Sesame Street
Biff buys a gift
Air date January 4, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors N, Z, 10
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
AfraidToTry
Insert After witnessing Herry Monster lifting a large barbell, Telly wishes he could do the same, though doesn't believe he can do it. Bob sings "Don't Be Afraid to Try," encouraging him to give it a try and keep trying until he's able to do. With newfound confidence, Telly is able to lift the barbell.
(First: Episode 1607)
Dinosaurrock
Cartoon A caveman sits on what he thinks is a rock, not realizing that it's a dinosaur, which is alive.
Greenhouseeffect
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Animalseatcrunchy
Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(First: Episode 1487)
Song.frogstruggle
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
ShapeDancers.rectangle
Insert Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a rectangle.
(First: Episode 1276)
Harvey
Muppets In the park, Harvey Kneeslapper comes up behind a man, asks him, "Wanna see something funny?" and then holds a mirror up. The man sees nothing funny...until he looks at Harvey!
(First: Episode 0283)
Ringmaster10
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Cornfield
Film Corn grows in a field. (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Toon.ZigZag
Cartoon zip, zoom, zoom, zig, zag, zany, zoo.
(First: Episode 0359)
Noimage
Insert Gordon happens by a newsstand run by Oscar the Grouch (filling in for Sid Sourpuss). The newsstand carries various Grouch reading materials, so Oscar sells Gordon with a magazine with absolutely no grouchy words in it at all - the pages are all blank.
(First: Episode 1204)
PovertyZ
Cartoon "Poverty Z" -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
Song.zigzagdance-original
Muppets "Zig Zag Dance"
(First: Episode 1567)
Sign.CLOSED
Film The sign CLOSED spins around.
(First: Episode 0955)
Noimage
Film Things in a kitchen become CLOSED.
(First: Episode 1337)
Mynameisfred
Cartoon Fred, a singer, fails to figure out the words that rhyme with his name in the song he sings.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0977)
2776FrogFilm
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Ssnews.angry
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog tries to find out what makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately causes him to lose his temper and yell at the camera.
(First: Episode 0537)
Kidband.square
Film Marching band forms a square
(First: Episode 0514)
Noimage
Insert The cast (including Mr. Macintosh, Big Bird, Gladys the Cow, Sherlock Hemlock, Olivia, Herry Monster, Luis, the Honkers, Forgetful Jones, Clementine, the Count, Oscar the Grouch, Biff, the Two-Headed Monster, Telly Monster, Maria, Mr. Snuffleupagus, David and a kid) recite a poem about the alphabet.
Circlesandstripes
Animation Two small stripes watch as two circles play with each other. The stripes try to bend themselves into circles, but soon find that they can both cooperate to make one big circle.
(First: Episode 0762)
Cmamsharecookie
Muppets Cookie Monster is about to eat a cookie, when a sad-looking girl approaches and stares at him. He tries to eat the cookie, but can't do it. He breaks the cookie in half and shares the cookie with the girl. He eats his half of the cookie. When the girl eats her half, she eats it just like Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0623)
Film-MomRhino
Film A rhino and her baby
(First: Episode 0408)
2040e
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
E&BToyGroups
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie to put away his toys, and Ernie devises a system of arranging them. Unfortunately, all the categories he names apply only to his toy fire engine.
(First: Episode 0281)
WomanFarmSounds
Cartoon A woman identifies farm animals by their sounds.
(First: Episode 1476)
Skating-Film
Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition (version three).
(First: Episode 0460)
Handprint
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
Noimage
Celebrity Big Bird pretends that James Galway is his grandmother, finding his flute music similar to the way Granny Bird sings to him.
(First: Episode 1430)
Wandaskneees
Cartoon Lazy Wanda's knees converse with each other.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1075)
Film-boysshovels
Film Body Parts vs. Heavy Equipment: Three boys (including Brian Henson) pretend to be steam shovels, playing in the dirt. This segues into footage of real construction vehicles. A parallel is drawn between the machinery and how the boys' arms and mouths work.
(First: Episode 0003)
OxRocks
Animation Big, bigger, biggest (oxen pulling rocks)
(First: Episode 0764)
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Marshalgrovermilk
Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse are hot and thirsty, so they stop in at the Short Branch Café for a nice cold glass of milk. The bartender is distressed to see Grover riding his horse right inside, knocking over tables. "I just redecorated the place, too," he sighs. Grover orders a glass of milk, and the bartender asks if he wants the big glass, the bigger glass or the biggest glass. Fred tells the bartender that Marshal Grover doesn't know the difference, so the bartender shows off all three sizes. Marshal Grover and Fred come behind the bar to get a closer look, breaking bottles and glassware. The annoyed bartender shouts at Grover to choose a glass, and Grover picks the biggest glass. The bartender asks if Fred wants anything, but Fred says, "No thanks, I'm drivin'." As Grover rides his horse out of the café, the bartender asks who's going to pay for all this stuff. Grover says he'll be back to pay for it tomorrow. Panicked, the bartender says not to come back; it's on the house!
(First: Episode 0683)
SandN
Animation Sand N / n
(First: Episode 0633)
BigBlowout
Cast "Hot Lips Hooper," "Second Wind Susan" and "Great Lungs Gordon" compete in The Big Blowout to see who can blow up a balloon the biggest.
(First: Episode 1204)
4124u
Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)
Noimage
SCENE 1 Biff comes to Hooper's Store to buy a gift and gives David clues as to what he wants - a frisbee for his son Timmy. He then wishes to get extra frisbees for his other kids, Tommy and Tammy, plus a basketball for his wife Ethel.
1041Zebra
Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
Beep
Muppets An Anything Muppet teaches another to count by singing "Beep."
(First: Episode 0768)
Daddy-Slips
Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
(First: Episode 0542)
Buses
Film Kids count ten buses as they drive by.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Noimage
SCENE 2 David has gift wrapped all the items, but Biff realizes he now can't tell which item is which. David sings "One of These Things" to help him understand, and the kids correctly guess the basketball can easily be identified. Biff realizes he doesn't need three frisbees at all - they have one at home for their dog, Tuffy. He also says Ethel can patch up her old basketball, so he won't need the new one either.


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