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Sesame Street
Gordon and Bob play Birdketeers
Air date April 3, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Nancy Sans
Production December 17, 1985
Sponsors E, R, 3

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird asks the viewer not to touch that dial and hums a game show fanfare as he announces that it's time for Birdketeer additions. Since his regular Birdketeers are busy, he has begged Gordon and Bob to stand in. The men are visibly antsy in their costumes, and ask Big Bird to hurry it along. After he adds 1 Birdketeer (himself) to 2 Birdketeers resulting in 3 Birdketeers, Gordon and Bob impatiently try to excuse themselves from the scenario. Big Bird protests, but the gentlemen use it as an example of Birdketeer subtraction. Big Bird posits that they weren't all to crazy about being Birdketeers.
Cartoon "Three Waltzing Chickens"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1183)
Animation A kerosene lamp assembles itself in stop-motion.
(First: Episode 1473)
Cartoon Luis counts three blackbirds, which lay three eggs.
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Remembering Game", a game show in which the contestants must match pictures based on memory. The winner gets whatever item was in the pictures he matched, and the other contestant wins the item from the remaining two pictures as a consolation prize. Bill Smith wins a cookie, and Cookie Monster wins a jet plane. Disappointed, Cookie Monster suggests that they switch prizes.
(First: Episode 0310)
Cartoon Why did the chicken cross the road?
(First: Episode 2050)
Insert Buffy sings "Listen to the Wind."
(First: Episode 1132)
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 Ernie & Bert β€” Bert asks Ernie to share a banana with him. Ernie gets the inside of the banana, and gives Bert the peel.
(First: Episode 0464)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
Film Kids use a magnet to retrieve a jack.
(First: Episode 0968)
Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
(First: Episode 1711)
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SCENE 2 Gordon steps out of 123 Sesame Street to rake up some fallen leaves when he hears Telly Monster yelling in front of Oscar's trash can. He's sitting in a pile of leaves getting angry at the tree for throwing its moltings on him. After he explains to Gordon what happens to the tree during a seasonal change, Gordon asks why he's so angry. Telly says he's just practicing for the next time Oscar the Grouch throws some paper on him.
Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0243)
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "I'll Love You in Springtime."
(First: Episode 2088)
Film Sea Horse
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0183)
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
(First: Episode 0410)
Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition. (version one)
(First: Episode 0412)
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
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SCENE 3 Oscar and Ruby demonstrate how to dress like a Grouchketeer. Always remember to put on your shirt first, and then your trash can lid hat, or you'll end up looking like Telly. Oscar is confused when Telly thanks the nearby tree for helping him practice anger.
Film "It's Easy"
(First: Episode 1727)
Muppets Kermit and the word "taxi."
(First: Episode 0312)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets Grover and the letter R, which ROLLS, ROCKS, RUNS, and ROCKETS.
(First: Episode 0194)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade: The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
SCENE 4 Clementine, Gladys the Cow and some cows sing "I Love Moo."
Cartoon E for End
(First: Episode 0460)

Muppets Monster on the Spot
Telly Monster reports from an empty first grade classroom, where the students will soon arrive for their first day of school. While he waits, he describes all the things in the room, such as desks and the chalkboard. He's eventually joined by the plumber, who informs him that school starts tomorrow. She keeps his report afloat by telling some bizarre tales from her career.
(First: Episode 1850)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)

Insert Maria and David observe the Two-Headed Monster and imagine what it would be like to be a two-headed being as well. They picture themselves in a large sweater (appearing as though they have two heads) and soon find they can't make up their mind whether to sweep or take a nap. Back in reality, they go through a similar argument in deciding where to go for a date.
(First: Episode 1705)
Animation 2 houses plus 2 equals 4.
(First: Episode 0298)
Song "Three Is My Favorite Number"
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon A girl picks the key that matches the keyhole in order to gain access to a cache of toys.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2050)
Muppets Simon Soundman sounds out the word "call", and then demonstrates some calls of his own - including a bird call, cow call, pig call, and telephone call. (remake)
(First: Episode 2136)
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(First: Episode 0768)
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SCENE 5 Bob finds Telly on his way to the store to pick some things up for his mommy. To help him remember, he's carrying a number of items that rhyme with the things he's supposed to get. All the rhyming gets Bob into the rhythm of announcing the sponsors with rhymes of his own. Telly wonders what he's done to him.

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