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Sesame Street
Jar of beans / Oscar's birthday
Air date January 25, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors E, F, 10
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, David fills a jar with dry beans for a contest: whoever guesses the number correctly wins a free lunch. Maria guesses 2,000. Just then, Big Bird arrives to watch the store while David studies, but can't find anything to serve the customers. He notices the jar of dry beans, and gets inspired.
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Film George the Farmer demonstrates empty and full.
(First: Episode 0257)
Dot Bridge 01 straight.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #1
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has cooked and served the beans to the customers, who are full. David comes back, and is shocked to find the jar empty.
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Animation Sand E/e
(First: Episode 0642)
Muppets "Wonderful/Yucchy"
(First: Episode 0177)
Cartoon E for End
(First: Episode 0460)
Cartoon E for elephant, eagle, everything, and egg.
(First: Episode 0002)

Insert Child voiceovers declare the street wastebasket is empty. The adults and Big Bird toss their trash into it, making it full. After a garbage man (Richard Hunt, making a cameo) collects its contents, the kids announce that it is now empty.
(First: Episode 0854)
Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
Cartoon A bully says the alphabet to a mild-mannered gardener, who hits him in the face with a pie at the end.
(First: Episode 0279)
Animation A dune buggy is assembled.
(First: Episode 0506)
Cartoon Little girl and cat (she imagines role reversal)
(First: Episode 0784)
SCENE 3 Susan takes a Polaroid picture of Maria, which everyone likes, but Maria hates.
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)
Cast Luis looks for the SALIDA in a brick room.
(First: Episode 0407)
F bubble.png
Cartoon Speech Balloon: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0032)
Film SALIDA (word spins around)
Cartoon A clam tells a fisherman why he's not catching any fish: he pulled all the plants out of the pond.
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon The word SALIDA exits through a white square.
(First: Episode 0588)
SCENE 4 Big Bird recites a poem about what to give a snake, leading to the next film.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Sidewinder snake
(First: Episode 0514)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about clues. He shows that a boy has grown some carrots because he has garden tools, a watering can, and a packet of seeds. Next, he confirms that a man has built a birdhouse because of his blueprints and carpenter's tools. When he notices Beautiful Day Monster with a suitcase and an umbrella, Kermit assumes that the monster is going on a trip and using the umbrella as protection from the rain. The monster corrects him; he's planning to eat his umbrella, and uses the suitcase to carry the ketchup he'll use to eat it with.
(First: Episode 0118)
Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Celebrity José Feliciano sings "The Gypsy."
(First: Episode 0763)
Counting 10 to 1.jpg
Cartoon Counting 10 to 1.
(First: Episode 0480)
SCENE 5 Luis explains the meaning of a "Wet Paint" sign to Big Bird. Luis leaves for a cup of coffee, but when he comes back, he sees that Big Bird has painted several “wet paint” signs - one for each previous sign.
Song "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Film Milk! (From Farm To Market To Home)
(First: Episode 0795)
Cartoon Miss Fortune makes guesses about a dog.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0483)
Muppets Bert wants to know why there is a cookie lying on the table. Ernie explains that he put it there to remind himself.
(First: Episode 0095)
Song "Train Song"
(First: Episode 0423)
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(First: Episode 0768)
SCENE 6 Susan, Luis, Maria and David give Oscar some grouchy presents for his birthday (including a broken record), which Oscar resents, because they’re all things he wants, and he expected things he didn’t want. When they tell him off and leave him alone, he feels better.
Cartoon A postal worker tells the viewer what the post office is good for.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0783)
Film At a fiesta, a group of kids try to break through a piñata.
(First: Episode 0619)
Dot Bridge 04 third red.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #4: (third dot wants to be red)
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 7 Oscar plays his broken record as the sponsors are announced.

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