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Mumford's duck-radio trick
Air date November 20, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors T, X, 7


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Song "Me and My Chair"
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SCENE 1 Big Bird comes across the Amazing Mumford in the midst of perfecting his latest trick - getting his portable radio to sound like his duck and vice versa (with the magic words "A la peanut butter sandwiches on AM/FM quackers!"). He plans on performing the trick at the Magicians' Convention in Las Vegas and rushes off to his travel agent to claim his ticket, asking Big Bird to look after his duck. Big Bird sees that Mumford has left his wand behind. Maria comes by and Big Bird tries showing her the trick himself. He messes up the magic words, which still cause the duck to sound like the radio, but now Maria speaks in duck (and the radio sounds like her).
Big Bird tries to turn up Maria's voice on the radio, but winds up shorting the circuit. Loud music comes out of the duck, bothering Susan. Maria promptly shuts the duck's beak.
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SCENE 2 Oscar comes into the Fix-It Shop to get his discarded flashlight de-lighted, when Maria writes down that the store is closed.
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SCENE 3 As Maria fixes the radio, Big Bird feels bad about the situation he's caused. Maria (through the radio) tells him that she still loves him. He hugs the radio in response, then realizes he's got the wrong Maria.
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
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Artist: Dan Haskett

SCENE 4 Mumford returns to the shop to collect his wand and duck, seeing the mix-up. He quickly remedies things before hopping in his cab to the airport. Big Bird and Maria test out the radio, which works fine, but then lays an egg! Hoots announces the sponsors, and the credits roll.


  • The content played on the radio includes “Il signor Bruschino Overture”, “Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo” from Aida, “Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra, “Panama” by Van Halen, “Ladron de Tu Amor” by Louie Ramirez, and Jon Stone as a newscaster.

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