Sesame Street
Big Bird makes a magazine / Cowboy X vs. Cowboy O
Air date December 27, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Sara Compton
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 9, 1990
Sponsors O, X, 8

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Bob informs the viewer that Uncle Wally, currently carrying a large load of items, will show how to count to 40. He points out to Uncle Wally that he doesn't have 40 items, but Uncle Wally states they're part of his plan to get Oscar to count to 40. He hangs around the trash can and when Oscar tells him to beat it, he allows Uncle Wally a count of 40 to collect his many things and leave.
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Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
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Film A girl wants to learn a playground rhyme after watching some other girls do it, so one of them teaches her.
(First: Episode 2284)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie brings a surprise home, and he tells Bert to guess what it is. The surprise turns out to be a puppy. Bert wants to call the puppy "Norman"; Ernie suggests "Godzilla the Wonder-Dog".
(First: Episode 1956)
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Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird is bored and looks for something to do. He sees Bob enjoying himself as he reads the latest issue of Music Magazine. Bob explains what the magazine is and how it comes together, inspiring Big Bird to create his own.
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Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
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Film Looking for shapes in a metal junkyard (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2702)
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
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Cartoon The wind blows one hat after another off a pig's head, onto the heads of birds. "The wind is very, very strong."
(First: Episode 2378)
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SCENE 3 Bob stops by Big Bird's nest, where Big Bird is just about done creating the first issue of his magazine, titled Me, and all about him. Bob is skeptical that people are going to want to read Big Bird's magazine every week and leaves with an idea.
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Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)
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Insert Three of These Kids (upside-down girl)
(First: Episode 0413)
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Cartoon Little girl and cat (she imagines role reversal)
(First: Episode 0784)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
(First: Episode 2071)
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Cartoon Worms form the number 8.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1563)
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Muppets Granny Snuffle demonstrates addition using coconuts.
(First: Episode 2563)
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Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
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SCENE 4 Bob makes his own custom magazine, titled Bob, to show Big Bird how off-putting his self-focused magazine might be. Big Bird is instead very interested in reading Bob and trades issues. Uncle Wally happens by and asks to borrow the copy of Me.
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Cartoon A man visits the police department to report a lost person and make sure the officer's sketch matches what he describes.
(First: Episode 1609)
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Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
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Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
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Muppets / Celebrity "Sing After Me" by Grover and Madeline Kahn.
(First: Episode 1112)
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Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)
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SCENE 5 Bob and Uncle Wally hang out, when they see that Cowboy X himself has arrived on the block. They worry about all the X's he'll print over Sesame Street, when another cowpoke arrives - Cowboy O. The two cowboys are ready to make their patented X's and O's, and wind up doing so on a tic-tac-toe board.
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Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
(First: Episode 2733)
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Muppets Sesame Street Game Shows: The Count is a contestant on Beat the Time, where today's wacky stunt is to bring back two things that come from the sky before the time runs out. The Count has too much fun counting the seconds, but ends up bringing his thunder and lightning.
(First: Episode 1698)
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Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
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SCENE 6 Cowboys X and O have finished another of several games and take a break. They recall the first time they ever played together at Miss Matty's Milk Bar. In a flashback, Miss Matty serves Cowboy X a piece of paper. It turns out to be the last one in the joint, upsetting Cowboy O, who wants one, too. They start to fight, until Miss Matty gets them to share the paper by teaching them how to play tic-tac-toe.
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Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
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Cast Maria as Chaplin tries to throw away a newspaper into a rapidly moving litter can. When she finally does, the exit door also moves and she breaks down the wall.
(First: Episode 0753)
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Cartoon The letter X appears on-screen.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola talk about the letter X.
(First: Episode 0560)
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Cartoon Would you mind closing our OPEN?
(First: Episode 0512)
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SCENE 7 Two kids have joined the cowpokes in the tic-tac-toe fun, as Big Bird announces the sponsors.


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