Sesame Street
Oscar launches a space probe
Air date January 24, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors A, S, 9
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StreetScenes
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.
Pinball 09
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #9
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1032)
Bae14
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)
MartianBeauty
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
100025
Film "Sometimes, when you want to get somewhere, you need a bridge." (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0140)
Square cartoon
Cartoon A square is fit into many different things, such as a truck, window, television, etc.
(First: Episode 0316)
Noimage
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.
MumfordPineapples
Muppets Grover the Assistant: The Amazing Mumford's pineapple subtraction act
(First: Episode 0280)
Boy passing Salida signs
Cartoon A boy passes by various signs before reaching the SALIDA.
(First: Episode 0500)
Luis-SalidaBricks
Cast Luis looks for the SALIDA in a brick room.
(First: Episode 0407)
2485d
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
2477e
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: Do Ya Have an A on Ya?
(First: Episode 0293)
Frogflycartoon
Cartoon What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? What do you think would happen?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0406)
0926e
Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch, Hold, Feel."
(First: Episode 0504)
Toon.Dogonchair
Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)
Linda-BatterBall
Cast Linda stars in the Theater Without Words production of "The Batter and the Ball."
(First: Episode 1031)
Awitch
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)
PIYN-ExterminatorWindows
Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with the exterminator and window washer.
(First: Episode 1019)
Aapestory
Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
(First: Episode 0158)
1272-Snake
Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0294)
Aisforape
Cartoon A is for ape.
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird notices a rack of toothbrushes at Hooper's and realizes he doesn't own one himself, thought he doesn't know why. He picks out the one he wants, but David reminds him that he doesn't even have teeth.
News-EarlyRedRidingChase
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)
Appleorangepear
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
FamilySong-AN
Muppets "The AN Family Song"
(First: Episode 0181)
2490.film.SALIDA
Film SALIDA (word spins around)
(First: Episode 0967)
S-sing
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
1255-Paul
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)
2096v
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
Cookiethief
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)
Handprint
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
Countingbackflips
Film Kids count 18 backflips.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Noimage
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, but once he reaches "one," he blasts up into the air instead. After crashing back down, he sighs, "Back to the old drawing board."
SallySpider
Cartoon Sally the Spider skates with different combinations of her legs.
(First: Episode 0625)
Kermit-CoreyTodd
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog talks with twins Corey and Todd about how they're same and different.
(First: Episode 0557)
2234-SameDifferent
Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
Film-SameDiffBoxes
Film Two box-beings make each other look same and different by piling different objects on each other.
(First: Episode 0226)
Cheeringtriplets
Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
Jerry-MonkeyFlips
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. After counting down from 10, the rocket still remains on Earth, but the bay door opens and a cuckoo clock bird pops out and cuckoos endlessly.


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