Sesame Street
Bob talks to the Phone
Air date March 24, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Production January 6, 1982
Sponsors U, W, 4
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SCENE 1 When the telephone outside Hooper's Store rings, Bob answers it. To his shock, the voice is not another person, but the telephone itself. Bob tells David about the mysterious phone call, but David is skeptical.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Bob now thinks it's a prank by Oscar the Grouch, but when confronted, Oscar denies any involvement with the talking telephone, stating that he and Bruno had been at the junkyard all day. Bob does not believe him until the phone rings again.
Film The Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Cartoon A man laughs out loud as an alligator uses the telephone to call his wife - then he eats the phone booth.
(First: Episode 1113)
Beat The Time
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
Title 01 07 003 0001
Animation A set of blocks reveal a square, a triangle, and a circle.
(First: Episode 1184)
Cartoon Letter U salesman
(First: Episode 0202)
Song Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit."
(First: Episode 0160)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy watches a circle around him get bigger and smaller.
(First: Episode 0285)
Cartoon How many legs does a horse have?
(First: Episode 1523)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Olivia count pic 1

Olivia count pic 2
SCENE 2 Count von Count finds Olivia taking a picture of a child in the courtyard. He encourages her to have more people in the picture, so that he can count them. They count up to five -- three kids, plus Olivia and the Count.
Animation It's a crocodile
Artist: Ishu Patel
Muppets A barbershop quartet sings about cooperation ("When You Cooperate").
(First: Episode 1483)
Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1446)
Film The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert wants to know why there is a cookie lying on the table. Ernie explains that he put it there to remind himself.
(First: Episode 0095)
Cartoon "Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0001)
Film A man uses a TELEPHONE booth in the city.
(First: Episode 0928)
Forgetful jones banana

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SCENE 3 Forgetful Jones comes to Hooper's Store, looking for a fruit... but he can't remember which one. David helps him remember that the fruit he's looking for is yellow, has a peel, and is long and skinny -- and David brings him a banana. Forgetful Jones turns to leave, and David asks if he wants the banana. Forgetful says no, he just needed to see a banana, because it reminds him to go to the laundry and wash his bandanna.
Cartoon Two scribbles are hesitant to let a tall green one join them, until it protects them from the rain.
(First: Episode 1477)
Film Trees are very nice places, for animals and for people.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cast Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a square.
(First: Episode 1276)
Elephant toon
Cartoon Elephants have 4 legs.
(First: Episode 0560)
Muppets A Japanese storyteller tells "The Mystery of the Four Dragons". An aged emperor offers the throne to his son if he can find four hidden dragons in the room.
(First: Episode 0299)
Cast Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a triangle.
(First: Episode 1265)
Cartoon A small frog unveils a smaller man, who unveils the smallest elephant.
(First: Episode 0786)
SCENE 4 Ferlinghetti Donizetti reads about three pretty kitties living in a celery house.
Film Traffic light.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster and two kids share a bag of apples.
(First: Episode 1018)
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Film The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
(First: Episode 0179)
SCENE 5 Bob describes his old farm life in song ("That Indiana Farm Where I Was Born") to Simon Soundman, who provides the animal noises.
Animation Sand W/w
(First: Episode 0641)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "hop" and starts hopping.
(First: Episode 1482)
Animation Finding shapes in colored pixel-blocks
(First: Episode 1455)
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
Muppets Bert sings the club song for The National Association of W Lovers.
(First: Episode 0366)
Cartoon One of these shoe pairs ...
(First: Episode 0503)
SCENE 6 Bob has Simon recreate some quieter sounds from his farmland memories. Simon then makes a dash for the bus.
SCENE 6 cont'd David closes up shop while wishing Bob a good night, when the telephone rings again. With no one around to claim it, he's forced to answer. The telephone talks to him again, reminding him to announce the sponsors and assures him he'll be calling back tomorrow.

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