Sesame Street
Oscar hires Cookie Monster to make Grouch food
Air date February 24, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors P, U, 9
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar tells Susan that he's hired someone to cook Grouch food. Cookie Monster arrives, dressed in a chef's hat.
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Cartoon Letter U salesman
(First: Episode 0202)
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Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
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SCENE 2 Cookie Monster shows Oscar how he makes cookies – and proceeds to make lots of them.
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Cartoon "Poverty U
(First: Episode 0036)
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Cartoon "That's About the Size of It"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 3 Tom and Maria witness as Oscar, left with a load of cookies, fires Cookie Monster, who is surprised that Oscar doesn't like cookies. Tom offers to trade Oscar a can of sour pickles for the cookies.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
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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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Celebrity The stars of Bonanza -- Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, and Dan Blocker -- count up to 20.
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 4 Tom encounters Big Bird trying to fix his door so it doesn't squeak. Big Bird tries to select the right tool to fix it – which isn't a saw, or a hammer, but an oil can.
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Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0247)
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Cast A voice narrates as:
  • Susan runs her water, but what would happen if she left it running while she answered the phone?
  • What will Tom do after he gets dressed up?
  • Mr. Hooper inspects his hose's connection to the faucet. Will he get squirted in the face? (Yes.)
    (First: Episode 0267)
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Transition A circle appears on screen, expanding like a balloon until it pops.
(First: Episode 0105)
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Muppets Ernie wonders what it would be like if everyone was exactly the same, and sees four balls who can't discern each other. Ernie decides to help the balls recognize each other by dressing each of them.
(First: Episode 0166)
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Cartoon A dog learns about U.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 5 Susan sings the Classification Song: three groups of three pentagons, one pentagon and one triangle.
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Muppets Herry Monster finds Betty Lou crying: the other kids teased her because she doesn't know the difference between near and far. Herry helps her by placing three little boys in a row: the one who is nearest will get a surprise. When the surprise turns out to be a kiss, the boys start running far away from Herry. Betty Lou thanks Herry and gives him a kiss.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Film George the Farmer is near when he's on a barrel; he's far when he's on the porch.
(First: Episode 0235)
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Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2
The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
(First: Episode 0314)
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Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
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Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2
The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
(First: Episode 0314)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird recites his walrus poem, introducing a film insert about walruses.
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)
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Cartoon P Words (including parachute and plug)
(First: Episode 0296)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy demonstrate "close" and "far".
(First: Episode 0129)
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Film A little horse gets near and far from the camera.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy demonstrate "close" and "far". (Spanish dub)
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Muppets Lefty's boss makes sure Lefty knows the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0236)
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Film A turtle walks slowly.
Music: "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod
(First: Episode 0281)
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Celebrity Lorne Greene from Bonanza demonstrates near and far on his horse.
(First: Episode 0161)
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Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Ernie has a plate full of cookies that is near him. Ernie walks away from the cookies that is far from him. While Ernie is far, Cookie Monster eats the plate full of cookies.
(First: Episode 0217)
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SCENE 7 Susan shows three pictures -- a hospital room, a burning building, and a farmyard -- and identifies the picture of the person (nurse, fireman and farmer) who belongs in each particular scene.
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Cartoon A man winds up a toy person and orders it to GO, until the toy snaps back and makes him GO.
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Cartoon "Bumble Ardy #9" -- Young Bumble Ardy invites nine pigs to his birthday party while his mother, Sweet Adeline, is away.
(First: Episode 0283)
cut from the HBO Max version
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SCENE 8 Maria sings a lullaby in Spanish which puts Mrs. Aguillo's baby and Oscar to sleep.
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Film Joe Raposo: What Babies Are Called
(First: Episode 0116)
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Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
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Transition Bridge #14 - Hourglass Slow/Fill
(First: Episode 0303)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet presents the letter U. Another Muppet repeatedly insists, "That's not a 'me,' that's a U!"
(First: Episode 0048)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella (repeat)
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Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes is far away, while a monster is near. She gets closer to the monster and accidentally steps on his foot, then ends up in his jaw. (Spanish dub)
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SCENE 9 Big Bird hurries over to say goodbye, and Harvey Kneeslapper announces the sponsors.


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