert says it's Ernie's turn to go to laundromat. He put 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.
(First: Episode 0458)
Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Film A gym instructor helps children perform a variety of stretching and bending exercises.
(First: Episode 1018)
Cartoon Dogs cheer D-O-G and fight with cats.
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing about being "Sad."
(First: Episode 0584)
Muppets Kermit at Home: Grover is outside in the snow, freezing. He keeps knocking on Kermit's door, asking how to get warm, and Kermit keeps telling him to come inside. Grover, missing the point, tries ideas of his own to get warm, but they don't work. Finally, Kermit tells Grover that if he wants to get warm, he should come inside. Excited, Grover pulls Kermit aside and slams the door, locking Kermit outside. Grover goes to sleep in Kermit's armchair while the frozen frog scrapes at the window.
(First: Episode 0598)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Take A Breath."
(First: Episode 0347)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is planning to go to the library, when he hears on the radio that it might rain. So he gets out his umbrella, and puts on his raincoat, rain hat, and galoshes. Then, in case it floods, he takes a bag of groceries and a life preserver. Finally, he makes Bert go to the library with him, so he won't be stranded in the flood without him.
Film A baker draws a kitchen and utensils to bake a birthday cake.
(First: Episode 0427)
Muppets Three polyester-clad Anything Muppets sing "Disco D."
Cartoon D - dig, deep, dinosaur
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster shows Jason that D is for Doggie.

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