Sesame Street
Poco Loco's cracker trick
Air date May 21, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors P, R, 8
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Picture Segment Description
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Insert Susan greets Big Bird walking down Sesame Street in a slump because he wanted to talk to Luis's grandmother on the phone in New Mexico, but he couldn't think of anything to say. He's told that he was just shy, and she sings to him "Everyone Feels a Little Shy Sometimes".
(First: Episode 0964)
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Film A voiceover lists many R words.
(First: Episode 0661)
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Muppets The Magic Painting Lady shows off her magic painting of a doorway which will help show "through". Three Anything Muppets in the painting come through the doorway. When it comes time for Grover's turn, he ends up breaking through the painting.
(First: Episode 0580)
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Film A gymnast demonstrates over and under.
(First: Episode 0517)
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Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
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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 The Two-Headed Monster fights over the letters P and R, one of them displaying P foods and the other one displaying R foods (and a radio). They have a picnic, which is cut short due to rain.
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Cartoon Picnic with P foods (carried away by ants)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0764)
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Insert Ray Barretto and his band demonstrate their different kinds of drums.
(First: Episode 1006)
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Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug)
(First: Episode 0296)
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Film A girl and her mother go on a journey to find out where potatoes come from.
(First: Episode 0984)
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Muppets Grover talks about the sign "ONE WAY."
(First: Episode 0993)
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Cartoon A mysterious little box on a tightrope entraps a bird, a train, and a cat, which can still be heard. A large frog eats the box, and makes all of the sounds inside.
(First: Episode 1518)
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SCENE 1 Maria invites the Count to watch a new game she has for the kids. She traces a number on each of their backs (which are illustrated onscreen with a telestrator) and they guess which number she's made. She then draws an 8 on the Count's back and he responds by drawing a number on Maria's - 34,969 to be exact.
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Cartoon 8 cows
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1531)
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Song "Song of Eight"
(First: Episode 0016)
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Film Two kids cooperate on putting on smocks for painting.
(First: Episode 0284)
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Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
(First: Episode 1446)
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Film Kids narrate footage of whales.
(First: Episode 1266)
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Muppets / Cast "Dandy David" sings a song about "Tying Your Shoelace" as Herry watches. He then asks him to tie the laces on all the shoes in his collection.
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Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
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Insert Olivia comes across Big Bird practicing on his toy piano and she remarks how she used to dream of being a concert pianist. She and Big Bird imagine her playing a Sonatina by Muzio Clementi for a live audience in concert.
(First: Episode 1349)
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Cartoon The Ringmaster #8
(First: Episode 1291)
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Film Kids ride horses.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0541)
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Film / Song "At the Animal Doctor": Two boys take their dog to the vet
(First: Episode 1016)
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Muppets Alphabet Chat: Mr. Chatterly tries to discuss the letter R, but everything goes awry.
(First: Episode 0876)
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Song "Riding on the Train"
(First: Episode 0423)
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Film A voiceover lists many R words. (repeat)
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SCENE 2 Poco Loco desperately wants some crackers, but Maria is too busy doing work at the Fix-It Shop. He mimics Maria's voice and phones Hooper's Store, where a harried David abandons his large breakfast crowd to bring over a box of crackers. Once he arrives at the store, he and Maria argue over the situation, while Poco tries opening the box. They realize what's happened and share a good laugh about it.
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Animation Sand P/p
(First: Episode 0634)
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Muppets Pageant: Butterfly.
(First: Episode 1443)
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Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 3 To make up for the trick he pulled, Poco has been roped into helping out at Hooper's. David assigns him to dry the wet dishes while he announces the sponsors. Poco drops the plate on the floor.


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