Sesame Street
Oscar forms trashcan towers and singing groups
Air date May 23, 1978
Season Season 9 (1977-1978)
Production February 27, 1978
Sponsors V, W, 6
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Olivia and David discover Oscar is building a new high rise apartment complex for Grouches - Grouch Tower, a stack of various trash cans. He handles calls from potential tenants, when Olivia points out that unless he's gotten permission from the city to build this structure, it'll have to be torn down. Oscar is delighted by this revelation. He goes into his can to retrieve a helmet and blows the whistle, signaling his crew to knock everything down (with a loud crash).
MagicPig
Cartoon "Magic Pig"
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 0772)
Characters.twiddlebugs
Muppets The Twiddlebugs try to figure out how to get to the zoo. They notice it's too far to walk, swim, or fly. Then they notice their Twiddle-car.
(First: Episode 0603)
SB--WWater
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water
(First: Episode 0062)
Raposo-Feet
Song Joe Raposo sings "Feet (One Foot, Two Foot)."
(First: Episode 0223)
Wandawitch1
Cartoon "Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0001)
Carolburnett0001
Celebrity Carol Burnett: "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird."
(First: Episode 0001)
Willamina
Cartoon W for Wilhelmina
(First: Episode 0512)
Josefeliciano
Celebrity José Feliciano sings "Arroz con Leche."
(First: Episode 0763)
1710m
Cartoon Gloria talks about 'W'
(First: Episode 0806)
GroverMariaDavid
Muppets / Cast Maria and David help Grover understand that there can refer to anyplace that you are not, no matter how far away you may be.
(First: Episode 0885)
2293c
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Kermitwlecture1
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit the Frog talks about the letter W. Cookie Monster eats the W.
(First: Episode 0001)
Wih.Witch
Cartoon W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
Kermitwlecture2
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to start his W lecture again, but the W comes to life and attacks him.
(First: Episode 0001)
100006
Film Stop-motion: in a park, a garbage man puts litter in a trash can. (Part 1)
(First: Episode 0491)
6redballs
Animation Counting six red balls
(First: Episode 0278)
100007
Film Stop-motion: in a park, a man reads a newspaper, then shamelessly drops it on the ground. A little girl finds this disgusting, and puts the newspaper in the trash bin. (Part 2)
(First: Episode 0491)
Film-CityShapes-Circle
Film David (in voiceover) finds a circle in an overhead view.
(First: Episode 0481)
Earrings
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ...
(First: Episode 0821)
Noimage
SCENE 2 Three trash cans are situated next to Oscar's can, two of which have Grouches inside. Oscar and the two Grouches have formed a singing group, the Trashmen. They invite Bob and the kids to hear their performance of "Three of These Things." The kids correctly guess that the empty trash can is the one that doesn't belong. The Grouches bid them farewell with a song - "Shave and a haircut...get lost!"
MagicalHerman
Cartoon Magical Herman's number trick
(First: Episode 0773)
The Fonz - W
Celebrity The Fonz walks out of the "Guys" room and points to the "W" flag, reminding him of a W word he forgot before leaving the bathroom...
2341g
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 1: WET.
(First: Episode 0473)
1710w
Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
2341i
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 2: SET.
(First: Episode 0473)
1927-Circles
Cartoon A circle becomes a clock, balloon, sun, etc.
(First: Episode 0358)
2341k
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 3: MET.
(First: Episode 0473)
2059w
Cartoon The 3 Numero Brothers show addition and subtraction.
Noimage
SCENE 3 The Trashmen, now calling themselves the Grouch Trio, prepare for their next ditty, but none of them can sing the tenor part. Bob happens by and gets recruited to join the group, now billing themselves as the Filthy Four. Bob crawls into his own can and is given a Grouch-like wig. The quartet proceeds to sing "A Grouch in a Rusty Can." At the song's end, Olivia comes by and chooses not to question Bob's odd position.
No6b
Film "Six Song (Song of Six)."
(First: Episode 0011)
Ssnews.aladdin
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Aladdin is distressed that his lamp won't work until Kermit informs hims that he needs to add a light bulb, plug in the cord, and flip the switch. All the while, the Genie wisecracks about his job and trying to get some sleep inside a lamp.
(First: Episode 0927)
1095f
Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(First: Episode 0783)
Peggy Fleming 6
Celebrity Peggy Fleming makes a number 6 on the ice.
(First: Episode 0234)
400018
Cartoon Julius demonstrates "here" and "there", then ends up being "in pain."
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0418)
Makincheese
Film A boy narrates a film about how cheese is made.
(First: Episode 1124)
SallySpider
Cartoon Sally the Spider skates with different combinations of her legs.
(First: Episode 0625)
Buses
Film Kids count ten buses as they drive by.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Noimage
SCENE 4 Oscar is especially down in the dumps today, as he tells Olivia that he gets the feeling everyone hates him. Olivia doesn't understand, believing Grouches prefer being disliked. Oscar replies that while he enjoys being disliked, being hated is a step too far. Olivia consoles him and admits that even if he can be difficult sometimes, she and others on the street really love him. "Now I feel worse than ever," responds Oscar.
1396c
Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
1095t
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Trey talk about how to get from one place to another.
(First: Episode 0548)
V-vine
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
1451-Hatrack
Film Ten hats on a hatrack
(First: Episode 0439)
1396e
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1157)
100008
Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
Rattlesnakes.Herethere
Cartoon Two cowboy rattlesnakes discuss the difference between here and there, while trying to avoid a sneezing rabbit.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0796)
Mind.Box
Cartoon I've got a mind: squares make a box.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0251)
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SCENE 5 Another stack of trashcans is back on the street. Oscar refuses to tell what they're called this time, as David, Olivia, and Bob make guesses. Oscar finally reveals that it's merely a pile of trashcans.



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