Sesame Street
Oscar's ordinary gifts
Air date May 19, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Sponsors T, U, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria and David have plans to go to the movies tonight, but neither one remembers what time they agreed to meet up at. Maria leaves the Fix-It Shop to find him at Hooper's Store, where he's trying to call her at the shop. The roles then become reversed until they finally meet on the block. Big Bird watches the two try to explain themselves, then crack up. He concludes, "Grownups sure can act weird, sometimes, can't they?"
Cartoon A girl talks about preparing to play with her new sled.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0413)
Planning Ahead
Muppets Ernie & Bert — It's a sunny day at the beach, and Bert remembered to bring everything. Ernie, however, only brought an umbrella in case it rains... which it does.
(First: Episode 0284)
Cartoon Jazz #4
(First: Episode 0006)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
Celebrity Bill Cosby counts three kids, but a fourth keeps hiding behind him.
(First: Episode 0154)
Cartoon Sign Man: HOT DOG
(First: Episode 1142)
SCENE 2 Gordon and the kids sort some shapes by size, shape, and color.
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper goes to a man and asks, "Can I take a picture of U?" The man gives him permission, but Harvey tells him that his shoes are untied, and when the man looks down, Harvey slaps the letter U on top of his head and takes a picture of it.
(First: Episode 0468)
Cartoon Capital letter U for up
(First: Episode 0416)
Film A man (Barry Simpson) puts on snowshoes to bring his trash out.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon A male voice narrates a story of a jazzy triangle who loved to dance, and a square square. The triangle likes being flexible, but the square would rather be stiff and *square*.
(First: Episode 0007)
George countofour
Film No matter how they're arranged, George the Farmer always has three barrels, four milk jugs, and five cartons.
(First: Episode 0278)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster shows David a sign that says STREET.
(First: Episode 0423)
Cartoon U for Ugly: A man removes his mask, revealing a hideous monster face.
(First: Episode 0468)
Letters form FUN
Insert Jerry Nelson narrates three letters coming together to form the word FUN. The letters celebrate with confetti and streamers.
(First: Episode 0458)
Animation Sand U/u
(First: Episode 0624)
Song "Sawmill" - Folk singers detail how lumber is made into usable wood. (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 0657)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The spectators take off.
(First: Episode 0022)
Muppets Two brothers, First and Last, sing about how their names affect how they do things.
(First: Episode 0134)
SCENE 3 Maria asks the kids about things that come first and last. They are then joined by Big Bird.
Cartoon Rumba pencils (first, last, Crazy Melvin)
(First: Episode 0638)
Film Scenes of individuals running from around the world.
(First: Episode 0669)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: Rocket takes off at 7. Then it comes down so the man can continue his countdown, but at 1, it falls over with a huge crash.
(First: Episode 0022)
Celebrity Mary Lou Williams scats with the kids.
(First: Episode 0792)
Countdown launch success
Cartoon Rocket countdown: Unlike previous segments, the rocket successfully launches at the right time as everyone celebrates, and the director grins at the camera.
(First: Episode 0042)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Families."
(First: Episode 0454)
SCENE 4 Gordon finds himself illustrating safety by helping out his neighbors in various situations, from helping get Big Bird's ball from the street to helping David carry a large box of dishes.
Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie that if he can clean the messy apartment in fifteen seconds or less, he will give Ernie his dessert, ice cream and cookies.
(First: Episode 0033)
Film Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Dot Bridge 06 raspberry
Cartoon Dot Bridge #6: Dot blows raspberry
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: With Kermit's help, Don Music manages to rewrite "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as "Drive, drive, drive your car."
(First: Episode 0897)
SCENE 5 Oscar gingerly presents Maria, Gordon, and David with some special gifts he's prepared for them. They assume there's some sort of trick to the gifts and handle them with care. Oscar confesses to the camera that all the gifts are ordinary, but the adults will be driven crazy waiting for something rotten to happen.
Cartoon T is for Television
(First: Episode 0024)
Film Lemurs rest on tree branches.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0390)
Film The letter T is a very useful letter.
(First: Episode 0402)
SCENE 6 The adults see that the gifts are normal enough, but still suspect there's something wrong with them. Oscar watches in amusement.

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