Sesame Street
Big Bird earns a dollar
Air date February 6, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors J, W, 13
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird stops by Hooper's Store, where he finds a busy Mr. Handford. He offers to help and is taught how to assemble and stack newspapers.
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
Film Coverage of a spring kite-flying festival, where both kids and grownups can participate.
(First: Episode 3276)
Cartoon Planet J / j
(First: Episode 2833)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon The Typewriter: J for jump
(First: Episode 0772)
SCENE 2 Mr. Handford rewards Big Bird for his help with a dollar bill. "I feel like a working bird with income!," Big Bird declares...but what will he use the dollar for?
Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)
Muppets Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Herry Monster sing "I Think That It Is Wonderful".
(First: Episode 2492)
Cartoon The Carrot (censored version)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1132)
Song "Brand New Look" - people try on glasses.
(First: Episode 3271)
SCENE 3 Big Bird shows Gordon and Merry Monster his dollar and consults them on what he should use it for. Merry suggests he buy a sports car, which costs more than a dollar. Gordon thinks he could get a toy sports car, but Big Bird isn't sure.
Cartoon What if I looked like George Washington...
(First: Episode 0586)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Dances With Wolves"
(First: Episode 3234)
Animation A Navajo blanket is formed as tribal music plays.
(First: Episode 2963)
Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams shows Elmo the many fun things one can do with a stick.
(First: Episode 2835)
Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)
SCENE 4 Joey and Davey Monkey think Big Bird should buy a banana with his dollar (they only cost 10 cents). Trying to figure out a good reason for Big Bird to buy the banana, the monkeys agree to work for it by helping Big Bird figure out what to buy.
Film / Animation Circles of all kinds are displayed as funky rap music plays.
(First: Episode 3126)
Muppets Captain Elmo Cousteau searches for the treasure of the missing soap, with the help of a policeman fishy.
(First: Episode 2637)
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)
Film Alphaquest: W
(First: Episode 2712)
Film Ornate Ws spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2952)
Film Kids draw a map of their neighborhood, and then learn how maps are really made.
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon Pizza maker Original Jay demonstrates how he got his name: his pizzas talk and dance.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3280)
SCENE 5 Davey and Joey bring Big Bird a letter J to buy, but Big Bird knows letters are free.
Cartoon The 'J' Train
(First: Episode 1169)
Wegman dogs ON
Film Wegman's dogs form the word ON.
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Erik play a rhyming game.
(First: Episode 1754)
Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3016)
Film A group of girls do a playground cheer ("One step forward, one step back").
(First: Episode 3031)
Cartoon "I'm Curious"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3066)
Muppets Kermit explains the importance of listening, using the Two-Headed Monster as an example.
(First: Episode 1767)
Animation Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2981)
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon The number 13 is seen as a birdhouse, in a tree, and in the sky.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 3276)
SCENE 6 The monkeys return with a number 13 he can use for counting. Big Bird already knows how to count to 13, however. They suggest he go to Finders Keepers for something to buy.
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
(First: Episode 2711)
Song David sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?"
(First: Episode 0371)
Cartoon The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2595)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants to have some cookies. Bert asks Ernie if he knows what "before" means, and Ernie demonstrates by saying that before he can have a cookie, he has to open the lid to a cookie jar, and after he closes the lid, he eats the cookie. He demonstrates a few times, until he loses his appetite for dinner.
(First: Episode 0007)
Animation Before / after: Designs of a rainforest are painted on a chair.
(First: Episode 3129)
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2085)

SCENE 7 At Finders Keepers, Ruthie suggests Big Bird save his money with a piggy bank. Since he doesn't have one, he buys it. He gives a dime for the monkeys to get a banana, while he puts the rest of his change into his new piggy bank. Over at Hooper's, the monkeys enjoy their banana while Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.


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