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Sesame Street
Air date January 27, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors O, S, 6, closed
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly Monster is supposed to introduce today's number, but has forgotten what it is. Big Bird brings in his "Number of the Day Machine" to help, but Telly is certain he'll break it somehow. They start counting up and once they reach 6, the machine does its usual fanfare. Big Bird celebrates, while Telly takes this to mean the machine's coming apart.
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Cartoon Donnie Budd counts six snails, six ships, and six whales.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0324)
1041library.jpg Muppets At a library, Cookie Monster asks an Anything Muppet librarian for a box of cookies. The librarian becomes extremely frustrated because Cookie Monster doesn't understand the library doesn't have cookies!
(First: Episode 0926)
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Film "Six Song (Song of Six)."
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cast Mass Communication (Maria, Olivia, Susan and Linda) perform their hit song "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10."
(First: Episode 1401)
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Film A group of Hispanic children pick members for their baseball team. A new kid, Ramon, joins them.
(First: Episode 0440)
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SCENE 2 Gordon and the kids think of words beginning with S. Oscar tries to chime in with his favorite S word, which Gordon is certain will be something like "scram" or "skedaddle." He takes the kids somewhere else, while Oscar reveals the S word he had in mind was Slimey.
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Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
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Muppets Ernie finds an apple on a brick wall, and wants to know who it belongs to. Sherlock Hemlock helps solve the mystery, and realizes that Ernie has a brown paper bag with a hole at the bottom, and that Ernie had an apple in the bag, therefore the apple belongs to Ernie.
(First: Episode 0137)
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Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: A camel.
(First: Episode 0158)
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SCENE 3 Oscar introduces a segment about today's word - CLOSED.
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Cast David tries demonstrating the word "CLOSED," but the door keeps opening. He stands in front of it, preventing it from opening, as the wall around it topples over.
(First: Episode 1360)
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Cartoon "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)
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Muppets A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet closes everything.
(First: Episode 1270)
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Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elk feeding.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0793)
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
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Insert Maria asks the viewer to imagine her as a baseball player, a princess and a baker.
(First: Episode 0558)
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Cartoon At night, a group of mice are scared of a monster in the woods. They describe its features until the feared monster looks like an elephant - who is more scared of the mice.
(First: Episode 0814)
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Muppets "Disco Toothbrush"
(First: Episode 1314)
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Cartoon A man appears out of a yo-yo string and narrates two poems about over, under, around, and through: one about a fish swimming around the wreck of the good ship Mary Lou, and another about a worm who eats through the center of an apple.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1389)
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates over and under.
(First: Episode 0230)
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SCENE 4 Telly enters Hooper's Store in another fit of worrying. He tells Mr. Hooper that he's running an errand for Big Bird to pick up two pounds of birdseed, but he has no way of knowing how much that is. Mr. Hooper produces his scale to measure the amount, then bags it so Telly can't worry about how he'll carry it. Mr. Hooper thinks of more things Telly might worry about along the way back to Big Bird's nest, when Telly suggests Mr. Hooper relax and not worry too much himself.
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Film Alone Song
(First: Episode 0921)
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Celebrity Bill Cosby tells his young friends a story that involves "over" and "under". He mixes the words up, and the kids correct him.
(First: Episode 0136)
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Muppets Captain Breakfast unsuccessfully encourages a little girl to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
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Cartoon S is for snow, Santa, and sleigh.
(First: Episode 0134)
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Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
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SCENE 5 Susan sings a guessing game song to describe an animal that's inside her box. She opens it up to reveal...
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Film Joe Raposo: Insects (instrumental w/ kid VO, same music as "Peacock")
(First: Episode 0410)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Jack Be Nimble can't figure out how to jump over the candlestick.
(First: Episode 0723)
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Film People jump.
(First: Episode 0774)
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SCENE 6 Gordon, Big Bird and the kids play basketball, when the ball rolls into the street. Big Bird knows precisely what to go - get a grown-up (Gordon) to help cross the street and retrieve it. After this happens once more, the ball winds up flattened. Big Bird knows what to do now as well - get a grown-up to find a new ball.
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Cartoon S is for subway, sailboat, sled, scooter, skates, skis, and stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0279)
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Muppets "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
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Film Joe Raposo sings "Look a Little Closer". The object is a tire.
(First: Episode 0179)
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Cartoon The Ringmaster displays six marvelous monkeys who do stunts.
(First: Episode 1289)
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SCENE 7 Everyone is in on the game of basketball, while Mr. Hooper watches from the sidelines. They encourage him to play too, but he doesn't think he has the knack for it. After they get him making some practice shots, Mr. Hooper is able to sink a basket. He then announces the sponsors, demonstrating the number of the day by making six baskets in a row. He quips, "You see what a little practice can do?"


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