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Sesame Street
Oscar takes temporary residence at David's
Air date December 7, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors A, I, 12
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 A mason, Mr. Jenkins (Ted Ross), does some work surrounding the front doors of 123 Sesame Street. A sawhorse barricade blocks the area, marked with a "DANGER" sign. Telly reads the sign and learns about the construction from David. Oscar happens to be in the middle of the work and it's recommended he move his can temporarily. Oscar refuses to move, but drops his attitude when he's promised he can go "anywhere at all." He asks everyone to leave while he prepares to move.
LittleJerryDanger.jpg Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Danger."
(First: Episode 0704)
Film Close-ups of animals. Kids try to guess what they are.
(First: Episode 0326)
Animation Where do the a's fit?
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Cast Olivia and the kids spend an afternoon with Barkley in the park. By the end of it all, he's much too tired to return to Sesame Street. They situate him in the backseat of a Hansom cab as they follow along.
(First: Episode 1301)
Animation Arthur and Annie look for the letter A, while a shadowy figure observes all the A words they say.
Features the voice of Jim Thurman
(First: Episode 0781)

SCENE 2 David relaxes in his apartment on his day off from work. Just as he starts reading his book, the doorbell rings. David opens the door and finds Bruno, Oscar and Telly standing outside. Oscar has decided that the "anywhere at all" he'd like to stay is David's place. David relents and allows Oscar to stay overnight. Bruno settles Oscar down and Oscar begins clanging around in his can, then provides David with some of his rotten groceries to put in the fridge.
Cartoon A drowsy wagoner gets across a clearing by building a bridge out of his ox-cart, and converting it back again.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie eats one of the two pieces of chocolate cake that Bert was saving for their dessert. Bert sees Ernie holding a fork in one hand and a napkin with some chocolate on it in the other--and in front of him is a plate full of chocolate-cake crumbs. When Bert accuses Ernie of eating the cake, Ernie tells Bert that a monster came in, ate Bert's cake, and framed Ernie. Bert doesn't believe Ernie's lie. But when Bert leaves the room, Beautiful Day Monster comes in and does exactly what Ernie told Bert happened to the first piece. Ernie tries to explain, but Bert says, "I don't want to talk about it."
(First: Episode 0119)
Film A boy talks about what his little sister can do now that she's not a baby anymore.
(First: Episode 1402)
Transition Bridge #16 - Hourglass Slow/Empty
(First: Episode 0360)
Cast Linda stars in the Theater Without Words production of "The Batter and the Ball."
(First: Episode 1031)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Skeleton fish.
(First: Episode 0287)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Heather talk about rhyming.
(First: Episode 0789)
Celebrity The Deadly Nightshade sings to a group of kids about perseverance.
(First: Episode 1111)
SCENE 3 David and Oscar sit down to dinner. Oscar assumes David will find his Grouch meal (Potato skins stuffed with sauerkraut and spinach and a limburger milkshake) repulsive, but David instead points out the nutritional value of the different ingredients. Oscar asks for his napkin to be tied around his eyes instead of around his neck. "You may not mind lookin' at my dinner, but I can't stand lookin' at yours," he says.
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a bathtub and help each other get clean. They are discouraged when they are finished and drain the tub, but find joy in drying.
(First: Episode 1449)
Pinball 12.jpg
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Animation 2 houses plus 3 houses equal 5.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon A story of a man who hates frogs (voiced by Daws Butler), until his swamp becomes infested with flies.
(First: Episode 0387)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster appears to Ernie as the Cookie Bunny.
(First: Episode 1147)
Cartoon The dot gets on top of the lowercase letter i.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
SCENE 4 David is awoken by the commotion coming from Oscar's pets in his can. Oscar explains that his pet pig, Spot, is having issues with Dick and Jane, his pet goats. David suggests he separate the animals and Oscar takes this as allowing Spot to sleep on David's floor. David objects to having a pig on his floor, so Spot moves onto David's bed.
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)
Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(First: Episode 1487)
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
(First: Episode 0770)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon.JPG
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)
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Big Bird and Crystal demonstrate big and little.
(First: Episode 0559)
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
Animation A ball looks for its match on a brick wall.
(First: Episode 1470)
Gator pointing.jpg
Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Flies on Animals" over footage of animals bugged by pests.
(First: Episode 0449)
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Cartoon A baby sees a "danger" sign, which points to several dangerous images.
(First: Episode 0933)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert is sitting in his chair and reading the paper, when Ernie comes along and starts reading over Bert's shoulder. They decide to share the paper. Ernie rips it in half, which seems to work until Bert starts reading over Ernie's shoulder.
(First: Episode 1193)
Animation Where do the a's fit? (repeat)
1041dangertheater.jpg Film Children in a movie theater tell a man on the screen not to open a door that says "DANGER" on it. He opens it, and there's an explosion.
(First: Episode 0526)
SCENE 5 David tries to endure the sounds of Oscar's off-key violin practice. He hears a knock at the door and hopes it's Bruno to bring Oscar back to his regular spot. Instead, it's Mr. Jenkins, who lets David know that the job is taking longer than anticipated and Oscar can't go back yet. Oscar has prepared for this and has already invited the other two members of his Grouch String Trio over to practice. The Grouches (Brian Muehl and Richard Hunt) arrive immediately after and start their noisy rehearsal, to David's dismay. Telly announces the sponsors.

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