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Maria, David and Big Bird go to City Island
(repeat of 0946)
Air date February 13, 1979
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors O, Q, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still

SCENE 1 Maria and David wait for Big Bird on a subway platform, having already missed two trains because of his tardiness. Big Bird finally arrives, unable to find much of his beach accoutrements for their trip. David doesn't see why he'd need such things - they're only going to the Bronx. Maria tells David he'll see when they get there and assures Big Bird that her friend has the things he'll need. Their uptown train arrives and they all board.
In lieu of the normal opening theme sequence, we instead see footage of the train heading uptown scored by a funky, transit-inspired arrangement of the "Sesame Street Theme."

SCENE 1 cont'd The train finally arrives at City Island. David asks where all the supposed beaches, boats, and fishermen are in such an urban setting as New York City. Maria points behind him, where he sees how the area really is like a shore town. The two take in the sights, with Big Bird trailing behind, eager to hit the beach. They finally reach the block where Maria's friend Margie lives, pointing to the large greenhouse on her property.
Cartoon A girl imagines herself as a car that rescues fire victims.
(First: Episode 0513)
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)

SCENE 2 Margie, with baby Ravi in tow, greets Maria and her friends at her garden gate. She shows them some of the Puerto Rican plants she's been growing in her yard, such as a banana plant, an amapola, a coffee plant, and some budding fruit trees. Big Bird stays out in the garden to play while the adults go inside to sample some home-grown Puerto Rican treats.
Animation Four airplanes take off one by one.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports from Gepetto's workshop, the home of the world-famous wooden toy Pinocchio. Pinocchio demonstrates how he can make his nose grow longer by telling lies. He tells so many crazy stories that his nose pushes Kermit through the wall.
(First: Episode 0910)
GrocerySt re.jpg
Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
Cartoon A postal worker tells the viewer what the post office is good for.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0783)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie comes home to a sleeping Bert and tries to think of things to do that won't wake him up. He can't watch TV, and he can't play with his ball. Bored, he decides to take a nap too -- but then he starts to snore. This awakens Bert, who wonders out loud where the noise is coming from, in the process arousing Ernie, who gets mad at being woken up.
(First: Episode 0280)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Celebrity Peggy Fleming skates the letter O.
(First: Episode 0228)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird sings about his new role as "Admiral Bird," sailing the seven seas. It is then seen that he's captaining a boat stationed in the parking lot.
Cartoon "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0362)
Muppets An Anything Muppet girl shows the viewers that the number 11 is the same right side up and upside down.
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)
SCENE 4 Maria helps Margie's grandfather tend to the plants. Maria is given a hibiscus plant as a gift.
Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Cookie Monster and Melody subtract cookies.
(First: Episode 0425)
Cast Luis looks for the SALIDA in a brick room.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon The word SALIDA exits through a white square.
(First: Episode 0588)
SCENE 5 Big Bird waits on a sailboat for Maria to arrive. She finally boards and helps Captain Debbie prepare the vessel for a short sailing trip. All the while, Big Bird barks various nautical orders and generally gets in the way.
SCENE 5 cont'd The boat is ready to sail into open waters. Big Bird suddenly panics about moving away from dry land ("My mommy didn't raise me to be a duck!").
Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
(First: Episode 0364)
Cartoon O limerick
(First: Episode 0146)
Film A marching band counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0504)
Herry and Kimberly shapes.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry Monster asks Kimberly to identify geometric shapes.
(First: Episode 0899)

SCENE 6 Big Bird, back on land, talks about what a beach is. He goes on to describe the process of evaporation and how all water finds its way back to the sea. He then notes something else the beach is great for - playing with his fellow kids.
Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
Fonz Richie Brush Teeth.jpg
Celebrity Richie Cunningham sees Fonzie brushing his teeth, even though he hadn't eaten anything. Fonzie explains to Richie the importance of dental care, and then gives Richie a toothbrush of his own.
(First: Episode 1185)
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Animation A dune buggy is assembled.
(First: Episode 0506)
Cast Captain Nasty (Gordon) commands his pirate crew (Olivia, Bob and Mr. Hooper) to bring him not the big or the bigger, but the biggest treasure chest.
(First: Episode 1227)
Transition Bridge #9 - Rectangle Bridge C
(First: Episode 0290)
SCENE 7 Big Bird and the kids sing about riding on a "Tugboat."
Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that β€œQ” starts the word β€œquarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
Film Apples grow on a tree.
(First: Episode 0093)
SCENE 8 David and Maria fish on the pier with Grandpa and Lisa.
Sand-alphabet q.jpg
Animation Sand Q/q
(First: Episode 0623)
AMs hair alphabet.jpg
Muppets Two Anything Muppets with hair over their eyes recite the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0779)
George tallershorter.jpg
Film George the Farmer's ladder gets taller and shorter, as does his box of berries.
(First: Episode 0289)
Cartoon Uncle Al tells his nephew a story about a dog he had, but gets mixed up with the details.
Artist: Marv Newland
(First: Episode 0510)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #12: Square remains in corner, and third dot changes color
(First: Episode 0296)
SCENE 9 Maria, David, and the others walk off with their catch of the day as Big Bird announces the sponsors ("Oh boy, fish tonight!").

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