Sesame Street
Big Bird and his tonsils
(repeat of 1255)
Air date February 27, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors T, U, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 David and the kids find Oscar watching the skies with his spyglass. He's hired Alphabet Bates to write one of his favorite letters in the sky - U, for such words as unhappy, uncouth, unfair...
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Muppets The Beetles are "Thinking of U."
(First: Episode 1486)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Kids take swimming lessons in a pool.
(First: Episode 1232)
SCENE 2 Olivia escorts her friend, Dr. Ramos, out of 123 Sesame Street after checking up on Gordon. They find Big Bird under the covers in his nest, feeling under the weather. Dr. Ramos inspects Big Bird and sees his tonsils are the source of the issue. She suggests they take Big Bird to the hospital and have the tonsils removed. Big Bird is unsure of the idea at first, but wishes to feel better and understands this is the best way to do so. He's even allowed to bring Radar with him.
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1446)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
Muppets An Anything Muppet discusses the concept of "same" using her reflection in the mirror. The reflection begins speaking on its own. The girl faints and the reflection decides to do the same.
(First: Episode 0376)
Muppets / Celebrity Biff and Sully recruit Judy Collins into their singing group - YES and they sing the group's theme song.
(First: Episode 0961)
Cartoon Is snow cold? Yes!
(First: Episode 0822)
Muppets A young girl bangs her stick across 7 fenceposts, which turn out to be the teeth of a large monster.
(First: Episode 1401)
Cartoon The Ringmaster introduces seven swimming seals.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1312)
Animation An opened egg is put back together.
(First: Episode 1454)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie and Jennifer talk about the ways in which they are same and different.
Cartoon A man wants a hat, but the hat shop owner's hats are all the same - except for a ten-gallon hat, which complements the customer's horseback riding nicely.
(First: Episode 0781)
Cast Gordon, Maria and Luis show T words as they brush their teeth.
(First: Episode 1421)
Cartoon T for Turtle
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1146)
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
SCENE 3 Olivia, David, Linda and Bob swing by the hospital to visit Big Bird. He enjoys his stay already, citing all the things to do and how he's made new friends with fellow kids at the hospital. He speaks in a whisper, not to preserve his throat, but to be quiet for the sake of sleeping patients. The gang presents him with some gifts and he loudly reacts to them.
Cartoon A man blows 7 bubbles.
(First: Episode 0639)
Film Ten zebras walk slow, while 10 other zebras walk fast.
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon Animated quilt patterns.
(First: Episode 1470)
SCENE 4 Big Bird is in the operating room having the procedure done. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda wait in his hospital room. Some of the kids Big Bird has befriended stop by. Linda teaches them signs relating to the medical field while Bob translates each one.
Muppets Ernie displays a ukulele; Cookie Monster plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on it, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0047)
Cartoon U for Ugly: A man removes his mask, revealing a hideous monster face.
(First: Episode 0468)
Film Kids narrate a film of baby eagles getting fed.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0501)
Muppets "In My Neighborhood"
(First: Episode 1323)
Cartoon Sign Man: OINK
(First: Episode 1163)
SCENE 5 Big Bird rests following his operation. He stirs, glad to see his friends are there. Dr. Ramos presents him with a medal for being a great patient, as well as being the first bird she's known whose had his tonsils removed. She adds that Big Bird will be able to return home soon. Big Bird has had such a nice experience at the hospital, he asks Dr. Ramos to find something else wrong with him so he can stay a little longer.
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.
(First: Episode 0785)
Muppets Kermit the Frog describes a black rotary dial telephone that is skinny in the middle, has a round base, and a big circle with a lot of little circles, and has cords at the back. Cookie Monster describes the same telephone and adds that it is delicious. He eats the receiver, and it rings inside him.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon Six turtles plus one man equals seven.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
Film A beekeeper extracts honey from honeycomb.
(First: Episode 1117)
Cartoon A man blows 7 bubbles. (repeat)
SCENE 6 Linda and Bob tuck Big Bird, who is now back home in his nest. Big Bird acknowledges he doesn't need to be told to rest, because of how sleepy he is. David announces the sponsors and the nighttime music plays over the credits.

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