Sesame Street
Plants on the rooftop
Air date January 13, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors K, Z, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Olivia makes her way to the roof of 123 Sesame Street, which is full of various plants. She hears Big Bird, but can't see him. She hears him talking to somebody and assumes it's actually Mr. Snuffleupagus. Instead, he's talking to a palm tree to help it grow.
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Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert is preparing to give his nephew Brad a bath, but Ernie chastises him for not providing any bath toys. He brings so many toys that Bert feels there is no longer room for Brad. So as not to waste the water, Ernie hops into the tub.
(First: Episode 1134)
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Cartoon Imagination (Boy Imagines Being Zoo Animals)
(First: Episode 0383)
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Film David narrates some films showing the homes of animals.
(First: Episode 0452)
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Cartoon "Poverty K" - Karen the Kangaroo talks about words that start with the letter K. Featuring the sped-up voice of Gene Moss.
(First: Episode 0142)
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Muppets Two germs attempt to infect a human mouth, until a mighty toothbrush frightens them off and begins cleaning.
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Animation The mountains make a snack for a bird, but he forgets to brush his teeth afterward.
(First: Episode 1429)
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Film A trio of clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus illustrate tall and small.
(First: Episode 0519)
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Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
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Muppets Ernie helps Cookie Monster in making apple-walnut-raisin cookies, but every time Ernie hands the monster each ingredient, Cookie Monster instantly devours it.
(First: Episode 1287)
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SCENE 2 Maria and Olivia tend to the plants. They'd like for some rain to help water them, but the weather forecast shows clear skies for the near future. Countess Dahling von Dahling appears and they ask her to count so the plants can get rain. She begins to count, but Masha sneezes before she can finish. The Countess thinks her poor dog is coming down with something and thinks having rain will make his condition even worse, so she leaves without proving any rain.
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Cartoon Two red curtains are dropped to reveal a number 5 covered in colorful dots that vibrate and disperse.
(First: Episode 0940)
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Muppets Ernie watches the Twiddlebugs, who are about to head for Hooper's Store in the rain, but they notice that they need something to keep themselves dry. Tessie remembers that an umbrella helps, so they take one.
(First: Episode 1342)
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Film A girl catches a lobster.
(First: Episode 1125)
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Cartoon A lion named Kent gets a Kick out of being King of the forest.
(First: Episode 0619)
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Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "You're Alive."
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Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out.
(First: Episode 0303)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is tall, Bert taller, and Big Bird is the tallest (and he also breaks the ceiling).
(First: Episode 0284)
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Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird volunteers to water some plants for Maria. Deena wants Big Bird to play, so he turns their imaginary tea party into a watering session by pretending the watering can is a teapot and the plants are guests.
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Cartoon Thelma Thumb: During a piano recital, a string snaps. Thelma flies inside the grand piano to hold the loose ends together.
Artist: John Korty
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Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "hop" and starts hopping.
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Cartoon La palabra cerrado
(First: Episode 0481)
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Film Kids watch as construction workers paint a number 5 on the street using a stencil.
(First: Episode 0497)
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Cartoon A guru counts to twenty. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0276)
VisualThink-SS.jpg Muppets Visual Thinking: A hipster and a square imagine shapes.
(First: Episode 0361)
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Cartoon A monster sees a box that keeps opening and closing, saying "Abierto" and "Cerrado."
(First: Episode 0771)
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Insert Snuffy does a tap dance dressed as Shirley Temple.
(First: Episode 1079)
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Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: With Kermit's help, Don Music manages to rewrite "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as "Drive, drive, drive your car."
(First: Episode 0897)
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Cartoon Z In Space
(First: Episode 0509)
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Film A band plays and children dance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
(First: Episode 0438)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Grover helps Kermit show the number 5 using blocks, but Grover doesn't know how many to get (he can't count to 5). Kermit has him go back and forth bringing one until there is five.
(First: Episode 0475)
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SCENE 4 Alphabet Bates lands on the roof and draws a letter K, for kite. He helps a young child get their kite to fly by taking it into the air as he ascends.
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Cartoon K for Kite
(First: Episode 0489)
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Song "Rockabye Baby" is sung to a sleepy koala.
(First: Episode 0048)
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Cartoon "K" - Kangaroo - A man (voiced by Gary Owens) explains what a kangaroo is, and ends up in the pouch of one.
(First: Episode 0141)
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SCENE 4 cont'd Alphabet Bates announces the sponsors as the gang waves to him from below.


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