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Sesame Street
Oscar tries to get comfortable at the New Mexico ranch.
(repeat of 0812)
Air date April 25, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors F, G, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Everyone wakes up from a good night's sleep to a beautiful morning in New Mexico. Everyone except Oscar, that is - he can't get to sleep without the loud noises of the trucks and buses back home, sounds which the others would rather avoid. And the sweet-smelling lilacs make it even worse for him! He decides to find someplace else to sleep.
Muppets Ernie & Bert — After Bert gets mad at Ernie, Ernie imagines what life would be like without Bert.
(First: Episode 1034)
Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0583)
Muppets Cheers: F Cheer #1
(First: Episode 0092)
Cartoon F - Face
Artist: Jeff Hale
Insert The Alphabet Dancers make the form of the letter F.
(First: Episode 0446)
Muppets Cheers: F Cheer #1 (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0387)

SCENE 2 Oscar finds a little clay hut that has a door, but no windows. Bob and Maria try to warn him against going in, but he insists -- and then flies out again, covered in hot ashes. They tell him that he was trying to sleep in the hot oven. Luis tells him that he knows the perfect place for a Grouch to sleep -- it's messy, away from the house, and has a good view of the dump.
Cartoon A mad scientist (voiced by Daws Butler) teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot", and "Friday."
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
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)

SCENE 3 Luis takes Oscar to the compost heap. Mrs. Romo explains that they dump the table scraps and peelings on the heap, and let it rot so they can use it as fertilizer. Oscar is delighted, and settles down in the compost heap to watch everything rot.
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Upstairs, Downstairs
Film Five bugs are counted, until one bug engulfs the other four.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0628)
Celebrity Whitman Mayo tries to display the concept of UP, but soon discovers that he can't stay up in the air when he jumps. However, a group of kids can jump and stay up in the air (with the help of video trickery).
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Marlena observe their knees.
Cartoon Panels flip to reveal different ways things WALK.
(First: Episode 0369)
Film The crosswalk light says WALK.
(First: Episode 0926)

SCENE 4 Maria is up on a ladder working on the roof when she hears the phone ringing. She runs down the ladder and into the house to get the phone and talk to The Count, calling long-distance from Sesame Street. After they talk, Maria goes back outside and up the ladder again -- and then she has to run back inside to get another call. It's the Count again! After Maria goes back up the ladder and then runs back inside for the third time, the Count reveals that he's been counting the long-distance calls he makes to Maria.
Cartoon "Egg Chant": A girl skips rope as a boy sits with an egg on his knee. They recite an alphabet poem together. The egg hatches and a dancing lizard emerges.
(First: Episode 0003)
Film Mad Painter #7
(First: Episode 0314)
Pinball 07.jpg
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
Muppets "The Rhymies at Sea" - Larry, Mary and Barry sail on a ship, which sinks.
(First: Episode 1149)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: DON'T WALK
Film A marching band counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon G is for Goat
(First: Episode 0085)
Cast "Sluggo the Great" (David) puts on his baseball gear, but isn't sure which body parts to put them on.
(First: Episode 0492)
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
Film A boy climbs up a tree to gather coconuts.
(First: Episode 1125)
Cartoon Two dots play hide-and-seek amongst different shaped blocks.
(First: Episode 0780)

SCENE 5 Luis and his grandfather are planning to ride to their neighbor's ranch to get some nails. Bob and Gordon offer to go instead, but Luis says they'll have to ride horses. He doesn't think they can do it, but they insist that they can. Luis gives them directions to the ranch. When Luis is gone, Bob and Gordon admit to each other that they don't know what a "mesa" or an "arroyo" is, and they don't know how to ride horses. They ask a kid to help; she knows how to ride.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog climbs the famous beanstalk and passes Jack on the way who warns him not to go up. He breaches the clouds and meets a giant (played by Jerry Nelson in a cameo).
Cartoon A football player talks about his favorite sport.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0135)
Film Silent film: Two men (played by Richard Belzer and Brian Doyle-Murray) are about to share a picnic lunch, but first decide to try rowing a boat on the lake. A brown dog arrives and starts to eat the sandwiches. Panicking, the men try to steer the rowboat back to the shore but they can't direct the boat. Eventually, they realize that to return they must cooperate. They get back just in time to take back the last wrapped sandwich out of the dog's mouth.
(First: Episode 1120)
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(First: Episode 1102)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster appears to Ernie as the Cookie Bunny.
(First: Episode 1147)
F bubble.png
Cartoon Speech Balloon: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0032)
SCENE 6 A boy bottle-feeds a baby goat.
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. (repeat)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Grasshopper
(First: Episode 0084)
Muppets Mr. Johnson has been served a bowl of soup, but flags down his waiter to make a complaint. He asks Grover to inspect the fly that's in his soup, but Grover looks under; next to; and above the soup before he agrees to bring out a new bowl. The kitchen is all out of what Mr. Johnson ordered, so he brings him Cream of Mosquito.
(First: Episode 1134)
Transition Bridge #3 - 4 Corner Bridge A
(First: Episode 0282)


SCENE 7 Maria and Gordon appreciate the peace and quiet of the New Mexico ranch, but then they're startled to hear loud traffic noises. They follow the sound to Oscar's trash can, where he's playing street noise on his stereo set. He feels homesick, so he's playing loud noises to make it feel more like home. Maria and Gordon tell him that he's bothering the animals, so he has to listen to the noise through headphones. Realizing that they're a little homesick for the city too, Maria and Gordon ask if they can share the headphones with Oscar. The three city dwellers listen to the familiar sounds of traffic as the sun goes down over the ranch. Maria announces the sponsors.

The story of the New Mexico trip continues in Episode 1163.

CLOSING SIGNS Oscar and The Count hold up the Sesame Street sign, while Luis holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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