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The Martians cause trouble for Big Bird
(repeat of 2053)
Air date November 27, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors T, U, 12


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 A spaceship lands in the arbor. Pink and orange Martians emerge and spot something in the distance.


SCENE 1 cont'd Inside the Fix-It Shop, Maria prepares a list on her computer. She's about to print it, when she has to go to the back room to check on something. The Martians appear and observe the device, concluding it's a computer. They press a few keys, activating the printer. As they go off and hide, Big Bird enters. Maria thinks he started the printer, but he insists he didn't. She lets him watch over the store while she returns to the back, asking him to not touch anything. He feels insulted with her lack of trust and goes back to talk with her.
SCENE 1 cont'd The Martians reappear and observe the phone, but knock over the clock in the process. Maria and Big Bird both exit the back and find the clock on the ground, shattered. Maria is very upset and blames Big Bird. She asks him to leave and the Martians see that they've made a mistake.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird is still angry that Maria assumes that he broke the clock. Meanwhile, the Martians are inside his nest area, trying to hatch their egg. They flee when they hear him coming. He enters and thinks the strange, glowing egg is an apology gift from Maria. She then comes in to apologize and states she has no idea where it came from. They see the spaceship fly off and he deduces it belongs to the Martians, who also caused trouble in the Fix-It Shop. Maria thinks it's silly, until the egg disappears before their eyes.
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SCENE 3 Bob has just finished his laundry and begins sorting it out in pairs. He keeps ending up with one pair of socks that don't match. Big Bird thinks he can solve the mystery by telling him to look at his legs because he's wearing the one pair of socks that don't match.
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SCENE 5 Big Bird and Maria still wonder how an egg can disappear like the one earlier on as Bob announces the sponsors.

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