Sesame Street
Plot A gift for Granny Bird
Air date December 26, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors E, F, 4
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Today is Granny Bird's birthday and Big Bird has a gift for her. He asks Gordon to help wrap it, until it's revealed the gift is a live goldfish. Gordon tells Big Bird he can't put this in the mail, so Big Bird gives him the fish as a birthday gift and dashes off to find something else for Granny Bird.
666mailman
Film A mailman on horseback delivers mail in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
(First: Episode 0493)
E-shriek
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Fish Cowboy Hat
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to put a pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why he's doing that, and Ernie says that he broke a cookie jar. Ernie has to put the cookies somewhere, so he put them in the sugar bowl – and put the sugar in the flowerpot, which meant that he had to put the flower in a milk bottle. He put the milk in the soda bottle, the soda into the fishbowl, and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat. Bert asks, "Now what am I going to wear when I want to play cowboy?" Ernie puts the pot on Bert's head and says, "Ride 'em, cowboy, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0305)
2059h
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird's next gift idea is a bouquet of flowers in a water-less vase, learning the potential problems from before. Gordon again explain that this gift can't be mailed either - the flowers would wilt and die by the time they reached Granny Bird. Big Bird gives the flowers to Gordon and runs out for another gift.
1576f
Cartoon Animated quilt patterns.
ComeJoinUs
Muppets "Come Join Us"
Noimage
Film Filling Containers (0:55)
(First: Episode 0576)
Ball.brickwall
Animation A ball looks for its match on a brick wall.
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SCENE 3 Big Bird's next gift is a birthday cake, which he then realizes will get smushed in the mailing process.
Madpainter4
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
1091-17
Muppets Grover demonstrates how a phone booth is used, but it becomes crowded when he receives a call asking for "Mondipoorg."
(First: Episode 0654)
1091-18
Film Empty / full cafeteria (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
20numbersinboat
Cartoon A ship captain orders the numbers 1-20 into a boat - which promptly sinks.
Artist: Harvey Kurtzman
(First: Episode 0614)
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SCENE 4 Gordon is hesitant to see what Big Bird's cooked up this time for Granny Bird: "You're 0 for 3 in the Good Ideas Department." Big Bird reveals a painting he's made, showing the various other gifts he intended to send, with a banner reading "Happy Birthday Granny from Big Bird." Gordon thinks it's a marvelous gift. Big Bird asks him to wrap it, along with an ice cream cone he thinks Granny Bird will like as well.
Film--ChewingGumFactory
Film Chewing gum factory
(First: Episode 0498)
Snowwhite
Muppets Snow White accidentally visits the cottage of the six dwarves.
(First: Episode 0279)
CarsWalk
Cartoon Cars WALK.
(First: Episode 0556)
1453-Walk
Film The WALK sign flashes in a montage of people (and even dogs) walking in the city.
(First: Episode 0498)
Noimage
Insert Jugglers - Setting Up the Pins (3:36)
(First: Episode 1026)
Enterexitdoors
Cartoon A man explains that the letter E begins both Enter and Exit. Another man named Roy runs through the doors.
(First: Episode 0406)
Rumplestiltskin
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The miller's daughter is in danger of losing her baby if she cannot guess the first name of Rumpelstiltskin. Kermit offers a hotline, Sesame Street-555, for people to call in and help her. The name ends up being Bruce Rumpelstiltskin, but unfortunately for Kermit, he picked the wrong place to hide: the baby's carriage!
(First: Episode 0724)
EforEel
Cartoon E for Eel
(First: Episode 0408)
Noimage
SCENE 5 Maria sets out an old shirt of hers on the banister with the intention of letting Oscar have it. Big Bird comes across it first and fixes it up so it's good as new. Maria appreciates his efforts, but explains that it was going to be a gift for Oscar. Big Bird undoes the fixes he's made to the shirt (by reversing the footage).
Film.Rollerskating
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
Radioexercise
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie turns on the radio to hear his favorite exercise show, Get Moving. He engages the viewer to do all the exercises he does, such as touching toes and jumping. Bert joins in, and has so much fun jumping that he doesn't notice that his favorite program, Pigeons in the News, is coming on.
(First: Episode 1025)
3187z
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
Noimage
Muppets Grover sounds out the word FALL. He is then knocked to the ground as some leaves, a tree, a prop house and the word fall on top of him.
(First: Episode 1348)
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SCENE 6 Maria and the kids find Oscar pasting photos into Slimey's photo album. They look at some of the photos, where Slimey is barely visible amongst his surroundings (a bowl of spaghetti, some hot dogs and birthday candles). The last photo is of Slimey sleeping; the photo, naturally, is completely dark.
4fiddle
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions.
(First: Episode 0300)
1709i
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
(First: Episode 0154)
LeftyAlphabet
Muppets Lefty's boss makes sure Lefty knows the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0236)
2356-39
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
Madscientist.FRED
Cartoon A mad scientist teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot", and "Friday."
(First: Episode 1162)
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SCENE 7 The kids play in the yard as the sponsors are announced.


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