Sesame Street
Oscar's Newsstand
Air date April 19, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors J, W, 19


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon and Susan are in a hurry to catch the train. Gordon stops at the newsstand to pick up a newspaper, only to find that all the newspapers have smelly fish in them. Oscar reveals that he bought the newsstand so he can yell at subway riders and make them late for their trains. He points Gordon to the newspapers that don't have fish ... but mud.
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Muppets / Celebrity Ernie and Aaron Neville sing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)
Film Kids fly and form the letter W.
(First: Episode 3181)
Cartoon A salesman hawks the letter W in a commercial.
Artist: Mo Willems
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
SCENE 2 Ruthie witnesses Oscar yelling at a customer (Jon Stone), then shows him how to treat customers properly. Oscar doesn't care for manners -- or money -- he's in it for the fish and the grouchy clientele.
Cartoon "Magic Pig"
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 0772)
Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
(First: Episode 2668)
Animation Draw a circle around the bus. Cross out the telephone.
(First: Episode 2093)
Muppets The Squirrelles sing "Cracking Nuts."
(First: Episode 3211)
Cartoon "Find the Opposite"
(EKA: Episode 2362)
Film A man uses hedge clippers to create a peacock.
(First: Episode 3208)
Cartoon An old man recites a poem about the time he had the flu.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1274)
Muppets / Celebrity All the kids are too busy to enjoy looking at Telly's triangle with him. He runs into John Goodman, who happens to be a hardcore triangle lover himself.
(First: Episode 3202)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle's three nephews demonstrate a round by singing "Redwood Tree."
(First: Episode 2506)
Muppets The Count's Storybook Theatre
The Count reads the story of "Snoring Beauty" played by The Countess, who is put under a spell to sleep. The Count comes by and counts her snores despite that Countess never woke up from the Count's counting or from the thunder and lighting when the Count reaches 10 snores. Next time on The Count's Storybook Theatre: The Count will read 5 stories for us.
(First: Episode 3207)
Animation Number creatures #19
(First: Episode 2718)
Film Growing Numbers #19
(First: Episode 2937)
Animation Rap #19
(First: Episode 2560)
Film How paper is recycled
(First: Episode 2710)

SCENE 3 Maria stops by the newsstand and asks for a copy of The Fix-it Woman's Gazette. He gives Maria the special treatment by having his goat Lassie chew the magazine and his pig roll in it. She says she wants a clean magazine, so he has Fluffy spray it with water, getting Maria wet as well.
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
Muppets Grover demonstrates up and down by getting the curtain at the theater to raise and lower.
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon The 'J' Train with commentary by Daws Butler
(First: Episode 1169)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)

SCENE 4 Oscar announces that there's no service on the A, B, C, D, E or F trains. Just then his mom comes flying out of the subway ("Now that's what I call an express!"). Oscar asks her what she's doing here, and she says she had to see personally that Oscar opened the newsstand. After confirming he did, and assuring her that he's doing it, not for the money, but to make people angry, for which she says she is very proud of him, he shows her the "closed" sign he made, which he uses to fool a customer (Fran Brill) -- but his scheme backfires. He feels like a failure, but his mom cheers him up.
Film The sign CLOSED spins around.
(First: Episode 0955)
Cartoon An army of ants gets to the bakery, only to find that it's closed.
(First: Episode 2088)
Muppets "They Can't Take That Away from Me": Cookie Monster's six cookies are subtracted down to zero.
(First: Episode 2351)
Film Farmer McFay subtracts green apples from 5 to 3 to 1 and is bothered by a fly.
(First: Episode 3208)
Cartoon Two dogs wait at a bus stop for a long time while the red dog talks endlessly about short and long.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3207)
Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Katie.
(First: Episode 2760)

SCENE 5 Maria warns Luis against shopping at Oscar's newsstand. Luis is surprised to pick up a clean newspaper, but annoyed when he sees it's from yesterday. Oscar's mother then congratulates him on making a customer really angry, then she leaves. Luis then remembers that he didn't read the paper yesterday, and thanks Oscar, who's glad that his mom didn't see that. Gordon announces the sponsors.


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