Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to use a washing machine
Air date April 20, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors O, S, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird discovers a hole in his washtub, which means he can't wash his clothes. Maria tells him about the washing machine in the basement of 123 Sesame Street, which Big Bird has never seen before. She takes him down there and shows him the machine. He's certain he knows how to use it and Maria leaves him be. Big Bird tosses in the clothes and begins waiting, despite having not activated the machine...
SCENE 2 An hour has passed and Big Bird is asleep. Maria comes back and Big Bird complains that his laundry hasn't been done. She shows him how to activate the machine, which means he has to wait some more. Big Bird hopes it won't take long, as he's getting dizzy from watching the clothes spin.
SCENE 3 Bob and the kids join Maria and Big Bird down in the basement. Maria proposes a game and describes some underground places, such as a subway station of coal mine, which the kids guess. Big Bird describes a place very similar to the very basement they're standing in.
SCENE 4 Luis leads Ms. Foster, a Muppet character, down into the basement to check the electric meter. She then tries to read the meter of Oscar's trash can, which has an back door accessing the basement as well. Oscar, stepping out from the shower, doesn't want to be bothered and encourages Ms. Foster's threats to shut off his power - until she mentions shutting off his trash compactor. Oscar allows her to read his meter by prying it from the wall and handing it to her.
SCENE 5 Big Bird realizes he's forgotten to wash his handkerchief. He wonders how much soap to use and decides to pour whatever's left in the box in the machine. Soon, the machine bubbles over with soap suds, as the adults try to shut it off in a panic. Meanwhile, Oscar, up on the surface of the street, enjoys being left alone after his dishwater shower, when he starts becoming engulfed in clean soap suds.

Known segments

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Muppets Ice Follies: The Count counts his spins as he skates.
(First: Episode 0884)
Cartoon A girl uses her imagination while sitting on a sofa.
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Muppets The Martians find a telephone.
(First: Episode 0398)
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(First: Episode 0372)
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(First: Episode 0718)
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(First: Episode 0451)
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