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Sesame Street
A visit from Cowboy X
Air date November 25, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors X, 2


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird finds no one but him is around on the street to welcome the viewer. In song, he counts himself and soon finds he's joined by 19 more friends, making a total of 20 to say hello!
Muppets Ernie plans on copying Bert's felt board template called "Cookies on a Plate in a Room with a Window" which features just that. Ernie goes through various pieces, seeing which ones match Bert's. Once he finishes, Cookie Monster enters the apartment and complements the picture, but likes Bert's more and rips the cookies of the picture and eats them. Ernie sobs, as now his picture is different from Bert's, so Cookie solves everything by eating the cookies off of Ernie's picture.
(First: Episode 1439)
Cartoon Two Farm Animals
Artist: Owe Gustafson
Film Kenneth sees how his dad's shirts is pressed at Cooper Stuyvesant dry cleaners.
(First: Episode 1403)
Cartoon Olga the lonesome robot
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Prince Charming, who is looking for Cinderella. The prince tries to see whose foot matches the glass slipper. However, the shoe fits someone unexpected. (Kermit: "Boy, these fairy tales are starting to get me down.") (ending edited)
(First: Episode 1233)

SCENE 2 The adults in Hooper's Store are introduced to the Countess Dahling von Dahling and her dog Masha. Much like her 5th cousin Count von Count, she also loves to count. She's even brought gifts for everyone - umbrellas, which she counts as she passes them around. They come in handy when her trademark, post-counting rain beings pouring inside the store. She stops it by counting backwards.
Muppets Three Anything Muppet babies sing "A Baby's Life."
(First: Episode 1423)
Cartoon "Jazz #2"
(First: Episode 0001)
Film Close-ups of animals. Kids try to guess what they are.
(First: Episode 0326)
Animation The mountains make a snack for a bird, but he forgets to brush his teeth afterward.
(First: Episode 1429)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Lisa shows Grover what big, bigger and biggest are.
(First: Episode 1393)
Cartoon Big, bigger, biggest (balloons and blackbirds).
(First: Episode 1393)
Muppets Herry Monster sings "Two Heads Are Better Than One."
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)

SCENE 3 Olivia and Maria find there are Xs all over Sesame Street, on the doors, walls and even Barkley! The culprit turns out to be none other than Cowboy X, who assumes the street residents will make him stop just like the folks back at the gulch. Luis and Gordon tell him he's quite welcome, as they'll be discussing the letter X today. Cowboy X is unaware that X is a letter of the "al-fee-bet," having never learned to read or write.
SCENE 3 cont'd Big Bird introduces Cowboy X to the alphabet. Big Bird recites the alphabet so Cowboy X will know where the missing letter X goes.
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
Celebrity Suzanne Farrell dances to the music of The Nutcracker.
Cartoon Big / bigger / biggest (bikes)
(First: Episode 1245)
Muppets "When it's your time to relax, make it Alphabet Time!"
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0154)
Film Kids narrate footage of whales.
(First: Episode 1266)
Cartoon X in EXIT: Animals sing as they exit a building.
(First: Episode 1184)
SesameGame show.JPG
Muppets The Mystery Guest is the letter X.
SCENE 4 Luis shows Cowboy X a word with the letter X in it - OX, which he then turns into BOX. Cowboy X is proud for reading the word, he declares himself "Cowboy Box."
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
Ernie Lallaby Bert.JPG
Muppets Bert 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 stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
Muppets Leslie Mostly interviews The Amazing Mumford from his home. He shows her a trick that turns him into a giant rabbit, which is easily is able to rectify. As he disappears, Leslie discovers she's been turned into a rabbit.
SCENE 5 At Hooper's Store, Mr. Hooper teaches Cowboy X another word with X in it - EXIT. He decides to give it a try, not realizing he has to open the door first.
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.
(First: Episode 1394)
Film A boy talks about what his little sister can do now that she's not a baby anymore.
(First: Episode 1402)
Animation The inhabitants of a farm feel like celebrating when it rains during a hot, dry summer.
(First: Episode 1403)
Muppets After fighting with each other, the Two-Headed Monster reads the word "Love" and forgets their feud.
(First: Episode 1282)
Film A giant panda walks around.
(First: Episode 0920)
SCENE 6 Cowboy X has to mosey on out, but not before giving Big Bird his autograph. Big Bird begins to announce the sponsors, when...

SCENE 6 cont'd ...Oscar cuts him off, wishing to give a grouchier goodbye. He assembles Gordon, Olivia, Maria and Katherine and begins singing an off-key version of the "Big Hello" song as they leave one-by-one. The viewer, however, won't leave (to Oscar's dismay). Bob re-announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Olivia holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Bob and Linda hold up the CTW sign at the end.

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