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Sesame Street
Oscar wants to fly
Air date May 1, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors D, W, 12

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Luis helps Big Bird and the kids put together a toy boat.
Muppets An Anything Muppet barbershop group sings "High, Middle, Low".
(First: Episode 0236)
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)
Cast Bob assembles a number 12.
(First: Episode 0173)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper approaches a man and says, "Knock, knock!" The man asks, "Who's there?". Harvey says, "Dion." The man asks, "Dion who?" Then Harvey slaps a letter D on the man's chest and says, "D on you!"
(First: Episode 0292)
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SCENE 2 Oscar the Grouch tells Susan and Gordon that he admires Alphabet Bates because he gets to fly high up in the sky away from everybody. After they observe his plane write a letter D (First: Episode 0016), Susan and Gordon tell Oscar he can look down now, but Oscar refuses because then he'd have to look at them. Once they leave, Oscar hatches a plan inspired by Alphabet Bates.
Song "Starfish"
(First: Episode 0280)
Cast David, Luis and Linda count in different languages.
(First: Episode 0326)
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SCENE 3 Oscar has attached wings and a propeller to his trash can, but Luis and Tom make fun of its inability to fly. They leave and Oscar gets an idea from a bird he hears nearby.
Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
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SCENE 4 Oscar's now got a beak on his can and feathered wings that can flap with a pull string. Tom and Luis make fun of him again, but Oscar gets another idea when he sees that the beak is shaped like a rocket.
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
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SCENE 5 Having fashioned his can to look like a rocket, Oscar recites a countdown but nothing happens. Tom explains that he needs an engine strong enough to lift it off the ground. When a kid walks by with a helium-filled balloon, Oscar gets yet another idea.
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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SCENE 6 Oscar finally achieves flight using a large balloon. He enjoys himself at first, but when he meets Little Bird, he's told that there are no garbage dumps or mud puddles in the sky. Oscar decides he'd rather not be up there after all, so Little Bird pops his balloon. Upon landing back in front of 123 Sesame Street, he tells his neighbors he won't go back unless he can get a trash dump to fly.
Animation A kid's father tells him what can be built out of the wheels and things he found.
(First: Episode 0268)
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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)
Animation A kid's father tells him what can be built out of the wheels and things he found. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0277)
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Transition Bridge #4 - 4 Corner Bridge B
(First: Episode 0282)
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SCENE 7 Susan sings "Three of These Things" with a hammer, knife, spoon, and fork.
Cartoon W For Wilbur
(First: Episode 0366)
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Cast Part 1: Tom has blocks and Gordon has a truck. How can they play on the same table without getting in each other's way?
(First: Episode 0294)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: D for Dog
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cast Part 2: Tom and Gordon figure out how to get the truck through the blocks.
(First: Episode 0294)
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
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SCENE 8 Luis sings "Three of These Things" in Spanish with a taco, a hamburger, a hot dog, and a sneaker.
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets "The AN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0181)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks (repeat)
(First: Episode 0195)
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SCENE 9 Neither Big Bird nor Tom can lift a heavy box full of books to bring to Susan's apartment, so Susan suggests getting the kids to carry the books individually.
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Muppets Five balls get together to play basketball. It takes them awhile to count themselves, but then they realize they don't have a ball.
(First: Episode 0267)
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SCENE 10 Tom returns with Luis to help lift the box, but Susan picks it up with ease and carries it off.
Film A woman counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
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Animation The screen fills with sand like an hourglass.
Muppets Ernie sings "Dee, Dee, Dee" as Cookie Monster hastily demonstrates each D word.
(First: Episode 0319)
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Animation The screen is emptied of sand, like the top of an hourglass.
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D. (repeat)
(First: Episode 0367)
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SCENE 11 The kids play on Sesame Street while Tom announces the sponsors: D, W, 12


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