Sesame Street
A basketball practice.
Air date April 21, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Sponsors C, F, 12
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria asks a Honker about how they can express different feelings, since she's never quite sure how to interpret their honks. She paints a hypothetical situation that makes the Honker sad. The Honker makes itself happy again by honking some more, which always makes them happy.
Cartoon A man tries to get to sleep, but is woken up by a fly, a chicken and a drum-playing rabbit, all of whom call him on the phone after he throws them out.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0257)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon A red PELI and an explosive GRO form the word PELIGRO.
(First: Episode 0787)
Celebrity Richie Havens sings "Wonder Child."
(First: Episode 0949)
Cartoon A mad scientist teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot", and "Friday."
(First: Episode 1162)
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F.
(First: Episode 0093)
Cartoon A boy leads his sister up and down a staircase.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0526)

SCENE 2 Gordon and Susan are heading out, when Gordon chides Susan for not being able to find the car keys. Susan thinks back to earlier and remembers that Gordon has the keys now, which he sheepishly confirms... except now he doesn't remember where he put them.
Cartoon "I Can Remember": A little girl remembers what to buy at the store (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter) by visualizing her mother giving the instructions.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Warren Wolf, who is substituting for Kermit, is the first newsperson to witness Dr. Nobel Price's latest invention, a stick that makes your voice sound louder. It bears a striking resemblance to Warren's microphone.
(First: Episode 1475)
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(First: Episode 1102)
Song "Rockabye Baby" is sung to a sleepy koala.
(First: Episode 0048)
Cartoon Typewriter: F for Fly
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0781)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert gets all dressed up for the Pigeon Lover's Party, but he looks so different that Ernie doesn't believe that it's him.
Cartoon What would happen I popped this balloon?
(First: Episode 1312)
Insert Bob sings "I'm Going Somewhere."
(First: Episode 1178)
Film Old paper, new paper
Music: "Blue Nosed Gopher" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0972)
David Charmer 12
Cast David charms a 1 and a 2 out of their baskets to form a 12.
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 12 fluttering finches.
(First: Episode 1295)
SCENE 3 Big Bird finds Gordon and teenager Donna outside his doors, where Donna is practicing for her school basketball tryouts. Big Bird wants to help, but Gordon confesses that he might just get int he way. Big Bird huffs about how this always happens and decides to just read a book on his own. Donna and Gordon observe that they need someone else around to simulate an opposing team member. They ask Big Bird if he can now get in her way, but he's too busy reading his book at the moment.
Muppets Baby Rocky performs "Cry" from his crib.
(First: Episode 1107)
Cartoon Thelma Thumb: Construction (1:57)
(First: Episode 1513)
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Gnomes flower vase
Cartoon Three little men climb up the three flower stems.
(First: Episode 0634)
SCENE 4 Oscar wants to make use of the basketball hoop so he can practice for his own tryouts for the Grouch No Stars team. He tosses his deflated ball into the hoop and makes a perfect shot, only in Grouch basketball, one is supposed to miss. He keeps trying, even managing to send the ball bouncing all over before landing in the basket once more. Donna recommends closing his eyes, which ensures he misses the shot.
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is sitting in his chair and reading the paper, when Ernie comes along and starts reading over Bert's shoulder. They decide to share the paper. Ernie rips it in half, which seems to work until Bert starts reading over Ernie's shoulder.
(First: Episode 1193)
Cartoon A man (voice of Bob Arbogast) talks about his favorite letter, C, which is for cat. He opens a door to reveal a lion.
(First: Episode 0029)
Song "Me and You," over footage of rhinos in love
(First: Episode 0940)
Cartoon C - Cake
(First: Episode 0153)
VisualThink-SS Muppets Visual Thinking: A hipster and a square imagine shapes.
(First: Episode 0361)

SCENE 5 Gordon and Donna return from the tryouts, where Donna has made the team. They hear the sounds of activity coming from Oscar's can as a basketball flies out. Oscar emerges to collect it and tells them he's also made the team, which is now in the middle of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Gordon and Donna don't believe this, until Julius "Dr. J" Erving comes out of the can to reclaim another stray ball.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster gets MAD when it sees the word.
(First: Episode 1513)
2061 crane
Film A crane is shown, with a shovel and a wrecking ball.
(First: Episode 1164)
SCENE 5 cont'd Maria and Susan find Gordon and Donna cheering into the can as the basketball game continues. The two can barely believe it until they get a look for themselves. Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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