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Big Bird goes into business
Air date March 9, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Production September 22, 1981
Sponsors H, S, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird has opened up his own version of the Fix-It Shop right next to the original. Susan comes by with her broken toaster and forbids him from touching it, since he isn't even aware of how to fix things. Maria suggests he go into the much easier business of selling lemonade.
Cartoon Things that are the same or different are displayed like a slot machine. (version #2)
(First: Episode 0335)
Film Through close-ups, children identify mushrooms.
(First: Episode 0357)
Toast toon.jpg
Cartoon A man shows the difference between a regular slice of bread and a toasted one.
(First: Episode 1497)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Lefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon A magician performs a trick that makes birds appear, and fish can be glimpsed between them.
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 1614)
SCENE 2 Big Bird sets up his lemonade stand right by Hooper's Store, selling lemonade at 10 cent a glass. Maria observes that it's a better deal than Hooper's, where lemonade goes for 15 cents a glass. David immediately begins selling it for 9 cents and the two go into a back-and-forth competition before David relents, unable to go lower than 6 cents a glass. As an act of good sportsmanship, he buys Big Bird's first glass of lemonade, which is also his last - he only made the one.
Animation Counting 1-9 in Spanish
(First: Episode 1594)
Muppets "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Skeleton fish.
(First: Episode 0287)
Superman S.jpg
Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
(First: Episode 0136)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN."
(First: Episode 0523)
Cartoon S is for subway, sailboat, sled, scooter, skates, skis, and stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE 3 Oscar sings a song as the Grouchketeers wash their dirty faces. Susan is amazed that Oscar would enjoy kids getting clean, but he really just wants their dirty face cloths.
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Len Glasser
(First: Episode 1491)
Song "What Do We Do Before We Eat?" We wash our hands, not our feet.
Animation: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1594)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon.JPG
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
(First: Episode 1478)
Film An osprey flies around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0293)
Cartoon King Minus and the Disappearing Dragons
(First: Episode 0345)

Muppets Oscar holds a musical rally in Central Park to bring awareness to the Grouch "Bill of Gripes."
(First: Episode 1262)
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
Film Kids identify broccoli through close-ups.
(First: Episode 0357)
Pinball 10.jpg
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
Cartoon Wrong Way Willie, treasurer of his club, has lost the club's funds. Billy Jo Jive and Susie look for where it may be and discover Willie's had it in his hat the entire time.
(First: Episode 1235)
Insert Olivia sings "Children of the World."
(First: Episode 1012)
Topi Antelopes YES.jpg
Film Topi antelopes nod "yes."
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
Cartoon A bird lays ten eggs.
(First: Episode 1576)
Film A gorilla sits on a park bench with a lunchbox full of bananas. Noticing the woman seated beside him, he decides to share his bananas with her. She keeps answering "YES" every time the gorilla offers one until he runs out of bananas.
(First: Episode 0524)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: H is for hole
(First: Episode 0080)
Film Old bottles are made into new bottles at a recycling plant.
music: "Black Eyed Peas" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0917)
Cartoon H - Horse
(First: Episode 0474)
Film A mailman on horseback delivers mail in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
(First: Episode 0493)
Cartoon Typewriter: S for spring
(First: Episode 0792)
Muppets Ask Oscar
Oscar answers Grundgetta's query about how Grouches show love with a song - "Love in the Junkyard."
(First: Episode 1595)
Cartoon An alligator and an elephant chat about how to remember their names.
(First: Episode 1301)
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)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
SCENE 4 Big Bird has made much more lemonade...too much, actually, as his customers start feeling bloated from drinking so much.


  • Big Bird had previously started a lemonade stand in Episode 1300.

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