Sesame Street
Gordon and Susan wash cars
(repeat of 1196)
Air date March 12, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors I, Q, 12
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar is upset that Gordon and others are picking up all the litter left by a windstorm. The Amazing Mumford believes he can help Oscar and magically litters the street again. Gordon insists the mess be cleaned up, while Oscar wants even more. Mumford thinks of a compromise - he magically cleans the street and places all the trash into Oscar's trash can, now overflowing with trash.
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Cartoon Ten brightly-beaked birds land on a statue.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Dr. Nobel Price wants to show off his latest invention, a piano, but it's already been invented. Kermit even knows how to play it.
(First: Episode 1477)
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Cartoon A boy acts out his feelings as animals. ("There's a zoo in me!")
(First: Episode 0783)
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Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition (version two).
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0414)
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Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird peers over his doors to greet friends passing by while waiting for Mr. Snuffleupagus to come over. Snuffy is impressed with this and wants to try it too, only he's not tall enough. Susan passes by and recommends one uses boxes to see over the doors. Snuffy stands on a couple of boxes and can see over the doors, only nobody is around to greet.
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Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
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Film The kids form a capital I.
(First: Episode 0462)
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Cartoon I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog goes to a T-shirt shop, The Wonderful World of T-Shirts, to pick up another personalized "Kermit the Frog T-Shirt". However, all the shirts have the wrong name (Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Forg, and Kermit the Grof).
(First: Episode 1494)
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Film Kids dancing.
(First: Episode 0409)
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Cartoon A duck sings about all the reasons why q should be remembered.
(First: Episode 0789)
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Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "You're Alive."
(First: Episode 1482)
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Cartoon Q for Quarter
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1176)
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Muppets Two children, who can only read some words, resolve their fight over a large book by helping each other and reading alternate words.
(First: Episode 0297)
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Celebrity George Benson plays some "happy" chords on his guitar.
(First: Episode 1401)
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Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
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Film A pair of hands deal cards marked with the numbers 12 to 1.
(First: Episode 0433)
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Film Footage of a leopard in the plain.
(First: Episode 0364)
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Muppets A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet cowboy shouts across a canyon to hear the echo. "Yippee ki-yi-yo!" is repeated back to him perfectly. When he shouts "One!", the echo repeats back, "¡Uno!" The cowboy is startled. "Two!" he shouts, and the echo repeats, "¡Dos!" "You s'pose that's Mexico over there?" he asks. He continues to count to ten, with the echo repeating the numbers back in Spanish. Frustrated, he shouts, "How are you?" "¡Muy bien, gracias!" is the reply. "Oh, this is ridiculous," the cowboy says, and throws his cowboy hat into the canyon. A sombrero is thrown back in return.
(First: Episode 0698)
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Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
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Film Time-lapse of seeds growing.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
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Cartoon Big, bigger, biggest (balloons and blackbirds).
(First: Episode 1393)
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Muppets Kermit and Grover build a snowman. The snowball head is big, the next snowball is even bigger, and the one on the bottom is biggest.
(First: Episode 0336)
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Cartoon A farmer plants big, bigger and biggest trees.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
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SCENE 3 Herry Monster uses his doll, Elizabeth, to demonstrate close to and away from. He prefers being close to her.
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Film Cold things that begin with the letter I
(First: Episode 0618)
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Cast Maria plays a TV huckster in an advertisement for the word COLD.
(First: Episode 1499)
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Cartoon Goldilocks' bath is first too HOT, then too COLD, then just right.
(First: Episode 1232)
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Muppets Telly Monster delivers a weather report on WORM-TV, but can't recognize the word "COLD" on the map. Oscar gives him clues about the word using a wind machine, a block of ice and some snow. Telly finally catches on and Oscar teases tomorrow's weather report on the "H-O-T" forecast.
(First: Episode 1499)
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Cartoon A boy's friends bring him flowers to cheer him up, not knowing that he's allergic to them.
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SCENE 4 Gordon and Susan give their VW Bug a wash. Big Bird requests that they also wash his toy car. He's pleased with their work and asks if they can do the same with his friends' cars as well. The two assume this means washing more toy car, when they see a line-up of real cars filing in behind theirs, all while Big Bird directs them.
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Film A dirty car gets cleaned at the car wash.
(First: Episode 1114)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks who Ernie is decorating the room for. It turns out to be the viewer at home.
(First: Episode 0352)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Eating" while animals eat.
(First: Episode 0106)
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Cartoon The story of sheep, or where wool comes from.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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SCENE 5 The Count pulls up in his Countmobile to count the many cars lined up to be washed...157, including his own.


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