Sesame Street
Big Bird's new phone
Air date March 12, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Robert Myhrum
Sponsors D, F, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird is getting a new telephone installed in his nest (having dropped his last phone in a goldfish bowl). The phone man (Richard Hunt) arrives to install the phone, but Big Bird can't make up his mind whether it should be hung over or under the birdhouse already nailed to the post. He resolves to put the phone where the birdhouse was, but now can't decide where the birdhouse should now go.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a TELEPHONE, and reads the word.
(First: Episode 1569)
Animation Sand F/f
(First: Episode 0629)
Insert The Alphabet Dancers make the form of the letter F.
(First: Episode 0446)
Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0294)
JudyCollins Fishermen
Muppets / Celebrity Judy Collins sings "The Fisherman Song" with several Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 0796)
Song "Spanish Foods Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0154)

SCENE 2 Big Bird shows Telly his new phone, when Telly begins to worry - the birds who regularly make use of Big Bird's birdhouse are going to fly into the telephone instead and try to nest in it. Big Bird happens to have a "TELEPHONE" sign to place near it, as well as one reading "BIRDHOUSE" to help his feathered friends find it. The Canary Brothers fly in to use the birdhouse and instead head straight into the telephone; Big Bird realizes other birds can't read.
Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(First: Episode 0309)
Film A film of two kids and a goat riding a turtle at a petting zoo is narrated in English and Spanish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0486)
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(First: Episode 1102)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie keeps taking glasses of water outside the apartment. Bert thinks of possible uses Ernie could have for this water. As it turns out, the kitchen faucet is broken, and Ernie's trying to get rid of the water before the apartment floods.
(First: Episode 0425)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0630)

SCENE 3 Big Bird is eager to call his friends and boast about his new phone, but nobody picks up. He becomes really frustrated and angry, then snaps at everyone when they come over to see his new phone. He calms down and understands the situation, then asks everyone to go home so he can call them.
Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
(First: Episode 0406)
Muppets / Cast Luis has four things lined up in a row - a harmonica, a whistle, a trumpet, and a banana. He tells Kermit that one of these doesn't belong, and Kermit chooses the banana because you can make music with the instruments, but you eat the banana... or so he thinks. Luis blows into the banana and appears to be playing a horn until he reveals he was honking a horn behind his back the whole time. Amused by the trick, they decide to play the same joke on Cookie Monster, but Cookie has a different idea--you eat the harmonica, whistle, and trumpet, and make beautiful music with the banana.
(First: Episode 0553)
Film Ten zebras walk slow, while 10 other zebras walk fast.
(First: Episode 0367)
SCENE 4 Bob stops by the nest, where Big Bird is engrossed in reading the phone book that came with the phone. He observes that the whole book goes in alphabetical order and the two sing "Phone Book Alphabet."
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
2061 art
Film Three kids want to paint, but each of them has only one item, so they all cooperate.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0318)
Film Kids with special needs do gymnastics at the Mamaroneck Co-Op Camp.
(First: Episode 0953)
Animation Slide puzzle: Ernie
(First: Episode 0403)
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon Stop-motion NUTS
(First: Episode 1178)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie shows drawings to Bert, and Bert has to guess what happened. Ernie has a drawing of an empty bird cage with an open door (the bird flew away), and a man lying on the ground with a banana peel next to him (he slipped on it). Then Ernie shows Bert an empty page. The answer to that one is that there was a cow eating grass, but the grass is all eaten now and the cow went home.
(First: Episode 0030)
Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0006)
Insert On the streets of New York City, Luis explains to the kids how a garbage truck collects and disposes of trash. He's surprised to see the truck is operated by Oscar, whose rented the truck from "Grouch Rent-a-Heap." Oscar doesn't intend on taking the load to any city dump, but rather to his trash can back on Sesame Street.
(First: Episode 1226)
Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(First: Episode 0783)
Film Counting 6 pieces of laundry on the line
(First: Episode 0419)
Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
Film Joe Raposo: Insects (instrumental w/ kid VO, same music as "Peacock")
(First: Episode 0410)
Animation Six spaceships are counted, then subtracted.
(First: Episode 1245)
Muppets A Lavender Anything Muppet and a choir sing "Lonely."
(First: Episode 1165)
Cartoon Ten brightly-beaked birds land on a statue.
(First: Episode 1524)
SCENE 5 At night, Big Bird realizes the one thing he hasn't done with his new phone - called his best friend! He accidentally wakes up Mr. Snuffleupagus with his call, but the two start having a friendly conversation anyhow.

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