Sesame Street
Air date April 1, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Production January 14, 1981
Sponsors B, F, 5


Picture Segment Description
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)

SCENE 1 David, Maria, and the Kids notice a large arrow on the floor of Hooper's Store, with a message telling them to follow it to a big surprise. The arrow points to another and another, leading them across Sesame Street and finally ending at Big Bird's nest. There, Big Bird greets them with a basket of fruit and offers them a fresh treat.
Bforbat.jpg Cartoon Small letter b (ball/bat)
(First: Episode 1131)
Muppets A barbershop quartet sings a song about the letter B.
(First: Episode 1394)
Cartoon B is for bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. And Bosco, who is taking a bath.
(First: Episode 0355)
Mandrill carry.jpg
Film A mandrill carries her young.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0039)
Muppets / Celebrity Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit points out the different parts of ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell's body, and watches her use them to drink a glass of milk.
(First: Episode 1387)
Cartoon At night, Elizabeth counts five lights going on and off.
Muppets In the kitchen, Ernie bakes some cookies of different shapes, which he lets Cookie Monster eat after he finishes displaying each one to the viewer.
(First: Episode 1158)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Jason work on an art easel in his nest area. The surface is illustrated with pictures of a snake, a fish, a monkey, and the letters S, F, and M. Big Bird asks Jason to identify the letters on the board and to draw a line from the letter the picture that begins with that letter. Big Bird wishes there were a B because Big Bird starts with B.
Cartoon Thelma Thumb: A boy’s toy airplane’s controls break. Thelma comes to the rescue by steering the plane.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1423)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count to five.
(First: Episode 0125)
Cartoon Two men debate whether or not a ladder has 5 steps.
Cast The Lovers of Five (David, Luis, Gordon and Bob) sing "Gimme Five."
(First: Episode 1137)
Cartoon Five Swans
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1460)
Muppets Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: It has four legs and a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
(First: Episode 1481)
SCENE 3 In Hooper's Store, Maria tells David she got Biff and Sully to help her carry her old sofa down from her apartment so that she can finally dispose of it. As she describes it and why she's getting rid of it, Big Bird is listening in nearby, and because it matches his description — it's big, yellow, and sometimes loses feathers — he thinks they're talking about him. As David and Maria make their way out to the arbor to carry it the rest of the way to the trash pick-up, Big Bird confronts them angrily. He says he's not lumpy, as described, and if they don't like yellow, he'll paint himself orange or purple. Maria explains she was talking about her old sofa, that she loves Big Bird, and continues to complain about the furniture. Understanding now, Big Bird scolds Maria over talking about her sofa that way; she may hurt its feelings.
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0154)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit comes across the word "Telephone", spells it, and then teaches the word to the viewer. When an Anything Muppet boy who stands too far away says that he can't hear Kermit, Kermit dials the T, and the boy answers with the last E.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Animation A scoop of ice cream makes its way to the top of a cone.
(First: Episode 0505)
Song "Brothers Song"
(First: Episode 1476)
Cartoon A caveman finds a rock on the ground, and visualizes the invention of the wheel and the car, ultimately deciding to toss the rock away: "Who needs it?"
(First: Episode 0558)
Muppets Grover hides under his blanket, pretending he's on the moon.
(First: Episode 1309)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Jason take turns reciting the alphabet. Jason then blurts out the letters "S" and two "Bs," saying they stand for Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird.
Cartoon A photographer shows off his first picture of cows, his next picture of ducks, and his last picture of a pig.
(First: Episode 1245)
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog talks to people waiting in line for a football game being held at the SuperGame Stadium. A woman explains why she is last in line, and points out that Kermit is actually last, although Kermit insists that he is not in line. He goes to the front of the line and finds out that the first two people in the line are in a disagreement over which of them is first in line. The gate opens, and everyone walks all over Kermit.
(First: Episode 1327)
Bforbeard.jpg Cartoon B for Beard (poem by Edward Lear)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1147)
Song "B is for Bubble"
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon At the beach, the Bee Bee and the Barker family greet each other while saying their names that begin with the letter B.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
Celebrity Suzanne Farrell does a Bournonville ballet dance.
(First: Episode 1434)
Film "Presenting...the electric drill!"
(First: Episode 0557)
Song "Winter Song"
(First: Episode 1392)
Insert The street is decked out for a big street fair. Outside the Fix-It Shop, Victor Brady plays Beethoven's "Für Elise" on the steel drums with Bob, Maria, David, Mercy, Sheldon, Big Bird, Olivia, Willy, Buffy, and the Kids.
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Muppets When it's Ernie's turn to get a newspaper from Hooper's Store, Ernie decides to plan everything he may need. He gets his scarf and hat and earmuffs in case it snows, his umbrella if it starts to rain, sunglasses and suntan cream if it's a sunny day, and a flashlight if it gets dark.
(First: Episode 0093)
Transition Bridge #16 - Hourglass Slow/Empty
(First: Episode 0360)
Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)
Cartoon Cloud blows things FFFFFFFF
(First: Episode 0387)
Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Animation Apples fall from a tree, which bothers the hill beneath it, as Irish music underscores the segment.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0628)
SCENE 5 Some of the kids (including Jason) play on Maria's old mattress, while Big Bird pushes another kid on the tire swing. David announces the sponsors.

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