Sesame Street
Big Bird learns the xylophone.
Air date December 24, 1979
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors C, I, 10
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SCENE 1 Big Bird wants to show away from by putting distance between himself and Barkley, who would much rather be close to his feathered friend.
Muppets Salesman Harvey Kneeslapper asks Tony if he gets attacked by monsters and run over by crowds. Herry Monster attacks him and a crowd walks all over him, so the answer is yes. Harvey has a simple solution for Tony: AWAY FROM! The next time those things happen to Tony, he can get AWAY FROM them.
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon A bee looks for a flower.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Song "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon A woman serves milk to her cat. Several other cats join him, including a lion.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1017)
Cast Susan, Bob, and Maria give a lesson on addition and subtraction.
(First: Episode 0633)
Cartoon I've got a mind: squares make a box.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0271)
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
SCENE 2 The word "AMOR" appears in front of Oscar's trash can. Olivia, Barkley and the kids explain the word means to Oscar by showering him with kisses.
Cartoon Two green martians fight over a flower, until they see a monolith crumble to form the word AMOR.
(First: Episode 0821)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Don Music successfully "writes" the Alphabet Song, with help from his surroundings.
(First: Episode 1227)
Animation Sand I/i
(First: Episode 0619)
Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count to 10.
(First: Episode 0120)
Cartoon Clouds that look like things.
(First: Episode 0211)
SCENE 3 Alphabet Bates lands on the block again and makes the letter I with his finger.
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0033)
Muppets Lefty sells Ernie an invisible ice cream cone; Ernie pays for it with an invisible nickel.
(First: Episode 0687)
Cartoon Sign Man: DIRTY
(First: Episode 1121)
Film A dented car door is repaired and repainted at an auto body shop.
(First: Episode 1112)
Celebrity Paul Simon sings "El Condor Pasa."
(First: Episode 1036)
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks Ernie to share a banana with him. Ernie gets the inside of the banana, and gives Bert the peel.
(First: Episode 0464)
Cartoon I idea
Cartoon I for idea
(EKA: Episode 1077)
Cast Luis serves as the announcer for a ping pong match between Maria and David, who can't his paddle. Once they're ready to go, they're pelted by several dozen ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0683)
Pinball 10
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film "Sometimes, when you want to get somewhere, you need a bridge."
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0140)
Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets Some fruits in a bowl sing a "Bilingual Fruit Song" about their Spanish names, and agree that two names are better than one.
(First: Episode 1306)
SCENE 4 Big Bird comes to Bob's apartment with a piccolo, hoping Bob can teach him to play it. Bob notes that Big Bird doesn't have lips, thus won't be able to play it. Big Bird chooses a guitar instead, but doesn't quite have the hands for it. He fears he won't be able to play anything, until Bob introduces him to a xylophone.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for carrot
(First: Episode 0203)
Film Geese and their goslings swim in the water.
(First: Episode 0388)
Cat toon2
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
Muppets Cookie Monster introduces the word "AMOR".
(First: Episode 0601)
Dot Bridge 02 late
Cartoon Dot Bridge (last dot is late and travels through the others)
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 5 Big Bird has been practicing the first few notes to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for three hours now, a weary Bob observes. Big Bird wants to keep practicing and not move on ("It's better to stick with a sure thing."). Bob intervenes and plays a tune of his own - the closing theme, prompting Big Bird to announce the sponsors.

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