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Sesame Street
Big Bird helps collect empty bottles; Oscar's phone ringing prank
Air date January 5, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors A, B, 9
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird encounters his friends collecting empty bottles to be recycled, and offers to help out.
Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 2 Big Bird brings some bottles over, but learns that they can't be recycled because they are full. His friends help themselves to some soda, making the bottles empty.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Part 1: Ernie is holding a banana in his ear. Bert tries to tell Ernie that he has a banana in his ear, but Ernie can't hear him because he has a banana in his ear.
(First: Episode 0258)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Part 2: Ernie reveals that he has a banana in his ear in order to keep the alligators away. He uses Bert's denial of any alligators on Sesame Street as proof that his method works.
(First: Episode 0258)
Cartoon B is for bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. And Bosco, who is taking a bath.
(First: Episode 0355)
Muppets Part 3: Ernie thinks he'll probably need a fresh banana, figuring the one he already has doesn't seem to work anymore.
(First: Episode 0258)
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon The O in STOP bounces around, and the other letters tell it to stop.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0149)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Crocodile
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
SCENE 3 Oscar plays a trick on David: he presses a button on a little box which makes the sound of a phone ringing. He presses it multiple times, making David think the phone is ringing. David thinks of a way to get back at him.
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
SCENE 4 David, disguised as β€œCrusher” from the Telephone Protective Association, asks Oscar if he's the grouch that's been making all this trouble. Oscar denies such, but David offers him candy and flowers – which grouches hate, but Oscar accepts them anyway. Finally, he has a little girl give Oscar a big kiss, which is the last straw.
Film Empty / full cafeteria (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets "The AN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0181)
Film How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow." (edited)
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets Grover sings "Still, We Like Each Other".
(First: Episode 0395)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert tells Ernie that if he can clean the messy apartment in fifteen seconds or less, he will give Ernie his dessert, ice cream and cookies.
(First: Episode 0033)
Film "Nine Song (Song of Nine)"
(First: Episode 0016)
Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A. (Spanish version)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0371)
Muppets Lefty tries to sell Ernie a STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0134)
Cartoon A jar is full of jellybeans. The jar becomes empty, while a hungry boy is full.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0322)
Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0158)
SCENE 5 Big Bird plays a rhyming game with Maria and Kate, including words in Spanish.
Kermit Cookie glass of milk.jpg
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit teaches "full" with a full glass of milk until Cookie Monster drinks it all (with a straw). Disgusted, Kermit complains that he didn't want to teach "empty", and asks who can talk about the word "full".
(First: Episode 0081)
Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people.
(First: Episode 0008)
Celebrity Lou Rawls sings the alphabet song to a group of kids.
(First: Episode 0043)
Muppets An Anything Muppet demonstrates empty by leaving his room, soon Grover and his friends, including Cookie Monster, occupy the room making it full. The Anything Muppet comes in and scares the monsters away leaving it empty.
(First: Episode 0148)
Cartoon A story of a man who hates frogs (voiced by Daws Butler), until his swamp becomes infested with flies.
(First: Episode 0387)
Dot Bridge 15 rotating pattern.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #15: Dots and squares converse and form pattern
(First: Episode 0290)
Film Empty / full playground (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Cartoon A bear counts bees
(First: Episode 0083)
Film Empty / full subway car (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
SCENE 6 Kate notices that the wheels on Oscar’s bicycle are square. She plays the guitar and sings a song about wheels.
I'm a macaw, Myrtle.jpg
Film A male voiceover and his friend Myrtle observe a macaw in a tree.
(First: Episode 0409)
Cast No matter how you arrange these nine people, they're still nine people.
(First: Episode 0413)
Cartoon With one mighty blow of his baseball bat, a boy knocks several B items (including a basket, bandit, and ball) off of a wall.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0237)
Muppets Cookie Monster explains the purpose of the Bus Stop sign, however the bus zooms pasts him. Resulting in Cookie Monster ripping the part of the sign mentioning STOP.
(First: Episode 0192)
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.

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