Sesame Street
Luis and his friends leave for New Mexico.
(repeat of 0810)
Air date April 21, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors K, U, 5
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Picture Segment Description
Muppets Pageant: Tooth
Cartoon On a musical theater stage, teeth dance as they're flossed and brushed.
(EKA: Episode 1107)
SCENE 1 Big Bird and The Count are in the Fix-It Shop when Luis gets a call from a relative in New Mexico, where he grew up. His grandparents are building a new house, and Luis agrees to go back to the ranch to help. The Count is excited to hear that "one person is going to New Mexico in one truck," and asks if anyone else is going. Luis asks the Count if he wants to come along, but the Count says, "Me? Oh, my goodness, no thank you, Luis. I need to stay here on Sesame Street to count things!" The Count suggests that Big Bird would like to go. Big Bird is interested, but he needs to know: What's New Mexico? Luis explains that New Mexico is part of the United States. There are a lot of Indians and Spanish-speaking people who live there, and they named the state after the place where the Spanish-speaking people came from, Mexico. Big Bird agrees to go, and the Count shouts, "Wonderful! Two people going to New Mexico. Two people and one truck!" Maria enters, and the Count insists that she should go on the trip. She agrees to go, and the Count happily counts three people who are going to New Mexico, and one truck. He leaves the shop to find more people who are going.
Cartoon The IT know all about tricycles.
Film You're Beautiful (1:47)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to figure out what time it is at night. It's too dark to see the clock, so Ernie has a new solution: he pokes his head out the window and sings some loud, off-key opera ("O SOLE MIO, O SOLE YOU-OH") which causes everyone to wake up and yell at him to stop singing, and even mention what time it is. It's 3:00 AM.
(First: Episode 1153)
SCENE 2 The Count has a clipboard; he's trying to recruit more people to go to New Mexico, so he can have more people to count. Mr. Hooper says that he can't go; he has to take care of the store. The Count is very disappointed -- there's only three people going so far, and three isn't enough!
Cartoon K - Kangaroo
Artist: Jeff Hale
Muppets Cheers: The Anything Muppets cheer for the letter K. (version #2)
(First: Episode 0101)
Cartoon The Pink Panther - K For Karate
(First: Episode 0241)
SCENE 3 The Count tries to talk Susan and David into going on the New Mexico trip. They like the sound of the trip, but Susan has to work, and David can't miss his law classes. "Rats and bats!" the Count sighs. "I'm such a failure! I'm trying hard to count more than three people going to New Mexico, but I can't. Just three people!... and one truck."
Cartoon "Signing Alphabet," an animated film by Steve Finkin. Music for voice and electronics by Joan La Barbara.
(First: Episode 1056)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A widow bird flies from one tree to another.
(First: Episode 0391)
SCENE 4 Bob finds the Count outside the Fix-It Shop, completely miserable. "It's just one of those days," he sighs. "I'm trying to count something, but it's just not working out." Bob says he'd like to help, but he has to go and pack -- he's going to New Mexico. The Count is thrilled -- now there's four people going to New Mexico, and one truck!
Cartoon A man laughs out loud as an alligator uses the telephone to call his wife - then he eats the phone booth.
(First: Episode 1113)
Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
SCENE 5 The Count begs Susan to change her mind. "Oh, Count," she says, "I've told you ten times, I can't go to New Mexico!" "That's eleven times, but who's counting?" he pleads. Gordon asks why the Count is so upset, and Susan explains that people are going to New Mexico. The Count encourages Gordon to go -- and Susan thinks it's a good idea. It would be a nice vacation for him. The Count is thrilled when Gordon agrees to go. Now it's five people, and one truck!
Cartoon K is for kiss.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)
Celebrity Fonzie and Richie Cunningham count to 10.
Cartoon K-kick
(First: Episode 0463)
Film A beekeeper extracts honey from honeycomb.
(First: Episode 1117)
SCENE 6 Oscar the Grouch chuckles as the cast loads up the truck. He won't get bothered by Gordon and Susan being nice to each other, or Bob singing, or Maria playing her radio. Biff and Sully help Bob, Luis and Maria load the truck. Oscar wishes them a happy trip -- "I want you to have a great time, a wonderful time! I hope you love it in New Mexico, y'know? So that maybe you can stay a couple years, maybe ten, twenty, y'know, who knows?" Maria assures Oscar that they're going to be back in a week, and he'll have to put up with them again. Disgruntled, Oscar slams down into his can.
Cartoon Jasper and Julius: Apple
(First: Episode 0485)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
(First: Episode 0519)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Film Sea Horse
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon "Poverty U" -- A figure gives a salute to the letter U, and presents the letter with a bouquet of flowers.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0036)
Fish Cowboy Hat
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
Cartoon 5 song (twinkles, candles, diamonds, horses)
(First: Episode 0973)

SCENE 7 Everything is packed, and they're ready to go! Everyone gets on the truck, and bid their friends goodbye. When the truck takes off, Susan, David and Mr. Hooper realize that Oscar's trash can is gone! They realize that Biff and Sully loaded it onto the truck, and Oscar is on his way to New Mexico.
Inside his can, Oscar complains that there's all this rattling and bumping. Big Bird tells him that he's on the truck, and they're headed to New Mexico.
The Count is disappointed -- they left already, and he'd found eighteen more people to go. David tells him about Oscar, and the Count is happy again -- that makes six people going to New Mexico, and one truck! "Ah, wonderful."
Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0247)
Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
(First: Episode 0998)
Muppets The Anything Muppets perform a "Handclapping Number".
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon A man lifts a rock and finds the word UNDER.
(First: Episode 0685)
Film Scuba diver - on, into, under, through, around
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0516)
K for kite
Cartoon K for Kite
(First: Episode 0489)
SCENE 8 Mr. Hooper and David relax as the Count announces the sponsors.
The credits roll as Oscar's can bumps along in the back of the truck.
The story of the trip to New Mexico continues in Episode 1161.

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