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Sesame Street
Oscar's crabapple tree
Air date March 8, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors D, U, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar heckles Gordon and Susan's plans to make a garden on the street. When they challenge his knowledge of plants, he shows off a plant he's growing - a crabapple tree, though it droopy from having been in his fridge the entire time. They tell him to give it proper sunshine and advise him eating one of its fruits will make him sick (which is exactly what he wants).
Cartoon A boy counts 10 stairs as he climbs them with his sack of toys.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has acquired some drums, but he doesn't know how to play them well. Ernie teaches him how to make drum playing exciting.
(First: Episode 0579)
Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
Alphabet Bates U.jpg
Film Alphabet Bates skywrites a letter U.
(First: Episode 0036)
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)
Spies sorting tools.jpg
Cast Bob and Maria are spies who meet under a street lamp and greet each other with a recitation of "Little Miss Muffet". Once they've confirmed each others identities, Maria produces some tools and a tricycle while Bob sings "Three of These Things" with a British accent.
(First: Episode 0593)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Herbert and Grover 2.jpg
Muppets Grover the Assistant: Herbert Birdsfoot arranges three blocks for Grover to count. No matter how the blocks are arranged, they still add up to three. Herbert asks Grover to count some oranges as well. Grover confesses that he's good at counting blocks -- but he doesn't know how to count oranges!
(First: Episode 0192)

SCENE 2 Bob finds Oscar insulting his plant, having heard talking to them helps them grow. Bob advises him to give it water too and use nicer conversation when talking to it. While Bob demonstrates, Oscar ducks out and Gordon and Susan observe him talking to the plant. Bob has trouble explaining himself.
Cartoon Clouds that look like things.
(First: Episode 0211)
Muppets / Cast A blank Anything Muppet approaches Bob, not feeling anything at the moment. Bob changes his feelings by giving him various new facial features.
(First: Episode 0662)
Cartoon A man tells a confused boy that he saw a bird on a tree, with both of their thoughts appearing on the screen.
(First: Episode 0565)
Film A baby monkey
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0280)
Animation Sand U/u
(First: Episode 0624)
Muppets Ernie displays a ukulele; Cookie Monster plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on it, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0047)
Mama Busca.jpg
Cartoon A child runs through a crowd shouting for MAMA.
(First: Episode 0458)
SCENE 3 Susan convinces Oscar to join their game of "Three of These Things," which uses gardening tools and a lamp.
Cartoon The Typewriter: D - Daisy
(First: Episode 0795)
Muppets Two children, who can only read some words, resolve their fight over a large book by helping each other and reading alternate words.
(First: Episode 0297)
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon A pirate has his mate dig for treasure, which is buried between two trees. The mate doesn't know what between means. He finally gets the message, but a parrot makes off with the treasure.
(First: Episode 0779)

Muppets Maria reads "The Boy Who Cried Monster." A terrible, cookie-stealing monster helps to teach a mischievous Anything Muppet boy an important lesson.
(First: Episode 0412)
Cartoon A small man and his assistant, Dudley, attempt to demonstrate both the capital and lower-case letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
SCENE 4 Oscar is disgusted to see his crabapple tree has produced a pretty pink flower. Gordon explains trees blossom first, then it produces the fruit, which could take awhile. Oscar is not pleased about this development. ("What a revolting development this is!")
Film Five bugs are counted, until one bug engulfs the other four.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0628)
Film Detective Fred (Joe Raposo) is sent by his boss (Danny Epstein) to locate the number 20. Throughout the office and on the streets of New York, Fred tracks down the numbers 11 through 18 in numerical order by spying his surroundings. When he finds his way to Apartment 19, he discovers it is occupied by a gorilla, who leads him directly to the elusive 20.
(First: Episode 0277)
Film Slide puzzle - boy
(First: Episode 0428)
Herry and Kimberly shapes.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry Monster asks Kimberly to identify geometric shapes.
(First: Episode 0899)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
Insert Olivia sings "Move."
(First: Episode 0920)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
Cartoon Jazz #7
(First: Episode 0136)
Muppets The letter S joins U and N to make the word SUN. Some Anything Muppets appear in beach gear to bask in the sun.
(First: Episode 0453)
Cartoon The Wise Man tries to illustrate "between".
(First: Episode 0926)
SCENE 5 Oscar's tree has finally produced a crabapple, but none of the grown-ups want the "honor" of eating it. Oscar eats it himself and succumbs to its sour taste.
Cartoon A man illustrates 'between' in various situations throughout his work day.
(First: Episode 0779)
Animation Sand U/u (repeat)
SCENE 5 cont'd Oscar recovers and now wants to grow even more crabapples! He then announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Susan holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Gordon holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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