Sesame Street
Plot Oscar runs for mayor
Air date May 5, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors O, W, 7
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar pens a letter regarding the city trash pick up, as the trash was collected before he had his chance to rummage through and collect anything. He isn't sure who it should be addressed to, when Gordon states that the mayor is the one in charge of the whole city. "Who put him in charge?!" Oscar asks before learning about the election process. He decides right then and there to run for mayor of New York City, and promises a city even dirtier than before. He kicks off his campaign by tossing his crumpled letter on the sidewalk to start the littering process.
Ohubleycartoon
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Film.Rollerskating
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
Opencartoon
Cartoon Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
Noimage
Cartoon A boy and girl have different feelings about Stanley.
(First: Episode 0793)
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Film Ice Cream Factory (2:50)
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SCENE 2 Telly Monster has been hired as Oscar's campaign manager. On his trash can is a sign reading "Oscar For Mayor. It's Time For A Grouch." Oscar yells at the people passing by to vote for him, but Telly informs him that the average citizen prefers a nice, friendly candidate. Oscar struggles at being pleasant as he practices on the grown-ups, even kissing Linda's baby niece. However, he gets too good at being nice, which turns off a potential Grouch voter.
Ringmaster7
Cartoon The Ringmaster introduces seven swimming seals.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1312)
ErniesTelephoneCall
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie answers the telephone. Bert overhears the conversation, which involves a baseball game, a rainy day, and a gorilla stealing a bologna sandwich. When Bert asks who just called, Ernie says it was a wrong number.
(First: Episode 0305)
WomanFarmSounds
Cartoon A woman identifies farm animals by their sounds.
(First: Episode 1476)
Babyzebra
Film Baby animals nurse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0546)
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SCENE 3 In Hooper's Store, Oscar asks to have the TV turned on to show off his new campaign ad (paid for by the Vote for Oscar Or Else Committee): "A vote for Oscar is a vote for trash!"
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Muppets Two Anything Muppets sing "As I Was Going to St. Ives."
(First: Episode 0045)
Baker7
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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Countrymouse
Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2
The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
(First: Episode 0314)
7owls.OG
Cartoon Seven owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
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Citymouse

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Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2
The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
(First: Episode 0314)
Toon.Orange
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
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SCENE 4 Oscar drives the Sloppy Jalopy down the block, calling for voters on his PA system. Gordon asks the kids what things might be like around the city if Oscar were elected mayor. He then takes a quick poll of who would vote for him; none of the kids raise their hands.
Imagardener
Film Some kids watch a film of a man working in a greenhouse, and try to guess what his job is.
(First: Episode 0772)
GroverTanya.STOP
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Tanya play the "hug/stop" game.
Wih.Witch
Cartoon W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1182)
1836p
Film Stop! (kids dancing)
(First: Episode 0681)
KermitAlphonso.STOP
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit asks Alphonso what sign he's holding.
1710w
Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
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Muppets A furry, purple creature whooshes to the counter of Hooper's Store and counts 5 apples. He subtracts one, leaving 4.
(First: Episode 0409)
2648.START
Cartoon A race announcer doubles as the man who holds up the START and STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0776)
1291-Apples02
Muppets The creature returns to subtract one more apple, leaving 3.
(First: Episode 0409)
Film-TwoRhinos
Song "Me and You," over footage of rhinos in love
(First: Episode 0940)
1291-Apples03
Muppets Again, the creature appears to remove another apple, leaving 2.
(First: Episode 0409)
Triangle.transition
Transition Triangles are made onscreen.
(First: Episode 0291)
1291-Apples04
Muppets Another apple is subtracted, thus leaving only 1.
(First: Episode 0409)
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Film "La Maldita Iguana" (mariachi song)
(First: Episode 0047)
1291-Apples05
Muppets The creature takes away the last apple, leaving 0.
(First: Episode 0409)
2234-SameDifferent
Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0805)
Rectangles
Muppets Kermit talks about "same" by showing two identical rectangles. Cookie Monster eats one of them, making them different.
(First: Episode 0018)
SandO-2
Animation Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
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SCENE 5 Oscar holds a campaign rally out in the arbor: "Other candidates may promise you what they want. I promise you one thing...nothing!" His Grouch singers lead everyone in his official campaign song, "O is for Oscar." Oscar especially enjoys the mess made by the falling streamers and confetti.
JoJive-Landmarks
Cartoon Billy Jo Jive and Susie Sunset help Wrong Way Willie find four landmarks for a school assignment.
(EKA: Episode 1233)
1449-Otter
Film Otters in the zoo
(First: Episode 0487)
Alien-symphony
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an otherworldly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(First: Episode 1181)
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Muppets A monster barbershop quartet sings about "Same and Different."
Spanishtoon.Opera
Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
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SCENE 6 Oscar calls for more votes in his car, when David makes him realize that if he's elected, his lifestyle is going to change. He'll have to ride in a nice, new limousine, move into a mayoral mansion and deal with hundreds of constituents every single day. Oscar realizes what he's gotten himself into and calls out for people not to vote for him after all.


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