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Sesame Street
Oscar's air pollution factory
Air date March 21, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors A, B, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon and Susan see a giant smokestack coming out of Oscar's can. Oscar says his new business is manufacturing bottled smoke for other grouches, but Gordon forces him to shut it down.
Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0158)
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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 A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Part 3: Ernie, having seen an alligator in the previous cartoon, thinks he'll probably need a fresh banana, figuring the one he already has doesn't seem to work anymore.
(First: Episode 0258)
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Cast Maria, Gordon, and Luis assemble a fractured uppercase B.
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates above and below.
(First: Episode 0262)
SCENE 2 At Hooper's Store, Mr. Hooper is about to put a box of pencils away on the top shelf, when Big Bird startles him and causes him to spill them. Mr. Hooper picks them up, and admits that he needs a stepladder to reach the top shelf. Big Bird offers to put the pencils there for him, but he does it with his beak and causes them to spill again.
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts six snails, six ships, and six whales.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0324)
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Muppets Grover volunteers to assist the Amazing Mumford in his rhyming magic trick, making three things come out of his hat that rhyme with "knee". Grover guesses the first one (key), but doesn't get the last two (ski and tree) right.
(First: Episode 0455)
SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper puts the pencils away, now using a stepladder. Big Bird now wants to buy a pencil.
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
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Cast Wally and Ralph huse a nail in an attempt to hang a picture to a wall. This sketch was a re-shoot of a Buddy and Jim sketch.
(First: Episode 0392)
Cartoon "I'm six years old today!"
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0357)
SCENE 4 Kate plays the guitar and sings β€œFantastic Man”.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Flies on Animals" over footage of animals bugged by pests.
(First: Episode 0449)
Muppets Grover uses his airplane to demonstrate "above" and "below."
(First: Episode 0149)
Cartoon A chair displays the word SIT, and a beast sits on him.
(First: Episode 0399)
Cast Mr. Hooper and Bob build an A.
(First: Episode 0083)
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party. (repeat)
Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "Β‘Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)
SCENE 5 Susan sings the β€œSame/Different” song while comparing two chairs.
Cartoon Clouds that look like things.
(First: Episode 0211)
Cartoon B is for bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. And Bosco, who is taking a bath.
(First: Episode 0355)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Film A lowercase b floats by some boats.
(First: Episode 0471)
Cartoon The ET family is demonstrated in a story of the zet, a quick-witted bird.
(First: Episode 0236)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures - Kermit watches some live bears do exercises.
(First: Episode 0044)
Cartoon Pick the right picture (featuring the Zet)
(First: Episode 0260)
Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon A painter paints all around the screen, eventually painting over himself.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0243)
Film A trip to the chewing gum factory
SCENE 6 Gordon, Susan, Luis and Mr. Hooper sing β€œThe ET Family Song”.
Film The WALK sign flashes in a montage of people (and even dogs) walking in the city.
Muppets Lefty's boss makes sure Lefty knows the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0236)
Cartoon Panels flip to reveal different ways things WALK.
(First: Episode 0369)
Cartoon "I'm six years old today!" (repeat)
Film Footage of a coral reef, showcasing the plant life and the fish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0466)
Cartoon Country 6 (repeat)
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Celebrity Joe Namath: Pass On 6
(First: Episode 0442)
Muppets Kermit the Frog counts six happy little Twiddlebugs, and when he is finished, the Twiddlebugs have a party.
(First: Episode 0280)
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and John-John count to 20.
(First: Episode 0476)
Cartoon A man learns that it's better not to pick the flowers.
(First: Episode 0416)
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced.

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