|Plot||Sam the Machine tries to make a handball.|
|Air date||December 22, 1972|
|Season||Season 4 (1972-1973)|
|Sponsors||E, G, 9|
- Sam the Machine attempts to produce a handball for Susan and a kid to play with. It takes so long to produce the right ball that they haven't any time left to play.
- Sesame Street Gangsters: Lefty is told the alphabet by his boss, who wants him to repeat it back to him. (EKA: Episode 0261)
- Luis sings "El Mandado."
- Old West sketches: Four Anything Muppet cowboys put up a Wanted poster for "the Great Cookie Thief", who's been stealing cookies from all the bakeries in these here parts. Cookie Monster is standing in front of the poster, and the others suspect that he's the Great Cookie Thief -- he has the same googly eyes, the same blue fur, and the same Western hat. They confront Cookie Monster, but he denies the charge: "Not have same mustache!" He shouts, "Look over there!" -- and while they're distracted, he draws a mustache on the poster. They apologize -- but then Cookie Monster takes off his hat, and cookies fall out. The Great Cookie Thief makes his escape. (First: Episode 0276)
- Big Bird has trouble painting a garage roof.
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