Sesame Street
Big Bird waits for the sun
(repeat of 1197)
Air date March 3, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors I, U, 2
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis, Big Bird and the kids practice tying knots.
Cartoon A boy tries dealing with various leaks in a dike. When plugging and buckets don't work, he fetches an adult who patches up the holes with cement.
Film A man shows a boy how to make a wheelbarrow.
(First: Episode 1488)
Muppets A Jimmy Durante-type monster sings about the importance of the nose.
Cartoon A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, and doubts there's any danger until the character sneezes.
(First: Episode 1125)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Lisa what "DANGER" means.
(First: Episode 1489)
Song "Winter Song"
(First: Episode 1392)

Muppets Biff and Sully move a piano. Biff tries to play a scale and talks about practice. While Biff is away, Sully plays a full concert piece.
(First: Episode 0911)
Cartoon Two Farm Animals
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1447)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — While Bert is reading, Ernie tries to scare him by dressing up as a ghost. When Ernie notices that Bert left his chair while he fetched a white sheet, Ernie sits down in the chair and relaxes, until Bert enters the room and startles him.
(First: Episode 1448)
Song "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon A showman hawks his invisible chicken, which turns out to be a duck.
(First: Episode 1020)
Cast Finger Theater: Linda's fingers act out a story.
Pinball 02
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #2
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0987)
Muppets A story about Lola the cow, who tries to find her home. She first tries to climb a tree to get into a nest, but Little Bird tells her that it's not her home. She then tries to crawl down a hole in the ground, but that turns out to belong to an earthworm. She tries to get into a trash can, which belongs to Oscar. She finally finds a barn and is invited in by another cow.
(First: Episode 0497)
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
George ontopof
Film George the Farmer demonstrates on top of.
(First: Episode 0242)

Muppets Telly Monster hosts "Cooking with Telly," where he demonstrates where the plate should go when serving a sandwich.
(First: Episode 1450)
Cartoon A man lifts a rock and finds the word UNDER.
(First: Episode 0685)
Bank Teller film
Film Kids narrate a film about bank tellers and the machines they use.
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon Train #2
(First: Episode 0353)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie and Jason make faces.
(First: Episode 1434)
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0808)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Maria observe the sunset and Maria explains how it works. After she heads out, Big Bird wonders if anyone's ever woken up with the sun to greet it. He proposes to be the first to do so.
Animation Three rocks use different methods to get across a lake.
Artist: Al Jarnow
(First: Episode 1459)
Film Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)

SCENE 3 Big Bird prepares a "Welcome Sun" sign and finds a good place to sit and wait, believing he can stay up all night long (he's part owl, after all). The grown-ups assure him that he'll fall asleep before the sun rises. Big Bird tells them he'll prove them wrong and bids them all a goodnight, but soon starts to fall asleep himself.
Cartoon The dot gets on top of the lowercase letter i.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)

SCENE 4 Big Bird's alarm wakes him up and he preps his "Welcome Sun" routine, but doesn't see the sun at all. He gets upset, when the sun starts to rise after all. He greets it with a song ("Good Morning, Mister Sun"). Maria comes outside to check on him and Big Bird wonders what he'll do with the rest of his day, but falls back asleep within moments.
Muppets The letter S joins U and N to make the word SUN. Some Anything Muppets appear in beach gear to bask in the sun.
(First: Episode 0453)
Celebrity Richie Havens sings "Here Comes the Sun."
(First: Episode 0777)
Cartoon Three characters try to watch a baseball game over a fence, then cooperate by stacking their blocks.
(First: Episode 0478)
SCENE 5 Luis and David run into Big Bird, sitting back at the table. Only this time, he's planning to welcome the moon instead. As he waits, he falls back asleep.

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