Sesame Street
Plot Rob the Drummer plays the drums
Air date April 30, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors I, Y, 2
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Robert Gottfried, Gordon, Maria and the kids clap along to the theme while sitting on the stoop. Big Bird recognizes Robert as a well-known drummer and wonders where his drums are. He points out one can drum on anything, anywhere. He gets everyone to slap a rhythm on their knees and starts playing things on the street with his drumsticks, until he reaches his drum kit in the arbor.
Film A girl meets a blind woman who has a seeing-eye dog.
(EKA: Episode 0994)
Borrowing a Vacuum
Muppets Ernie wants to borrow Herbert Birdsfoot's vacuum cleaner, but he worries about how Herbert will respond. Maybe Herbert's taking a bath, and he'll be so angry at Ernie for interrupting him that he'll tell everyone to never loan Ernie anything ever again!
(First: Episode 0181)
SCENE Rob plays the drums while children around him move to the rhythm.
Cartoon Snacks on Parade: Peanut Butter
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1301)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie has gone shopping -- buying bread for himself, and peanut butter for Bert. They realize that it's dull to eat what they have separately, and they decide to cooperate, so they can each have a peanut butter sandwich.
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE Big Bird introduces types of weather (wind, thunder and rain) as Rob emulates their sounds with his drumkit. Big Bird now asks for the sounds of sunshine, but Rob points out that there is no sound for that. "Oh well, two out of three isn't bad," he says, cueing a rimshot from Rob.
SCENE In a split-screen, Rob drums slow and fast, then puts both rhythms together.
Cartoon He, She and It show how a faucet works.
(EKA: Episode 1161)
Cartoon What if I looked like George Washington...
SCENE Maria enjoys the gentle, soft drumming of Rob, but Oscar wants him to play loud. Rob goes back and forth between their requests, until he finds some middle ground, which neither of them enjoy the sound of.
Song "Watch the Dance": A singer points out the body parts of a dancer.
(EKA: Episode 0752)
Celebrity Richard Pryor discusses body parts.
(EKA: Episode 0989)
Film Widow birds
(EKA: Episode 0760)

SCENE Big Bird requests that Rob imitate something while playing soft, loud, fast and slow. Rob starts playing his drums as if he is a train starting its route. Gordon announces the sponsors.

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