Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird helps Maria with the census
Air date April 15, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors O, Q, 2
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria has been hired to help with this year's census by collecting the information of Sesame Street. She explains the process to Big Bird, who joins her on her trip to Mr. Hooper's apartment. But first, Big Bird practices his counting by counting all the street residents he can think of.
Toon.Orange
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Counting20boxes
Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0510)
Olimerick
Cartoon O limerick
(First: Episode 0146)
Film-Earrings
Film A girl gets a pair of earrings, intercut with shots of other people's earrings.
(First: Episode 0422)
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SCENE 2 Luis, Linda, Gordon and Mr. Hooper hold up their right hands. Each one does something with their fingers and the kids have to guess which hand is different. Linda's stands out, as she is the only one signing "I love you."
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Cartoon Bolt and Nut show how they work together.
(EKA: Episode 0619)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird and Maria reach Mr. Hooper's apartment. He recalls filling out the census sheets he was sent, but forgot to mail them. Big Bird "helps" Maria with her questions and makes sure he is counted before they leave.
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Film The Mad Painter #2
(First: Episode 0309)
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Film Three kids want to paint, but each of them has only one item, so they all cooperate.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0318)
Marchingband2
Film Marching band cymbal crash #2
(First: Episode 0527)
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Countsleepsover02
Muppets Ernie & BertThe Count Sleeps Over at Ernie & Bert's (Part 1)
The Count sleeps in Bert's bed while Bert sleeps on the couch. Ernie tells The Count that he can count sheep to get to sleep, but it never dawned on Ernie that the Count never gets tired of counting. He stays up all night counting sheep, to Ernie's detriment.
(First: Episode 0941)
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Cartoon Hats
(First: Episode 0773)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert: The Count Sleeps Over At Ernie & Bert's (Part 2)
It's the next morning. The Count had a good night, but he didn't sleep. His counting kept Ernie up, and now Ernie is walking and counting like a zombie.
(First: Episode 0941)
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Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)
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SCENE 4 Gordon recites poems that give clues about animals the kids must guess. He then shows them a photo of each animal and Linda shows them the sign. Big Bird recites a poem about birds, then one about Mr. Snuffleupagus.
Orange-Opera
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
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Muppets Alphabet Chat: O
Mr. Chatterly tries to deliver a lecture about the letter O, but is distracted by several things that don't begin with O, like a rabbit walking with a cow. The Anything Muppet producers decide to cancel the show and take down the set.
(First: Episode 0837)
GrocerySt re
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)
SalidaSong
Muppets An Anything Muppet man sings about the word "Salida"...and refuses to stop.
(First: Episode 1300)
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Cartoon SALIDA (train)
(First: Episode 0537)
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Film Old bottles are made into new bottles at a recycling plant.
music: "Black Eyed Peas" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0917)
Muppets bigandsmall
Muppets A group of Muppets (including Herry Monster) split into two separate teams for a game based on whether they have letters or numbers printed on their shirts. However, one of the small ones points out that they've split into one team of big players and one team of small players. They eventually agree to play Tiddly-Winks.
(First: Episode 0298)
GroverStevie.longshort
Celebrity Stevie Wonder teaches Grover how to sing short and long.
(First: Episode 0514)
1244-Machine
Cartoon Four firetrucks, telephones, ships and men file into a large contraption that produces 4s.
(EKA: Episode 0834)
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AMs-Gas02
Muppets An Anything Muppet man arrives at a gas station, hoping to be filled in a short time. Instead, his car takes a long time to fill while the attendant fills other cars in a short time.
(First: Episode 0540)
Noimage
Film Bread (2:12)
(EKA: Episode 1286)
Q.Quarter.BudLuckey
Cartoon Q for Quarter
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1176)
RaposoFight
Film Animals fight.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0567)
Qthatfunnything
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Song.imagination
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert sing "Imagination."
(First: Episode 0493)
Cartoon circle
Cartoon Five stripes make a circle.
(First: Episode 0780)
Qwords
Cartoon "Poverty Q": A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0048)
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SCENE 5 Maria finishes taking a census poll from Luis, the last one needed for Sesame Street. Big Bird makes sure he is counted in Spanish. Big Bird is then upset to learn that he won't be counted in the census because it's for people, not birds. He feels he is worthless, when Gordon gets an idea to cheer Big Bird up...
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Cartoon At night, a group of mice are scared of a monster in the woods. They describe its features until the feared monster looks like an elephant - who is more scared of the mice.
(First: Episode 0814)
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Celebrity Victor Borge plays a short note, followed by a very long note (that even puts himself to sleep).
(First: Episode 1241)
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Cartoon A man discovers the letter O has fallen off a HOTEL sign.
(EKA: Episode 1199)
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SCENE 5 cont'd Gordon brings over Mrs. Forbes (Frances Sternhagen) from the National Audubon Society, who does her own special poll on Big Bird, who enthusiastically answers her questions.


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