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Sesame Street
Oscar and the sanitation worker; Big Bird tries to order birdseed; Big Bird eats his birdseed sundae for a long time
Air date April 26, 1974
Season Season 5 (1973-1974)
Sponsors Q, U, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar meets the new sanitation man (played onscreen by Jerry Nelson), who hauls away some trash that won't fit in Oscar's can. He then almost picks up Oscar's can itself, but Oscar protests, saying it's his home – the regular sanitation man knows that. This man is new on the job, however, and it's his orders to empty every can. Instead, Oscar offers him some of his most valuable trash, but the man isn't able to fit it into his truck, so he drives off. Oscar calls the sanitation department to make a complaint.
Film A mailman on horseback delivers mail in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
(First: Episode 0493)
Cast Gordon the carpenter (0:39)
Cartoon A man sees if a carpenter knows how to measure with a ruler.
(First: Episode 0550)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: Harvey Kneeslapper goes to a man and asks, "Can I take a picture of U?" The man gives him permission, but Harvey tells him that his shoes are untied, and when the man looks down, Harvey slaps the letter U on top of his head and takes a picture of it.
(First: Episode 0468)
Cartoon "Poverty U
(First: Episode 0036)
Alphabet Bates U.jpg
Film Alphabet Bates skywrites the letter U.
(First: Episode 0036)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit comes across the word "Telephone", spells it, and then teaches the word to the viewer. When an Anything Muppet boy who stands too far away says that he can't hear Kermit, Kermit dials the T, and the boy answers with the last E.
(First: Episode 0314)
SCENE 2 Big Bird calls David at Hooper's Store to order some birdseed, but the phone keeps ringing on the other end. He goes over to Hooper's to investigate, and sees that David is cleaning the floor with a loud buffer machine. He tries to get David's attention over the noise, making a “TELEPHONE” sign and pointing him to the phone. David finally turns off the machine and goes to the phone, but no one's on the line. David chides Big Bird for wasting his time, but Big Bird gets an idea. He does the same thing again, but when David picks up the phone, Big Bird tells him to hang on, because someone will be on the line soon. Big Bird rushes back to his nest and places his birdseed order over the phone, unaware that he could have asked David for it while he was there.
CT Wordsworth telephone.jpg
Cartoon A drummer precedes C.T. Wordsworth who presents today's word: TELEPHONE.
(First: Episode 0314)
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
Film Knock knock. Who's there? The woodpecker!
(First: Episode 0437)
Cast Luis is dressed for snow, but is stuck at the beach. David dresses for the beach, but finds himself in the snow. They happily switch places.
(First: Episode 0497)
Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 1: Ernie expects a call from Bert, but lets Cookie Monster make a phone call to his mommy, provided it's short. He proceeds to tell her about show and tell at school.
(First: Episode 0064)
Cartoon A bee looks for a flower.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 2: Cookie Monster tells his mommy about jumping rope after school and counts the jumps he made.
(First: Episode 0064)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0624)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 3: Cookie Monster has counted up to 4,614 by now and asks how his brother Fred is. Ernie offers him a box of cookies to get off the phone.
(First: Episode 0064)
Cartoon Willie Wimple went a-boatin' and polluted the river.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(First: Episode 0561)
Muppets Cookie Monster Uses Ernie's Phone part 4: Cookie Monster finally gets off the phone, and then eats it. When Bert calls, Ernie has to talk to him through Cookie Monster's mouth.
(First: Episode 0064)
Film "Pig's Love Song" (live-action version)
(First: Episode 0572)
Cartoon A boy imagines that if the clouds were cows, it would rain milk.
SCENE 3 Big Bird doesn't have anyone to play with today, so he imagines he has a little friend who's a small, blue bird named Tiny. Maria encounters him, and assumes the “imaginary friend” he's playing with is big and brown and furry, and named Mr. Snuffleupagus, but Big Bird denies it.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Animation A ball encounters a black cube, which it imagines as a log cabin in a blizzard.
Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
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 Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit asks Trey if he's seen a letter Q before. At first Trey denies it, but eventually draws one in the air with his finger.
(First: Episode 0440)
Animation Sand U/u
(First: Episode 0624)
SCENE 4 Maria gets a cup of coffee at Hooper's, and finishes it in a short time. Big Bird gets a birdseed sundae, and eats it for a long time, since he wants to enjoy it as much as possible.
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Muppets Ernie demonstrates the letter U with a ukulele; Cookie Monster plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on it, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0047)
Later in the day, after Maria has done all her shopping, Big Bird is still eating his sundae at Hooper’s.

Muppets An Anything Muppet man arrives at a gas station, hoping to be filled in a short time. Instead, his car takes a long time to fill while the attendant fills other cars in a short time.
(First: Episode 0540)
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets "The UN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0155)
Film Several people help a man when his car is stuck in the mud.
(First: Episode 0619)
SCENE 5 At night, Big Bird is still eating his sundae. David is desperate for him to finish, since he has to close the store.
U for Underpass.jpg
Film U, for Underpass
(First: Episode 0494)
As Big Bird continues eating his sundae, David falls asleep at the counter. The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.

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