Sesame Street
Getting Spot back into Oscar's can
Air date March 29, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors J, M, 8
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The Count watches as Linda does some training with Barkley. He aids in the process by seeing if Barkley can stay still while he counts to 20.
Dog imagination
Cartoon A little girl tries to figure out why a dog is crying.
(First: Episode 0862)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Cartoon Bus Stop
(First: Episode 1396)
SuperGrover BusStop
Muppets Super Grover: A boy is confused -- his mother told him to take a bus home, but he doesn't know where to find the bus. Super Grover arrives, and they soon discover a sign that says "Bus Stop". The boy believes they found the answer, but Super Grover insists that his mother told him to take a bus home, not a sign.
(First: Episode 0708)
Cartoon A man demonstrates how letters sound by playing them as instruments.
(First: Episode 0964)

Muppets Big Bird and Snuffy make up a story about a castle under the sea where a deep-sea diver prince lived.
Cartoon The 8 Brothers Circus displays 8 elephants.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1645)
Film In a classroom, kids learn the musical scales through various exercises.
(First: Episode 1717)
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)
Cartoon The Dog & The Bone
(First: Episode 0772)
Cast / Celebrity Olivia and George Benson sing "A Friend for All Seasons."
(First: Episode 1314)
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
Muppets Old West sketches: The town doctor ("Doc") comes to a saloon to meet Mean Manny and his gang, even though Manny is the toughest guy in town and plans to have a "shootin' party." Manny and his posse arrive on time and meet with Doc and his medicine...he gives them all measles shots.
(First: Episode 1166)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Run."
(First: Episode 0372)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBert and Sherlock Hemlock ask John-John if he wants to count, and John-John enthusiastically rises to the occasion.
(First: Episode 1474)
Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Lizard!
Music: Joe Raposo (same as "birds")
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Insert The kids play hopscotch on the streets of New York City.
(First: Episode 1307)
Geometry of Circles 1 - Circle with Flower
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #1 "Circle with Flower"
(First: Episode 1393)
Muppets A chorus line of numbers is assembled onstage, but the director feelings something is missing. A number 1 emerges from backstage to try out, leading to a performance of "One."
Cartoon Sign Man: WALK TALL
(First: Episode 1161)
Film The Steam Shovel
(First: Episode 1144)
SCENE 2 Linda has the Two-Headed Monster read the word JUMP. She teaches them the sign for it and the monster jumps for joy.
Cartoon The Typewriter: J for jump
(First: Episode 0772)
Film Some kids watch a film of a man working in a greenhouse, and try to guess what his job is.
(First: Episode 0772)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
Film Joe Raposo sings "Look a Little Closer". The object is a tire.
(First: Episode 0147)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
(First: Episode 0538)
Cartoon The word SALIDA exits through a white square.
(First: Episode 0718)


SCENE 3 Telly has volunteered to watch Oscar's pet pig Spot, but he must keep him inside the trash can. Telly has accidentally let Spot out and can't get him back in. The Amazing Mumford happens by and Telly asks him to use magic to fix the problem. Mumford has never attempted such a feat, but gives it a try anyhow. When the smoke clears, Spot is gone and Telly assumes the pig is back in the can. Instead, he has been sent to Hooper's Store (to everyone's shock).
Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
(First: Episode 0013)

SCENE 3 cont'd David orders that the pig be removed from his store immediately. Mumford tries the trick again, but Spot now appears in Bob's bathtub.
Song "Pig's Love Song" (live-action version)
(First: Episode 0572)
Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1452)

SCENE 3 cont'd Everyone is gathered in Bob's bathroom as he explains what's happened. David thinks they should try some other method, but Mumford believes he can lick it this time. He waves his wand and everyone but him disappears. Moments later, we see everyone clamor out from Oscar's can, covered in filth. Telly is the only one in high spirits, glad that the trick managed to get Spot back in the can at last.

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