Sesame Street
Oscar cooperates
Air date March 13, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors D, F, 14


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 David, Maria, Hiroshi, and Shalon notice a sign on Oscar's trash can, which says "Oscar's Subtraction Show." He has four chairs set up outside it, and tells them all to sit down as his show begins. Everyone is skeptical at first, but Hiroshi persuades them to give it a try. While they sit in the chairs, Oscar plays bagpipes off-key, which bothers Maria and David so much that they walk away, leaving Hiroshi and Shalon, which, as he points out, is subtraction. Hiroshi applauds upon understanding what just happened, and compliments him on his creativity, especially when he sees the four chairs with zero people in them. Oscar goes back into his trash can to play his bagpipes.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird comes into the Fix-It Shop and offers to help think of a name for Maria's baby. He'll play the "Name Game," which means he'll say a name that rhymes with whatever she says. He continues playing the game while Maria answers the phone, and drives her out of the store.
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SCENE 3 While Hiroshi works on a painting, David gives Oscar an old bent pan, which Hiroshi suddenly wants to paint. Oscar doesn't feel like sharing it, but Hiroshi suggests he could paint him wearing the pan on his head.
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SCENE 4 At night, Hoots and his band tune up near Oscar's trash can. He offers to cooperate with him: if he lets them play the blues, they'll go away. He unknowingly goes along with it as the band plays "The Grouch Blues," but once they all leave, he wishes he had someone to be grouchy towards. Maria announces the sponsors.

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