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Sesame Street
Oscar writes a play about trash
Air date January 19, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production October 24, 1983
Sponsors F, M, 8


Picture Segment Description

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Cartoon F - Face
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Muppets Simon Soundman sings to his date about the "Sounds That Remind Me of You."
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Cartoon A man assembles the word LOVE, and a bird pecks the O into the shape of a heart.
(First: Episode 0791)

SCENE 1 Bob finds Oscar typing away in his trash can. Oscar, wearing a writer's outfit, tells him that he's working on a play about trash to be performed today on Sesame Street. Bob asks to read it and Oscar allows him, just as long as he leaves him alone afterwards. He points Bob to the crumpled pieces of paper below, which are the pages of the script - "When I write, I write trash." Bob uncrumples the pages and finds they are no sequential pages in the pile. He asks to see the whole script and Oscar dumps all the crumpled pages into his arms.
Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
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Muppets Cookie Monster discovers Cousin Monster doesn't want cookies and would rather eat Ernie's healthy food.
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Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a little girl observe their strengths and weaknesses.
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Cartoon A boy sits in a forest and plays the flute along with the birds' songs, but becomes sad when woodsmen demolish the forest. He plants more trees for the birds to live in.
Artist: Richard Condie

SCENE 2 Gordon, Susan, Linda, and Bob are going about their business, when Oscar is carried in by Bruno the Trashman, with the Grouchketeers in tow. He tells them about his play, titled "The Romance of Trash," and asks the adults to line up. He asks the Grouchketeers to study the faces of the adults, which he finds are all too pleasant. It's not until Linda, whose face is smudged up from working on her bike, joins the group that Oscar finds the perfect person to play the role of "Dirt" in the play. He tells Linda not to wash her face and assures her, "I'm gonna send you out there a mess, but you're gonna come back a star!"
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Muppets Mother Goose tries to write a nursery rhyme for the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, while her many children wreck havoc on her office.
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SCENE 3 Telly Monster is feeling disappointed as Oscar has yet to include him, Oscar's self-titled best friend, to participate in his play. He gets Oscar's attention and begs for a role. Oscar has one, small part left and auditions Telly for the role. Telly reads the line, "My dog has fleas," in a variety of emotions. Oscar thinks it over and decides to cast Telly as "Waste Paper." Telly runs off with joy, as Oscar chides him for acting happy; it's a Grouch play after all.
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SCENE 4 Telly tries to employ some method acting to prepare for his role as Waste Paper. He tries to crumple himself up and lays on the sidewalk. He realizes that people don't like seeing crumpled paper on the street, since it makes a mess. He wonders where he can effectively practice and runs off, inspired.
SCENE 4 cont'd Gordon comes down the street and notices some movement in the wastebasket. Telly pops up, having found a great place to pretend to be waste paper.
Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
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Muppets / Cast "Singing in the Shower" - Olivia, Ernie, Oscar, and Big Bird sing about how they like to sing in their various modes of cleaning (shower, bathtub, mudbath, and birdbath, respectively.)
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Artist: Owe Gustafson
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Film George the Farmer uses barrels to count to ten.
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SCENE 5 The adults and kids gather in the audience to see the world premiere of "The Romance of Trash." Grundgetta pulls the curtain down and Oscar begins to sing (to the tune of the typical pageant song) an intro. First, Grundgetta sings about being a tin can, followed by another Grouch (Richard Hunt) as a broken umbrella; they both toss their trash into the crowd.

SCENE 5 cont'd Linda comes out in an elaborate dirt costume and signs the lyrics as Oscar sings. She closes her verse by spraying dust on the crowd. Telly comes out to sing about being waste paper, but regrets having to toss old newspapers at the audience.
SCENE 5 cont'd Oscar takes the final verse about trash cans, cueing the Grouchketeers to throw trash inside his can. At Oscar's encouragement, the crowd boos the show.
Cartoon A boy puts together the word "MOM." His own mom comes out to thunderous applause and gives him some milk.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
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Cartoon Me and My M
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 1) Bert tells Ernie to clean up the messy apartment.
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Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 2) Ernie has finished cleaning up the apartment, but the toy chest is still a mess, so he throws toys all over the place.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
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SCENE 6 Everyone cleans up the large mess made after Oscar's play. He's offended at first, until everyone brings it over to him and starts stuffing it in his can until he's hardly visible. Bob announces the sponsors.

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