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Sesame Street
Big Bird loses a contest
Air date May 9, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors L, M, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria hangs out on the stoop reading, when Oscar yells at her to beat it. She gets an idea to switch roles so Oscar can experience what it's like to put up with someone like him on the block. They imagine such a scenario, where Oscar is a neatly-dressed, friendly individual and Maria is the local Grouch. After the fantasy, Maria hopes Oscar has learned something about treating others the way he'd like to be treated. Instead, he wishes Maria would yell at him like in his imagination.
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Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)
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Muppets Ernie plays a game of "Touch Your Face" with the viewer.
(First: Episode 0869)
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Film A baker decorates a birthday cake to a jazz percussion beat.
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Cartoon M for Moon
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1163)
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Celebrity Flip Wilson shows how his teacher, Miss Johnson, taught the ABCs.
(First: Episode 0151)
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Cartoon M in space
(First: Episode 0516)
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Film A man writes the word ME in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
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Cartoon Kids around the world say "ME."
(First: Episode 0389)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird has a new mirror, in which he can see "me" (himself). He shows it to Mr. Hooper, who sees "me" too. Big Bird takes this to mean that Mr. Hooper can somehow see Big Bird's image in the mirror, guessing it must be magic. He shows it to Maria, who clarifies the difference between saying "me" and "you." Big Bird then brings the mirror to Gordon and assumes he'll see "me" in the mirror too, but Gordon asks why he would see Big Bird's image rather than his own.
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Cartoon A man takes advantage of his television appearance to display his giant ME sign.
(First: Episode 0781)
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Celebrity Madeline Kahn sings "Me-me-me-me...."
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Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(First: Episode 0207)
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Film Kids identify a piece of cabbage in close-up.
(First: Episode 0368)
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Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot explains what the letters M and W look like with a very uncooperative letter that keeps switching itself. The letter eventually stops switching, and Herb solves the problem by rotating the camera angle, turning the letter upside down.
(First: Episode 0155)
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SCENE 3 Gordon makes the sound of the letter P, as in "pie." He then receives a pie to the face.
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Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Film A film of camels eating.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0388)
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Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Sunset help out Wrong Way Willie, a kid who gets many things wrong (such as wearing a football outfit on the way to play basketball).
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Insert Bob sings "Have a Nice Day."
(First: Episode 1022)
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Cartoon A girl trains her dog on here and there.
(First: Episode 0769)
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Muppets The Count's bats are upset because the Count always gets to count, but the bats don't. The Count decides to let the bats count all of the Counts, while the Count counts all the bats...but there is only one Count.
(First: Episode 0625)
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Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
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Cartoon The weary traveler asks the Wise Man to demonstrate "here" and "there." He does so by throwing his household items off the cliff.
(First: Episode 0769)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Bert and Ingrid count backwards from ten to one.
(First: Episode 0527)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
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Film A girl and her mother go on a journey to find out where potatoes come from.
(First: Episode 0984)
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Cartoon He, She and It: The IT knows about locks and keys.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Big Bird and Scottie read a ONE WAY sign.
(First: Episode 1051)
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Cartoon A kid travels through an extra-dimensional map inside a mono-wheeled box while a narrator reads a series of One Way signs.
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson orders bacon and eggs, but he can't decide how many of each he wants. Mr. Johnson says that Grover takes too long and asks for two hot dogs and two pickles for lunch. Grover then throws a tantrum in the kitchen.
(First: Episode 0408)
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Cartoon L is for Lips
(First: Episode 0147)
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Song "Me and You," over footage of rhinos in love
(First: Episode 0940)
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Celebrity Madeline Kahn: "I love rhinoceroses...but I wouldn't invite one to lunch."
(First: Episode 1106)
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Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
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Muppets News Flash
A princess claims that the man she intends to marry has small ears, bulgy eyes, and a funny voice, wears a hat and coat, and is a frog. Kermit is the only one who fits that description, so she kisses him and, in a puff of smoke, she turns into a frog. Kermit invites her to "the hop", and she accepts.
(First: Episode 0859)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird excitedly asks Maria and Gordon to look through today's mail and see if there's anything for him. Last month, he entered the the Bird Seed Toasties cereal drawing contest and the winner will be announced soon; he's hoping he's been named the winner. The company has sent Big Bird a letter, announcing one Isabelle Schultz is the winner instead. He goes back to his nest, crying. Maria comes over to comfort him and tells him even if he loses a drawing contest, he shouldn't give up drawing. He's still sad about losing the contest, but feels a little better thanks to Maria.
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Muppets A greaser sings about his relationship that was almost ruined by a "One Way" sign.
(First: Episode 0973)
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Film Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird lifts his spirits by writing a poem about losing the contest.



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