Sesame Street
Air date December 29, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by John Glines
Sponsors L, U, 8
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 A rainstorm begins as Slimey prepares to be launched into outer space. Maria watches as Telly, filling the "Mission Decontrol" position, attempts a countdown, but counts forwards instead of backwards. Maria and the viewer help him properly countdown to the launch. The rocket instead sputters in space and falls over, which Oscar notes is how a successful Grouch space launch should go.
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Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)
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Muppets Muppets cheer on a rocket launch.
(First: Episode 0567)
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Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — On a boring day, Ernie suggests some ideas to Bert, but then Bert has an exciting idea of his own. He shows off his bottlecap collection to Ernie, who remembers that he found a Figgy Fizz bottle cap -- the very one that Bert needed to complete his collection.
(First: Episode 0240)
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Cartoon A boy puts a red and green monster together using a diagram.
(First: Episode 1014)
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Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 2 Olivia prepares a game for the kids where they find embedded letter Ls in a picture. Alphabet Bates drops from the sky to provide them with an extra letter L.
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Cartoon L for Lion (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
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Insert The Count (in voiceover) counts three kids who arrange themselves in different configurations with three boxes.
(First: Episode 1352)
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Cartoon L is for Lips
(First: Episode 0147)
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Muppets Cookie Monster introduces the word "AMOR".
(First: Episode 0601)
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Cartoon Two green martians fight over a flower, until they see a monolith crumble to form the word AMOR.
(First: Episode 0821)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "New Life."
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon Which footprint doesn't belong?
(First: Episode 0509)
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Insert Stevie Wonder teaches Grover how to sing loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0514)
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Cartoon Find the Square quiz
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
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Film A man shows a boy how to make a wheelbarrow.
(First: Episode 1488)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert sing "Imagination."
(First: Episode 0493)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
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Muppets Old West sketches: A couple of cowboy Muppets meet the Alphabet Kid, who claims that he can write the alphabet faster than any man alive. To prove it, he quickly draws his crayon and speedily writes out the whole alphabet.
(First: Episode 0307)
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Cast David and Luis assemble a fractured letter U.
(First: Episode 0468)
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Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
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Muppets The Martians examine a grandfather clock.
(First: Episode 0407)
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Celebrity Itzhak Perlman plays the "Gavotte en Rondeau" from Bach's Partita for Violin No. 3 for the kids (Jessica Marrero, Kathleen Reilly, Jodi Stahl, Matthew Schwartz, and David Patent) between the garage and the fire escape of 123 Sesame Street.
(First: Episode 1484)
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: DON'T WALK
(First: Episode 1162)
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Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit meets Little Miss Muffet, who sits on her water bed, eats crunchy granola, and is not afraid of the spider, who ends up frightening Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0601)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird runs into Gordon, who feels he may have a cold and describes how he intends to get well. Big Bird then finds a Honker in his nest area, also feeling under the weather. Big Bird reiterates what he heard from Gordon and recommends the Honker not do any honking until he feels better. They try finding an alternate means of communicating, when the Honker starts ringing a bell. This attracts Barkley and the two chat in barks and rings. Big Bird joins in, causing a lot of commotion.
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Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Tanya helps Grover learn the difference between up and down so they can play a game about it.
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Cartoon 8 cows
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1531)
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Muppets Lefty the Salesman wants to sell an 8 to Ernie, who ran out of money buying some 9s. Ernie then offers to sell Lefty his 9s.
(First: Episode 0079)
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Film Geese and their goslings swim in the water.
(First: Episode 0388)
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Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0808)
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Muppets The Beetles are "Thinking of U."
(First: Episode 1486)
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SCENE 4 Gordon drags himself out of his place to ask Maria if he can rest in her apartment. He points her toward the noise coming from Big Bird's nest, where more Honkers have joined in the noise making. Maria hands over her keys and tries announcing the sponsors over the noise.


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