Sesame Street
Air date January 9, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors V, Y, 3, "and the sign for Big Bird"
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Linda acts out different emotions for Bob and the kids to guess. Oscar wants them to scram, but this makes Linda angry and she furiously signs at him, driving him into the can. "Boy, what a Grouch," remarks Oscar.
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Instead of a bone, Old Mother Hubbard brings her dog various objects which rhyme with "bone", including a stone, a throne, and finally a phone (which the dog uses to order take-out from a Chinese restaurant).
(First: Episode 0642)
Cartoon circle
Cartoon Five stripes make a circle.
(First: Episode 0780)
Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be. (re-recorded soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0004)
SCENE 2 Linda, with Gordon translating through voiceover, introduces a message from the letter V...
Cartoon V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1181)
Muppets The Count's bats are upset because the Count always gets to count, but the bats don't. The Count decides to let the bats count all of the Counts, while the Count counts all the bats...but there is only one Count.
(First: Episode 0625)
Cartoon A photographer tries to look for some animals quietly, but they all end up secretly following him.
(First: Episode 0799)
Soup or Sandwich
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson orders soup and a sandwich, and says that he wants the sandwich before the soup. When Grover comes with the sandwich, Mr. Johnson has changed his mind and wants the soup first. When Grover comes with the soup, Mr. Johnson has decided that he wants the sandwich first. Grover ends up giving Mr. Johnson both the soup and sandwich, so he can decide what to eat first. Mr. Johnson tells Grover that he has decided to get a cup of coffee, then the soup and the sandwich.
(First: Episode 1330)
Cartoon Before and after: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears.
(First: Episode 0631)
Muppets Leslie Mostly has a brief interview with the word CASA.
(First: Episode 1457)
Cartoon Antes y despues: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0631)
SCENE 3 Gordon sings "The Calypso Symbol Song," instructing the kids to do different actions with a piece of calk.
Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1184)
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon A boy can yell and yodel, and his dog can yelp and yowl. They can both yawn.
(First: Episode 0353)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the beach, Ernie notices that Bert is missing; all he sees is Bert's hat. Sherlock Hemlock helps find Bert, and in the process, discovers that Ernie accidentally buried Bert under the sand.
(First: Episode 0278)
Film A man spins in circles while riding in his kayak.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0297)
Cartoon Roxanne and Violet Gorflatch are alike in many ways, but different in others.
SCENE 4 Big Bird sets up the next film by sounding out the word WALK...
Film The WALK sign flashes in a montage of people (and even dogs) walking in the city.
(First: Episode 0498)
Muppets Benny and his boss have been waiting for Lefty for a long time. Benny wonders how they will know when it's Lefty at the door, so he reminds him that Lefty will knock three times - their secret knock to enter their hideout. Lefty forgets the number, and has to be hinted from his boss what the number of knocks are to gain access, finally giving the correct amount. When they let him in, the boss reprimands him for his poor memory, and warns him that he'll be in big trouble if he forgets again. To test his memory, the boss and Benny lock themselves out, telling him not to let them in until they give the secret knock. Despite the boss' warning, Lefty forgets once again, and finally having enough, he fearfully runs out the back door, leaving the other two stranded outside yelling, "Let us in!" as they angrily pound on the door trying to get in.
(First: Episode 0722)
Cartoon The One Two Three Dogs do circus stunts.
Film Mad Painter #3
(First: Episode 0343)
Muppets Eugene finds Oscar the Grouch practicing his trombone for his group, the Tarnished Brass. Oscar plays a composition entitled "Same," which is merely the same note played over and over. Eugene plays his own tune called "Different," which works the same as Oscar's, but with a different note. They see if their two pieces work together.
(First: Episode 1264)
Cartoon Three penguins dance.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
Cast Susan, Luis, Gordon and Maria are competing on a potato bag race. Maria's bag is full of vegetables, which she gives to the others. They hop off to make them into meals, leaving Maria as the only racer.
Cartoon Two men, one named Virgil Veep, discuss the letter V as they stand atop a capital V.
(First: Episode 0110)
Muppets A boy looks for his V.
Song "Cooperation" - Kids cooperate to move a wooden structure.
(First: Episode 0933)
Count narrates counts three kids
Insert The Count (in voiceover) counts three kids who arrange themselves in different configurations with three boxes.
(First: Episode 1352)
Film A film shows parts of an elephant.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0034)
SCENE 5 Bob and Linda teach the kids how to say "Big Bird" in sign language. They do the signs for Big Bird so he can guess what they mean. He concludes the signs mean "Big Turkey." Bob clarifies that they were signing his name. Big Bird, believing they think he's actually a big turkey, storms off.
Hubley V spanish
Cartoon Small v... (Spanish version)
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets The Martians examine a grandfather clock.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V (repeat)
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
SCENE 6 Bob clears up the confusion from before and they all review the signs. Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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