Sesame Street
Maria practices karate.
(repeat of 1746)
Air date December 17, 1984
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors B, O, 5


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly tries to abide by Oscar's request to be left alone, but lets Oscar know he's around if he wants anything. Oscar tells Telly he wants him to stay at least three feet away from the can, but Telly doesn't know how to determine that. He further bothers Oscar to ask about this, then to use his measuring tape. Once he's in place, he believes he's moved and lost the spot. He bothers Oscar further asking for some chalk to mark the spot, as well as the tape to remeasure. Telly positions himself on the mark, but finds it boring and again bothers Oscar to ask for a magazine.
Cartoon A boy is drawn, but he doesn't have knees at first.
(First: Episode 0954)
Celebrity Accompanied by a drum beat, Richard Pryor asks the viewer to point to parts of their head.
(First: Episode 0794)
Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(EKA: Episode 0673)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Name That Sound!" with contestant Mr. Honker. Mr. Honker honks when guessing sounds in this game show, but since Guy Smiley can't understand his honks, Mr. Honker brings the objects in. Sounds include a cow (to which he brings in Gladys the Cow), a horse (which he brings in Buster the Horse, accompanied by Forgetful Jones, who forgets whether or not he's a horse), and a fire engine (which Mr. Honker brings, full of honkers).
(First: Episode 1957)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)

SCENE 2 Telly listens in as Bob gives Gordon a flute lesson. Bob thinks Gordon might be fit for an upcoming recital, then heads off to a lesson across town, leaving Gordon a little nervous. Big Bird suspects he may be afraid of performing in front of an audience. Gordon admits this is true, feeling as a beginner, he's not going to be as good as Bob's other students; he may even mess up. Big Bird proposes even more extreme things that good happen, but Gordon shoots those down. He finds that after talking with Big Bird, he feels much more confident about the recital and invites Big Bird to join. Big Bird now starts to worry, having never been to one before. As they talk it out, Telly observes and notes how he often talks to someone when he feels worried too.
Cartoon A man tries to figure out where a squeaky sound is coming from; it turns out to be a giant's squeaky shoes. "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets A woman (Jim Henson) volunteers to assist The Amazing Mumford in his surprise magic trick. Mumford makes her disappear – but when he tries to make her reappear, Herry Monster pops up, saying "SURPRISE!"
(First: Episode 0381)
Cartoon Five flies land on a kid's face.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1449)
Film A conductor yells "STOP" to his off-key violinist trying to play Vittorio Monti's "Czardas".
(First: Episode 0516)
Superguy pet
Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy
RW wants a pet spoon, so TLSG teaches him the importance of being responsible with a pet.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger


SCENE 3 Forgetful Jones wonders why Maria and others are out in the arbor "doin' funny things in their funny clothes." He calls over Maria to ask what's going on. She tells him it's a karate class and introduces him to her sensei Gerald L. Orange. She further explains the purpose of karate, which she intends to use as a way to defend herself. They watch the rest of the class perform a kata, a karate dance exercise. Forgetful asks if anyone can take karate, which Sensei Orange confirms. The lessons instead would be for Buster the Horse, who does a chop with his leg (and hits Forgetful on his foot).
Film A man karate chops 5 boards.
(First: Episode 0469)
Animation Five firefighters put out a flaming 5.
(First: Episode 1614)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie pretends to be a dog and a duck. Bert then pretends to be a train, and does it so well that a train conductor and passengers come through the apartment.
(First: Episode 0645)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)
Song "Rainy Day Song"
(First: Episode 1644)
Muppets On a cold day, the Twiddlebugs try to figure out what they should close to make themselves warm. After they try closing a book, a lunchbox and their mouths, Tina sees they must close the door. Once they're warm, they decide to go outside, but can't find what they should open.
(First: Episode 1621)

SCENE 4 At the Fix-It Shop, Maria asks Luis to try and sneak up on her so she can test her skills of sensing when someone is near. Luis sneaks about the area as Maria explains to the viewer how one can listen with their whole body. However, Luis is able to grab her without notice. He tries it again and Maria accurately poses in defense just as he gets close enough. Luis attributes this to pure luck and prepares for another attempt.
SCENE 4 cont'd David comes out of Hooper's Store and feels like giving Maria a hug. As he approaches her, Maria startles him, thinking he was Luis (who watches sneakily from the Fix-It Shop door).
Film Luis announces "And now, the octopus!"
Music: "Pomp and Circumstance"
(First: Episode 0291)
Cartoon Words that rhyme with BALL
(First: Episode 0773)
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Muppets Grover the lumberjack thinks he is the first to arrive for supper, but he gets trampled by a gang of French-Canadian lumberjacks who get to the food table before he has a chance to get his snow boots off. By the time he finally gets them off, a grizzly bear grabs the last plate of food.
(First: Episode 1343)

SCENE 5 After paying a visit to Big Bird's nest, Maria heads down the block, with Luis following behind her the whole way. She suspects something is up, but Luis ducks out of sight when she checks behind her. Catching on to his game, Maria makes herself scarce just before Luis makes his move. He looks around for her, confused, not noticing she's right beside him. After she makes her exit, Luis learns from the viewer which way she's gone.
Cartoon B for boot
(First: Episode 1967)
Muppets The Beetles perform "Letter B."
(First: Episode 1495)
Film People jump.
(First: Episode 0774)
Cartoon A race announcer doubles as the man who holds up the START and STOP sign.
(EKA: Episode 0816)
Film Some kids watch as a tree surgeon does his job.
(First: Episode 1244)
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)

SCENE 6 Maria practices her karate out in the yard. Luis sneaks in and hides behind the arbor's support beam. David begins to announce the sponsors as Luis gets in position to surprise her. Over the closing logos, Maria is heard giving Luis a surprise instead.

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