Sesame Street
Olivia tries to take a cab.
Air date January 7, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Written by John Glines
Sponsors J, X, 12
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Mr. Hooper gives Olivia four dollars to take a cab so he doesn't have to carry a heavy crate, despite her claiming she only needs to go two blocks. She calls for a taxi anyhow and Oscar pulls up in the Sloppy Jalopy. Olivia really doesn't want a taxi now, but Oscar promises to bump off on the cost of the ride. He allows a cheaper and cheaper ride until the ride costs zero dollars at all. Olivia hops in, but the car stalls and falls apart. "You get what you pay for," says Oscar.
Cartoon A boy tries dealing with various leaks in a dike. When plugging and buckets don't work, he fetches an adult who patches up the holes with cement.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit counts four eggs. A chick hatches out of one egg, so he counts the three eggs -- then two, then one. Then he counts the four chickens.
(First: Episode 0282)
SCENE 1 cont'd Oscar and Olivia give his car another try.
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster appears to Ernie as the Cookie Bunny.
(First: Episode 1147)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
Film Kids narrate a tortilla contest in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0456)
Cartoon The letters H, E, L and P try to arrange themselves to form the word "Help" while stuck on an island.
(First: Episode 1176)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Admiral Bird
Muppets Big Bird sings “Admiral Bird”.
(First: Episode 0946)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
SCENE 2 Maria plays a game with the kids, instructing them to take a number of giant steps and baby steps either forward or backward. Big Bird commandeers the game and tells the kids to take 791 steps forward, which will take them all to the park.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tells Bert to stand still in front of the camera so that he can "trace" Bert's face on the screen.
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon A man in a bowler hat hears different sounds behind each door.
(First: Episode 1409)

Celebrity Suzanne Farrell takes small and big steps, then has a little lunch and a big lunch.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Here is Your Life
Disguised as a dentist, Guy Smiley surprises a tooth at a dentist's office. The tooth is reunited with healthy food (represented by Carl Carrot and Melvin Milk), his dentist, and toothbrush/toothpaste pair Bristly and Pastey.
(First: Episode 1057)
Joe Namath Pass football on 1
Celebrity Joe Namath and his team of kids make a football pass after counting to 1.
(First: Episode 0518)
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
Cast Bob demonstrates a J word - juggle.
(First: Episode 1169)
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)
Film Kids dancing.
(First: Episode 0409)
Celebrity Joe Namath - Pass on 2 (0:16)
(First: Episode 0438)
Muppets Super Grover tries to stop a fight between Sammy and Frankie, who are fighting over an apple.
(First: Episode 0682)

Film / Cast Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.
(First: Episode 1068)
Cartoon A boy is drawn, but he doesn't have knees at first.
(First: Episode 0954)
Film Baby pigs run in a field, and drink their mother's milk.
(First: Episode 0169)
Cartoon A red man illustrates abierto, while an angry blue man shows cerrado.
(First: Episode 0784)
SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper practices his Spanish using a recording made by Maria. Big Bird passes by the store and overhears; he becomes shocked when he sees Maria is instead out in the yard reading. He goes back to confirm what he's heard. Mr. Hooper reveals it's only a tape recorder, not Maria. Big Bird goes to report back to Maria, but finds Olivia instead. Baffled by the experience, he goes to his nest to lie down.
Borrowing a Vacuum
Muppets Ernie wants to borrow Herbert Birdsfoot's vacuum cleaner, but he worries about how Herbert will respond. Maybe Herbert's taking a bath, and he'll be so angry at Ernie for interrupting him that he'll tell everyone to never loan Ernie anything ever again!
(First: Episode 0181)
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)
Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0583)
Celebrity Joe Namath shows forward and backward.
(First: Episode 0530)
Film A figure skater illustrates forward and backward.
(First: Episode 0500)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
Film A boy talks about feeding sheep in the winter.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0786)
Muppets Simon Soundman sings to his date about the "Sounds That Remind Me of You."
(First: Episode 1432)
Film Jack Rabbit
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0390)
SCENE 4 Bob turns in for the night, but is disturbed by various sounds, like a siren, his neighbor drumming and his clock ticking. Now with silence, Bob finds himself wide awake now. He decides to sit in his chair and read instead before drifting off. Maria announces the sponsors.

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