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There's a flood in Oscar's can
Air date March 23, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production December 4, 1991
Sponsors E, U, 15


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN The sounds of sloshing water are coming from inside Snuffy, who has been recruited by Oscar for an unspecified task. To explain why Snuffy is full of water, Oscar sets the scene back the day prior, where the pipe to his hot tub broke and the can begins to fill with water. He calls Liddy of Casablanca Plumbers to come over and fix it. She tells him it might be a week or two before she gets to the job, until Oscar claims all the wasted water might lead to a mud shortage; she leaves immediately. In the present, Oscar says he'll resume his story, right after the opening song...

SCENE 1 Oscar continues his story, where everyone helps dry off all of Oscar's soaked pets. He takes a head count and makes sure all eight pets are safe (save for the rhinos, who are at day care). All seem present and accounted for, but Fred the fish remains in the can to play in the water. Grouch plumber Liddy is able to stop the leak, but won't clear out the water until tomorrow. Oscar wonders where he and his pets will spend the night.
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
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Cartoon "The Room is Full of Chickens"
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Muppets Ernie sings "Quiet Time Song" while sitting under an apple tree, and is joined by a squirrel, a bird, a hornet's nest, a cat, and Gladys the Cow.
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Cartoon The detective sees a lever, and thinks about what might happen if he pulls the lever, being prepared for anything.
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SCENE 2 As Oscar's story continues, he and Lassie stay at Maria and Luis' apartment, while the rest of the animals stay at Big Bird's nest (Lassie apparently tries to eat the nest, thus must stay with Oscar instead). The family presents Oscar with a healthful dinner, but he points out that a healthy Grouch meal mushes all the different foods together (plus some chocolate syrup, which he brings himself). While he digs into his entree, Lassie is fed some table napkins. Luis tries to comfort Maria with the notion that their guests will be gone tomorrow.
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
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Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
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Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
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Animation School supplies make the letter E.
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Song "Sharing Swing with Kids Song"
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Cartoon Number creatures 15
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SCENE 3 Big Bird has trouble getting the remainder of Oscar's pets (Slimey, Fluffy, Preposterous, Esme, Spot, and Jezabel) to be quiet and go to sleep. He proceeds to sing them "Let's Fall Asleep" (a spin on Cole Porter's "Let's Fall in Love"), which works in getting them all to sleep once the song ends.
Cartoon A girl thinks she hears a monster doing a cha-cha outside her window, but it's only the wind and a cricket. Her snores frighten the real monster.
Artist: Deanna Morse
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog talks to people waiting in line for a football game being held at the SuperGame Stadium. A woman explains why she is last in line, and points out that Kermit is actually last, although Kermit insists that he is not in line. He goes to the front of the line and finds out that the first two people in the line are in a disagreement over which of them is first in line. The gate opens, and everyone walks all over Kermit.
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Animation Isadora's sneakers describe all the fun they've had this past year, as the seasons change.
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Celebrity Smokey Robinson performs β€œU Really Got a Hold on Me” with a clingy letter U.
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Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
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SCENE 4 Oscar can't sleep due to the pullout couch being much too comfortable. He tries counting skunks, but to no avail. He wakes up Maria and Luis, who stuff the mattress with various odds and ends. Oscar goes down quickly after and starts loudly mumbling in his sleep.
Cartoon 1-10, 10-1 count with stripes.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert go off to sleep but Ernie starts to sing himself a lullaby. Bert then asks Ernie if he would mind singing quieter. So he does and then finds that he can even sing it the quietest. Bert then wonders what's going on and can't seem to go to sleep. Ernie then asks Bert if he's singing it to the extent that he can't hear him then why is he not asleep yet?
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Cartoon U for uniform.
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Film Growing Numbers #15
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SCENE 5 The following morning, Liddy reports that her can-emptier is broken and won't be able to de-flood Oscar's can until next week. Everyone frets about continuing these living arrangements any longer and think of ways to empty the can. A kid proposes they drink it out with a straw, inspiring Big Bird to find just the someone who can accomplish such a task...Snuffy! Using his snuffle, he drinks up all the water (and Oscar's fish Fred by accident). Oscar concludes his story in the present, as Snuffy asks what Oscar wants him to do now. Oscar tells him to wait until after the following...
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Film Scenes of flowers set to harmonica music
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Cartoon The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
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SCENE 6 Oscar informs Snuffy that when he emptied his can, he also drank up the water in his pool and wants him to put it back. Snuffy puts his snuffle into the can and starts blowing water in. He also waters the plants and the sofa. Fred the fish announces the sponsors.


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