Sesame Street
Air date January 1, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Production September 15, 1980
Sponsors H, I, 8

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Countess Dahling von Dahling arrives on Sesame Street with Masha, her dog. Gordon is reluctant to let her count him and the kids, citing the rain that always occurs when she finishes. The Countess assures him she will immediately put a stop to it by counting backwards. She counts the five people in the yard, then counts backwards to stop the rain. As she prepares to go, she counts their goodbyes, leaving them stuck in a downpour.
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Film Exploring on the ocean rocks
(First: Episode 1414)
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Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
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Muppets Deena and Pearl pretend they are underwater.
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Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBert and Sherlock Hemlock ask John-John if he wants to count, and John-John enthusiastically rises to the occasion.
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Cartoon Fred, a singer, fails to figure out the words that rhyme with his name in the song he sings.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0977)
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SCENE 2 Susan, Big Bird and the kids play a guessing game where they pretend to be different animals. For his turn, Big Bird stands still and hums to himself - he's a humming bird!
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: HOT DOG
(First: Episode 1142)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks Ernie to share a banana with him. Ernie gets the inside of the banana, and gives Bert the peel.
(First: Episode 0464)
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Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: H - Horse
(First: Episode 1167)
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Film Letter H hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0336)
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Celebrity Whitman Mayo's Animal Guessing Game (Lions)
(First: Episode 0778)
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Song "I'm Not a Baby Anymore"
(First: Episode 0652)
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Cartoon Todo el mundo necesita agua
(First: Episode 0780)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird shows short and long by closing his eyes. He keeps his eyes shut for a long time, preventing him from playing checkers with Gordon. When asked if the game will be long or short, Gordon responds, "I don't know," thus Big Bird launches into his demonstration again.
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Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1452)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog describes a black rotary dial telephone that is skinny in the middle, has a round base, and a big circle with a lot of little circles, and has cords at the back. Cookie Monster describes the same telephone and adds that it is delicious. He eats the receiver, and it rings inside him.
(First: Episode 1422)
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Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
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Cast Maria and Olivia visit the bandshell at Lincoln Center, where Olivia admits she likes to imagine being a singer on that very stage. She envisions herself as a famous performer, singing "Filling the Air with Love."
(First: Episode 1312)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon - I: An iron irons the word.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Celebrity Whitman Mayo's Animal Guessing Game (Tiger)
(First: Episode 0945)
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Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0510)
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Insert Stevie Wonder teaches Grover how to sing short and long.
(First: Episode 0514)
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Animation Rorschach ink blob association with a funky jazz soundtrack.
(EKA: Episode 1150)
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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)
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Cartoon He, She and It: The IT educates the two on how mirrors work.
(First: Episode 1173)
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Song "Spanish Foods Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
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SCENE 4 Luis has received a postcard from a friend from his old home and he begins feeling homesick. He spots the kids playing an old Spanish game "Ambos a Dos" and joins in. Luis is now in much better spirits: "I haven't got the time to be homesick; I'm having too much fun!"
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Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Smart Susie Sunset solve the case of the midnight voices.
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1183)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert complains when a big letter H appears on the TV screen, so Ernie turns off the set, unplugs it, and takes a bunch of H objects out of the TV (including a hat, a house and a hamster). When he plugs it back in, a big letter I appears on the screen. Ernie wants to try fixing the TV again, but Bert tells him not to -- this is a great show.
(First: Episode 0578)
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Cartoon / Film A Scanimate/live-action hybrid segment in which an off-camera child and Luis name words that begin with H.
(First: Episode 0771)
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Muppets In Big Bird's nest area, Grover sings "Proud of Me."
(First: Episode 1029)
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Cartoon Harold and Howard think of H words.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Eating" while animals eat.
(First: Episode 0106)
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Celebrity Whitman Mayo's Animal Guessing Game (Hippo)
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SCENE 5 The cast congregates on the stoop as Luis plays "La Bamba." He begins to announce the sponsors, when the Countess returns to count up to today's number. Oscar the Grouch helps her out so another rainstorm can begin.

Notes

  • The original script for the episode called for the Countess to arrive in a modified version of the Countmobile, which would be referred to as "the Countessmobile."


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