Sesame Street
Big Bird walks Barkley
Air date December 14, 1979
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors O, P, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird notices that his bean bag always drops straight to the ground, never going in any other direction when he lets go. He believes he's onto a scientific discovery and rushes over to Hooper's Store to share his knowledge. He demonstrates what he's just discovered using one of David's plates, which shatters on the ground.
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #5
(First: Episode 0991)
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Film A girl catches a lobster.
(First: Episode 1125)
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Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
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Muppets Kermit tests two blindfolded monsters and asks them which number they're feeling. Herry Monster minus his blindfold describes how he knew the number was a five and in the process breaks the five into pieces. Cookie Monster attempts to feel the number and Kermit tells him that he can't since its broken. Cookie Monster devours the pieces and tells Kermit it tastes like a five.
(First: Episode 1200)
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Film Kids count 5 racehorses.
(First: Episode 0433)
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SCENE 2 Oscar holds a small ceremony to commemorate the great feat he is about to perform - he will be the first Grouch every to fly around the globe, in a patchy hot air balloon, in search of trash. When the suspension ropes are let go of, Oscar and the balloon don't budge. Oscar begins unloading the many heavy items in his can that might be keeping him down, but he still doesn't move.
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Cartoon Five feet stick out from a barrel, all belonging to a strange five-legged being.
(First: Episode 0859)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson orders soup and a sandwich, and says that he wants the sandwich before the soup. When Grover comes with the sandwich, Mr. Johnson has changed his mind and wants the soup first. When Grover comes with the soup, Mr. Johnson has decided that he wants the sandwich first. Grover ends up giving Mr. Johnson both the soup and sandwich, so he can decide what to eat first. Mr. Johnson tells Grover that he has decided to get a cup of coffee, then the soup and the sandwich.
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Cartoon A green man demonstrates dark and light.
(First: Episode 1129)
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Film A warthog runs around.
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon P for Penguin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1190)
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Film Future careers: footage of a kid acting out a certain job, followed by an adult doing "the real thing." Includes a girl singing the "Sesame Street Theme" and another watching a sketch with Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog.
(First: Episode 0796)
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SCENE 3 Oscar has inflated the balloon even more and prepares to drop a chair, the last item holding him back. As he lets go, the balloon takes off, ripping the lid off the can instead. Oscar notes that he doesn't need a balloon to look for trash, since he has plenty in front of him.
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Muppets Baby Rocky performs "Cry" from his crib.
(First: Episode 1107)
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Film Kids paint P-word animals on glass.
(First: Episode 0119)
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Celebrity Richard Pryor plays all the parts in a scenario of two kids meeting a new kid who wants to play.
(First: Episode 0779)
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Cartoon Two red curtains are dropped to reveal a number 5 covered in colorful dots that vibrate and disperse.
(First: Episode 0940)
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Muppets Luis reads "The King Banishes the Letter P."
(First: Episode 0712)
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Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird is going to take Barkley for a walk, but the energetic dog seems to be the one taking Big Bird for the walk instead.
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Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug)
(First: Episode 0296)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet girl reads the word "hug" with Herry.
(First: Episode 1084)
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Film A dirty car gets cleaned at the car wash.
(First: Episode 1114)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
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Cast Linda signs the word "disappear", as David slowly vanishes.
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Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
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Cartoon Two men push two large bird eggs on top of two hills.
(First: Episode 0773)
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Cast Bob and Jason read the word OPEN.
(First: Episode 1111)
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Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
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Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster appears to Ernie as the Cookie Bunny.
(First: Episode 1147)
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Cartoon Would you mind closing our OPEN?
(First: Episode 0512)
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Cast Maria trains Bob and David to be waiters in a restaurant by showing them which door to go IN and which to go OUT. She uses a few sung 'jingles' to help them remember which is which. Bob 'catches on,' but David has a hard time doing so.
(First: Episode 0786)
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Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl who is stuck IN the quicksand.
(First: Episode 0511)
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Cast Olivia sings "Sing" while Linda signs.
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Muppets Grover the elevator operator gives a demonstration of in and out which annoys the passengers.
(First: Episode 0511)
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Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
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Cartoon P is for Painting
(First: Episode 0764)
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Film A kid marching band forms a circle.
(First: Episode 0517)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #4: Third dot wants to be red
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 Gordon is able to summon Barkley back to the stoop by setting out his dinner bowl.


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