Sesame Street
Big Bird takes a telephone message for Olivia
Air date December 14, 1978
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors E, O, 4


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
SCENE 1 Gordon welcomes the viewer as he gets ready to go running. Sherlock Hemlock appears and deduces Gordon is waiting for a friend to go running with. He knows this from the clues, but also because his friend told Sherlock shortly before that the friend thought Gordon would be coming to his place.
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: O
Mr. Chatterly tries to deliver a lecture about the letter O, but is distracted by several things that don't begin with O, like a rabbit walking with a cow. The Anything Muppet producers decide to cancel the show and take down the set.
(First: Episode 0837)
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
(First: Episode 0154)
Cartoon The Typewriter: O for Owl
(EKA: Episode 0837)
Film Baby animals nurse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0546)
SCENE 2 Olivia tries fixing her bicycle. The Count happens by and begins counting the spokes, until Olivia spins the wheel. He gets dizzy and topples over, then heads off to get some care.
SCENE 2 cont'd The Count, now with a bandage on his head, finds Big Bird munching on birdseed as he watches TV. The Count quietly counts his birdseed, but Big Bird accidentally puts his counting finger in his mouth and bites on it.
SCENE 2 cont'd Now with a bandaged finger, the Count decides to stay perfectly still and quiet without counting. He notices a bee buzzing around him, which gives him a sting on his thumb. He counts his one scream of pain before heading home to rest.
Cartoon A green man demonstrates dark and light.
(First: Episode 1129)
Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN." (alternate take)
(First: Episode 0523)
Cartoon A man discovers the letter O has fallen off a HOTEL sign.
(First: Episode 1114)
Celebrity Peggy Fleming skates the letter O.
(First: Episode 0228)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon Two monkeys argue over what to watch on TV, growing bigger the angrier they get.
(First: Episode 0762)
Cast / Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about the lifeguard and carpenter.
(First: Episode 0951)
SCENE 3 Olivia finds a sad Herry Monster. He's upset because he just got a piano, but he finds it too hard. She recommends he find someone to give him lessons and soon, he'll be playing it in no time. But, Herry doesn't want to play it - he wants to lift it!
Cartoon Sign Sounds: WET PAINT
(First: Episode 1136)
Muppets Grover the elevator operator gives a demonstration of in and out which annoys the passengers.
(First: Episode 0511)
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Cartoon A colorful, rhythmic demonstration of the word IN
(First: Episode 0337)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl who is stuck IN the quicksand.
(First: Episode 0511)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #4
(First: Episode 0984)
Film Lions walk down a trail.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon A black cat chases after a white one, until a white lion steps in.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0255)
SCENE 4 Oscar practices scaring Little Bird and another feathered friend. He explains to Gordon he's practicing to be a scarecrow, looking forward to scaring birds and standing out in the cold and rain. He gives up, however, when he learns the good things scarecrows do.
Film While walking and reading the newspaper, a man barely avoids DANGER on three occasions, but then gets hit by a revolving door.
(First: Episode 0656)
Cartoon A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, and doubts there's any danger until the character sneezes.
(First: Episode 1125)
Muppets Ernie tries to find another cookie with a criss-cross of icing. He has trouble matching cookies, but Cookie Monster knows a better way to match them.
(First: Episode 0169)
Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
There's a Bird on Me.jpg
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon E for Erase
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Old West: Five good men are needed to form a posse and catch Bad Bart, the meanest man in the West. The sheriff counts five men in the saloon, and tries to organize them. But it turns out that there are only four good men -- one of them is Bad Bart!
(First: Episode 0554)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
SCENE 5 Olivia is expecting an important phone call about a photo shoot tomorrow, but won't be around when the call is supposed to come in. Gordon can't help either. Big Bird offers and is told to write down the time and place when the phone rings. Big Bird is excited to help, but can't stand waiting for the phone to ring.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and a witch -- they are all confused about who they are and what holidays they belong in.
(First: Episode 0711)
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about small things. A man thinks about small things, and lists them. A sea monster thinks it is small, especially when compared to its father!
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0241)
SCENE 5 cont'd Big Bird is still waiting for the phone to ring.
Cartoon Rectangle transition
(First: Episode 0290)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie is sad because it's raining, and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon A girl demonstrates that she is scary-looking to a sleeping monster.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0797)

SCENE 6 Big Bird is still waiting, when Olivia returns. The phone rings and Big Bird begs to answer it, successfully recording her assignment. Gordon announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Bob and Linda hold the Sesame Street sign while Olivia holds the CTW sign.

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