Sesame Street
Big Bird tries to use a washing machine
(repeat of 1159)
Air date February 20, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors O, S, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird discovers a hole in his washtub, which means he can't wash his clothes. Maria tells him about the washing machine in the basement of 123 Sesame Street, which Big Bird has never seen before. She takes him down there and shows him the machine. He's certain he knows how to use it and Maria leaves him be. Big Bird tosses in the clothes and begins waiting, despite having not activated the machine...
Cartoon A man assembles the word LOVE, and a bird pecks the O into the shape of a heart.
(First: Episode 0791)
Ernie Lallaby Bert
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is having trouble getting to sleep. Ernie suggests singing a lullaby to him. He sings one to the tune of "Brahms' Lullaby" and Bert falls into a deep peaceful sleep. Ernie tells Bert to wake up now; it's Ernie's turn to go to sleep, so it's Bert's turn to sing a lullaby now.
(First: Episode 1331)
Cartoon A girl narrates a poem about the sad time when her goldfish died.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
SCENE 2 An hour has passed and Big Bird is asleep. Maria comes back and Big Bird complains that his laundry hasn't been done. She shows him how to activate the machine, which means he has to wait some more. Big Bird hopes it won't take long, as he's getting dizzy from watching the clothes spin.
Cartoon Krazy Kat proves his love for Ignatz Mouse with a block of cheese. Ignatz carves it into the word "LOVE."
(First: Episode 0615)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Insert A group of children play with a feather.
(First: Episode 0813)
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
Muppets Both heads of the Two-Headed Monster surprise each other with cakes.
(First: Episode 1335)
Cartoon He, She and It: The IT educates the two on how mirrors work.
(First: Episode 1173)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
(First: Episode 0047)
Cartoon S is for subway, sailboat, sled, scooter, skates, skis, and stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0279)
Film Kids count 5 racehorses.
(First: Episode 0433)
Cartoon A voice asks a face if it's aware of the letter S, and it is revealed that the face belongs to a snake.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0278)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster asks a boy, Michael, if he can name some people that he loves.
(First: Episode 1038)
Cartoon A man discovers the letter O has fallen off a HOTEL sign.
(First: Episode 1114)
Film What do birds eat?
(First: Episode 0495)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets The Count hires Ernie to answer his phone so that he won't be bothered with calls while he is counting. However, when the phone rings, the Count wants to count the rings, and won't let Ernie pick up the phone until it's too late. "I told you it wouldn't be easy," the Count explains.
(First: Episode 0539)
Song "1-2-3-4-5!"
(First: Episode 0144)
Film Kids watch as construction workers paint a number 5 on the street using a stencil.
(First: Episode 0497)
Cartoon 5 song (twinkles, candles, diamonds, horses)
(First: Episode 0973)
SCENE 3 Bob and the kids join Maria and Big Bird down in the basement. Maria proposes a game and describes some underground places, such as a subway station of coal mine, which the kids guess. Big Bird describes a place very similar to the very basement they're standing in.
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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.
(First: Episode 1242)
0316 giraffes
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: a herd of giraffes move their way through a field.
(First: Episode 0316)
Muppets Bip Bippadotta and friends show none, some and all.
(First: Episode 0615)
Cartoon The Typewriter: O for Owl
(First: Episode 0837)
SCENE 4 Luis leads Ms. Foster, a Muppet character, down into the basement to check the electric meter. She then tries to read the meter of Oscar's trash can, which has an back door accessing the basement as well. Oscar, stepping out from the shower, doesn't want to be bothered and encourages Ms. Foster's threats to shut off his power - until she mentions shutting off his trash compactor. Oscar allows her to read his meter by prying it from the wall and handing it to her.
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
Film SALIDA (word spins around)
(First: Episode 0967)
Cartoon SALIDA (train)
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is painting a portrait of Bert, but paints Bert with curly hair, glasses and a beard. When Bert gets angry about this, Ernie takes him behind the easel and puts curly hair, glasses and a beard on Bert.
(First: Episode 0365)
Cartoon 5s go through a space-shredder and produce 5 objects.
(First: Episode 0864)
Film Kids count to 5 using groups of animals at the zoo.
(First: Episode 0288)
Muppets / Cast Olivia sings "Standin' in Somebody's Shoes" to Farley.
(First: Episode 1008)
Cartoon Sign Cartoons: The man unscrambles the letters in a HELP sign.
(First: Episode 1118)
SCENE 5 Big Bird realizes he's forgotten to wash his handkerchief. He wonders how much soap to use and decides to pour whatever's left in the box in the machine. Soon, the machine bubbles over with soap suds, as the adults try to shut it off in a panic. Meanwhile, Oscar, up on the surface of the street, enjoys being left alone after his dishwater shower, when he starts becoming engulfed in clean soap suds.

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