Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird waits for the sun
Air date December 12, 1978
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors I, U, 2
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis, Big Bird and the kids practice tying knots.
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is reading a book when Ernie startles him by asking if he wants to play checkers. Bert says, "I thought maybe you weren't here!" Ernie starts to search to see if he can find himself.
(EKA: Episode 0274)
Celebrity Tennis star Arthur Ashe says the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 0809)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elk feeding.
Music: Robert Dennis
(EKA: Episode 0816)
Insert Olivia resents being looked after by her brother Gordon, now that she's a grown-up. She sings "I'm a Big Girl Now", where she explains that even though Gordon helped her a lot when she was younger, she's all grown up and doesn't need it as much.
(First: Episode 0950)
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 1089)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper goes to a man and asks, "Can I take a picture of U?" The man gives him permission, but Harvey tells him that his shoes are untied, and when the man looks down, Harvey slaps the letter U on top of his head and takes a picture of it.
(First: Episode 0468)
Film Lobster fisherman
(EKA: Episode 0966)
Muppets / Cast Bob finds a Liver and Onion candy bar wrapper dropped on the ground by Oscar, who denies it's his. Bob picks it up and puts it to Oscar's face until he admits it's his. Bob explains it's not right to throw trash on the ground and he should pick it up, though Oscar is quick to point out Bob's already done that for him.
Muppets Bert tells Ernie to put away his toys, and Ernie devises a system of arranging toys. Unfortunately, all the categories he names apply only to his toy fire engine.
(First: Episode 0281)
SCENE Big Bird and Maria observe the sunset and Maria explains how it works. After she heads out, Big Bird wonders if anyone's ever woken up with the sun to greet it. He proposes to be the first to do so.
Cartoon A top-hatted man tries to show a girl how many uses a box has, but she prefers kicking it.
(EKA: Episode 0933)

SCENE Big Bird prepares a "Welcome Sun" sign and finds a good place to sit and wait, believing he can stay up all night long (he's part owl, after all). The grown-ups assure him that he'll fall asleep before the sun rises. Big Bird tells them he'll prove them wrong and bids them all a goodnight, but soon starts to fall asleep himself.
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(EKA: Episode 0266)

SCENE Big Bird's alarm wakes him up and he preps his "Welcome Sun" routine, but doesn't see the sun at all. He gets upset, when the sun starts to rise after all. He greets it with a song ("Good Morning, Mister Sun"). Maria comes outside to check on him and Big Bird wonders what he'll do with the rest of his day, but falls back asleep within moments.
Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(EKA: Episode 1111)
SCENE Luis and David run into Big Bird, sitting back at the table. Only this time, he's planning to welcome the moon instead. As he waits, he falls back asleep.

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