Sesame Street
P.T. Bunkum looks for an act 
(repeat of 1451)
Air date January 31, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Sponsors I, J, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird asks Maria, Luis, Gordon and Olivia to hold some random items as he fetches others. Maria figures out that all the items are circus-related. Big Bird explains that P. T. Bunkum, of the Bunkum and Balleyhoo Circus, is in town.
SCENE 1 cont'd Sure enough, Bunkum arrives and tells them he's looking for a new and unique act to include in his circus. Everyone immediately wants to join, but he makes them form a line and starts auditioning.
Film Body part shout-out
(First: Episode 0264)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Lisa complement each other's noses. Lisa also likes Grover's (big) mouth.
(First: Episode 1415)
Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
(First: Episode 1711)
Muppets Polly Darton sings "I'm Under the Weather Over You."
(First: Episode 1702)
Cartoon Miss Fortune makes guesses about a dog.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0483)
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Cartoon I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
SCENE 2 Big Bird shows Bunkum his wild animal act - Simba the kitten, who they pretend is a large, ferocious animal. However, Simba refuses to jump through a hoop and jump over a book. He can roar ferociously, though.
Cartoon J - Jam
(First: Episode 0012)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Animation Sand J/j
(First: Episode 0631)
Film Kenneth sees how his dad's shirts is pressed at Mr. Cooper's dry cleaners.
(First: Episode 1403)
Cartoon "Seven Sweet Sopranos" on a shaky piano
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1656)
Muppets Ernie has a stack of seven cupcakes that he wants to take a picture of, but Cookie Monster keeps stealing cupcakes (which he calls "cuppycakes").
(First: Episode 0136)
SCENE 3 Luis practices juggling for Bunkum's circus, though he manages to drop all his bags when he juggles more than two. Bunkum catches part of his act and considers it for his circus; he already has people who can juggle, but no one who can't.
Cartoon Gerald's dog Sparky likes to pretend he's an alligator.
(First: Episode 1519)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit asks Telly and Mona Monster how they spend a rainy day. Telly enjoys practicing his bassoon, while Mona loves to play pretend. Against his will, Kermit gets to play the part of a rabbit.
(First: Episode 1681)
Film A gymnast demonstrates over and under.
(First: Episode 0517)
Celebrity Bill Cosby tells his young friends a story that involves "over" and "under". He mixes the words up, and the kids correct him.
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)

Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover opens a menu and shows Mr. Johnson a large picture of the special sandwich, which comes with potato chips on the side, a pickle on the top, and olive stuck in with a toothpick. When the sandwich arrives, Mr. Johnson complains that it doesn't match the picture on the menu -- it doesn't have potato chips, a pickle or an olive.
(First: Episode 0332)
SCENE 4 Bunkum and Gordon come by Oscar's trash can, where Oscar shows off his pet flea, Fernando, who does his over, around and through trick that none of them can see. They don't believe there's even a flea there, so Oscar sics Fernando on them and he climbs all over their bodies.
Cartoon The dot gets on top of the lowercase letter i.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pair of headphones.
(First: Episode 1628)
Film A man uses a TELEPHONE booth in the city.
(First: Episode 0928)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
Film A panda tries to scratch an itch.
(First: Episode 0931)
Cartoon Thelma Thumb: During a baseball game, a kid's baseball falls into a rabbit's hole. Thelma travels through the hole to get it back.
(First: Episode 1465)
SCENE 5 P. T. Bunkum introduces everyone on the street, as they sing about their imaginary circus.
Cartoon A man appears out of a yo-yo string and narrates two poems about over, under, around, and through: one about a fish swimming around the wreck of the good ship Mary Lou, and another about a worm who eats through the center of an apple.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1389)
Muppets Pageant: "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" — Cookie Monster, playing the heroine in this year's pageant, can't seem to grasp the concept of going "around" until Prairie Dawn lures him with a—guess what?
(First: Episode 0907)
Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)
Film In voice-over, Maria and a kid sing about "Platanos" (bananas).
Cartoon Seven piglets
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1546)

SCENE 6 Bunkum is sad to report that nobody's acts are unique enough to make it into his circus. Big Bird goes to tell his bird friends in the park about his day, riding off on his act perfect for Bunkum's circus! He yells for Big Bird to return, while Luis announces the sponsors.

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