Sesame Street
Oscar on talk radio
Air date March 31, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors G, 5
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gina hears strange noises coming from Oscar's trash can. She finds Oscar's filling in for radio personality Rush Limburger on WCAN radio, setting up a broadcast from his can. He switches on one of the machines, cuing an announcer to present Oscar the Grouch as the day's emcee.

SCENE 1 cont'd As Oscar delivers an opening message, Gina walks over to Hooper's Store, where Big Bird and Alan are searching the radio stations. She requests them to turn on WCAN, and they hear Oscar will be taking calls all day. His first one comes from Max in Milwaukee (David Rudman), who gets promptly hung up by Oscar before he can ask a question. Oscar states the show will return shortly...
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
Muppets Cookie Monster demonstrates how you can learn about cookies by asking questions. Prairie Dawn just happens to be nearby with a plate of cookies that Cookie Monster can ask questions about.
Animation G / g Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3328)
Animation G / g paper fold
(First: Episode 3128)
Animation Planet G / g
(First: Episode 2844)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Vandy shows Ernie her toy phone, which can record messages.
Insert Wanda the Word Fairy demonstrates the word TELEPHONE, but is unable to remove the word from the telephone booths. (ending edited)
(First: Episode 2655)
Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)

SCENE 2 Oscar's show starts, where he states he doesn't want to discuss any topic other than the letter G. Mona from Montag (Stephanie D'Abruzzo) calls in to talk about the alphabet, listing every letter. Before she reaches the letter Z, Oscar hangs up the phone, but Mona calls back immediately afterwards to finish before she hangs up. Oscar admits how he likes this job.
Cartoon A pig sings "Pig's Love Song." (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0462)
Muppets Sesame Street Goes to Day Care: Elmo and Martel count to 10 in different ways.
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make? (new music added)
(First: Episode 0776)
SCENE 3 The topic is still the letter G, but Barry from Bayside (Martin P. Robinson) and his booming voice inadvertently talks about it (and rattles Oscar's phone and Alan's radio). Not standing the ruckus from the receiver anymore, Oscar hangs up and decides to cue the next segment to help viewers get the picture.
Cartoon G for Gorilla
(First: Episode 2491)
Film G for go, girls, guitar, goldfish etc.
(First: Episode 3269)
Cartoon Fish form G and g.
(First: Episode 3112)

Muppets Polly Darton sings "Save Your Energy for Me," a song about energy conservation. (edits made to audio track)
(First: Episode 3134)
Cartoon A little girl leaves everything on in the house, until the TV set recites a poem about sharing electricity.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2845)
Film Wegman's dogs: Rub-a-Dub-Dub
(First: Episode 3530)

SCENE 4 Oscar now wants to talk about the number 5 and gets a call from the neurotic Benny from Bensenhurst (Joey Mazzarino), who loathes the number 5. Telly enters Hooper's for a cheese sandwich, and notices the heated conversation on the radio. Knowing Oscar is his friend, he decides to help him deal with the caller. Oscar instead leaves the phone with Telly while he goes to lunch.
Cartoon A chorus of 5s come out of a 5 painting.
(First: Episode 3300)
Muppets The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 5 in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2923)
Film Two girls count to 5 as they clap.
(First: Episode 3007)

SCENE 5 Oscar listens to the show at Hooper's, as Telly still deals with Benny. Telly angrily hangs up, when Benny re-dials to compliment him on his grouchiness. Alan and Gina are impressed with how Telly is handling the show, forcing Oscar to reclaim it.
Cartoon Letters appear over a sky-view of a neighborhood
(First: Episode 3267)
Song "I Put My Leg in My Pants"
(First: Episode 3402)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: The parachute becomes a large mattress.
(First: Episode 2245)
Muppets Grover tries to explain an EXIT sign, but monsters keep trampling over him. He moves over away from the door, but the EXIT sign moves with him.
(First: Episode 3578)
Cartoon A polar bear learns what "EXIT" means. (new music and sound effects added)
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)

SCENE 6 Oscar comes back, but finds Telly is too busy dealing with callers to listen. Oscar calls him from his cell phone and asks for his show back. Telly will give it back, but only if Oscar thanks him for helping. Oscar relents and gets his show back. Telly calls from a payphone and starts an argument with him.
Muppets Elmo's World: Music
(First: Episode 3824)
SCENE 7 As Oscar's show comes to an end, Telly tells him the sponsors over the phone. The "On The Air" sign then starts smoking up, signaling the TV screen to shut off.

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