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Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird tells the shortest and longest stories ever told.
Air date December 21, 1973
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors V, X, 4
Syndication
Releases

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This episode is available for viewing, uncut, at The Paley Center for Media.
Picture Segment Description
Noimage
SCENE 1
Big Bird gathers everyone around to tell them the "shortest story ever told" -- "Once upon a time there was a little girl, and she lived happily ever after."
AlphonsoX
Cartoon
The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)
4Cheerleaders
Muppets
Four Anything Muppet cheerleaders give 4 big cheers for the number 4.
(First: Episode 0132)
Noimage
SCENE 2
Big Bird comes back out with the "longest story ever told" -- "Once upon a time there was a little girl, and she walked and walked and ..."
Elephant toon
Cartoon
Elephants have 4 legs.
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SCENE 3
Big Bird continues the long story: "And then she met a rhinoceros and said, 'I'd like to take a walk.' And they walked and walked and..."
CowboyX
Cartoon
The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(EKA: Episode 0351)
Noimage
SCENE 4
Big Bird: "And they walked and walked and ..."
4fiddle
Cartoon
Country Fiddler: Four big lions
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 0344)
Noimage
SCENE 5
Big Bird: "And they walked and walked and came to the end. And they lived happily ever after."
X-ends
Cartoon
"Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
TheTradingGame
Muppets
Guy Smiley hosts "The Trading Game" with contestants Oscar the Grouch and Sally Screamer.
(EKA: Episode 0279)
V in space
Cartoon
V in space
Everybodysleeps
Song
Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(EKA: Episode 0406)
Toon.3Cuckoos
Cartoon
Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
Noimage
Cast
Ralph and Wally: Wally needs to borrow a pencil from Ralph, but he writes with the wrong end of it.
Toon.winduptoy
Cartoon
I've got a mind: Wind-up toy
EBLicorice
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: Ernie has a licorice whip that he offers to share with Bert. He divides the licorice in half with a pair of scissors, but then discovers that Bert's half is longer than his. He cuts off a little bit of Bert's half, and eats it. Then he discovers that his own half is longer than Bert's, and that's not fair, so he cuts a bit off of his own, and eats it. Ernie goes back and forth, shaving off more and more, until the licorice whip is gone.
Stevie123
Celebrity
Stevie Wonder sings 123 Sesame Street.
(EKA: Episode 0514)
SSBrandX
Cartoon
Brand X
(EKA: Episode 0351)
Song4-balloons
Film
Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
Noimage
Cartoon
X is for X-ray
Beat The Time
Muppets
Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(EKA: Episode 0494)
ToonABClunchbox
Cartoon
A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
Trafficlight
Film
Traffic light
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0131)
Toon.Froghater
Cartoon
A story of a man who hates frogs, until his swamp becomes infested with flies.
(EKA: Episode 0407)
Noimage
SCENE 6
Oscar has David write BUS STOP on a sign for his trash can.
ErnieSholaBertX
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Ernie, Bert, Shola and a letter X
Noimage
Film
At the doll factory
Noimage
Muppets
Three Anything Muppets (including Farley) wait for a bus at a bus stop. To their surprise, the bus is very small, and two small Muppets get off of it.
(EKA: Episode 0239)
SpeechBalloon.V
Cartoon
Speech Balloon: V for Violin
A musician plays a violin, which instantly breaks.
(First: Episode 0052)
Noimage
Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover and Loren count to twenty.
(EKA: Episode 0317)
4fiddle
Cartoon
Country Fiddler: Four big lions (repeat)
HarveyX
Muppets
Harvey Kneeslapper: X Marks the Spot!
Noimage
Transition
Black bricks are laid on a green wall.
Xmarksthespot
Muppets
Sherlock Hemlock sings "X Marks the Spot!"
Noimage
Transition
The bricks fall.
SS514
Celebrity
Stevie Wonder teaches Grover how to sing loud and soft.
(EKA: Episode 0514)
Noimage
Video
Counting train cars
Music: Joe Raposo
1041numbers
Cartoon
Commander 0 assembles numbers 1-20.
(EKA: Episode 0536)
Snapshot 2007-01-20 16-54-14
Film
George the Farmer's ladder gets taller and shorter; his board does too.
KermGrover73
Muppets
Kermit's Lectures: Kermit and Grover demonstrate short and long -- Kermit sings and hops for short periods, while Grover does them for long periods. Finally Grover asks if he can do the short thing and Kermit do the long thing. To Grover's detriment, it turns out to be tickling!
Dots3
Cartoon
Thirty dots (one missing)
(First: Episode 0001)
Noimage
SCENE 7
Big Bird adds another chapter to his long story: "And they walked and walked and ..." The closing credit crawl follows.

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