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Sesame Street
Oscar builds an elaborate can opener
Air date May 13, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Sponsors Q, 2

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon and Laura (Susan Watson) present the letters Q and U, then discuss how they always are used in words together.
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Muppets / Cast Bob reads "The Queen's Questions". In the story, Queen Quinella, who lives in a Q-shaped palace and owns everything Q related, wants to give her fortune away to someone who loves the letter Q as much as she does. She meets a duck named Quincy and asks him some questions, which he answers with more Q words. She likes him so much that she gives him her entire fortune β€” a quarter.
(First: Episode 0164)
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Cartoon Poverty Q: A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
(First: Episode 0048)
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SCENE 2 At Hooper's Store, Oscar tries to find the right item he needs. He explains to Mr. Hooper that his cousin Melvin Icky wants something to make strawberry milkshakes with. Mr. Hooper tries to help narrow his choices down, but Oscar ultimately picks the strainer, even if the contents will spill right out on the ground. Oscar states this is perfect - Melvin hates strawberry milkshakes.
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Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that β€œQ” starts the word β€œquarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)
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Animation Today's Secret Drawing will be a nurse.
(First: Episode 0239)
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SCENE 3 Bob and Laura drop by Oscar's trash can, which is now affixed with what Oscar calls his "Super Duper Automatic Can Opener." He describes the lengthy process of how it works, which involves his pet worm Slimey, his tuba, a monkey, and a balloon, which all ends with the monkey pulling on a rope that opens the can lid. The adults test it out and are surprised to see it works as Oscar described. Oscar, however, angrily asks why they're bothering him.
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Song "Doll House"
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 4 Laura and the kids narrate a film of pairs of animals.
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Muppets A Carmen Miranda-style Anything Muppet sings "No Matter How You Count Them, they come out the same!"
(First: Episode 0227)
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SCENE 5 Laura and the kids put together a toy car.
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Film Kids narrate a visit to an automobile factory, and watch a taxi being made.
(First: Episode 0186)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird recites a poem about feet.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Feet (One Foot, Two Foot)."
(First: Episode 0223)
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Muppets Ernie explains how a scale can determine what is heavier than another object. With the scale, he was planning to split some cookies with Bert, but can't figure out how to do it. Cookie Monster shows him his way of solving the problem: he eats the cookies off each side of the scale until there are no cookies left. Ernie is disappointed since all he's left with is a "really good scale". Cookie disagrees--he's tasted better.
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Celebrity Listen My Brother sings an "Alphabet Song."
(First: Episode 0228)
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Muppets Game Show: Pick Your Pet
Lucy Jones insists upon a pet that purrs, has silky hair, and likes milk... the Beautiful Day Monster.
(First: Episode 0067)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Body part shout-out
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Film "Head To Toe Puzzle": Two kids put together a life size jigsaw puzzle of a human body.
(First: Episode 0024)
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SCENE 7 Laura and Oscar sing "Someone Nice."
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Cartoon A man tries to get to sleep, but is woken up by a fly, a chicken and a drum-playing rabbit, all of whom call him on the phone after he throws them out.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0257)
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Cast In voiceover, Fran Brill asks Gordon and Tom to pile boxes taller than they are.
(First: Episode 0262)
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Muppets A salesman tries to sell Ernie a piece of pumpkin seed candy for a nickel. Ernie doesn't like pumpkin seed candy, so the salesman offers him a deal--a smaller piece of pumpkin seed candy is better because it will not disgust Ernie as much, and he can have that one for a nickel, too. This continues, until he succeeds in selling Ernie a piece of pumpkin seed candy so small that Ernie can't even see it.
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SCENE 8 Bob sings "The IG Family Song."
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Film James narrates a film of his life on a pueblo in New Mexico.
(First: Episode 0153)
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SCENE 9 Laura, Bob, and the monkey try Oscar's can opener again, but Slimey doesn't wake up this time. Oscar: "You can't rely on worms anymore!"


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