Sesame Street
Oscar's taxi service / The "Muddy 500"
Air date February 27, 1979
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors L, M, 4
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch pulls up on the block in his new taxi, which is a ratty-looking cab. Gordon points out that nobody in their right mind would want a ride in his taxi, which is already falling apart. Oscar drives off, leaving Gordon in a cloud of exhaust.
I'vegotamind bird
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Bird
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0269)
BDM Lecture
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about hair. According to Kermit, "Hair is a part of you. It is not a part of me, because I am a frog." He points out that some people have hair on their heads, while others have it on their faces. But if you have hair all over your body -- like Beautiful Day Monster, who emerges brushing himself and singing "A pretty girl is like a melody ..." -- then you're a monster!
(First: Episode 0028)
Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
Swingin' Alphabet - Olivia Susan Maria
Cast Olivia, Susan, and Maria sing "Swingin' Alphabet."
(First: Episode 1052)
Film Green Tree Snake
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0285)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot wants to demonstrate the letter M. Grover enters, making "Mmmmm" noises, so Herbert uses Grover to help him tell a story using M words. When the story is over, Herbert discovers that Grover's mouth is stuck together after eating peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon Typewriter: M for magic
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0841)
Film People of all ages ride bicycles.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0616)
Cartoon Four motorcycle-riding chickens hatch out of an egg.
(First: Episode 0796)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has prepared some soup at Hooper's Store. Mr. Hooper, Gordon and Luis give it a taste and find it delicious, but turn green when they learn one of the ingredients is birdseed (it's a recipe from Granny Bird).
Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert refuses to share his cookie with Ernie, who tells Bert that if the cookie was his, he wouldn't mind sharing. Ernie takes the cookie, and asks Bert to ask him if he would share it.
(First: Episode 0472)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Film James narrates a film of his life on a pueblo in New Mexico.
(First: Episode 0153)
Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0725)
Title 01 07 003 0001
Animation A set of blocks reveal a square, a triangle, and a circle.
(First: Episode 1184)
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 3 Big Bird and the kids show more and less using glasses of milk.
Cartoon More and more moths appear, and devour a man's clothes.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0294)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert have pizza and grape juice. Bert complains that Ernie has more of each, so Ernie tries to make it even by eating some of his pizza and drinking some of his grape juice, but then Bert has more. And so on.
(First: Episode 0256)
Animation Scanimate Films #4
(First: Episode 0132)
Cast Linda teaches a child to sign "Bus Stop."
(First: Episode 0996)
Film Marching Band #4
(EKA: Episode 0529)
Cartoon Sign language: Morning, noon, night
(First: Episode 1173)
Muppets A Japanese storyteller tells "The Mystery of the Four Dragons". An aged emperor offers the throne to his son if he can find four hidden dragons in the room.
(First: Episode 0299)
Cartoon A girl runs home to her CASA.
(First: Episode 0503)
SCENE 4 Gordon tells Luis about Oscar's nutty car, when Oscar pulls up. He's out of the taxi business and now plans on entering the car (which he's nicknamed "Josephine") into the Muddy 500 race. Oscar tosses them a stopwatch so they can time his trek around the block and see how quickly the car can fall apart. The car falls apart within three seconds, but Oscar thinks he can bump it down to a mere single second and recruits Luis to help put it back together.
Elephant film
Film Elephants (African percussion soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon".
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon Words that rhyme with BALL
(First: Episode 0773)
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).
(First: Episode 1162)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: L--Loud
(First: Episode 0783)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford sounds out the word MAGIC, then makes himself disappear.
(First: Episode 1075)
Film Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(First: Episode 0944)
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
Film Detective Fred (Joe Raposo) is sent by his boss (Danny Epstein) to locate the number 20. Throughout the office and on the streets of New York, Fred tracks down the numbers 11 through 18 in numerical order by spying his surroundings. When he finds his way to Apartment 19, he discovers it is occupied by a gorilla, who leads him directly to the elusive 20.
(First: Episode 0277)
Muppets Alien Alphabet
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon The Square
(First: Episode 0536)
SCENE 5 Oscar tosses the last of the 500 jars of mud into his can for the Muddy 500 race. Luis doesn't believe that there's actually an auto race going on inside his trash can. He hears the starting announcer and vehicles, then looks inside the can, where he receives a face full of mud.

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