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Cleaning the lot, part 3 – Gordon's plan to turn the lot into a garden
Air date March 20, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Ted May
Production January 24, 1991
Sponsors F, Q, 17


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The Pigeon Sisters do some morning strutting and cooing, when Gordon shows off the trash bins the city has provided them. The Pigeon Sisters are disappointed he has bins and not buns.
Animation Seventeen derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Count ruins Kermit's opportunities to interview The Three Little Pigs and the Seven Dwarves by counting them.
(First: Episode 0569)
Cartoon A flame burns through a capital letter F, ultimately revealing a lowercase letter f.
(First: Episode 2288)
Muppets Is Barkley a DOG or a BANANA?
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon Do you know what it's like to be scared?
(First: Episode 0547)
SCENE 2 Gordon observes the litter and has a flash of inspiration - they can turn the vacant lot into a garden! He and the pigeons imagine what it'll look like, singing "I See a Garden."
Cartoon Two kids want to use their empty box as a pretend submarine or airplane. They agree to imagine it's a rocketship.
Artist: Cordell Barker
(First: Episode 2369)
Film Fay Ray moves clockwise and ticks, until an alarm sounds.
(First: Episode 2597)
Cartoon "Big Sneeze": Larry Gold sings about sneeze safety, while a man destroys everything in his path when he sneezes.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1579)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finishes drinking milk, and doesn't know what to do with the cartons at first, but gets the idea to "recycle" them and play with them like a train.
(First: Episode 2726)
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
SCENE 3 As the grown ups clean up the trash, Elmo and Big Bird arrive to help. Gordon tells them it's not safe for young birds and monsters and they become angry that they aren't allowed to help. They eventually understand that Gordon wants them to be safe, but still want to help. Mike starts feeling hungry, so Gordon sends the two to get food from Hooper's Store. The Pigeon Sisters perk up too, looking forward to the crumbs.
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(First: Episode 0768)
Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
(First: Episode 1736)
Animation All living things need clean water.
(First: Episode 2731)
Film A voiceover recites a poem about trees, to music by Joe Raposo.
(First: Episode 0455)
Cartoon Fruita Manzana sings about keeping the place clean by throwing away fruit peels and apple cores.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1485)
SCENE 4 Everyone eats their lunch, as the Pigeon Sisters snack on the crumbs. They tell the group how the lot become such a mess in the first place - somebody threw a piece of litter first and soon, others followed suit until it was the heap it became. Gordon assures the pigeons that they'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
Cartoon Rap #17
(First: Episode 2488)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert says it's Ernie's turn to go to the laundromat. He puts numerous things in the laundry basket, including storybooks, cookies, his boots, and a radio. Before long, the basket has no room for the laundry, so he decides to go play baseball instead.
(First: Episode 0458)
Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(First: Episode 1721)
Muppets While building a doghouse with Sully, Biff sings "We Coulda," listing all the jobs they could've done outside the world of construction.
(First: Episode 1782)
Cartoon Q for Quarter
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1176)
Film Bus trip around town (guitar soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry & John-John observe a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0571)
Cartoon Campers don't want to play ring toss with Zork, until their counselor reminds them about being judgmental.
(First: Episode 2761)
In all airings subsequent to this, the ending of this cartoon is slightly re-edited.

Film A little girl narrates a film about how cans can be recycled. She washes them and collects them in a wagon, which she takes to the recycling center. There it is sorted and separated with a magnet. After it's loaded onto trucks, it is taken to a factory to be melted and shaped into new cans like the ones seen in her fridge at home.
(First: Episode 2740)
Muppets / Celebrity Ray Charles, Telly, Elmo and the kids sing "The Alphabet Song."
(First: Episode 2778)
Song "Come into the Garden"
(First: Episode 1357)
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup.
(First: Episode 0004)
Muppets Prairie Dawn talks about three important parts of the face which are the eyes, the nose, and the ears, with assistance from Cookie Monster. Prairie agrees that cookies can be seen and smelled, but not heard - unless eaten by Cookie Monster.
Cartoon Kids try to guess what a bunch of shapes will form; eventually they form a chicken.
Animation A girl's narration describing the city is illustrated with cutout animation.
Twinkle Twinkle red yellow.jpg
Animation Red and yellow dots play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
(First: Episode 1979)
Film A STOP sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0930)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon".
(First: Episode 1910)
Animation Planet Q / q

SCENE 5 As the clean up continues, Gordon reports that the city has allowed them to turn the space into a garden. The grown ups discover a small plant growing under all the litter, a promising start to their garden. They protect it using an old tire, as the Pigeon Sisters announces the sponsors.

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