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Sesame Street
Trip to New Mexico β€” Oscar tries to get comfortable at the New Mexico ranch
Air date December 23, 1975
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors F, G, 7


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Everyone wakes up from a good night's sleep to a beautiful morning in New Mexico. Everyone except Oscar, that is - he can't get to sleep without the loud noises of the trucks and buses back home, sounds which the others would rather avoid. And the sweet-smelling lilacs make it even worse for him! He decides to find someplace else to sleep.
Animation Sand F/f
(First: Episode 0629)

SCENE 2 Oscar finds a little clay hut that has a door, but no windows. Bob and Maria try to warn him against going in, but he insists -- and then flies out again, covered in hot ashes. They tell him that he was trying to sleep in the hot oven. Luis tells him that he knows the perfect place for a Grouch to sleep -- it's messy, away from the house, and has a good view of the dump.
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly.
(First: Episode 0034)

SCENE 3 Luis takes Oscar to the compost heap. Mrs. Romo explains that they dump the table scraps and peelings on the heap, and let it rot so they can use it as fertilizer. Oscar is delighted, and settles down in the compost heap to watch everything rot.
Cartoon Typewriter: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0781)
Muppets Stuie Monster and the Aristocrats sing "Fur".
Cartoon A real Indian boy tells two boys who are playing Cowboy and Indian that Indians don't say "ugh", despite what the other boys have heard on TV.
(First: Episode 0771)

Film Future jobs: footage of a kid playing with a certain toy, followed by an adult using "the real thing." Includes a girl singing the "Sesame Street Theme" and another watching a sketch with Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog.
(First: Episode 0796)

SCENE 4 Maria is up on a ladder working on the roof when she hears the phone ringing. She runs down the ladder and into the house to get the phone and talk to The Count, calling long-distance from Sesame Street. After they talk, Maria goes back outside and up the ladder again -- and then she has to run back inside to get another call. It's the Count again! After Maria goes back up the ladder and then runs back inside for the third time, the Count reveals that he's been counting the long-distance calls he makes to Maria.
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Old West: Bad Bart is looking for Marshal Earp to give her a big surprise. The terrified townspeople try to warn Marshal Earp -- but Bad Bart explains that a surprise is something that someone doesn't expect. He orders them not to say a word. It turns out the big surprise is a cake for Marshal Earp's birthday.
(First: Episode 0537)
Video Dancer Clive Thompson moves his body parts as kids identify them in voiceover.
Animation Stop-motion: A hammer slowly pounds a nail into the ground.
(First: Episode 0797)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he's encountered the wrong group of pigs -- one of these pigs went to market, one stayed home, and so on (alluding to the game of "This Little Piggy"). Just as he gets things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up and, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs and puffs Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0737)
Cartoon The Alligator King offers his crown to whichever of his seven sons can cheer him up.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Cast David goes through a series of doors marked "OPEN" (each one smaller than the one before).
(First: Episode 0442)
Gorilla toon2.jpg
Cartoon G for Gorilla (in man suit)
(First: Episode 0085)
Film James narrates a film of his life on a pueblo in New Mexico.
(First: Episode 0153)
Cartoon F for Football
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0135)
Cartoon A scientist builds a robot that has real feelings, such as sad, happy and afraid.
(First: Episode 0769)

SCENE 5 Luis and his grandfather are planning to ride to their neighbor's ranch to get some nails. Bob and Gordon offer to go instead, but Luis says they'll have to ride horses. He doesn't think they can do it, but they insist that they can. Luis gives them directions to the ranch. When Luis is gone, Bob and Gordon admit to each other that they don't know what a "mesa" or an "arroyo" is, and they don't know how to ride horses. They ask a kid to help; she knows how to ride.
Film "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon A hand draws a bridge, which a train crosses.
(First: Episode 0793)

Celebrity Luis tells the story of "The Sad Princess". In a faraway land, a beautiful princess (played by guest star Judy Collins) has a number of hard-working, happy subjects. Luis reads in the book that the princess is very happy, but the princess interrupts him. "Don't believe everything you read!" she cries, throwing the book away. "The fact is, I'm sick of being clean. I'm sick of being lovely... and I'm one sad princess." Her subjects insist that she must be happy, because she's a beautiful princess. She sings a sad song, explaining that she's very bored just sitting around and watching them work. She offers to join her subjects in their work. They object that she might tear her dress, or get dirty, but she says that she'd love to get dirty. The subjects are thrilled to have "a beautiful, working princess". Luis shrugs and says that they lived happily ever after, although the subjects point out that that's a generalization -- they have good days and bad days. The princess asks Luis to move so that she can fix his chair.
Cartoon Five purple konkers disappear one by one, until two of them have a yellow honker together.
(First: Episode 0775)
SCENE 6 A boy bottle-feeds a baby goat.
Cartoon An old woman goads a man into guessing who she met today. Through the clues she gives, he soon finds out she's referring to him.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0798)
Film This is the desert.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0514)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert thinks that Ernie has eaten his cookies, but it turns out that Cookie Monster (dressed as Ernie) ate the cookies.
(First: Episode 0158)
Cartoon Jack-in-the-Box School
(First: Episode 0284)


SCENE 7 Maria and Gordon appreciate the peace and quiet of the New Mexico ranch, but then they're startled to hear loud traffic noises. They follow the sound to Oscar's trash can, where he's playing street noise on his stereo set. He feels homesick, so he's playing loud noises to make it feel more like home. Maria and Gordon tell him that he's bothering the animals, so he has to listen to the noise through headphones. Realizing that they're a little homesick for the city too, Maria and Gordon ask if they can share the headphones with Oscar. The three city dwellers listen to the familiar sounds of traffic as the sun goes down over the ranch. Maria announces the sponsors.

The story of the New Mexico trip continues in episode 0813.

CLOSING SIGNS Oscar and The Count hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Luis holds up the CTW sign at the end.


  • The plot to this episode would later be repeated in Episode 1162, with different inserts.

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