Sesame Street
Plot Everybody on Sesame Street comes to sing along with Bert.
Air date April 23, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Written by Joseph A. Bailey
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors B, M, 7
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This episode is adapted from the 1975 album Bert & Ernie Sing-Along. It was written by Joseph A. Bailey, who later recalled:

The Bert & Ernie Sing-Along album just started with an idea from Jon Stone to do, well, a sing-along. I was watching a lot of the Marx Brothers in those days. So, an idea hit me to do a riff on the state room scene from A Night at the Opera. ...Since a record album is basically a radio show, I could make it as outrageous as I wanted. And then, Jon liked it so much we did a video version of it on Sesame Street. That was quite a production![1]

Episode

Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 We open on Bert, singing "Yankee Doodle" while taking a peaceful bath. Ernie overhears him singing, and decides to host a sing-along in the bathroom. He drags the piano into the bathroom and starts playing, but Bert insists "I Refuse to Sing Along".
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Despite Bert's protests, more people start showing up for the sing-along: David brings his guitar, Gordon brings his bass fiddle, and Bob and Maria bring themselves. They all sing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith".
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SCENE 1
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As Bert repeatedly asks for a towel, Big Bird enters with an armful of bells, which he drops. He sings "Cheer Up" as the others join in.
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SCENE 1
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The Count enters, counting the people in the bathroom, as well as the tiles. They ask him for a song, and he entertains with "Bats in My Belfry", until he is shoved into the shower.
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Grover enters with a banjo, and leads everyone in "On Top of Old Smokey".
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David leads everyone (including the viewer) in "Stand Up and Pinch Your Nose". Big Bird feels unable to participate since he doesn't wear clothes. Bob sings a guessing game song: "I'm Going Somewhere".
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Gordon wonders, "What's the Name of That Song?" and soon, so do the others. (The Count peers out, guessing "One million and one bats hanging …") Mr. Hooper joins them for a reprise, and Bert starts singing "Sing", to everyone's surprise.
Toon.winduptoy
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: wind-up toy
(EKA: Episode 0560)
1396s
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0817)
1257-SandM
Animation Sand M/m
1091-07
Cartoon M in space
(EKA: Episode 0543)
Herecomesthebus
Cartoon Kids on a bench wait for the bus: "Here comes the bus!"
(EKA: Episode 0372)
2073q1
Film At a fiesta, a group of kids try to break through a piñata.
(EKA: Episode 0678)
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Film Glasses (0:28)
Cmamsharecookie
Muppets Cookie Monster is about to eat a cookie when a sad-looking girl approaches and stares at him. He tries to eat the cookie, but can't do it. He breaks it in half and shares it with the girl. He eats his half. When the girl eats hers, she does so just like him.
(First: Episode 0623)
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Film Little girl - street (0:28)
500022
Film Grasshopper (harpsichord 50s-style music)
(First: Episode 0084)
1450-UnderWonder
Cast Captain Under-Wonder (Luis) shows how he goes under an umbrella, a table and the tire swing (the latter by shrinking himself down).
(First: Episode 0508)
1090-02
Cartoon Jazz #7
(First: Episode 0012)
The-King-problem
Muppets Maria tells the story of "The King's Problem".
(First: Episode 0407)
1091-04
Film Things that start with M
(EKA: Episode 0813)
1092-06
Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
(First: Episode 0013)
Counting20boxes
Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
Kirmit
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit and Grover demonstrate the difference between heavy and light. Grover carries heavy objects, and Kermit carries light objects. Grover gets tired, and asks Kermit if he can carry something light for a change. Kermit obliges. He carries a giant sandwich... while Grover picks up a helium balloon, which carries him away!
Toon heavylight
Cartoon Heavy and light characters are weighed on a scale.
Jerry-MonkeyFlips
Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(EKA: Episode 0262)
Whatif.rabbit-turtle
Cartoon What if a turtle and rabbit switched appearances?
(EKA: Episode 0801)
Groverherbertm
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot wants to demonstrate the letter M. Grover enters, making "Mmmmm" noises, so Herbert uses Grover to help him tell a story using M words. When the story is over, Herbert discovers that Grover's mouth is stuck together after eating peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0276)
400032
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(EKA: Episode 0787)
1257-SandM
Animation Sand M/m (repeat)
Noimage
VTR Smart person happy/sad
(First: Episode 0704)
Bisforbongobeat
Cartoon B is for Bongo Beat, Bandit, and Bottles of wine.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(EKA: Episode 0277)
1090-20
Cartoon The Typewriter: B for Ball
(First: Episode 0829)
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SCENE 2 After everyone else has left, Ernie drags the piano out of the bathroom. Just when Bert thinks it's all over, Ernie remembers that he invited the University of Michigan marching band, which is overheard playing the Washington Post March. As the credits roll, we hear Bert enjoying himself as the band enters.

Sources

  1. The Muppet Mindset - Interview with Muppet Writer Joseph Bailey


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