Sesame Street
Oscar enters the Trash Can Derby
Air date December 7, 1973
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors A, B, 5
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria raps an introduction to words that rhyme with grand.
  • Luis displays his hand.
  • Bob leads a band.
  • Big Bird accidentally dumps sand on Maria. “Understand?”
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola demonstrate happy, sad, scared and mad.
(First: Episode 0469)
SCENE 2 Maria raps an introduction to words that rhyme with doze.
  • Bob displays a rose.
  • Luis points to his nose.
  • Big Bird accidentally sprays Maria with a hose. “I see how it goes.”
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
Film Counting the circus clowns.
(First: Episode 0501)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
SCENE 3 Maria raps an introduction to words that rhyme with cane.
  • Luis has a chain.
  • Bob has a Great Dane.
  • Big Bird plays with a toy plane.
  • Maria gets caught in the rain.
Animation It's a Circle!
Muppets Three witches attempt their own individual spells, which don't work out to their liking. They decide to cooperate by bringing all of their ingredients together, thus making chicken soup.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon Children describe how to draw an elephant.
(First: Episode 0052)
Film Kids climb in and out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0450)
Cartoon A man sees if a carpenter knows how to measure with a ruler.
Song "B is for Bubble."
(First: Episode 0008)
SCENE 4 Oscar asks David to help him put a number 5 on the back of his racing jacket, because he’s entering the Garbage Can Derby today. Oscar thinks 5 is his lucky number, because his alarm rang at 5:00 today, his phone rang 5 times during his mud bath, he broke 5 rotten eggs, and 5 people dropped trash on his head.
The race takes place inside Oscar’s trash can, and instead of cars, the Grouches race with elephants. At the climax of the race, Oscar comes in 5th place.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Ernie & BertPart 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 Willie Wimple: Land Pollution (litter).
(First: Episode 0527)
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 talks about the word AGUA, which springs many leaks.
(First: Episode 0448)
Celebrity Actor James Earl Jones recites the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Grover helps Kermit show the number 5 using blocks, but Grover doesn't know how many to get (he can't count to 5). Kermit has him go back and forth bringing one until there is five.
(First: Episode 0475)
Song "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Agua
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Monsters, including the puppet who would become Grover, Flute-Snatcher, Cookie Monster, Beautiful Day Monster, and Scudge, are looking at something. Fred's son appears, and is reprimanded with "Eyy!" After a few times, Fred's son turns toward the viewer and yells "A!", revealing that the group is staring at the letter A.
(First: Episode 0083)
Film A boy goes to the dentist and gets his teeth cleaned.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0476)
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School: Roosevelt Franklin tells the story of an old king named Morty Moot Mope, from the kingdom of Boebitty Bope, who loves to hear words that sound the same. Morty has trouble finding words that rhyme with his name, so he calls upon Same Sound Brown to do it.
(First: Episode 0534)
Film One of These Things (3 starfish and 1 crab)
(First: Episode 0516)
Cast Kids comment as Bob's legs, torso, and head move into place.
(First: Episode 0489)
Cartoon A man sees a giant OUT, yells the word, and everyone runs out of it.
SCENE 5 Maria, Luis, and Oscar each play a guessing game with the viewer, using the telestrator to draw something above their head. Maria thinks of a house. Luis thinks of someone looking over a fence. Oscar thinks of a “GO AWAY” sign.
Kermit Tracy 5 fingers.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count five fingers.
(First: Episode 0125)
Cartoon "The Story of A" (repeat)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Lemurs rest on tree branches.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0390)
Cartoon Country 5 (repeat)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl who is stuck IN the quicksand.
(First: Episode 0511)
Insert Three of These Kids are jumping rope, but the fourth one is sitting down and reading a book.
(First: Episode 0415)
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party. (repeat)
Film Through close-ups, children identify mushrooms.
(First: Episode 0357)
Cartoon A girl imagines herself as a car that rescues fire victims.
(First: Episode 0513)
Film The camera zooms out on an onion as kids guess what it is.
(First: Episode 0357)
Cartoon A man walks in an IN.
(First: Episode 0511)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.

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