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Sesame Street
Bert meets Bertha
Air date December 26, 1978
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Production September 13, 1978
Sponsors M, N, 12
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
cut from the HBO Max version
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SCENE 1 Olivia is minding after Hooper's Store while Mr. Hooper delivers groceries, when Bert approaches the counter to order a soda water. He'd like it flat, with no flavored syrup or ice cream in it. Olivia obliges, but goes out of her way to note that Bert must be the only person in the whole world who prefers his soda water that way.

A voice is then heard from off-camera, placing an order for plain, flat soda water. Olivia and Bert both freeze, then slowly turn to see Bertha; she looks almost exactly like Bert, but with long, black, stringy hair. Bert's jaw drops as romantic music swells.

Cartoon Typewriter: M for magic
(First: Episode 0841)
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Insert In voiceover, kids count out twelve in a deck of playing cards.
(First: Episode 0480)
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Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
Celebrity The Pointer Sisters sing "Yes, We Can Can."
(First: Episode 0793)
Cartoon Two green martians fight over a flower, until they see a monolith crumble to form the word AMOR.
(First: Episode 0821)
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SCENE 2 Bert and Bertha sit together in the arbor talking about pets. Bertha says she's just on her way home from bringing her pet to the doctor, and asks Bert to guess what kind of animal it is. From a series of clues, Bert nervously deduces that Bertha's pet might be... a pigeon?

Bertha confirms, and introduces Francine, who was not sick after all; just lonely, according to the doctor. Bert shyly offers that she doesn't have to be alone anymore, and introduces her to one of his pet pigeons, Gus. They both notice that the birds have a lot of common, which leads Bert to sing "Bert's Love Song".

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Cartoon He, She and It - The IT knows all about the heart.
(First: Episode 1168)
Film A film of camels eating.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0388)
Muppets In the kitchen, Ernie bakes some cookies of different shapes, which he lets Cookie Monster eat after he finishes displaying each one to the viewer.
(First: Episode 1158)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Crocodile
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
Cast Linda holds up a "One Way" sign for Damion Brown in front of Big Bird's nest construction doors. Damion reads the word, then learns to sign it.
(First: Episode 1066)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: One Way
(First: Episode 1125)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: With Kermit's help, Don Music manages to rewrite "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as "Drive, drive, drive your car."
(First: Episode 0897)
Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
Film A boy visits the hospital to see his mother's new baby.
(First: Episode 1125)
Cartoon A girl explains (in poetry) how she failed trying to make a snowman without using snow.
(First: Episode 0480)
Muppets Farley explains things one can do with their mind - he plans on going to the door, he imagines who's knocking at it, he remembers it's not his mother and he hopes there's not a scary monster at the door. Herry Monster surprises him by bursting through the door, frightening Farley away. Herry's sorry Farley ran away; he wanted to play.
(First: Episode 0180)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: N - Nail
(First: Episode 0040)
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SCENE 3 Luis is holding a chair together in front of the Fix-It Shop, waiting for the glue to begin drying. When the phone rings, he asks Big Bird to answer it so he doesn't have to leave the chair unattended. Big Bird keeps getting distracted on his way to the phone, so Luis finally lets the chair fall apart and answers it himself. He hands the phone to Big Bird, who is now standing next to him, and says, "it's for you."
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie can't decide which of the two different shelves he should place a large vase on, so Bert tells him to use his imagination. Ernie imagines the vase falling off the little shelf and Bert kicking him out of the apartment. Then, Ernie imagines putting the vase on the big shelf, and Bert rewarding him with a big surprise party.
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
Cast Maria and David find two sets of sacks, which have incorrect numerical labels.
(First: Episode 0505)
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(First: Episode 0420)
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Celebrity Pat Paulsen demonstrates the different between a full and an empty wastebasket.
(First: Episode 0081)
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SCENE 4 In the arbor, Grover demonstrates "empty" and "full" by drinking glasses of milk and asking Gordon to fill them up again. After several refills, Grover notes that it is now he who is full. He walks away, the milk in his belly audibly sloshing about.
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
Film Two kids cooperate on putting on smocks for painting.
(First: Episode 0284)
Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit and Marlena demonstrate what the number 12 looks like. Grover is supposed to send up a balloon with the number 12 on it; however, he sends up balloons with the number 3, 9, a letter "A", and Cookie Monster before he finally gets it right. To celebrate that he sends up another balloon with a drawing of himself, but he doesn't let go of the string, so he floats away with the balloon.
(First: Episode 1177)
cut from the HBO Max version
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Film Kids narrate a film about bank tellers and the machines they use.
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon M for Moon
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1163)
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Song Three kids dance to a rock version of "Three of These Things" while one of them sits and reads.
(First: Episode 0551)
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Film Russian nesting dolls 1-10
(First: Episode 0540)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Loren count from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0290)
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SCENE 5 It's nighttime in the arbor, where a romantic version of the "Sesame Street Theme" plays against a conversation between Bert and Bertha. Bert offers her a bottle of soda, but she says she's more interested in them for her bottle cap collection.

Bert can't believe that she collects bottle caps too, and they begin trading caps for Figgy Fizz, Prune Pop, Spinach Sparkle, and Banana Bubble. Olivia and Gordon pass by and bid them goodnight, but Bert and Bertha are locked in passionate conversation.

Luis announces the sponsors.


CLOSING SIGNS Susan holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Ernie and Bert hold up the CTW sign at the end.

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