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Sesame Street
Oscar's missing trash can lid
Air date December 30, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production December 3, 1969
Sponsors L, U, Y, 4, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon plays a "what happens next" game with Reggie and Sarah, in which he points them to some clips of Buddy and Jim; the videos pause so that the kids can guess what will happen next. The first is of Buddy and a roller skate on the floor, and Jim performing a ball trick as a magician; the results are surprising.
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Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
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Celebrity James Earl Jones counts to 10.
(First: Episode 0005)
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Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0036)
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SCENE 2 Gordon overhears a distraught Oscar, whose trash can lid went missing as he was taking his nap. Oscar refuses to get a new lid to replace his ("Without a lid, a trash can is no longer a home."), and worries about his privacy and the weather. Gordon offers to look for it, since it's round.
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Film "Round": A live-action film set to a lively soundtrack shows circles in every-day life, including Coca-Cola bottle caps, moving wheels, yo-yos, bubbles, and balloons.
(First: Episode 0002)
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SCENE 3 Susan and the kids look up and see Alphabet Bates skywrite the letter U (First: Episode 0036). Oscar explains to them what has happened, and has put an umbrella over his can as a temporary lid, but he's still upset, so he plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on his ukulele to relax.
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Animation Clay animation film by Jim Henson: A unicorn talks about U words.
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Cartoon "Egg Chant": A girl skips rope as a boy sits with an egg on his knee. They recite an alphabet poem together. The egg hatches and a dancing lizard emerges.
(First: Episode 0003)
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SCENE 4 Jennie tries to cheer up Oscar by playing a game with Oscar and Gayle, where she asks what's wrong with each picture she shows. Finally, Oscar shows a picture he drew of his lidless trash can, lamenting how he wants to go somewhere far away…
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Film Transportation
(First: Episode 0005)
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Muppets Anything Muppets sing "Goin' for a Ride", while traveling in a car, train, and boat.
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SCENE 5 Oscar has packed up his bindle and ready to move away from his trash can, when Mr. Hooper suggests that he could use a newspaper as a lid. The idea works at first and Oscar decides to take a nap, but Mr. Hooper gets distracted by the newspaper's contents and keeps pulling it off Oscar's can.
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Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0005)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert overhears Ernie drawing a picture of a dog with five legs. Bert thinks the fifth leg is a tail, because the other four legs have paws. Bert asks about the fifth leg, "Where's its paw?" Ernie replies, "It's gone shopping with its maw."
(First: Episode 0010)
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets "Five People in My Family"
(First: Episode 0008)
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SCENE 6 Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper and Jennie have just about given up trying to find Oscar's lost lid, when Sam the garbage man (James Catusi) drops it off! He picked it up by mistake during his rounds, and returns it gift-wrapped. Oscar is almost ready to leave, reminiscing about what his granddaddy told him about trash cans and homes, but Oscar is happy once again to have his lid back (which he calls Lydia). He won't admit he's happy and tells everyone to scram, but he will admit that "lid" begins with L.
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Cartoon L is for Lunchbox
(First: Episode 0031)
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SCENE 7 Gordon reads a book: Tony and the Toll Collector by Eric Stevenson. When the story is done, he points out the letter L in the words "toll collector."
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Cartoon L is for Ladder
(First: Episode 0036)
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SCENE 8 In the kitchen, Susan tells Sarah a story her grandmother used to tell her. She uses her kitchenware as characters in a tale about a saucer that got tired of sitting under the cup and decides to switch places.
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SCENE 9 Jennie shows Gayle and Reggie some pictures of a snowy forest, with several animals and letters hidden.
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Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo (repeat)
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Cast Buddy and Jim have trouble getting a pair of tennis shoes and heavy workboots into their boxes.
(First: Episode 0003)
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SCENE 10 Gordon teases Susan as they sign off, and Jennie announces the sponsors and today's book.
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CLOSING SIGNS Bert and Ernie hold the Sesame Street sign and Bob and Mr. Hooper hold the Children's Television Workshop sign.


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