Sesame Street
Oscar and the butterfly
(repeat of 1880)
Air date December 13, 1985
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Norman Stiles
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors J, N, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 On Ask Oscar, Telly reads a letter asking about the importance of listening. Oscar drives Telly crazy by blatantly paying little attention to everything he says, forcing Telly to repeat the details over and over. Oscar finally concludes that while listening is a good way to learn what people have to say, not listening allows one to have some fun watching the speaker get angry.
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Cartoon J - Jam
(First: Episode 0012)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews one of the Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.
(First: Episode 0551)
Cartoon After the big game, a bird skeleton and an elephant skeleton get their skins mixed up in the locker room. The coach helps them out.
(First: Episode 0774)
Cartoon Five Worms In An Apple
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1502)
Film A man karate chops 5 boards.
(First: Episode 0469)
Ernie's Bert Sculpture
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie makes a clay bust of Bert, but runs out of clay for the nose, so he pulls Bert's nose off and puts it on the statue.
(First: Episode 0463)
Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)

Muppets Snuffy brings his TV over to Big Bird's nest so that he, Big Bird, and some kids can work out along with Jane Snuffleupagus.
(First: Episode 2076)
Cartoon Three scribbles exercise.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1579)
Celebrity Menudo performs "Gotta Get on Movin'."
(First: Episode 1971)
Animation El numero cinco (Luis VO)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster reads the sign atop a miniature school building, and observes a small group of children that run out of it. Once they've left, the monster picks up the now empty building, and declares, "School's out!"
(First: Episode 1907)
Film SCHOOL: the sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0685)
Cartoon Adding up five ladybugs and five lizards
(First: Episode 0277)

SCENE 2 Oscar and Bruno run into Linda, who signs them a story about a butterfly who flew onto her shoulder and remained there while she rode the bus back to Sesame Street. Oscar reiterates the yucky story to Luis, who finds it much funnier than Oscar. While he deals with a call in the Fix-It Shop, the butterfly returns and lands on Oscar's head, much to his dismay. Luis can't help but laugh, while Oscar orders Bruno to run around in an effort to rid himself of the butterfly.
Cartoon 'j' minuscula
(First: Episode 0475)
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Cartoon Once there were two men. Each had his own idea. One man told his thought to the other man, then the other man told his idea to the first man. Now both men knew twice as much.
(First: Episode 0268)
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N
(First: Episode 0131)

SCENE 3 Oscar and Bruno have had no luck ridding Oscar of the butterfly. Bruno situates Oscar's can back in its spot, leaving Oscar desperate for help. Susan comes by and suggests Oscar carefully remove it, but Oscar doesn't want to touch such a beautiful-looking thing. Susan gently removes the butterfly from his head and it flutters off...only to return soon after.
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels.
(First: Episode 0541)
Cartoon A fat man and a small man demonstrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 0525)
Muppets The Count has built a rocket with the help of Dr. Reinbrain and plans to launch it from inside his castle. The two count down from the computer console, but the rocket doesn't take off. Indeed, Count never intended for lift-off; he plans on counting down again and again.
(First: Episode 1306)
Film Parts of a clown are shown in close-up as kids guess what it is.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
SCENE 4 Oscar asks Luis and David for help as they come by, but they can't stay; they have to go rehearse a song about the number 5...
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(First: Episode 2080)
Cast The Lovers of Five (David, Luis, Gordon and Bob) sing "Gimme Five."
(First: Episode 1137)
Film Footage of a leopard in the plain.
(First: Episode 0364)

SCENE 5 Telly now comes past and Oscar begs for help. But as an act of revenge from the "Ask Oscar" show earlier, Telly pretends to not know Oscar at all and states he will only help if Oscar genuinely apologizes. Oscar relents and apologizes, to Telly's delight. He produces a potted flower to lure the butterfly away, which he had on him the entire time. Oscar realize the tables were turned and he was tricked this time. The plan works and the butterfly lands on the flower, which Telly now plans to take to the park. "Sometimes, even a Grouch needs a friend," says Oscar.
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
Muppets Cookie Monster sounds out the word FOOD, then eats it.
(First: Episode 0601)
Film Olivia (in voice-over) identifies different vegetables.
(First: Episode 1612)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit talks with Chris about teaching his little sister, Stephanie, to talk. Chris practices the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0495)
Cartoon Jazz Alphabet: male vocalists shout each letter.
(First: Episode 0619)
SCENE 6 The kids draw pictures out in the yard as Oscar announces the sponsors.

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