Sesame Street
Oscar's Odds and Ends Store
Air date December 10, 1970
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors C, U, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch is happy to see the viewers for a change, because he is having a grand opening sale at the Oscar's Odds and Ends Store. He is selling dandy things like half a record, back issues of The Daily Grouch from 1935, and an umbrella without covering. Susan walks by and Oscar compliments her dress and says he has the perfect necklace to go with it--a bicycle chain.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
Celebrity The New York Knicks make 4 baskets in a row, but miss on the 5th.
SCENE 2 Oscar learns he needs to use addition when running a store. Susan and Mr. Hooper help him, and before long, Oscar has more pennies than he can count.
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella (repeat)
SCENE 3 Susan comes back to Oscar's store to buy the flower pots, but finds a sign saying that he is out of business. He has learned that to run a store, you have to be open and wait on people when you'd rather be doing something else, and you have to learn to count and add to know how much money you made, but worst of all, you have to be helpful and courteous to people! What kind of a grouch would he be if he did that? So he is out of business forever.
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)

Cast / Muppets Gordon plays a game of "What Will Happen?" with Ernie. After Ernie guesses correctly what will happen when Gordon drops a ball and turns on a radio, Gordon asks what will happen when he picks up a bell and shakes it. Ernie says the bell will ring. Gordon states that a monster will come out and start blowing a flute. Ernie thinks that's silly, but is surprised when that exact thing happens. Gordon admits that he had worked it out beforehand with Cookie Monster, and gives him a cookie. After Gordon leaves, Ernie has an idea for a trick to play on Bert.
(First: Episode 0031)
Cartoon "Poverty U" -- A figure gives a salute to the letter U, and presents the letter with a bouquet of flowers.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0036)

Muppets Part 2: Ernie tries to play the same trick on Bert, but when Ernie rings the bell, nothing else happens. Bert thinks Ernie's gone bananas, and he leaves. When Ernie wants to know what happened, Cookie Monster says that he couldn't play the flute, because his mouth was full of cookies.
(First: Episode 0031)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella (repeat)
SCENE 4 Bob sits in the yard with some kids. He tells them that one of the things he bought from Oscar before Oscar went out of business was a picture book. The trouble is, like most of the things that Oscar was selling, there's something wrong with it: the last page of every story is torn out. For each of the picture sequences, he displays the final torn pages.
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
Cast Larry and Phyllis: Larry plays a guitar while Phyllis plays drums. They play different rhythms at the same time at first, but then cooperate.
SCENE 5 Big Bird enters Hooper's Store, wanting to buy some presents. He sees a pile of unsorted shoes, socks and gloves, which Mr. Hooper tells him to sort.
Film Kids use shapes to make a train.
(First: Episode 0137)
Big Bird has put the items in pairs, but Mr. Hooper points out that the pairs are not matching, and shows him how to match them properly.
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 6 Susan asks some kids what the Spanish word "calle" ("street") means.
Cartoon "Poverty U" (repeat)
Muppets An Anything Muppet presents the letter U. Another Muppet repeatedly insists, "That's not a 'me,' that's a U!"
(First: Episode 0048)
SCENE 7 Bob plays two rounds of "One of These Things" - the first with vehicles, and the second with tools. He then introduces a film about making something with clay.
Film Pottery
music: Joe Raposo
Celebrity The New York Knicks make 12 shots.
Cartoon A man (voice of Bob Arbogast) talks about his favorite letter, C, which is for cat. He opens a door to reveal a lion.
(First: Episode 0033)
Cat toon2
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
C- Cap
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
Bill Cosby surprise
Celebrity Bill Cosby demonstrates what a surprised face looks like.
(First: Episode 0138)

SCENE 8 Susan gives Bob a surprise package. Bob demonstrates "surprise" by opening the package and seeing a jack-in-the-box pop out. He then sings "Feelin' Groovy", and introduces a film of a wombat scratching. (First: Episode 0008)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry Monster sing "Up and Down".
Knicks make 20, miss 21
Celebrity The New York Knicks make 20 baskets in a row, but miss on the 21st.
SCENE 9 The sponsors are announced.

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