Sesame Street
Big Bird and friends make a clubhouse
Air date January 21, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors N, S, 3
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Picture Segment Description
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Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 1 Bob sings "Five Fingers" with the kids.
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Cartoon They'd play with me if I had...
(First: Episode 0815)
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Muppets Sally Sanchez can speak English and Spanish. Her pet cat, Gato, is bi-lingual too, speaking both cat and dog (with a hint of cow).
(First: Episode 1437)
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Cartoon A painter paints a Number Nine, then hangs it.
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert notices that Ernie has a piece of string tied on his finger. Ernie says that the string tied on this finger helps to remind him that there's a piece of string tied on this finger. And so on. The string on the last finger is there to remind him that they're out of string.
(First: Episode 0163)
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Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
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Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
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Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1446)
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Film A lobster and a crab.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0317)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: N - Nail
(First: Episode 0040)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird and the kids jump rope in front of Hooper's Store, but Mr. Hooper tells them they're blocking the way for potential customers. They crowd into the hallway next door to jump rope there, but Maria points out they're in the way of people who need to get inside. They move into the Fix-It Shop, where Luis also tells them it's no place for jump roping. Big Bird can't think of anywhere else they can go, especially because it's going to rain soon. Luis recalls when he was a kid, they had a clubhouse to play in. Big Bird declares he and the kids will make one too.
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Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Muppets It's a chilly winter day, and Forgetful Jones is freezing. Clementine tells him it's because an important piece of clothing is missing from his attire. Once Forgetful realizes that he's missing his coat, he goes inside to get it...but forgets how to open the door, and crashes through it!
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Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
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Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
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Muppets Ernie has two bags of cookies, one of which has several cookies, and one that only has one cookie. Ernie asks Cookie Monster which he'd rather have, and Cookie Monster naturally chooses the bag with many cookies. However, Cookie is disappointed that his cookies are very small, while Ernie's one cookie is very big, so Ernie breaks his cookie into several small pieces.
(First: Episode 1359)
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Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1339)
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SCENE 3 Sawdust flies behind Big Bird's doors as he and the kids build their clubhouse in the rain. Luis notices a drawing of their clubhouse in a nearby easel. Big Bird and the kids bring out their clubhouse, which matches the picture in design, but also in size. As Luis notes, it's much too small for them to jump rope in. Big Bird thinks it's no problem - the rain has stopped, so they have no reason to play indoors.
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Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
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Celebrity Fonzie and Richie Cunningham count to 10.
(First: Episode 1160)
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Muppets "Big Kids Cry"
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Cookie Monster and Jason identify the letter S, for shoe.
(First: Episode 1158)
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Film Wheelchair races at the Special Olympics
(First: Episode 0898)
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Animation Sand S/s
(First: Episode 0622)
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Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Elves and the Shoemaker
"Hello, this is Green Frog calling CTW central. Do you read me?"
Kermit interviews the elves, who give The Shoemaker various gifts that are not shoes, but rather things that rhyme with "shoe."
(First: Episode 1249)
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Film A man shows a boy how to make a wheelbarrow.
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Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
(First: Episode 0136)
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SCENE 4 Big Bird and the kids can't think of anything else to do, when Deena appears and suggests playing house. She takes the role of daddy and assigns Big Bird to be the mommy and the kids be...their kids. Daddy Deena cooks dinner and instructs Mommy Big Bird to relax. Big Bird doesn't like having nothing to do, so they switch roles. Only now, Mommy Deena takes care of the chores, leaving nothing for Big Bird to do again. He decides to just be one of the kids and play, when Deena tells them all it's time for bed.
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Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
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Muppets Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out why there is a mess outside. He speculates that the Twiddlebugs made a mess after a Twiddlebug dance.
(First: Episode 0178)
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Cartoon An N-terview with an N (Spanish version)
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0529)
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Muppets Bip Bippadotta and friends show none, some and all.
(First: Episode 0615)
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Animation A hand arranges blocks to form benches so a bunny and a chick can have tea.
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SCENE 5 Oscar can't believe the viewer is still hanging around and tells them to scram as the sponsors are announced.


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