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Sesame Street
Big Bird gets a superhero outfit in the mail / Telly and the Bus Stop sign
Air date December 17, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors P, R, 8
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird dons a cape and pretends he's "Superbird!" He roams the street looking for dangerous situations to be the hero of, but only does menial tasks such as holding the door open for Susan and watching Willy's hot dog cart.
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)

Muppets Grover is going to teach the audience about "surprise" by sneaking up on Ernie. He sees Ernie sitting in his chair -- and he knows that it's Ernie, because he can see Ernie's shirt and Ernie's hair. Grover sneaks up to surprise Ernie -- but then it turns out to be Herry Monster, disguised as Ernie.
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: R for rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
Film Penguins take a bath.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0233)
Cartoon A voiceover asks kids to name where a fireman and policewoman work.
Muppets Mother Goose tries to write a nursery rhyme for the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, while her many children wreck havoc on her office.
(First: Episode 1328)
Cartoon A boy says he has a big surprise in his hand.
(First: Episode 0557)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Insert Luis plays a game of "Musical Chairs" with some disabled kids. Grover gives each one of them a hug whenever they drop out of the game.
(First: Episode 0958)
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Cartoon R for Rhinoceros (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1151)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: Mr. Chatterly tries to discuss the letter R, but everything goes awry.
(First: Episode 0876)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon / Film A cartoon man climbs a live-action boy.
(First: Episode 0494)
Cartoon P is for Painting
(First: Episode 0764)
Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
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SCENE 2 Susan, Linda, and the kids observe a kitten. They sing "Pussycat, What's on Your Mind?"
Animation Stop-motion: A bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
Muppets Anything Muppet kids and upside-down 8
(First: Episode 0282)
Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)

Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” The 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)
Cartoon A girl draws in her entire body.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1008)
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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Celebrity Richie Cunningham sees Fonzie brushing his teeth, even though he hadn't eaten anything. Fonzie explains to Richie the importance of dental care, and then gives Richie a toothbrush of his own.
(First: Episode 1185)
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Insert Prince Charming has a cold, so Luis offers him a Kleenex. However, the prince doesn't know where his nose is, so Luis has to help him.
(First: Episode 0615)
Film / Cast Gordon and some kids use hula-hoops for many things.
(First: Episode 1103)
Muppets / Cast Olivia sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with the veterinarian and taxi driver.
(First: Episode 1028)
Cartoon A woman displays a BUS STOP sign to a crowd.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)
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SCENE 3 Telly Monster reads the BUS STOP sign and Gordon explains its purpose. Telly notices buses passing right by without stopping. He frantically waves and yells to get the next incoming bus to stop. The driver is not amused that Telly isn't going to board. Telly vows to stay put and ensure all the other buses stop at the sign.
Muppets Grover tries to demonstrate first and last by being first in line, but the other monsters keep switching on him.
(First: Episode 1307)
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
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SCENE 4 Telly has since made 10 buses stop at the sign, but is disappointed not one driver has thanked him for his efforts. Big Bird happens by and explains to Telly that the sign doesn't order buses to stop there every time, only when there's someone waiting to ride it. Telly thinks the bus drivers must hate him now and stop the next bus coming in, with the same driver he talked to before. Telly apologizes for stopping him before and vows to stop the next few buses to apologize to those drivers as well; the current driver thinks he'll call in sick tomorrow.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie can't sleep, so Bert tells him to count sheep. Ernie tries to count sheep, but it's dull -- so he starts counting fire engines. The noise from the imaginary fire engine wakes Bert up. Bert says that Ernie's waking up the whole neighborhood, and tells him to count something quieter. Ernie counts balloons -- but the balloon gets bigger and bigger, finally bursting with a huge explosion that wakes Bert up again.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: Hand
(First: Episode 1179)
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SCENE 5 Gordon tells Bob and Susan about what Telly was doing and see him back at the bus stop calling for a bus to stop. Telly now knows the purpose of the spot and is using it to go downtown to return a sweater, which has a tag reading "Don't Wash." Telly can't wear it because he washes all the time. He boards the bus as Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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