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Sesame Street
Sanitation Strike
Air date May 3, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Directed by David Roth
Sponsors D, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon greets the viewer and explains that the city's sanitation workers are on strike. He and Susan note that their trash hasn't been picked up, and it's not going to get to the dump until an agreement is made between the laborers and the city. They begin to form some ideas on how to solve the problem, and part to gather their Sesame Street neighbors.
Cartoon "The D Commercial:" Two boys notice a D, saying it looks fat. A resonant voice (Gary Owens) informs them that it's the letter D. This leads to a jazzy story about a dog who digs for dice, wins a duck, and buys a dinosaur with a dime. Moral: "If you dig a dinosaur, drop your duck for a dime."
Studio: Ken Snyder; Director: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0016)
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SCENE 2 Gordon and Susan have gathered Maria (Carla Pinza), Mr. Hooper, Bob, and Big Bird to discuss the garbage removal situation. Susan and Maria are going to walk up and down the block asking everyone to put their garbage out in the hallway of their buildings. Bob and Gordon are going to use some plastic bags provided by Mr. Hooper to gather the trash and bring it out to the street, while Big Bird is going to use his wagon to collect the bags. Most everyone breaks to do their part when Bob asks Gordon about what they're going to do with it next. Gordon reveals that Oscar the Grouch will play a key role, despite his penchant for not cooperating.
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
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SCENE 3 Over at Oscar's trash can, Gordon explains what's going on and asks Oscar if he'd like to take all their collected garbage down to the city dump. Oscar says he'd love to make a trip to his favorite place, and leaves to get his coat. Gordon, Bob, and Mr. Hooper (who has arrived with a wagon full of garbage) comment that the sanitation strike was almost worth it just to see Oscar cooperate for once in his life.
Cartoon A small man and his assistant Dudley attempt to demonstrate both the capital and lower-case letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: D for Dog
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out why there is a mess outside. He speculates that the Twiddlebugs made a mess after a Twiddlebug dance.
(First: Episode 0178)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
Song "1-2-3-4-5!"
(First: Episode 0144)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert have pizza and grape juice. Bert complains that Ernie has more of each, so Ernie tries to make it even by eating some of his pizza and drinking some of his grape juice, but then Bert has more. And so on.
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Cast Kids narrate Mr. Hooper and Bob arranging "more" and "less" boxes in limbo.
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Animation Today's Secret Drawing is a fireman.
(First: Episode 0200)
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Muppets Gordon observes Prairie Dawn spelling out the word DANGER. She defines the term and explains that she's placed it there because a piano has just been dropped out of the fifth story window next to them.
(First: Episode 0182)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: D for Dog (repeat)
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SCENE 4 Maria sings "Here Are Some Things" with the kids and a table divided into two sections. On the right are three pasteles (a dish from Puerto Rico), three mangos, and three plantanos (green bananas). On the left is a slice of guayaba, two servings of flan, and three avacados. The kids correctly observe that the avacados belongs on the right side of the table, because all the dishes contain three items each.
Cartoon A bear has trouble adding and subtracting fish as he fishes at a lake; the number of fish keeps changing.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0205)
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Muppets The Hands Part 1: Kids provide voiceover commentary as a green hand builds a face out of pieces. A purple hand tries to do the same, but gets all the parts mixed up. The green hand helps the purple hand make the face look like the one on the left.
(First: Episode 0212)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: D for Dog (repeat)
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Muppets Part 2: The hands make faces again (with continued commentary by the kids), but this time the green hand copies the mixed-up arrangement of the face made by the purple hand.
(First: Episode 0212)
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Part?" The contestants are Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic and Professor Hastings, and the mystery part is a foot.
(First: Episode 0164)
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SCENE 5 Bob is about to play a game with the kids in the arbor when Gordon stops to tell him that the sanitation strike is over. He leaves for Hooper's Store and Bob continues with an animal guessing game using a 1968 Fisher-Price Little People Play Family Farm as a clue for a cow, and a painting of a jungle and a banana as clues for a monkey. He tells the kids to watch this next film to see a cousin of the monkey...
Film Swinging Gibbon
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 6 Gordon instructs Shawn, Danny, and Trudy to assemble one toy boat just like the other.
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Muppets Bob reads the story of "The Diamond D and the Dangerous Dragon" acted out by the Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 0025)
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SCENE 7 Maria sings a song with Spanish words followed by their English translation. She sings it once and then asks the kids to join her.
Film Kids narrate a film of animals moving in different ways.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0098)
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SCENE 8 After Maria sings the Spanish/English song again, Gordon and some more kids join them. He says goodbye in English, while Maria and the kids say adios. Bob announces the sponsors: D, 5
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CLOSING SIGNS Ernie and Bert hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Bob holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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