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Oscar puts himself in charge of Mr. Hooper's recycling bins
Air date December 1, 1971
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors I, J, 3


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Things move in fast motion on Sesame Street, then in slow motion. When things return to regular speed, Susan introduces...
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates fast and slow by going back and forth on a fence, and in a rocking chair.
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Muppets A Muppet inchworm and a bug sing "The Inch Worm" in a field of flowers.
(First: Episode 0168)
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Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
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Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
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SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper counts three feet. Susan counts three flowers (one of which sprouts from the bottom of her pot). Oscar pops up from his can twice, then pops out from the side the third time.
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Film Kids comment on a film of the process of peanuts being made into peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0194)
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SCENE 3 Oscar recites a poem about the letter I.
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Animation Three lines attempt to individually reach the top of the TV screen, but fail. They succeed after they combine all of their lengths.
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Cast In split screen, Susan prepares cake, while Mr. Hooper prepares juice. They both feel they could use something else to go with their treat and decide to share.
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
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SCENE 4 Mr. Hooper sets out some recycling bins outside the store. Oscar puts himself in charge of them so he can collect the findings.
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Celebrity Bill Cosby plays twins who recite the alphabet together.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Transition Bridge #17 - Hourglass Fast/Empty
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Muppets Marty uses a chain to make shapes.
(First: Episode 0232)
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SCENE 5 Gordon, Big Bird and the kids talk about fear.
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Muppets Grover sees his shadow follow him around, and thinks it's a person following him. However, Herbert Birdsfoot explains what a shadow is.
(First: Episode 0221)
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Cartoon The letter J
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0133)
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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)
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Film A boy tells what happens on a fishing boat.
(First: Episode 0028)
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Cast Mr. Hooper adds 3 chairs as a sportscaster narrates.
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot displays the letters O and P, mentioning that they're the OP family. When he adds an M for "mop", he has Grover fetch a mop. When he adds a DR for "drop", he has Grover drop a heavy rock. When he adds an H for "hop", he has Grover hop repeatedly until he faints. Herbert then adds a FL for "flop" and a ST for "stop".
(First: Episode 0148)
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Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
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Cartoon "Jazz #3"
(First: Episode 0002)
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SCENE 6 Susan sings "Three of These Things" using various pictures of items grouped in threes, while others are in singles.
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Muppets Howie, a rabbit, gets Cookie Monster to recite a poem about cookies.
(First: Episode 0252)
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Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)
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Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
(First: Episode 0231)
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SCENE 7 Gordon, Big Bird and the kids play a rhythmic rhyming game.
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Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey. (repeat)
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Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder. (repeat)
(First: Episode 0254)
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Film Voiceovers count to 5 using groups of animals at the zoo.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has gone shopping -- buying bread for himself, and peanut butter for Bert. They realize that it's dull to eat what they have separately, and they decide to cooperate, so they can each have a peanut butter sandwich.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Film While watching her goldfish, a girl wonders what the world is like from her goldfish's perspective.
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Film Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit" over a film about tomatoes growing in a field.
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Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I." (repeat)
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Film George the Farmer shows embedded shapes using drawing of geometric forms and household objects with the same shape.
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Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
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SCENE 8 Goodbye


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