Sesame Street
Plot Birdwatchers watch Big Bird (season premiere)
Air date November 23, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
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.
2096d
Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(EKA: Episode 0355)
Pinball12
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 1459)
1709m
Muppets Grover teaches the campers at Camp Wannagohoma about trees.
1092-12
Cartoon The Letter N is Nice.
(EKA: Episode 1092)
1576b
Cast Finger Theater: Linda's fingers act out a story.
1576c
Film "I'm Your Friend, You're My Friend," with film of kids playing.
1576d
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
(EKA: Episode 1452)
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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.
(EKA: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon Animated quilt patterns.
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Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway and the Count sing "I Want to Count."
1576h
Cartoon A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
E&b-rhyme
Muppets Ernie and Bert: Ernie gets Bert to participate in a rhyme game, but ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(EKA: 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.
1836h
Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(EKA: Episode 0600)
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.
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Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
1576m
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
Glass03
Cartoon "Geometry of Circles"
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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
(EKA: Episode 1459)
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.
Ladybugpicnic
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(EKA: Episode 0416)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 2.
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Cartoon "L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
1736w
Film Saxophone factory.
(EKA: Episode 1446)
1186m
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moments: Herry Monster and John-John on up and down.
(EKA: Episode 0784)
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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.
2293o
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 Moments: Ernie and Jason look in a mirror.
Lowercase n
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(EKA: Episode 0425)
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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.
(EKA: 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"
(EKA: Episode 2492)
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 and directed by Jon Stone.
  • 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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