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Sesame Street
"Ask Oscar" about love
Air date December 18, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Norman Stiles
Sponsors Y, Z, 9
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 Bob and David watch Big Bird zip around going, "Zzzzzz!" in an effort to practice the sound of the letter Z.
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Cartoon Z In Space
(First: Episode 0509)
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Muppets Cookie Monster goes on a picnic, with a basket full of cookies. A bug flies by, and tries to get into the basket, buzzing furiously. Cookie Monster tries to give the bug a little cookie if it'll go away. The bug refuses, buzzing even more strenuously. Cookie tries a big cookie, but it still refuses. Cookie offers an almond cookie, a raisin cookie, a pistachio nut cookie, and a crunchy granola cookie. He realizes that the little bug doesn't like cookies. All he has left is a letter Z. The bug is excited, and buzzes off with the Z.
(First: Episode 1484)
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Film Kids narrate a film of animals moving in different ways.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0098)
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Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
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Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway and the Count sing "I Want to Count."
(First: Episode 1545)
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Film A gorilla sits on a park bench with a lunchbox full of bananas. Noticing the woman seated beside him, he decides to share his bananas with her. She keeps answering "YES" every time the gorilla offers one until he runs out of bananas.
(First: Episode 0524)
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Insert Maria invites the viewer to pretend they’re on the fire escape and join her in looking at Sesame Street from her window. She sees Mr. Hooper sweeping, and waves at David and Bob.
(First: Episode 1008)
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Cartoon A man shows the viewers his "YES" machine.
(First: Episode 0822)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie 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)
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Cartoon A man jumps up and down on a trampoline.
(First: Episode 1449)
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Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
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Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0583)
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Muppets Simon Soundman goes to Marvin's Music City to buy a nice shiny trumpet. However, Marvin keeps bringing the wrong instrument.
(First: Episode 0458)
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Cartoon Various sounds are demonstrated, including an alarm clock, a baby crying, a telephone, a faucet dripping, and a boy sneezing.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1483)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird uses a grown-up's hand to cross the street -- don't leave home without one.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0769)
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Film A man and children observe the life along the river.
(First: Episode 0409)
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Cartoon A boy talks about his pet letter Y, named Yetta.
(First: Episode 0443)
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Muppets Farley goes to the hat shop. (short take)
(First: Episode 0244)
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Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)
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Insert Snuffy does a tap dance dressed as Shirley Temple.
(First: Episode 1079)
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Cartoon Z for Zebu
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1185)
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Cast "Theater Without Words" presents Linda enacting the story of "The Farmer and the Seed" with some voice-over by Bob.
(First: Episode 1030)
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Muppets Ernie has two bags of cookies, one of which has several cookies, and one that only has one cookie. Ernie asks Cookie Monster which he'd rather have, and Cookie Monster naturally chooses the bag with many cookies. However, Cookie is disappointed that his cookies are very small, while Ernie's one cookie is very big, so Ernie breaks his cookie into several small pieces.
(First: Episode 1359)
1041Zebra.jpg Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
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SCENE 3 Just as "Ask Oscar" begins, Telly stops the show, knowing full well that Oscar isn't going to cooperate and come out on cue. Oscar promises he will and to Telly's amazement, he keeps the promise. However, Oscar goes back inside before Telly can present today's question.
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Muppets Story: "The Geefle and the Gonk"
The Geefle and the Gonk, two aliens, learn how to cooperate and gather nectarines together.
(First: Episode 0452)
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Cartoon A schoolyard of gloves invites other gloves to join them.
(First: Episode 1481)
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Celebrity Michael Christensen and Paul Binder are joined by Judy Finelli to juggle nine clubs.
(First: Episode 1070)
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Cartoon 9 Ants
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1485)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover tells Mr. Johnson the menu, which has the items numbered. Number 9 is the special of the day. It turns out to be a real number nine, but Mr. Johnson doesn't want it. (It's medium rare, and he likes his nines well-done.)
(First: Episode 1377)
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Cartoon Boy and the UP balloons
(First: Episode 0364)
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SCENE 4 Oscar still doesn't want to answer today's letter, until he learns it's from Grundgetta. The letter asks: "If a certain grouch loved another grouch, how would that grouch show the love for the other grouch?" Telly thinks of nice, pleasant ideas, but Oscar explains how Grouches show affection with a song - "Love in the Junkyard." Afterwards, Oscar decides to head off to the junkyard, while Telly muses about the two Grouches getting married.


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