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Sesame Street
Trumpet Afternoon
Air date April 15, 1985
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors I, N, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 A painter (Ellen Greene) asks Oscar to keep an eye on her "WET PAINT" sign while she goes to get another paintbrush; Oscar reluctantly complies. David comes by and sees the sign, assuming it's part of Oscar's latest scheme, which Oscar denies. David picks up the sign and starts asking where the wet paint is, when the painter returns and admonishes David for ruining her sign. Oscar remarks, "That's what I like about life - things get all messed up sometimes without any effort at all."
Cartoon Kids count from 1 to 10, then 10 to 1, as the numbers are displayed over colored lights.
(First: Episode 0931)

Muppets / Cast Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie and Bert go see a silent movie, "The Picnic" (starring Maria as Chaplin and Linda as the girl).
Cartoon / Film Things that begin with N: nail, nest, net, notebook, needle, noodle, nuts, napkins, nose. (Don't make noise at night). The letter N is nice.
(First: Episode 0659)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent film of a woman in a burning building, who needs HELP.
(First: Episode 0506)
SCENE 2 Olivia shows Oscar some prints of a photo she took of him. The picture comes in big, bigger, and biggest sizes. Olivia correctly guesses that Oscar wants the biggest copy, claiming he's the biggest Grouch she knows.
Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
Film A female vocalist sings about the many different types of flowers found all over.
(First: Episode 0141)
Cartoon A juggling bear helps a little girl learn to juggle.
(First: Episode 1834)
Muppets Cookie Monster asks Ernie if he has any cookies. Ernie says that he doesn't have any cookies but an apple and he can't give the apple to him because "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." Later Cookie Monster comes disguised as Doctor Monster and gives Ernie a medical checkup. After the checkup, Ernie asks what he owes Doctor Monster. By sheer coincidence, his bill is one apple.
(First: Episode 0691)
SCENE 3 Susan finds it odd when Oscar describes what a wonderful day it is today. She soon learns his positive disposition is because today is "Trumpet Afternoon," the day Bob gives trumpet lessons. She and Olivia are unnerved by the loud, amateur trumpet blasts coming from Bob's apartment, which even causes the two to argue (to Oscar's delight).
Doo Wop Hop.jpg
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
Cartoon I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
Film A bulldozer moves dirt up a construction site.
(First: Episode 0799)
Cartoon The dot gets on top of the lowercase letter i.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
SCENE 4 Big Bird swings past Susan's window as she prepares to close it in order to block out the sounds of the trumpet. During a quiet lull in a lesson, Big Bird wonders if they can simply tell Bob about the bothersome noise. He starts to imagine doing so...
SCENE 4 cont'd In Big Bird's imagination, Bob doesn't take their complaints well and tearfully declares that he must move away from Sesame Street in order to give lessons that won't disturb his friends and neighbors.
SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird proposes they find a way to block out the sound instead, suggesting covering their ears. He imagines another scenario, where Susan and David cover their ears to block the trumpet sounds. However, this prevents them from properly communicating and prevents Susan from carrying her groceries.
SCENE 4 cont'd Big Bird comes to realize the only practical solution is for Susan to shut her window, which she agrees with. Big Bird remarks that he finds the trumpet sounds rather enjoyable.
Cartoon Triangles are found in various things such as a see-saw, ice cream cone, etc.
(First: Episode 0544)
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Kermit and Jennifer bend their knees. Grover comes out of a hole in the ground, and Jennifer invites him to join them, but Grover remarks, "When you start talking about noses, give me a call."
(First: Episode 1166)
Film A percussionist on the beach talks about how rhythm is everywhere, such as in breaking waves, walking and horse galloping. (edited)
(First: Episode 0032)
Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)

Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introducing Nick Normal and the Nickmatics with their new hit song, "The Letter N."

SCENE 5 David and Oscar listen to the sounds of Bob's trumpet lesson. David comments at how well the student is getting, which Oscar thinks will ruin the joy of "Trumpet Afternoon." He's further annoyed when David compliments the young student after her lesson is over. Suddenly, Dizzy Gillespie takes the seat next to Oscar, who thinks his bent trumpet might make for some poor performance. A star-struck David asks him to play something and Dizzy blows out a jazzy tune on his horn. Oscar isn't as impressed as David.
Cartoon A woman identifies farm animals by their sounds.
(First: Episode 1476)
Film Some kids observe a woman drawing pictures of a building, and eventually guess that she's an architect.
(First: Episode 0768)
Animation Sand N/n
(First: Episode 0633)
Muppets Kermit talks about "top" and "bottom" using a stack of boxes Grover carries.
(First: Episode 0434)
Cartoon A fat man and a small man demonstrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 0525)
SCENE 6 Oscar, with his busted trumpet, now gets a music lesson himself from Bob. He practices his scales until he masters hitting the high note. However, he doesn't want to further his studies, claiming this will be enough to bother everyone.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon".
(First: Episode 0536)
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Animation Red and yellow dots play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
(First: Episode 1979)
Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels.
(First: Episode 0541)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Ernie talks about the differences between himself and his cousin, Ernestine. He can't find anything that they have in common -- until he hears Ernestine laugh.
(First: Episode 2053)
Film Counting the circus clowns.
(First: Episode 0501)
SCENE 7 Oscar attempts to show David his trumpet skills, but David instead cues up the closing theme to play instead. Susan announces the sponsors.

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