Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to use a washing machine
Air date April 20, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors O, S, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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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...
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Cartoon A boy and girl fight over the word YO. Luckily, he has a spare.
(First: Episode 0486)
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Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(First: Episode 0454)
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Cartoon At night, a group of mice are scared of a monster in the woods. They describe its features until the feared monster looks like an elephant - who is more scared of the mice.
(First: Episode 0814)
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Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
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Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
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Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Ernie talks about what happens next when he throws a rubber ball, a glass and a watermelon over the wall. When he throws the ball, it bounces. When he throws the glass, it breaks. When he throws the watermelon, Cookie Monster catches it in his mouth and thanks Ernie.
(First: Episode 0148)
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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.
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Cartoon An O rolls over and over a horse. The horse eats the O.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0173)
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Muppets In the woods, a nature-loving baritone (Jim Henson) sings "Ah, For the Joys of the Countryside" about how much he loves the country, without noticing that his surroundings are being converted into a city.
(First: Episode 1008)
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Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
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Film A giant panda walks around.
(First: Episode 0920)
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Muppets Ice Follies: Count von Count skates to the tune of "The Song of the Count" ending with the rink lights simulating lightning.
(First: Episode 0884)
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Cartoon The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, most and all with a basket of oranges.
(First: Episode 0939)
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Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
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Cartoon A girl uses her imagination while sitting on a sofa.
(First: Episode 0765)
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Muppets The Martians find a telephone.
(First: Episode 0398)
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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 or coal mine, which the kids guess. Big Bird describes a place very similar to the very basement they're standing in.
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he's encountered the wrong group of pigs -- one of these pigs went to market, one stayed home, and so on (alluding to the game of "This Little Piggy"). Just as he gets things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up and, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs and puffs Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0737)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #5
(First: Episode 0991)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Weaver Bird."
(First: Episode 0372)
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
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Muppets Grover is astonished to find that he's multiplied into four Grovers.
(First: Episode 0718)
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Cartoon What if a turtle and rabbit switched appearances?
(First: Episode 0451)
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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.
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper plans to use a hand buzzer when he asks someone to slap him five. Instead, the joker slaps a 5 on his chest.
(First: Episode 0991)
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Film A boy tells what happens on a fishing boat.
(First: Episode 0028)
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Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
(First: Episode 0136)
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Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
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Film "Noises"
A boy named Julio uses "magic glasses" to see invisible things that make noises, including a train, a cat, a fire engine, a saw, and a man whistling. Can you make those noises?
(First: Episode 0004)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk... but there are no glasses.
(First: Episode 0976)
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Cartoon O for orange (repeat)
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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. The sponsors are announced.


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