Sesame Street
The Count’s suitcases
Air date January 29, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors T, V, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Biff supervises as Sully drills the sidewalk outside 123 Sesame Street. Gordon comes to the window, begging them to stop, as baby Miles is going to be taking his nap. Sully can't seem to drill any quieter, so Biff suggests they take their lunch break earlier. Gordon winces as Biff whips out the steam whistle to alert the other hardhats of lunch, though this doesn't wake up the baby either. Biff produces a carrot from his lunchbox and the crunch from his first bite is enough to wake up Miles. "Guess I shoulda started with the chocolate mousse," Biff notes.
Film George the Farmer demonstrates noisy and quiet.
(First: Episode 0241)
Cartoon The Ringmaster introduces seven swimming seals.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1312)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
(First: Episode 0538)
Cartoon V for volcano
(First: Episode 1980)
Lena Horne ABC song
Muppets / Celebrity Lena Horne and The Anything Muppets sing an upbeat version of "The Alphabet Song."
(First: Episode 0575)
Video Scanimate kids intro.
(First: Episode 0798)
SCENE 2 Susan, the kids and the Two-Headed Monster are singing some songs, when the monster makes a song choice - "Macaroni" (a.k.a "Yankee Doodle"). They end up singing it over, and over, and over...
Cartoon T for typewriter and toe
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0506)
Muppets In a subway, two Anything Muppets observe how loud and quiet it is.
(First: Episode 1432)
Animation A man plays a memory game using cards.
(First: Episode 1232)
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(First: Episode 2080)
Song Joe Raposo sings "New Life."
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
SCENE 3 Mr. Snuffleupagus is invited to jump on Big Bird's trampoline, and the Count decides to count how many times Snuffy jumps. He counts a total of 19½, with his last jump bouncing him to the top of 123 Sesame Street.
Film A man and a little girl perform small aerobic workouts.
(First: Episode 1710)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
Cast Bob, Olivia, and David sing a song about the rain...outside, on a rainy day.
(First: Episode 1921)
Cartoon A girl builds a sand castle at the beach, but the ocean keeps washing it away, so she builds one away from the waves.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1452)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Animation Sand V/v
(First: Episode 0637)
Insert Ask Oscar: Timi translates Oscar's words in sign language as he answers a letter from someone who wants to know what the longest Grouch word he knows is. Oscar states that the word is "supercalifragilistic-yucka-alidocious" (a reference to "Mary Poppins"), which is hard to sign, especially when Oscar repeats it many times.
(First: Episode 1829)
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.
(First: Episode 0785)
Film A man spins in circles while riding in his kayak.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0297)
Cartoon Seven owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1562)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Telephone Rock."
(First: Episode 0733)
Cartoon A hand draws a telephone booth.
(First: Episode 0791)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
SCENE 4 Big Bird recites a poem called "The Cycle" about bicycles, tricycles and unicycles.
Film People of all ages ride bicycles.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Betty Lou teaches the meaning of "beginning", "middle", and "end", and introduces two of her friends: Beginning and End. The duo tell a story, but it lacks something in between the beginning and end parts. Beginning and End recruit their pal Middle to fill out the rest of the story. Middle, however, cannot stop telling the exciting part of the story, and the three friends begin a quarrel, forcing Betty Lou to declare the end of the lecture.
(First: Episode 0138)
Cartoon An alien asks a boy for directions to the baseball diamond.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 1877)
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)
Cartoon "Big Sneeze" - a man destroys everything in his path when he sneezes.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1579)
Film A man uses a TELEPHONE booth in the city.
(First: Episode 0928)

SCENE 5 The Count is preparing to go on vacation and has inordinate amount of suitcases with him. He and Gordon count to make sure he has 20 suitcases for his two-day vacation. He tries hailing a taxi, but nothing stops.
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(First: Episode 1469)
Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Grover gets under his blanket, pretending that he is on the moon.
(First: Episode 1309)
Cartoon Sign Man: TAXI
(First: Episode 1136)
SCENE 6 When no passing taxis will pick him up, the Count decides to cancel his vacation and continue counting cabs. Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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