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Trash collection day on Sesame Street; Big Bird helps when Mr. Snuffleupagus gets his trunk stuck in the mailbox.
Air date December 6, 1971
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors E, W, 6


StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar's trash can is surrounded with various bags of trash. Tom tells the viewer that today is trash collection day and alerts Oscar of this as well. Oscar starts digging through the refuse and sings "I Love Trash" in celebration.
Toon-ZipperBridge
Cartoon A zipper is unzipped across the screen.
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SCENE 2 As Oscar examines his trash, Gordon complains about the mess he's made and claims not everyone likes trash the way he does. Oscar imagines a world where everyone loves trash, which means nobody throws anything away for him to keep. When Oscar snaps back, he thanks Gordon and Tom for being the way they are, rendering them confused.
0266.man-mouse
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(EKA: Episode 0266)
1396d
Muppets "High, Middle, Low"
(First: Episode 0236)
1261-train
Film Kids use shapes to make a train.
(First: Episode 0137)
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SCENE 3 Mr. Snuffleupagus mails a letter, but his nose gets stuck in the mailbox. Big Bird panics and tries to think of a way to free his friend, ultimately realizing the solution is to just open the slot. Snuffy thanks him "from the bottom of my nose."
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Cartoon Dot Hill B-1 (0:50)
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SCENE 4 As Susan mails a letter, Big Bird tries to tell her about what just happened.
Charlie and Louie
Muppets Charlie is lost and finds a policeman. It's his Uncle Louie, but he doesn't recognize him in uniform. Without the uniform on, Charlie asks Uncle Louie to find him a policeman.
(First: Episode 0135)
SB--WWater
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water
(First: Episode 0062)
1710l
Cartoon W - wallpaper
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SCENE 5 Gordon shows the kids a weathervane.
Eaticecream
Cartoon E ... see me eating a peach
(First: Episode 0001)
ErnieCMScales
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.
(First: Episode 0264)
Triangle.transition
Transition Triangles are made onscreen.
YellowPurpleHandsMilk
Muppets A yellow Muppet hand tries to match a glass of milk to a picture of an object that produced the milk. A purple Muppet hand tries to help it out.
(First: Episode 0185)
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SCENE 6 The gang shows heavy and light - Tom lifts a heavy barbell, which flies into to the air, Susan has a light feather (which Big Bird takes back), and Oscar drops a light marble and heavy bowling ball into his can.
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Celebrity The New York Knicks make 4 baskets in a row, but miss on the 5th.
(First: Episode 0154)
1800-11
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Flip Wilson arms and legs
Celebrity Flip Wilson talks about arms and legs.
(First: Episode 0174)
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SCENE 7 Big Bird recites a poem about the octopus, leading to...
Andnowtheoctopus
Film Luis announces "And now, the octopus!"
Music: "Pomp and Circumstance"
Herbert and Grover 2
Muppets Grover the Assistant: Herbert Birdsfoot arranges three blocks for Grover to count. No matter how the blocks are arranged, they still add up to three. Herbert asks Grover to count some oranges as well. Grover confesses that he's good at counting blocks -- but he doesn't know how to count oranges!
(First: Episode 0192)
SB--WWater
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water (repeat)
WaterWaterWater
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
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SCENE 8 Snuffy sings a "Sorting Song" using his China plates and cup. He accidentally knocks them all over.
Jazzyspies6
Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
TheTradingGame
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Trading Game" with contestants Oscar the Grouch and Sally Screamer.
(First: Episode 0279)
Shot.queenof6
Animation The Queen of Six explores her garden.
(EKA: Episode 0234)
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SCENE 9 Susan sets out some balloons for an upcoming party. Big Bird watches them as she goes to get lanterns. Big Bird wonders how many their are and recruits Snuffy to help. They each count them from different directions, amazed that there are six no matter which way they're counted. Snuffy counts them once more; his snuffle tapping them causes each one to pop.
Knicks make 20, miss 21
Celebrity The New York Knicks make 20 baskets in a row, but miss on the 21st.
(First: Episode 0154)
Farley David count 12
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — David says he can count to twelve hundred, but Farley would prefer just hearing him count to twelve.
Jerry-UN
Film Jerry Nelson introduces the letters U and N. Other letters join them and become SUN, RUN and FUN.
(First: Episode 0230)
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SCENE 10 Big Bird bids farewell, as Susan returns and shakes her head at Big Bird's explanation regarding the balloons.


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