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Sesame Street
Oscar's poem-writing machine
Air date December 7, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors P, Z, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch demonstrates his "poem-writing machine" to Bob and the kids: just write down a word on a card and insert it, and the machine will create a grouchy poem from it. It rhymes "glad" with "mad" and "feel so bad," and it rhymes "hello" with "don't know" and "go". Finally, Bob writes the word "nice" on a card and inserts it, causing the machine to write a non-grouchy poem, to Oscar's dismay.
Muppets Lefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie an empty box, explaining that he can fill the box with things like a pet mouse (if Ernie had one) and jellybeans (if they rained from the sky). Ernie wants an empty box, but doesn't have any money. However, Bert brings a box of cookies, and Ernie throws the cookies out so he can catch jellybeans from the sky.
(First: Episode 0081)
Celebrity Flip Wilson shows how his teacher, Miss Johnson, taught the ABCs.
SCENE 2 Gordon and Big Bird present the letters P and Z. Gordon explains to Big Bird that they can't talk at the same time, and they debate about who should go first. Big Bird unknowingly gives his demonstration while they debate, and they eventually decide to let Gordon go first. After Gordon is finished, he finds Big Bird sleeping, making the "z" sound in his sleep.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - Pin
(First: Episode 0054)
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cartoon "Poverty Z" -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
SCENE 3 Susan and the kids play a game thinking of words in the -un family.
Muppets A Snerf demonstrates shorter and longer as narrated in voiceover by Frank Oz.
(First: Episode 0072)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Giraffes.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0010)
Film A boy paints a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0064)
SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper demonstrates the number 12 using cartons of eggs, which Big Bird brought him earlier. He is shocked when he finds one carton with 10 eggs, and another with 9. Big Bird explains that he was in a rush when he put the eggs into the cartons, and sheepishly invites Mr. Hooper over for scrambled eggs.
Cartoon Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza -- Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, and Dan Blocker -- count up to 20.
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 5 Gordon opens and closes doors with some kids, and tells them that "puerta" means "door" in Spanish.
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin shows that he knows the "Days of the Week".
(First: Episode 0107)
Cartoon "Poverty Z" (repeat)
SCENE 6 Gordon displays some toys, and asks the kids how the toys are different from each other.
Supermarket film.jpg
Film Kids narrate a film about helping pick out items at the supermarket, and using the shopping cart to have a race.
(First: Episode 0133)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie asks Bert to go play in the park with him. When Bert says no, Ernie wonders if he isn't feeling well and starts to examine him.
(First: Episode 0124)
Cartoon Various renderings of the word DANGER.
Artists: The Hubleys
Film A girl named Jennifer visits family friend Mrs. Wilson in the country, and together they pick food from her garden.
(First: Episode 0021)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Eating" while animals eat.
(First: Episode 0106)
SCENE 7 Susan is about to put away a plate of donuts, when Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Bob and Gordon notice them. Gordon asks to borrow the donuts to help Big Bird with his counting, but it's really a ploy for the four of them to eat the donuts.
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "Gone with the Wind" to a young woman. During the song, a very strong wind blows – making the leaves fly off the tree, causing the woman's house to collapse, and finally ripping Guy's clothes off.
(First: Episode 0034)
SCENE 8 Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Bob and Gordon remark on how good the donuts were, and Gordon signs off.

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