Sesame Street
Plot Birdwatchers watch Big Bird
Air date November 23, 1981
(season premiere)
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors L, N, 12
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
HBO Family
Releases Old School: Volume 3

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Picture Segment Description
Cedric

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SCENE 1 Birdwatchers Madeline and Cedric (Madeline Kahn and Richard Hunt) arrive on Sesame Street looking for Big Bird. Maria helps them, but they aren't prepared for who they see.
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Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
Pinball12
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
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Muppets Grover teaches the campers at Camp Wannagohoma about trees.
(First: Episode 1486)
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Cartoon The Letter N is Nice.
(First: Episode 0659)
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Cast Finger Theater: Linda's fingers act out a story.
(First: Episode 1517)
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Film "I'm Your Friend, You're My Friend," with film of kids playing.
(First: Episode 1341)
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Muppets Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(First: Episode 1390)
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SCENE 2 Cedric leaves to investigate a parrot in the Fix-It Shop. Madeline watches Big Bird counting to 20 during a game of hide-and-seek.
Peacockcartoon
Cartoon Peacock with twenty feathers.
(First: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon Animated quilt patterns.
(First: Episode 1470)
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Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway and the Count sing "I Want to Count."
(First: Episode 1545)
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Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
E&b-rhyme
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie gets Bert to participate in a rhyme game, but ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 3 Madeline and Big Bird roller skate. Then, with the "Canary Brothers" (Zeppo, Gummo, Curly, and Moe), Madeline sings "Brown Bird in the Cherry Tree."
This scene was released on 40 Years of Sunny Days.
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Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
ABC.Fierlinger
Cartoon The Alphabet Song (country, gospel, Mexican)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
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Muppets The Twiddlebugs attempt to exit a roller skating rink.
(First: Episode 1468)
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Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1526)
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Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Geometry of Circles 2 - Seven Circles with Designs
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #2 "Seven Circles with Designs"
(First: Episode 1394)
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SCENE 4 Madeline calls Mr. McNulty of the Bird Department in Washington, D.C. to confirm that Big Bird is an endangered species, based on his abilities to roller skate, count to twenty, make his own breakfast, and say the alphabet. Maria, Gordon, and Mr. Hooper are chagrined when Madeline announces that Big Bird must be removed from Sesame Street so he can live in a more protective environment.
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Film An osprey flies around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0277)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 1.
(First: Episode 1561)
Ladybugpicnic
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 2.
(First: Episode 1561)
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Cartoon "L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
Artist: Tom Gabbay
(First: Episode 1455)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
(First: Episode 1561)
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Film Saxophone factory.
(First: Episode 1446)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster and John-John on up and down.
(First: Episode 0565)
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SCENE 5 Madeline takes Big Bird to the Windy Hill bird sanctuary, but he gets homesick. None of the birdhouses there are big enough for him.
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Film Footage of all types of birds on land, including flamingos and pigeons.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
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Cartoon A bird lays ten eggs.
Ernie.Jason.mirror
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Ernie and Jason look in a mirror.
(First: Episode 1553)
Lowercase n
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
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Meclaudius

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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Me, Claudius"
Bruce, Harvey, Maurice, and the monster who would become Elmo fight over which one is Claudius. Slimey also makes a cameo.
(First: Episode 1448)
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SCENE 6 Madeline brings Big Bird back to Sesame Street. Maria and Gordon promise to take care of him. Madeline and Cedric are stunned to learn that Big Bird has a family of birds who are just like him, and even more stunned to glimpse his Uncle Slim from Wyoming (identical in appearance to Big Bird, but with a cowboy hat, vest, and moustache) across the street.

Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
HonkAroundtheClock
Muppets "Honk Around the Clock"
(First: Episode 1631)
On the Old School: Volume 3 DVD release of this episode, as well as the HBO Kids version, this insert replaces "I Want to Count."


Notes

  • This episode was taped on September 16, 1981
  • The street plot was directly adapted for a 1985 episode of Rechov Sumsum, where a pair of animal watchers discover Kippi Ben Kippod.
  • The HBO Kids version of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence, despite having originally aired on a Monday.

Cast


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