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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
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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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).
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Cartoon "Magic Pig"
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 0772)
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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)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: W for water
(First: Episode 0062)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Feet (One Foot, Two Foot)."
(First: Episode 0223)
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Cartoon "Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0001)
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Celebrity Carol Burnett: "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird."
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon W for Wilhelmina
(First: Episode 0512)
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Celebrity JosΓ© Feliciano sings "Arroz con Leche."
(First: Episode 0763)
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Cartoon Gloria talks about 'W'
(First: Episode 0806)
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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)
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Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit the Frog talks about the letter W. Cookie Monster eats the W.
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to start his W lecture again, but the W comes to life and attacks him.
(First: Episode 0001)
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Film Stop-motion: in a park, a garbage man puts litter in a trash can. (Part 1)
(First: Episode 0491)
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Animation Counting six red balls
(First: Episode 0278)
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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)
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Film David (in voiceover) finds a circle in an overhead view.
(First: Episode 0481)
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Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ...
(First: Episode 0821)
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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!"
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Cartoon Magical Herman's number trick
(First: Episode 0773)
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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...
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 1: WET.
(First: Episode 0473)
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Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 2: SET.
(First: Episode 0473)
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Cartoon A circle becomes a clock, balloon, sun, etc.
(First: Episode 0358)
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Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 3: MET.
(First: Episode 0473)
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Cartoon The 3 Numero Brothers show addition and subtraction.
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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.
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Film "Six Song (Song of Six)."
(First: Episode 0011)
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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)
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Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(First: Episode 0783)
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Celebrity Peggy Fleming makes a number 6 on the ice.
(First: Episode 0234)
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Cartoon Julius demonstrates "here" and "there", then ends up being "in pain."
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0418)
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Film A boy narrates a film about how cheese is made.
(First: Episode 1124)
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Cartoon Sally the Spider skates with different combinations of her legs.
(First: Episode 0625)
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Film Kids count ten buses as they drive by.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
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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.
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Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit and Trey talk about how to get from one place to another.
(First: Episode 0548)
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Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
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Film Ten hats on a hatrack
(First: Episode 0439)
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Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1157)
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Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
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Cartoon Two cowboy rattlesnakes discuss the difference between here and there, while trying to avoid a sneezing rabbit.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0796)
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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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