Sesame Street
Buffy believes in the Snuffleupagus
Air date April 13, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Production January 13, 1981
Sponsors L, T, 7
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Susan stops by Oscar's trash can to see Buffy and Cody. She yells into the can, but is met with a sign popping up from inside reading "NO." This happens more and more, frustrating Susan further. Oscar finally emerges to point out that Buffy and Cody aren't home; they're in the yard.
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Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
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Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon Fred, a singer, fails to figure out the words that rhyme with his name in the song he sings.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0977)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports from Gepetto's workshop, the home of the world-famous wooden toy Pinocchio. Pinocchio demonstrates how he can make his nose grow longer by telling lies. He tells so many crazy stories that his nose pushes Kermit through the wall.
(First: Episode 0910)
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Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
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Cartoon AT words: A fat cat with a hat sat on a mat. A bat scared the fat cat.
(First: Episode 1101)
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Cast Luis is dressed for snow, but is stuck at the beach. David dresses for the beach, but finds himself in the snow. They happily switch places.
(First: Episode 0497)
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Film T is for toes.
(First: Episode 0506)
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Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
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Celebrity The Canadian Brass play "Ode to Joy."
(First: Episode 1272)
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Cartoon T is for Trash and Ticket
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0020)
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Film Body part shout-out
(First: Episode 0264)
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Muppets Professor Grover talks about parts of the head, with help from a reluctant Maria.
(First: Episode 0728)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
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Cartoon A man blows 7 bubbles.
(First: Episode 0639)
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Cartoon A man tries to figure out where a squeaky sound is coming from; it turns out to be a giant's squeaky shoes. "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 0770)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert has a present for his Aunt Matilda, but Ernie thinks that the present is for him, so he makes several guesses about what it is first, then unwraps it.
(First: Episode 0165)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: L for Light
(First: Episode 0147)
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Cartoon L es para luz
(First: Episode 0373)
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SCENE 2 Susan plays a musical game with the viewer, asking them to guess what's inside her box. She describes the mystery thing - a giraffe, then opens the box to reveal...
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Giraffes.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0010)
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Cartoon Adding up five ladybugs and five lizards
(First: Episode 0277)
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Film A girl named Jennifer visits family friend Mrs. Wilson in the country, and together they pick food from her garden.
(First: Episode 0021)
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Cartoon A guru counts to twenty.
Producer: Ken Snyder; Music: Billy Taylor
(First: Episode 0276)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns to use manners while eating with a spoon.
(First: Episode 1340)
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Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Smart Suzie Sunset help Wrong Way Willie find his missing house keys.
(First: Episode 1508)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird tells Mr. Snuffleupagus about Buffy. Snuffy still thinks she's actually a "Buffle-up-a-gus" and is Big Bird's imaginary friend. Big Bird decides now is the time they should meet and sees Buffy about to go back inside Oscar's can. He rushes back to fetch Snuffy, when Buffy submerges into the can to help Oscar with his herd of elephants. Big Bird and Snuffy come outside, with no sight of Buffy.
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Cartoon Several circles try to get past a large square.
(First: Episode 1486)
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Cast Maria as Chaplin notices a short thread on Luis' tuxedo, which becomes long as he pulls it, unraveling Luis's trousers!
(First: Episode 1042)


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Film George the Farmer's ladder gets taller and shorter, as does his box of berries.
(First: Episode 0289)
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Muppets "The Subway"
(First: Episode 0762)
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Cartoon A lost man in the desert asks a stranger for directions to the city. He builds a pretend city out of sand to show what it looks like. As it turns out, the stranger is an alien.
(First: Episode 0763)
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Film Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
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Cartoon Seven piglets
Artist: Owe Gustafson
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SCENE 4 Big Bird mopes about his Buffy/Snuffy situation to Buffy. She admits that even though she's never seen him, she believes he's real, as does Cody. She sings "I Believe in Snuffleupagus," then stays to put Cody down for a nap, while Big Bird returns to his. Big Bird tries telling Snuffy about her, but he instead sings about how he believes in the "Buffle-upagus," turning into a distant duet between himself and Buffy. The song puts Big Bird to sleep, so Snuffy decides to head home. He sees Cody out on the stoop and wonders who the mysterious woman is that's with him.
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Muppets OPEN the Door: Part 1: Harvey Kneeslapper hangs an "OPEN" sign on a closet and has filled it with so many toys that when somebody opens it, all of the toys in the closet will fall on that person. A girl opens the closet, but none of the toys fall out. When Harvey opens it after she leaves, they fall all over him.
(First: Episode 0552)
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Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)
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Muppets OPEN the Door: Part 2: Harvey has refilled the closet. A boy tries to open it, but the door is stuck. When the boy has left, Harvey opens the closet, and the toys land on him again.
(First: Episode 0552)
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Cartoon T for Turtle
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1146)
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Muppets OPEN the Door: Part 3: Harvey has refilled the closet again. The boy and girl come by again and open the door. Instead of toys falling, the closet leads to another place. After the two of them have gone through and closed the door behind them, Harvey opens the closet, and the toys fall on him.
(First: Episode 0552)
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Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(First: Episode 1487)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird and the kids go looking for Snuffy.


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