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Sesame Street
Air date April 24, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors M, N, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar calls folks over to see him perform Grouch feats of magic. However, nobody finds any of his so-called tricks impressive (pulling a shoe from his hat, after putting it in, pulling a hat from the shoe and pulling the lining from the hat). After an unsuccessful attempt at pulling Fluffy from the hat, Oscar manages to pull a skunk from his hat, driving everyone away.
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Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is interrupted as he tries to recite the alphabet.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1499)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie notices Bert looking sad for no reason. Ernie lists a number of reasons to be sad, and then Bert feels better, but now Ernie has become sad for no reason.
(First: Episode 1520)
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Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
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Song Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
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Animation Big, bigger, biggest (oxen pulling rocks)
(First: Episode 0764)
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Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam is looking for the biggest man in the saloon. The frightened customers point him towards Big Barney, who's cowering under the table. When Sam discovers that Barney is the biggest man there, he gives him a hat: "This ol' hat here don't fit me. I thought maybe you could use it, huh? I'll see you, fellers." Sinister Sam leaves the baffled customers behind. "Now, that's a nice gesture," one says. "He's a little weird, but he's okay after all, isn't he?"
(First: Episode 0281)
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Insert Buffy sings "Listen to the Wind."
(First: Episode 1132)
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Cartoon Simple Simon meets some strange-looking animals, all of whom have their parts switched around.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0540)
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Film Old bottles are made into new bottles at a recycling plant.
music: "Black Eyed Peas" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0917)
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Muppets Forgetful Jones and Buster the Horse brush each other's teeth.
(First: Episode 1446)
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Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
(First: Episode 0763)
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Cast Luis and the kids put together a fractured letter N.
(First: Episode 0938)
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Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry sing "Circles."
(First: Episode 0131)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elk feeding.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0793)
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SCENE 2 Poco Loco acts as though he's a cat, meowing, drinking Susan's saucer of milk and being frightened by Barkley. A Muppet cat shows up and they compare the two to show Poco he's not really a cat. Poco understands and starts acting like a frog instead.
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Cartoon M for Moon
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1163)
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Muppets Grover watches as Ernie loads various things into a machine that start with M and N. The machine then displays the letter it begins with. Since Grover is a monster, he decides to go in the machine, causing a mess.
(First: Episode 1201)
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Film A girl goes to the shoemaker and watches him as he repairs her shoes.
(First: Episode 0987)
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Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
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Muppets The Count's bats are upset because the Count always gets to count, but the bats don't. The Count decides to let the bats count all of the Counts, while the Count counts all the bats...but there is only one Count.
(First: Episode 0625)
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Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0725)
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Film Alone Song
(First: Episode 0921)
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Muppets "Body Rhythms" by Little Jerry and the Monotones.
(First: Episode 1399)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #11
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0988)
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SCENE 3 Bob and Linda show the kids various sign commands Linda has taught Barkley. Oscar, wishing they would all leave, asks how to sign "scram." However, Linda never taught Barkley that particular sign, so the dog hangs around Oscar as he signs.
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Film Kids count 18 backflips.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
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Muppets Kermit draws the letter M on-screen with his magic finger. Grover asks what Kermit has drawn, and Kermit says it's the letter M. "Mmmmm!" Grover agrees.
(First: Episode 0516)
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Cartoon Baseball Squares (1:13)
(First: Episode 1520)
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Film A boy tells what happens on a fishing boat.
(First: Episode 0028)
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Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
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SCENE 4 Oscar hopes to make it into the Grouch Book of Records by saying "no" 500 times in a row, without every saying "yes." Telly Monster helps by keeping track. Gordon arrives with an old bicycle he wants to give to Oscar, who is unable to accept it without saying "yes." He eventually relents and breaks his streak. Oscar starts all over again soon after.
1095r.jpg Cartoon "Have you seen my NO?"
(First: Episode 0773)
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Film A boy goes to the dentist and gets his teeth cleaned.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0476)
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SCENE 5 Now nighttime, Oscar is up to 212 "nos," though Telly is getting tired. When he asks Oscar if he wants to keep going after announcing the sponsors, Oscar responds, "yes." Telly cries, "Oh no!," prompting Oscar to think they should switch.


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