Sesame Street
The new trashcan
Air date April 23, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Directed by Robert Myhrum
Production February 22, 1971
Sponsors F, Z, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon sets up a shiny new trashcan to replace the old, rusting one situated by Oscar's trash can. Oscar, however, isn't pleased with this, preferring the older model. He fears his Grouch friends will laugh at him, as they (and even Slimey) occasionally use it as a guest home. Gordon asks Oscar to tell Carl the trashman to take away the old can when he arrives, but Oscar wants to watch his favorite show (Year for Misery). Instead, Oscar provides Gordon the materials he needs to leave a note for Carl.
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
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Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
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SCENE 2 Gordon takes Susan to see the new can, but they see Oscar's can is now missing. They suspect Carl (Jess Adkins) must have taken his can, along with Oscar, by mistake. They think about where they can catch up with Carl on his usual route, when he passes by them on his way to Hooper's Store. They catch him and explain his mistake. He believes Oscar and his can are still on the garbage truck and they hurry off to rescue him.
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Animation Clay animation insert by Jim Henson -- Z words.
(First: Episode 0025)
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SCENE 3 The three carry Oscar's can back to its normal spot, hoping he's still inside and unharmed. They dig through all the trash that's piled up from the truck and find Oscar deep inside, delighted by the experience and all the new trash he's got. He's even more excited when he hears that Carl's job is to collect trash and wishes to go into business with him.
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Muppets An Anything Muppet man uses feathers and rocks to teach the difference between heavy and light. During the lecture, Cookie Monster comes along, mistakes the rocks for cookies, and eats them all. The rocks weigh Cookie down, so the monster proceeds to eat the feathers to "balance it out."
(First: Episode 0175)
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Insert Scanimate Films #10 (repeat)
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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)
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Cast Gordon and Bob assemble a letter Z.
(First: Episode 0150)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
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SCENE 4 Carl gets ready to take the correct trash can away, which Gordon sees as an opportunity to teach subtraction. However, the demonstration can't go on as Oscar protests the removal of the can. Gordon eventually relents and let's Oscar keep the old can, taking the new one inside (which still demonstrates subtraction).
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Cartoon A man goes to the grocery store to buy apples, but he can't decide how many to get. This frustrates the grocer, who has to keep adding and subtracting the amount of apples on his scale.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot invents a complicated machine, to test Cookie Monster's problem-solving abilities. Cookie Monster needs to pull the string to raise the glass cover off the plateful of cookies at the other end -- but when he lets go to retrieve the cookies, the cover will fall again. Herbert hears Cookie Monster approaching, and hides to observe him. Cookie investigates the machine for a moment, then gets the cookies by karate-chopping the glass cover.
(First: Episode 0132)
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Film To a jazz rhythm soundtrack, the camera zooms in on flowers growing on a tree.
(First: Episode 0156)
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SCENE 5 In Big Bird's nest area, Bob sings "Special" to the kids.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0032)
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Muppets Grover makes the sound of the letter F, which blows the letter further and further away until it flies off-screen with a loud crash.
(First: Episode 0236)
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SCENE 6 Bob makes the sound of the letter F, and segues the next film.
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Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert is reading a book when Ernie startles him by asking if he wants to play checkers. Bert says, "I thought maybe you weren't here!" Ernie starts to search to see if he can find himself.
(First: Episode 0171)
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Muppets Granny Fanny Nesselrode is asked by a viewer if there's a way to memorize the letters in the alphabet. Granny thinks it's impossible, while the announcer is able to recite it with ease. Instead, Granny shows off her "alphabet box," containing an item beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
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SCENE 7 Gordon points to some kids hopping in their zapatos, which is Spanish for “shoes.”
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot recites a poem with OP words, counting on Grover to hop whenever he says "hop" — repeatedly, until Grover faints.
(First: Episode 0150)
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Celebrity Bill Cosby counts to 20 with his "twin."
(First: Episode 0135)
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Cast Gordon and Mr. Hooper have ice cream on a hot day, but can't remove their sweaters by themselves, until they cooperate.
(First: Episode 0193)
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Cartoon "All right, now that you've eaten everything in sight, would you mind telling me what you plan to have for dessert?"
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Simon Soundman comes to Ernie's apartment because he has some car trouble and needs to use Ernie's phone, but Ernie doesn't understand what he is trying to say.
(First: Episode 0132)
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SCENE 8 Bob sings "Three of These Things" using three trash receptacles and a drum.
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Insert Scanimate Films #10 (repeat)
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SCENE 9 The soda vendor is asleep, so Bob quietly leaves money for a drink and says goodbye. Oscar announces the sponsors, and the credits follow.


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