Sesame Street
Oscar launches a space probe
Air date January 24, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production October 12, 1977
Sponsors A, S, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar appears to be fishing in a bucket. Gordon, Ruby, David, and Maria come by one-by-one to watch, as Oscar counts four nibbles he seems to be getting. He is actually counting the people he's fooled into stopping and watching.
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #9
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1032)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the beach, Ernie notices that Bert is missing; all he sees is Bert's hat. Sherlock Hemlock helps find Bert, and in the process, discovers that Ernie accidentally buried Bert under the sand.
(First: Episode 0278)
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Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
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Film "Sometimes, when you want to get somewhere, you need a bridge." (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0140)
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Cartoon A square is fit into many different things, such as a truck, window, television, etc.
(First: Episode 0316)
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SCENE 2 A penny scale has been added to Hooper's Store. Gordon tries it and finds he's heavier than he thought, while Maria is lighter. Big Bird gets on the scale, but when it doesn't react, he believes he weighs nothing at all and might just float into the air if unweighted somehow. He begins talking about getting a heavy suitcase, when Maria points out that he never fed a penny into the scale for it to work.
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Muppets Grover the Assistant: The Amazing Mumford's pineapple subtraction act
(First: Episode 0280)
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Cartoon A boy passes by various signs before reaching the SALIDA.
(First: Episode 0500)
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Cast Luis looks for the SALIDA in a brick room.
(First: Episode 0407)
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Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: Do Ya Have an A on Ya?
(First: Episode 0293)
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Cartoon What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? What do you think would happen?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0406)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch, Hold, Feel."
(First: Episode 0504)
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Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)
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Cast Linda stars in the Theater Without Words production of "The Batter and the Ball."
(First: Episode 1031)
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Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
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Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with the exterminator and window washer.
(First: Episode 1019)
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Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
(First: Episode 0158)
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Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0294)
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Cartoon A is for ape.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird has noticed that everyone owns a toothbrush but himself. He drops by Hooper's, where David has many on display. Big Bird tries to find the right one, when David points out that birds don't use toothbrushes - they don't have teeth. Big Bird asks if there are any for sale.
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog witnesses how the mailman and salesman knock at the door while the Big Bad Wolf chases Little Red Riding Hood around the bed. Eventually, the Woodsman shows up, and Red and the Wolf chase him for cutting down a maple tree which was their favorite one.
(First: Episode 0621)
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Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
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Muppets "The AN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0181)
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Film SALIDA (word spins around)
(First: Episode 0967)
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Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
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Celebrity Paul Simon and the kids make up a song together and then sing a portion of "Get Back" by the Beatles.
(First: Episode 1088)
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Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
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Muppets Western: Four Anything Muppet cowboys put up a Wanted poster for "the Great Cookie Thief", who's been stealing cookies from all the bakeries in these here parts. Cookie Monster is standing in front of the poster, and the others suspect that he's the Great Cookie Thief -- he has the same googly eyes, the same blue fur, and the same Western hat. They confront Cookie Monster, but he denies the charge: "Not have same mustache!" He shouts, "Look over there!" -- and while they're distracted, he draws a mustache on the poster. They apologize -- but then Cookie Monster takes off his hat, and cookies fall out. The Great Cookie Thief makes his escape.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
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Film Kids count 18 backflips.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
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SCENE 4 Oscar prepares to launch the very first Grouch space probe (The Scavenger I) into orbit and find out if there's intelligent life out on the planet Spurious. The probe is outfitted with a camera to photograph the intergalactic trash heaps, a shovel and bucket to collect trash samples, and a pair of old shoes for mobility. He commences the countdown from 20, but once he reaches "one," he blasts up into the air instead. After crashing back down, he sighs, "Back to the old drawing board."
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Cartoon Sally the Spider skates with different combinations of her legs.
(First: Episode 0625)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog talks with twins Corey and Todd about how they're same and different.
(First: Episode 0557)
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Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
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Film Two box-beings make each other look same and different by piling different objects on each other.
(First: Episode 0226)
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Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
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Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
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SCENE 5 Oscar prepares to launch the probe once more, even though it has tipped over. After counting down from 10, the rocket still remains on Earth, but the bay door opens and Little Bird pops out and cuckoos endlessly. David announces the sponsors.


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