Sesame Street
Oscar decides to move his trash can
Air date March 6, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors X, Z, 2
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Picture Segment Description
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Muppets Cookie Monster stars in "The Ballad of Casey McPhee."
(First: Episode 0516)
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Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(First: Episode 0281)
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SCENE 1 David and the kids look up and see Alphabet Bates skywrite the letter Z.
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Cartoon Kids narrate a letter 'Z' drawing
(First: Episode 0359)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet boy plays hide-and-seek with three letter Zs, who blend into his porch.
(First: Episode 0200)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
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SCENE 2 Oscar is tired of his trash can being in one place all the time. He wants a change of view and decides to move.
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Cartoon "Jazz #2"
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 3 Oscar sets up his can at the top of the steps in front of 123 Sesame Street. Gordon bumps into him, and warns him that his can could be knocked down the steps if he stays there. Oscar agrees to move somewhere else.
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Film "Two Song (Song of Two)"
(First: Episode 0001)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert sing "Imagination".
(First: Episode 0493)
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0342)
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Film Joe Raposo: Elephant (instrumental).
(First: Episode 0034)
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SCENE 4 Oscar sets up his can at Hooper's Store, where David warns him that he'll be around a lot of ice cream and candy, which grouches hate.
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Film Marching band cymbal crash #2
(First: Episode 0527)
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Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0451)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert says that he and Ernie are looking at the "Mysterious Nose-Snatcher." Ernie, disagreeing, walks closer and closer to the camera to see. His face begins to black out the screen...but when he moves back into view, his nose is missing!
(First: Episode 0005)
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Film Apes play at the zoo. (edited)
(First: Episode 0045)
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SCENE 5 Susan goes to visit Big Bird, and is flabbergasted when she finds Oscar's can inside Big Bird's nest. She tells him that trash cans don't belong in nests, but Oscar doesn't want to move this time. Susan thinks this may be a problem.
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Cartoon A man tells a confused boy that he saw a bird on a tree, with both of their thoughts appearing on the screen.
(First: Episode 0565)
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SCENE 6 With Oscar's old spot vacated, Susan, David and Gordon argue with each other over who needs the spot more. When Oscar witnesses this, he realizes he'd rather have his old spot.
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Film A talking tree tells a boy about the difference between here and there, near and far, and close and next to. ("near and far" section only)
(First: Episode 0111)
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Cartoon A girl imagines she's a rock, which becomes a statue.
(First: Episode 0513)
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Muppets Grover demonstrates the difference between "near" and "far" by running away from the camera and back, eventually fainting from exhaustion.
(First: Episode 0057)
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals. (repeat)
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Muppets "The Zizzy Zoomers"
(First: Episode 0359)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper (repeat)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit talks with Chris about teaching his little sister, Stephanie, to talk. Chris practices the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0495)
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SCENE 7 Susan sings "Stop!" as the kids follow along.
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Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — When it's Ernie's turn to get a newspaper from Hooper's Store, Ernie decides to plan everything he may need. He gets his scarf and hat and earmuffs in case it snows, his umbrella if it starts to rain, sunglasses and suntan cream if it's a sunny day, and a flashlight if it gets dark.
(First: Episode 0093)
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Cartoon SALIDA (train)
(First: Episode 0537)
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Cartoon "That's About the Size of It"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0279)
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Muppets Big Bird announces that Grover will demonstrate the number 2 by doing two chin-ups. He does it, but then Big Bird asks him to do two more sets, to make sure the audience gets it. When Big Bird thinks they've got it, he announces that Grover will now demonstrate the number 18! Grover faints.
(First: Episode 0547)
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Cartoon A girl uses her paint-by-the-numbers set to find an elephant in her picture.
(First: Episode 0510)
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Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
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Muppets Zs come out of Herry Monster's mouth as he snores. (part two)
(First: Episode 0307)
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Cartoon "Jazz #2" (repeat)
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SCENE 8 David plays a “Three of These Things” game with different sized pencils.
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Kids comment over footage of an eagle's view of different kinds of roads.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0377)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports on the prince kissing Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.
(First: Episode 0483)
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Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0583)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
(First: Episode 0001)
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Film A gymnast demonstrates close to and away from.
(First: Episode 0513)
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Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it. (repeat)
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SCENE 9 The sponsors are announced.

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