Muppet Wiki
Sesame Street
Oscar's "Near-Far-Follow the Arrows" game
(repeat of 1777)
Air date December 19, 1984
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors A, Z, 10


Picture Segment Description

Insert Big Bird is grooving to his "Rubber Duckie" disco record when Snuffy asks what disco is. Big Bird explains that discos are for grown-ups and take place at night, so they aren't able to see it first-hand. But, they can imagine it! In their imaginations, Big Bird's nest area has become a discotheque. After a couple dances on the lighted floor, Snuffy and Big Bird get their chance to show their stuff. Back in reality, Snuffy has learned a lot about disco and Big Bird compliments his big imagination.
(First: Episode 1261)
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(First: Episode 0281)
Film A toymaker makes an airplane out of wood.
(First: Episode 0762)
5 Cookies.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie eats one of Bert's cookies and doesn't know what to tell him. Bert observes that there are four cookies when there should be five. No matter how Ernie arranges them, there are still four cookies. Since Bert doesn't want to see four cookies, Ernie eats another one, making it three instead of four.
(First: Episode 0238)
Cartoon Can you see the car, frog and bird in the picture?
(First: Episode 1479)

SCENE 1 Oscar has an idea to ensure Telly leaves him alone for awhile. He introduces Telly to the "Near-Far-Follow the Arrows Game," in which Telly must follow a series of arrows until he is far from Oscar's trash can; the final arrow will lead to a sign marked with the word "FAR" to indicate he's gone as far as he can. Telly begins following the arrows down the block, past the Fix-It Shop.
Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
Film Kids use a magnet to retrieve a jack.
(First: Episode 0968)
Cartoon An orchestra conductor asks "May I have an A, please?" at which point a giant letter A falls from the sky.
(First: Episode 0770)
SCENE 2 Telly has reached the park, still following arrows. He finds a pay phone and calls Oscar to ask if he's far enough yet. Since he hasn't seen an sign with "FAR" on it, he keeps moving along.
Cartoon A for Acorn
(First: Episode 1626)
Celebrity Sally Ride announces that A is for Astronaut and blasts off.
(First: Episode 1949)
Film "I Can Do It By Myself"
(First: Episode 1727)
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
(First: Episode 0770)
Film A little horse gets near and far from the camera.
(First: Episode 0279)
SCENE 3 Telly trudges down a city block until he finally reaches the "FAR" sign. He begins to worry, as he now doesn't know where he is or how to get back home to Sesame Street. He finds a policewoman (Mary Catherine Wright), who is surprised at how far he's gone from home on his own. She offers him a ride back to Sesame Street in her car.
Cartoon A boy gets lost, and encounters a man with a yo-yo, who tells him to remember everything he passed.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0408)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Run."
(First: Episode 0372)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)

SCENE 4 Oscar settles in for some peace and quiet, when the officer's police car pulls on to the street. She chides Oscar for nearly putting Telly in danger like that; Oscar claims this is something a Grouch would never do intentionally. He apologizes and the officer recommends Telly stay near his friend from now on. Telly gets up nice and close to Oscar.
Cartoon A man visits the police department to report a lost person and make sure the officer's sketch matches what he describes.
(First: Episode 1609)
Muppets Kermit the Frog performs "Disco Frog."
(First: Episode 1407)
Cartoon Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
SCENE 5 Biff comes into Hooper's Store to order some sandwiches for himself, Sully, and some folks back at the factory. Biff gets the urge to turn this into a game of "Three of These Things." He's very impressed that Ailene can give two different answers as to which sandwich doesn't belong. He goes off to tell his coworkers about it, neglecting to take the sandwiches with him.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Cast Gordon and Luis cooperate to clean up a pile of litter with a dustpan and broom.
(First: Episode 1452)
Film A man and a little girl perform small aerobic workouts.
(First: Episode 1710)
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
Robin Hood Ernie Harvey Kneeslapper.jpg
Muppets Ernie (playing Robin Hood) auditions Anything Muppets to be his Merry Men. After screening two individuals who don't meet the requirements, Harvey Kneeslapper is sent in laughing. Ernie thinks he's found a merry man and hires him immediately, but following a string of incessant jokes, decides he's too merry after all and fires him.
(First: Episode 0480)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Film Joe Raposo: Road Runner (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0505)

SCENE 6 David has since wrapped and bagged all of Biff's sandwiches when he returns. Biff claims he was merely testing David's abilities and goes off, now forgetting his lunchbox behind. Oscar announces the sponsors.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 1987 Episode 1989