Sesame Street
A witch curses Oscar with a nose
Air date January 16, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors H, I, 11
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
0578 01
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch points a water pistol at the viewer and proclaims that today he's going to be as rotten as he has ever been. When he sees someone approaching, he crouches down in his trash can to await his victim. When she's within range, Oscar springs up and shouts, "Hey, Granny! Have a bath!" and proceeds to shoot her in the face with water. When he refuses to let up, the woman identifies herself as the Wicked Witch of the South Bronx and warns him that she'll put an evil spell on him. Oscar keeps delivering insults and blasting her in the face, so the witch conjurs her magicks and produces a proboscis on Oscar's normally noseless face. He's horrified, but she explains there's only one way to break the spell: he has to do something nice.
Film.Gazelle
Film A gazelle runs fast across a plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0478)
Hladycartoon
Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)
300009
Film Kids ride horses.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0541)
Song.countithigher
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count It Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
1708t
Cartoon H for hello (voice of Gary Owens)
(First: Episode 0020)
ExcuseMe
Cartoon One of These Footprints says "excuse me."
(First: Episode 0487)
0578 02
SCENE 2 Oscar is self-conscious of everyone staring at the nose he was curse with. In an attempt to do something nice to be rid of it, he plays a sorting song with the kids. When "Here Are Some Things" starts playing, he shouts overhead that he doesn't need any music, so the soundtrack sours and wears down. He starts to explain the rules to the kids, but says it will be too hard for them to figure out and they'll never get it. Gordon exits from the front door of 123 Sesame Street and points out that the way he's playing the game isn't very nice at all, and proceeds to sing "Here Are Some Things" followed by the kids properly sorting the desserts on the board. Oscar screams, "It's not easy being nice!" and slams back down into his trash can.
Letters form FUN
Insert Jerry Nelson narrates three letters coming together to form the word FUN. The letters celebrate with confetti and streamers.
(First: Episode 0458)
Yoyoman.boygetslost
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
Sinistersamfinger
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam comes to the saloon, looking for Doc Holiday. He questions the frightened townspeople, looking for the doctor, but all he can find is a mailman and a fire fighter. Sam says they'd better find the doctor, because he's got an itchy trigger finger. The doctor is found, cowering under a table. The doctor asks what Sam wants with him, and the mean hombre says that his finger is really itchy -- it's driving him crazy. Is it a mosquito bite? Should he use some lotion on it? Doc Holiday faints. Sam shrugs, and joins the other patrons at the bar for some milk.
(First: Episode 0318)
Drummer street
Cartoon A drummer precedes C.T. Wordsworth who presents today's word: STREET. He sings about it with a boy who wears a crown.
(EKA: Episode 0423)
FindElephant
Cartoon A girl uses her paint-by-the-numbers set to find an elephant in her picture.
(First: Episode 0510)
HTV
Muppets Ernie & BertBert complains when a big letter H appears on the TV screen, so Ernie turns off the set, unplugs it, and takes a bunch of H objects out of the TV (including a hat, a house and a hamster). When he plugs it back in, a big letter I appears on the screen. Ernie wants to try fixing the TV again, but Bert tells him not to -- this is a great show.
Film-FeetFirst
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Erniebertcookiemystery
Muppets Ernie & BertBert thinks that Ernie has eaten his cookies, but it turns out that Cookie Monster (dressed as Ernie) ate the cookies.
(First: Episode 0158)
Jim Nabors ABC song
Celebrity Jim Nabors sings The Alphabet Song.
(First: Episode 0176)
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SCENE 3 Sam the Robot asks if the viewer can find circles on his body. Oscar comes by and offers to oil him up because it would be a nice thing to do (and might lift his curse). Upon close inspection, Oscar finds that Sam's brakes are exposed and notes that if he oiled them, it wouldn't be nice, but it would be funny. Sam begins to leave and immediately panics when he can't stop. After a loud crash off-screen, Oscar says he's going to be stuck with the nose for a bit longer, but it was worth it.
2125m
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
(First: Episode 0425)
1041starfish
Song One of These Things (3 starfish and a crab)
(First: Episode 0516)
Kidsi
Film The Alphabet Dancers form a capital I.
(First: Episode 0462)
Wrench pipe cartoon
Cartoon A man instructs someone on how to use a wrench to tighten a pipe.
MadPainter11
Film The Mad Painter #11
(First: Episode 0329)
CookieDavid.STREET
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster shows David a sign that says STREET.
(First: Episode 0423)
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SCENE 4 Oscar overhears Maria complaining to David that the new record she bought has a scratch in it, so she's going to have to go out of her way to return it. She leaves it behind and Oscar takes it on himself to buff the scratch out using sandpaper, thinking he's doing her a favor. When they return, David and Maria chastise him for rendering the record unreturnable. Oscar laments over how difficult it is for a grouch to be nice.
Counting20boxes
Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0510)
Erniebertstring
Muppets Ernie & BertBert notices that Ernie has a piece of string tied on his finger. Ernie says that the string tied on this finger helps to remind him that there's a piece of string tied on this finger. And so on. The string on the last finger is there to remind him that they're out of string.
(First: Episode 0163)
Helloscale
Song "Hello, Scale," a film about measuring weight.
RememberingGame-Contestants
Muppets Game Show: The Remembering Game — Guy Smiley hosts Cookie Monster and Bill Smith who have to match two pictures.
(First: Episode 0310)
H-hoist
Film Letter H hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0336)
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SCENE 5 Susan comes home from work after taking care of patients all day and says it would be nice if someone asked her how she was feeling for a change. Gordon, Maria, and David say they've got just the person to be nice to her when Oscar pops up and pleasantly asks her about her day. In a puff of smoke, his nose disappears, and he starts shooting everyone with a water pistol right away. He exclaims how nice it is being rotten, just as the nose returns to his face again.
SSNews.Columbus
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Christopher Columbus before he begins his voyage to discover America. Kermit tries to tell him that the third ship is tied to the dock, but it's too late -- the dock breaks free, and takes Kermit along with the ship.
Song.Capital.I
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
2477o
Film Trees are very nice places, for animals and for people.
(First: Episode 0455)
Pageant.flower
Muppets Pageant: Ernie plays the role of Bart, a farm boy who plants a flower. Herry Monster plays the sun, and a nervous Cookie Monster plays a cloud. Bert reluctantly plays the flower. When it is said that Bert made the leaves for his costume out of lettuce leaves, Cookie and Herry proceed to eat the leaves and rip the costume apart.
1708t
Cartoon H for hello (voice of Gary Owens) (repeat)
(First: Episode 0020)
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SCENE 6 Oscar looks in a mirror and says it looks like he was punched in the face by Primo Carnera; in fact, he looks like Primo Carnera. Stuck on having to do something nice to get rid of his nose, he tries to announce the sponsors as pleasantly as he can, but he keeps telling the viewer to scram and go away.
0578 Street sign

0578 CTW sign
CLOSING SIGNS Maria holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Gordon holds up the CTW sign at the end.


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