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Sesame Street
Oscar's giant trash can
Air date March 7, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors D, Z, 3
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria overhears Oscar wailing, and goes over to investigate. He's mourning the loss of the trash he saw littered all over the street earlier today. Maria points him to the recently installed litter receptacle (with a β€œPITCH IN!” sign) and explains what it's for. Oscar gets an idea …
Cartoon Two boys notice a D, saying it looks fat. A resonant voice (Gary Owens) informs them that it's the letter D. This leads to a jazzy story about a dog who digs for dice, wins a duck, and buys a dinosaur with a dime. Moral: "If you dig a dinosaur, drop your duck for a dime."
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 2 Gordon is about to take some old tires to the dump, when Oscar points him to the all-new, giant trash can he's brought to Sesame Street.
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon A small man and his assistant Dudley attempt to demonstrate both the capital and lower-case letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
SCENE 3 Oscar points everyone to the giant trash can, instructing them to dump their bigger trash in it - chairs, boxes, an auto fender, etc. Oscar hopes to add to his trash collection, but realizes the can is too high, so he has David boost him up.
Cartoon "Presenting...the electric drill!"
(First: Episode 0557)
Herry's Ball.jpg
Muppets Ernie finds a big yellow ball, which belongs to Herry Monster.
(First: Episode 0191)
Cartoon "Presenting -- the hammer!"
Film "Three Song (Song of Three)."
(First: Episode 0001)

Muppets When Maurice, a hapless casanova, puts an Anything Muppet woman's head together, he tells her that he loves her, but it turns out she doesn't love him. He then proceeds to take her head apart, bit by bit, as he sings "I Want to Hold Your Ear" (as well as eyes, nose, tooth, and hair). After she walks off in a huff, he notices to his shock that the parts he set aside have attached themselves to the tablecloth, who thinks he's kinda cute.
(First: Episode 0524)
Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
Film An ice cream man hands a boy too many cones. The boy cries out for "HELP" and some kids eat the extras.
(First: Episode 0484)
Cartoon A ship captain orders the numbers 1-20 into a boat - which promptly sinks.
Artist: Harvey Kurtzman
Film A little girl needs HELP getting on a horse.
(First: Episode 0484)
Muppets Maria reads the story of "The King's Nose".
(First: Episode 0537)
Tool quickie jackhammer.jpg
Cartoon A man jackhammers the ground making it break away and dissolve to black.
(First: Episode 0574)

Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper is looking down and saying "Three sticks!" A man asks "Three sticks where?" Then Harvey says "3 sticks right here!" and sticks a number 3 on the man's head.
(First: Episode 0570)
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cast Luis and David cooperate on a rainy day.
(First: Episode 0469)
SCENE 4 Bob encounters Big Bird and three kids, who have formed a percussion band and are practicing their music. Bob plays a β€œThree of These Things” game with the instruments.
D balloon.jpg
Cartoon Speech Balloon: D -- Dog (role reversal between man and dog)
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dee, Dee, Dee" as Cookie Monster hastily demonstrates each D word.
(First: Episode 0319)
Cartoon Triangles are found in various things such as a see-saw, ice cream cone, etc.
(First: Episode 0544)
Celebrity The New York Mets make 3 hits in a row, but miss on the 4th.
(First: Episode 0136)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch, Hold, Feel."
(First: Episode 0504)
Celebrity The New York Mets make 4 hits in a row, but miss on the 5th.
(First: Episode 0161)
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
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Celebrity The New York Mets make 10 hits in a row, but miss on the 11th.
(First: Episode 0135)
SCENE 5 Gordon, Big Bird, Maria and some kids demonstrate next to.
Cartoon Three men in a horse costume want three cups of coffee.
(First: Episode 0473)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit the Frog, Shola, and Fannie demonstrate "next to."
(First: Episode 0553)
Film An Hispanic boy gets up, gets dressed, and goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo).
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon Willie Wimple: Land Pollution (litter).
(First: Episode 0527)
Film Hippos
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0415)
Cast Wally and Ralph try to figure out how to set a table. Ralph puts two plates, two cups and two saucers on the table first, leaving Wally with the problem of how to get the tablecloth on under the dishes.
(First: Episode 0351)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
SCENE 6 Oscar goes to Hooper's Store, hoping to buy a mask for the Grouch Ball tonight. David shows him some monster and witch masks, which Oscar thinks are pretty, but Oscar reacts in horror at the cute little girl mask - which he decides to buy.
Cartoon Z In Space
(First: Episode 0509)
HELP Maria David Susan Gordon.jpg
Cast Maria, David, Gordon, and Susan pull on a rope to drag the word HELP into frame. Then they sit on the floor and drive an invisible car away.
(First: Episode 0566)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Animation Sand Z/z
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie, Bert and Shola demonstrate happy, sad, scared and mad.
(First: Episode 0469)
SCENE 7 Big Bird recites a poem about dressing up.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a rabbit.
Muppets As ominous music plays, the Count walks around his castle, checks out the mirror (he has no reflection), and greets his bats. The mailman (Jim Henson) arrives, with a bunch of letters for Count. The mailman wonders why there are so many letters. The Count says that he wrote them all himself, so he could count them... and then he does.
(First: Episode 0420)
SCENE 8 The sponsors are announced.

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