Sesame Street
Plot The birthday party
Air date December 9, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors A, H, T, 10
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon invites the viewer to a boy's tenth birthday party. He counts to 10 on his fingers.
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)"
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SCENE 2 Gordon shows the viewer where everyone is hiding in his apartment. Big Bird thinks he's hidden if he just covers his face, but Gordon disagrees. Susan enters with the birthday boy, and everyone gets up and shouts "Surprise!" They proceed to the table, the boy blows out the ten candles, and ten pieces of cake are served.
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (repeat)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The spectators take off.
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SCENE 3 The birthday boy receives different presents, which are actually parts of something that begins with T …
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
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SCENE 4 The train set is all set up, and they watch as it goes through a tunnel.
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Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes teaches about through.
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 The party guests all leave through the door. Gordon and Susan have to again show Big Bird what through means.
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Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes teaches about through. (repeat)
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: Rocket takes off at 7. Then it comes down so the man can continue his countdown, but at 1, it falls over with a huge crash.
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Cartoon "All right, now that you've eaten everything in sight, would you mind telling me what you plan to have for dessert?"
(First: Episode 0006)
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (repeat)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket shoots water.
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SCENE 6 Bob and Susan sing "What is This For?" while displaying pictures of things that produce water (except for an umbrella).
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Cast Buddy and Jim: Jim tries to explain to Buddy what umbrellas are for, but they are both clueless what to do after opening them.
(First: Episode 0005)
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SCENE 7 Mr. Hooper hears a siren, and makes sure some kids know what it is. To remind them, he reads them a book, ABC of Cars and Trucks by Anne Alexander.
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Cartoon A little girl sings "The Alphabet Song," while continually admonished by an adult in voice-over.
(First: Episode 0010)
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Film Animal spot - Mynah bird
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Cartoon H for hello (voice of Gary Owens)
(First: Episode 0020)
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SCENE 8 Mr. Hooper talks about the letter H.
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Cartoon Poverty H
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "A Spoonful of Sugar".
(First: Episode 0005)
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SCENE 9 Susan gives Mr. Hooper a handkerchief with an H on it. Mr. Hooper thinks it looks like an I at first, from the way she holds it.
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Cartoon Poverty H (repeat)
(First: Episode 0020)
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SCENE 10 Gordon talks about hands, leading to the next film …
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Film There Once Was a Hand: Skip Hinnant narrates the story of an unhappy hand that wishes he could make a noise.
(First: Episode 0007)
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SCENE 11 Gordon stops some running kids in their tracks, simply by holding up his hand. He points out to them how many expressions can be conveyed with hands. Susan comes over and sings "Happy Talk".
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SCENE 11
cont'd
Oscar is bothered by the happy song, so Bob sings him a sadder song: "Puff the Magic Dragon". Oscar reacts more positively to the song, and Bob introduces the next segment.
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Muppets Kermit teaches "some", "more", and "most" with different sized jars of jellybeans, the most of which are eaten by a monster.
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Cartoon "All right, now that you've eaten everything in sight, would you mind telling me what you plan to have for dessert?" (repeat)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Kermit has now filled the jars with marbles. When the monster tries to eat the marbles, he hurts his jaw and becomes most unhappy.
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SCENE 12 Bob and some kids observe a monkey.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 13 Big Bird encounters Gordon looking closely at a manhole cover.
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Film The “unsung beauty of manhole covers” is explored.
(First: Episode 0004)
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SCENE 14 Gordon reminds us of today's letter sponsors.
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Cartoon Poverty H (repeat)
(First: Episode 0020)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape (repeat)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon Poverty T
(First: Episode 0020)
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SCENE 14
cont'd
Gordon points out that the three aforementioned letters spell the word HAT. He announces the number 10, and says goodbye with Big Bird.


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