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Sesame Street
A movie star visits Sesame Street
(repeat of 1148)
Air date March 13, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors B, D, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 As Mr. Hooper sweeps outside the store, a limousine pulls up on the block. A window rolls down and a man pops out, asking if the store makes old-fashioned egg creams. He is ecstatic to hear Mr. Hooper confirm this and hops right out.

As he begins making the egg cream, Mr. Hooper realizes who the man is - famous movie star James Earl Jones. As he begins autographing a paper plate, Big Bird enters and is introduced to Jones, then learns what a movie star is.

Before he can sample the egg cream, Maria and Bob rush in, star-struck. They all give him some space as he is about to sip, but now Mr. Hooper stops him. He thinks the egg cream has gone flat now and already has a fresh one prepared. Jones takes a sip and loves it ("Just as I used to drink as a kid," he notes).

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Animation First leaf, last leaf
(First: Episode 0794)
Film Kids take swimming lessons in a pool.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” While Ernie finishes his conversation with Grover on the telephone, Bert comes inside with a package containing an antique telephone because he won't have to wait for Ernie to finish his turn using the phone.
Cartoon A man laughs out loud as an alligator uses the telephone to call his wife - then he eats the phone booth.
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Film A man uses a TELEPHONE booth in the city.
(First: Episode 0928)
Insert Olivia sings "Quiet Is."
(First: Episode 0916)
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon A man uses a wheelbarrow to carry blocks needed to make a staircase.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a piano and decides to play it. The left half wants to play short notes, while the other half prefers to run his fingers across the keyboard. They decide to cooperate, and both use their notes to play "Chopsticks".
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Cartoon A small man and his assistant, Dudley, attempt to demonstrate both the capital and lower-case letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
Film A pair of hands deal cards marked with the numbers 12 to 1.
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Cartoon A poem about changing seasons.
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SCENE 2 Some kids help Maria fix a broken wagon.
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Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Smart Susie Sunset teach Wrong Way Willie how to dance.

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” When Bert can't sleep, Ernie suggests that he imagine himself doing something he likes. Since Bert likes ice skating, he imagines himself doing so. A full-bodied version of Bert is used in the ice skating sequence, in a clip from the Ice Follies show.
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Cartoon A hand makes an ocean landscape, then turns it into a bustling city, which surprises a scuba diver.
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Film The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
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Cartoon B for butterfly
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets A barbershop quartet sings a song about the letter B.
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SCENE 3 Oscar asks Kim to read the sign he's hung from his can: CLOSED. She then closes the lid on him.
Cartoon Small b is a boy with a belly who walks a small d, a dog with a belly turned around.
Paul Fierlinger
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
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Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0007)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit and Tracy count to 5.
(First: Episode 0125)
Cartoon 5s go through a space-shredder and produce 5 objects.
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Insert Herry has written a song using a pencil that Big Bird has given him. The song is called "I Can't Help It."
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Film Sea Horse
Music: Joe Raposo
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Cartoon Dogs cheer D-O-G and fight with cats.
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Cartoon Can you think of words that rhyme with BALL? (voices of Bob Arbogast and Daws Butler).
(First: Episode 0773)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird gushes over meeting a movie star today and thinks he can be one too, then starts digging through his costume bin.

Over at Hooper's Store, Mr. Hooper tells his aunt in Chicago, a huge fan of James Earl Jones, about his visit over the phone. Big Bird enters, dressed as though he's a fashionable star and acts with an air of sophistication. The adults play along and act starstruck. Big Bird signs his autograph and makes his way to the door.

He thinks his imagination has run away with him when he sees a limousine parked outside, but it turns out to be Jones's; he's returned to get another egg cream (this time, to go). As the adults all head inside with Jones, Big Bird gets in the limo and orders a drive, much to the shock of the driver (Richard Hunt making a cameo).

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Cartoon At the beach, the Bee Bee and the Barker family greet each other while saying their names that begin with the letter B.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
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SCENE 5 Mr. Hooper packages up the egg creme to go for Mr. Jones and they all bid him farewell. As the limo drives off, Big Bird is seen still sitting in the backseat. Oscar announces the sponsors: B, D, 5

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CLOSING SIGNS Gordon holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Susan holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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