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Oscar the Grouch has a sale
Air date December 12, 1977
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production September 14, 1977
Sponsors A, M, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Herry Monster is looking after the Fix-It Shop. Luis phones from the lumber store, asking Herry to measure the piece of wood on the table so he can get more like it. Herry first measures using some boxes and a brick, which isn't helpful to Luis; he doesn't know how big the boxes are. Herry then measures using just bricks, when Luis asks him to use the measuring stick. Herry manages to find it and measures the wood. Since the stick is longer than the wood, he fills the gap with a couple more bricks.
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Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
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Song "Three of These Kids" (barbells)
(First: Episode 0474)
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cast Maria and Luis assemble a fractured letter "a."
(First: Episode 0904)
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Cartoon A girl explains (in poetry) how she failed trying to make a snowman without using snow.
(First: Episode 0480)
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Muppets Fred the Wonder Horse bets Marshal Grover that he can't count backwards from ten. Grover tries standing with his back to him and counting up to ten. Since he can't do it, Grover has to let Fred ride on his back.
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Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
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SCENE 2 A trenchcoat-wearing Anything Muppet slinks into Big Bird's nest and places a letter M on the table. Big Bird finds it and wonders what he can use it for. The Muppet returns and begins to hawk some "M attachments" - OP, UG, and UD, which he can use to make MOP, MUG, and MUD. Big Bird already owns a mop and mug, and wants nothing to do with mud. He goes off, certain he can think of something else he can do with his new M. The salesman is miffed that he's lost a perfectly good M on a failed pitch and wonders aloud what he can do with his "M attachments" now. Another salesman Muppet enters the scene and starts hawking his own letter M.
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Muppets Farley explains things one can do with their mind - he plans on going to the door, he imagines who's knocking at it, he remembers it's not his mother and he hopes there's not a scary monster at the door. Herry Monster surprises him by bursting through the door, frightening Farley away. Herry's sorry Farley ran away; he wanted to play.
(First: Episode 0180)
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Animation Arthur and Annie look for the letter A, while a shadowy figure observes all the A words they say.
Features the voice of Jim Thurman
(First: Episode 0781)
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Muppets Grover reads "The Cursed Prince" (David turns into Kermit)
(First: Episode 0969)
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Cartoon What if an anteater had the features of a giraffe?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0422)
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Film A boy and his dad build a bookshelf out of wood.
(First: Episode 1029)
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Cast Linda holds up a "One Way" sign for Damion Brown in front of Big Bird's nest construction doors. Damion reads the word, then learns to sign it.
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Cartoon A for Acrobats
(First: Episode 0797)
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Film A film of camels eating.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0388)
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Cartoon An orchestra conductor asks "May I have an A, please?" at which point a giant letter A falls from the sky.
(First: Episode 0770)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews one of the Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.
(First: Episode 0551)
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Insert Olivia resents being looked after by her brother Gordon, now that she's a grown-up. She sings "I'm a Big Girl Now", where she explains that even though Gordon helped her a lot when she was younger, she's all grown up and doesn't need it as much.
(First: Episode 0973)
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Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be. (re-recorded music)
(First: Episode 0004)
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Cartoon A man displays his invention, the A-box, which only takes the letter A.
(First: Episode 0781)
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Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon Two red curtains are dropped to reveal a number 5 covered in colorful dots that vibrate and disperse.
(First: Episode 0940)
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Muppets Lefty wants to sell Ernie a scale. He uses two pounds of bananas and two pounds of apples to demonstrate how the scale works. Ernie is impressed. He already has a scale at home, but he'd like to buy the apples and bananas.
(First: Episode 0449)
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Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
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SCENE 3 Maria assists Oscar in pulling out a ratty, old table from his trash can. He tells her he's going to have a sale today and starts rummaging through his can for things to get rid of.
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Hamburger - Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger. The restaurant offers two sizes: the big hamburgers and the small hamburgers. When the small hamburgers are too small, he orders a big one, but because there have been some problems with the big hamburger, Grover tries to convince him to order several small ones.
(First: Episode 0705)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie, Bert, and Shola demonstrate "big," "small," "smaller, and "smallest" with four balls.
(First: Episode 0544)
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Cartoon Things say that other things are small, but then something comes along that's bigger, or smaller, or whatever.
(First: Episode 0320)
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Cartoon A lost number 5 looks for his brother.
(First: Episode 0934)
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SCENE 4 Maria goes over to Hooper's Store and tells Luis and Mr. Hooper about Oscar's sale. They hear the clanging of junk being set out, followed by Oscar's announcement of the sale's beginning. They come out to the sale, which is of old, but functional items Oscar has had no use for because of their fine condition. Luis almost walks away with a teddy bear for four dollars, but Oscar clarifies by the number on the price tag refers to bags of trash.
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Cartoon Three little men climb up the three flower stems.
(First: Episode 0634)
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Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels.
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon "Mi casa es su casa."
(First: Episode 0794)
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Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
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Cartoon A man makes a CASA for both him and his dog, who then makes a CASA for a bird.
(First: Episode 0586)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 Oscar's sale has been a huge success; every item is sold save for a pair of skates that Susan buys in exchange for some old tires. Since the skates cost two tires and she gave him three, Oscar gives her one tire change. He then begins to count up all his loot.


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