Sesame Street
Susan's flat tire
Air date December 20, 1982
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Jeff Moss
Production October 22, 1982
Sponsors P, R, 10
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Forgetful Jones is helping Susan fix the flat tire on her Volkswagen. She explains how one gets a flat tire and the process one takes to replace it. She then discovers her spare tire is also flat. Forgetful offers to get another tire from Clementine's place, but returns with a donut, then a record. He finally retrieves what he know will help - Luis. He offers to take the flat tire down to the nearby service station to get it patched up. Forgetful takes a break to eat his donut and listen to the record (by placing it up to his ear).
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Cartoon P is for Pillow
(First: Episode 0374)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit the Frog is about to talk about the letter R, until Cookie Monster karate chops one of the legs off, turning it into a P. When Kermit threatens to tell the monster's mommy, Cookie reassembles the broken letter back to the letter "R".
(First: Episode 0129)
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Cartoon Men in boxes sound out the word RUN.
(First: Episode 0369)
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Muppets Ernie and Lefty the Salesman have an argument over the letters "R" and "P."
(First: Episode 0129)
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Cartoon A song tells the story of Max, who loves to chop down trees. One tree turns out to be a magic genie, who turns Max into a tree. Max soon grows respect for trees and once returned human, vows to never chop one down again.
(First: Episode 0572)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster fights over the letters P and R, one of them displaying P foods and the other one displaying R foods (and a radio). They have a picnic, which is cut short due to rain.
(First: Episode 1574)
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Cartoon Pat the Pilot skywrites a letter P with her plane.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0478)
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SCENE 2 Susan has to phone Gordon and let him know she can't pick him up from work today. Big Bird happens by and wonders why Susan is taking the car off the jack for now. She has him imagine what might happen with all the kids (and Snuffleupaguses) running around the street; they could knock into it and cause some damage.
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Cartoon A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1510)
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Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
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Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
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Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(First: Episode 0294)
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing "Brush Your Teeth."
(First: Episode 1067)
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Song "Sharing Swing with Kids Song (Share in Your Fun with Another Someone)"
(First: Episode 0926)
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SCENE 3 Luis returns with the spare tire, but Big Bird tells him the jack is locked in the trunk for now. Luis goes to get some coffee at Hooper's Store while Susan is on the phone, and asks Big Bird to watch the tire while he's gone. Big Bird wishes he could help in some manner, when Mr. Snuffleupagus happens in. He claims his daddy works as a car mechanic and they can all surprise Susan by replacing the tire.
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Muppets A little boy explains how he can be a son, a brother, a paperboy, a friend, and a grandson all at the same time.
(First: Episode 0691)
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Cartoon Thelma Thumb: Thelma saves an ice fisherman when the ice around him cracks.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1510)
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Film Footage of a leopard in the plain.
(First: Episode 0364)
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SCENE 4 Snuffy's dad is now on the street, lifting the car up with his snuffle. He rests it back down, having now replaced the tire. He tells Big Bird it's no charge - "Any friend of my son's is a friend of mine." Big Bird clarifies that Snuffy has never met Susan and his dad finds it amusing that he's yet to be seen since he's around the street so often. Snuffy's dad ironically can't stay around to be seen either, having other jobs to do. Luis and Susan return, surprised to see the tire has been fixed. They don't believe Big Bird's story about help from a Snuffleupagus, but can't muster any logical explanation for what they see.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
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Cartoon A captain and a first mate think they have planned ahead well for their trip at sea, but they forgot to take in the anchor.
(First: Episode 1591)
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Celebrity Helen Reddy sings "Wonder Child."
(First: Episode 0774)
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Film "Three of These Kids" — Football and Baseball
(First: Episode 0536)
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Cartoon A man goes to the grocery store to buy apples, but he can't decide how many to get. This frustrates the grocer, who has to keep adding and subtracting the amount of apples on his scale.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 1.
(First: Episode 1561)
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Film 1-20 Ice Skaters
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 2.
(First: Episode 1521)
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Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
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Muppets Honkers attempt to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on their noses.
Part 3.
(First: Episode 1463)
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Cartoon Jack-in-the-Box School
(First: Episode 0284)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird sees Anthony and Snuffy waiting at the bus stop to go to school. They both have similar things to bring with them even though their schooling is different (and Snuffy's items are much larger).
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Film SCHOOL: the sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0685)
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: HOT DOG
(First: Episode 1142)
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Muppets Marshal Grover tries mounting Fred the Wonder Horse using a "run and jump" technique. But every time he gets close, Fred moves away from him, causing onlookers in the saloon to laugh at them. Fred finally explains that he doesn't appreciate the act, as it hurts his back. Grover promises never to run and jump onto his back again, and asks him to roll over so he may do so on his belly.
(First: Episode 0825)
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Animation A hand arranges blocks to form benches so a bunny and a chick can have tea.
(First: Episode 1488)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to fool Bert with his disguises such as a pirate disguise and a bearded Red Riding Hood disguise, but Bert recognizes him each time and tells him to stop trying to fool him. Then a wolf knocks on the door and Bert is convinced it's Ernie in disguise again- until Ernie appears at the door!
(First: Episode 1170)
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Animation Sand R/r
(First: Episode 0635)
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Cartoon Picnic with P foods (carried away by ants)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0764)
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Transition Bridge #11 - Bricks Bridge B
(First: Episode 0286)
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SCENE 6 Susan and Luis come across Snuffy's giant pencil on the block. Again, Big Bird tries to explain the source, which they find ridiculous. They still can't think of a logical explanation for it, so they let Big Bird have it for now. As they go off, Snuffy reappears, asking the viewer if they've seen his pencil.



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