Sesame Street
Oscar has a cold
Air date November 16, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors F, S, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon is helping a kid write the words “Sesame Street” when he overhears Oscar the Grouch sneezing. Oscar says it’s not even fun being a grouch when you have a cold, so Gordon, Susan and Bob go look for things to make Oscar feel better.
Cartoon Poverty F
(First: Episode 0128)
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F. (version 1)
(First: Episode 0092)
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly.
(First: Episode 0034)
SCENE 2 Susan brings Oscar a thermometer and takes his temperature. While they're waiting, she introduces a film …
Film Sloop (3:04)
Susan is about to take the thermometer out of Oscar's mouth, but is distracted when Bob comes by with some books for Oscar to read, and Gordon brings orange juice and tissues. Susan finally takes the thermometer out, and reads one of the books to Oscar and the kids: I am a Hunter by Mercer Mayer. After reading, she notices that Oscar has fallen asleep.
Cartoon A sprightly seal tells the story of six silly sailors who split up on a see-saw.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
Cartoon S is for snow, Santa, and sleigh.
(First: Episode 0134)
Superman S.jpg
Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper and some kids try to figure out what the Spanish word mano means. Bob teaches that “mano” is Spanish for “hand,” and finds clothing for a mano.
Film There Once Was a Hand: Skip Hinnant narrates the story of an unhappy hand that wishes he could make a noise.
(First: Episode 0007)
Animal Homes 1.jpg
Film Some kids at the playground talk about different animal homes and imagine themselves living in them.
SCENE 4 Bob and the kids talk about things you can do with your hands—clap, snap, fold them, count on them.
Cartoon Jazz #7
Animal Homes 2.jpg
Film The kids at the playground continue talking about animal homes.
Celebrity The New York Mets make 3 hits in a row, but miss on the 4th.
Muppets Two Anything Muppets sing "As I Was Going to St. Ives."
(First: Episode 0045)
Mets hit 10 miss on 11.jpg
Celebrity The New York Mets make 10 hits in a row, but miss on the 11th.
(First: Episode 0135)
Muppets Ernie has a stack of seven cupcakes that he wants to take a picture of, but Cookie Monster keeps stealing cupcakes (which he calls "cuppycakes").
Mets hit 12 miss on 13.jpg
Celebrity The New York Mets make 12 hits in a row, but miss on the 13th.
SCENE 5 Big Bird visits Susan and Gordon in their kitchen. Gordon tells him to guess what's happening from looking at the items laid out in the kitchen.
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie that if he can clean the messy apartment in fifteen seconds or less, he will give Ernie his dessert, ice cream and cookies.
(First: Episode 0033)
Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes uses a brick wall to demonstrate around, under (by digging under it), and over (by jumping over it, and landing in the gaping mouth of a monster).
(First: Episode 0076)
SCENE 6 Big Bird helps Susan and Gordon set the table, putting the saucers over the cups instead of under. Gordon points him to Bill Cosby …
Celebrity Bill Cosby tells his young friends a story that involves "over" and "under". He mixes the words up, and the kids correct him.
Big Bird helps frost a cake, putting the number 7 on it.
Cartoon Jazz #7 (repeat)
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly. (repeat)
Cartoon Poverty F (repeat)
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza appear: Hoss and Mr. Cartwright take turns saying letters of the alphabet; Little Joe rides up in time for Z.
SCENE 7 Bob plays a "Three of These Things" game with the viewer.
Film African kids play at various activities, including a game with stones.
SCENE 8 Susan and Gordon stop by Oscar's to give him the cake, and notice that he's more grouchy, so he must be getting over his cold.

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