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Sesame Street
Introducing Ferlinghetti Donizetti
Air date December 19, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors M, N, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird introduces Luis, Linda and Bob, who show different emotions in their own languages.
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Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)
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Muppets Pearl gets Deena to put away her toys by making a game of it. When the room is clean, Deena wants to play again, so she throws all her toys back on the floor.
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Cartoon A boy puts together the word "MOM." His own mom comes out to thunderous applause and gives him some milk.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
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Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0429)
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Cartoon Two cavemen argue, each chanting "Me!" A large monolith bearing the word ME puts fear in both of them.
(First: Episode 0793)
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Muppets Story: "The Geefle and the Gonk"
The Geefle and the Gonk, two aliens, learn how to cooperate and gather nectarines together.
(First: Episode 0452)
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SCENE 2 Bob sings "It's All Imagination" to Sheila.
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Animation Big, bigger, biggest (oxen pulling rocks)
(First: Episode 0764)
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Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam is looking for the biggest man in the saloon. The frightened customers point him towards Big Barney, who's cowering under the table. When Sam discovers that Barney is the biggest man there, he gives him a hat: "This ol' hat here don't fit me. I thought maybe you could use it, huh? I'll see you, fellers." Sinister Sam leaves the baffled customers behind. "Now, that's a nice gesture," one says. "He's a little weird, but he's okay after all, isn't he?"
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
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Song "Train Song"
(First: Episode 0423)
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Cartoon What would happen if I popped this balloon?
(First: Episode 1312)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog uses his "magic finger" to make triangles.
(First: Episode 0798)
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Cartoon Magical Herman's number trick
(First: Episode 0773)
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SCENE 3 Deena wants to play with Linda, who has an activity in mind. They put together the parts of the word HUG. Linda then shows her the sign for hug. Finally, the two share a hug.
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Cartoon Thelma Thumb: During a baseball game, a kid's baseball falls into a rabbit's hole. Thelma travels through the hole to get it back.
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Muppets Clementine finds Forgetful Jones once again in a situation where he has no memory. She has him assess the clues to remember - he's sitting in a great chair for reading, has a lamp for reading and a book. Forgetful finally remembers - Buster was reading him a book.
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Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
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Insert Olivia comes across Big Bird practicing on his toy piano and she remarks how she used to dream of being a concert pianist. She and Big Bird imagine her playing a Sonatina by Muzio Clementi for a live audience in concert.
(First: Episode 1349)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Dr. Nobel Price reveals Slushabouts, but Kermit explains they're just galoshes.
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Cartoon The numbers keep changing from 1 to 20 as corny music plays in the background.
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Film Folk song: Have You Ever Been To The Farm?
(First: Episode 0138)
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Celebrity JosΓ© Feliciano sings "The Gypsy."
(First: Episode 0763)
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Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1207)
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Muppets Grover watches as Ernie loads various things into a machine that start with M and N. The machine then displays the letter it begins with. Since Grover is a monster, he decides to go in the machine, causing a mess.
(First: Episode 1201)
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Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)
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SCENE 4 Bob meets Ferlinghetti Donizetti, a hep cat who rhymes everything in their conversation.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
(First: Episode 0763)
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Song "Me and You," over footage of rhinos in love
(First: Episode 0940)
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Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
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Muppets Anything Muppet cowpokes sing about the difference between using you and me.
(First: Episode 1294)
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SCENE 5 Ferlinghetti drives Oscar bananas as he rhymes everything the grouch says.
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Film The Mad Painter #10.
(First: Episode 0328)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” John-John and Herry Monster count to twenty.
(First: Episode 0441)
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Cartoon A rolling circle becomes a square, then a triangle, and various other shapes.
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SCENE 6 Oscar announces the sponsors, which Ferlinghetti finds rhymes for. The credits follow.


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