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Sesame Street
Maria tries to get Oscar to say "please"; Big Bird needs help demonstrating subtraction
Air date March 11, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors E, W, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird tries to demonstrate in, on and under, but thinks he's failed because he can't find anything in the garage, under the stairs or the table or David's chair, or on the fire hydrant or Maria's and Susan's heads. “Some things are impossible to teach,” he remarks.
Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
Cups and Saucers.jpg
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie stacks cups and saucers in order to count them, making Bert quite nervous. Luckily, they're glued together.
(First: Episode 0586)
Cartoon A man explains that the letter E begins both Enter and Exit. Another man named Roy runs through the doors.
(First: Episode 0406)
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon W for Willamina
(First: Episode 0512)
Cast Maria, David, Bob, and Luis play knights who have their lunch at a round table.
(First: Episode 0468)
Cartoon E for Erase
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Super Grover: Janet Fringle needs help carrying many boxes. Super Grover suggests gluing them together, but she eventually figures out that taking them one at a time will work.
(First: Episode 0588)
SCENE 2 Maria is about to give Oscar a used band-aid she found, but rescinds when he says “Gimme!” and refuses to say “please”. He disguises himself as “Officer Cooney”, “Dr. Ganz”, and the merry mailman, all whom offer to handle the band-aid for Maria, but she gets wise to him and makes him switch costumes over and over until he breaks down and quietly says “please”. “I guess you gotta work for the finer things in life,” he says.
Cartoon Fisherman Jones demonstrates in, on and under with the help of a big fishy.
(First: Episode 0370)
Wally Ralph mirror.jpg
Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally gives Ralph a mirror as a present. Wally looks at it, and says it is a picture of himself. But when Ralph looks at it, he sees a picture of himself. When they look at it together, they see a picture of both of them.
(First: Episode 0342)
Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Herry's ABC Secret.JPG
Muppets Grover tells Herry's secret (which is actually the alphabet) to Pamela, who tells Fenwick, who tells Rosemary. Herry says to Grover, "You're very good at reciting the alphabet ... but you're lousy at keeping secrets!"
(First: Episode 0360)
Film A girl gets on, in, and under a blanket in a park.
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Song Joe Raposo sings "Pretty Baby."
(First: Episode 0040)
Muppets Cookie Monster sounds out the word FOOD, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0601)
SCENE 3 Big Bird wants to teach subtraction, so he spies three smart people in Hooper's Store who could help him - Maria, Susan and Mr. Hooper. Unfortunately, Susan exits, making two smart people, and then Maria exits, leaving one. Mr. Hooper comes outside and asks Big Bird to watch the store for him, which leaves none. “Some days you just can’t win,” Big Bird laments.
Film Scuba diver - on, into, under, through, around
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0516)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit meets Little Miss Muffet, who sits on her water bed, eats crunchy granola, and is not afraid of the spider, who ends up frightening Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0601)
Film People of all ages ride bicycles.
Music: Joe Raposo
Cartoon A boy and girl fight over the word YO. Luckily, he has a spare.
(First: Episode 0486)
Song Sesame Street Animal Films: "Rockabye Baby" is sung to a sleepy koala.
(First: Episode 0048)
Cartoon Uncle Al tells his nephew a story about a dog he had, but gets mixed up with the details.
Artist: Marv Newland
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
Film Field of hay (kid voice-overs)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon A bee looks for a flower.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Film Kids watch as construction workers paint a number 5 on the street using a stencil.
(First: Episode 0497)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie has six jellybeans, and Bert has seven. Bert thanks Ernie for giving him the extra jellybean. Ernie says that isn't fair - they should have an equal amount. To make it even, Ernie eats the extra jellybean. That's fair, isn't it?
(First: Episode 0014)
Cartoon A man learns that it's better not to pick the flowers.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film A film of two kids and a goat riding a turtle at a petting zoo is narrated in English and Spanish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0486)
SCENE 4 Oscar calls Mr. Hooper, Maria, Susan, David and four kids to gather for a picture he’s going to take. First he wants the grownups to stand on the crates and the kids to sit. Then he wants the girls standing on the crates and the boys sitting in front. Then he wants those wearing sneakers to stand on the crates, and those without to sit. Finally, he decides he’d rather have a picture of just the dirty crates.
Cartoon A girl wonders what it would be like if elephants were as easily frightened as bugs.
(First: Episode 0595)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water
(First: Episode 0062)
Kermit Tracy 5 fingers.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count five fingers.
(First: Episode 0125)
SCENE 5 The sponsors are announced.

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