Sesame Street
Plot Close Encounters of the Worst Kind
Air date May 15, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors L, X, 4
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Picture Segment Description
1755a
SCENE 1 Oscar is having a boring day, until he sees something in the sky -- a trash can!
1755b

1755c
SCENE 1
cont'd
When the contraption lands on the ground, its lid opens, and a gray grouch wearing a helmet peers out. They both realize, to their delight, that they are grouches. The gray grouch introduces himself as Othmar, from the planet Zircon.
1755d
SCENE 1
cont'd
Linda, Olivia and Luis arrive on the scene, and realize that a grouch from Outer Space just landed. Linda shows them how to sign "get lost," and Othmar suddenly feels optimistic about his surroundings.
1576r
Cartoon "L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
(EKA: Episode 1455)
LordLester01

LordLester02
Muppets Maria reads "The Legend of Lord Lester." Lord Lester and his wife, Lady Lulu, love the letter L so much, they send their loyal lackey Louie to fetch things that start with L. He returns with a multitude of items, becoming so exhausted, he quits and decides to live in a lighthouse.
(EKA: Episode 1201)
2073r
Cartoon The man is only afraid of one thing: FEAR.
(EKA: Episode 0816)
WheelbarrowFilm
Film A man shows a boy how to make a wheelbarrow.
1576l
Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem By Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
1755e

1755f
SCENE 2 Oscar tells Olivia that he's going to the moon with Othmar in the giant trash can, and asks her to help them with the countdown from 10 to 1. They close the lid of the trash can and prepare for takeoff. Olivia counts down, and covers her ears as the trash can shoots into the air.
1755g
SCENE 2
cont'd
As the giant trash can rises further and further into space, Olivia remarks, "Now I've seen everything."
1755h

1755j

1755i
SCENE 2
cont'd
Oscar and Othmar notice how different the earth looks from above. They pass through the space dump, and then get closer to the surface of the moon while they eat their sandwiches. Oscar wants to get back to Sesame Street later on, because "I haven't insulted Olivia all day -- she's gonna think I don't care."
Pentagon
Cartoon A rolling circle becomes a square, then a triangle, and various other shapes.
Song4-balloons
Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
Waiter-flyinsoup
Muppets Mr. Johnson has been served a bowl of soup, but flags down his waiter to make a complaint. He asks Grover to inspect the fly that's in his soup, but Grover looks under; next to; and above the soup before he agrees to bring out a new bowl. The kitchen is all out of what Mr. Johnson ordered, so he brings him Cream of Mosquito.
4elephants.OG
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)
Film.PettingZoo
Film A film of two kids at a petting zoo is narrated in English and Spanish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 1041)
2269u
Cartoon How many legs does a horse have?
(First: Episode 1523)
HerryMichelleSpanish
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment: Michelle teaches Herry Monster how to say the name of several body parts in Spanish.
(EKA: Episode 1052)
Noimage
Film (live action) Lizards (1:01)
1836e
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: RUN
(EKA: Episode 1446)
1755k
SCENE 3 Olivia and Linda are doubtful that Oscar and Othmar went to the moon. While they wait, Linda shows some kids how to sign "moon," "rocket," and "stars." Olivia stages a game where they pretend to be each of the things they signed, and count down from 10 to 1. Olivia, meanwhile, wonders where Oscar is.
ConsonantSound-X-Exit
Cartoon X in EXIT: Animals sing as they exit a building.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
Pollydarton
Muppets Polly Darton sings "Wavin' Goodbye to You with My Heart."
AlpDancers-X
Film The Alphabet Dancers make a letter X.
(First: Episode 0456)
Erasercartoon
Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people.
(First: Episode 0008)
Song-LookAround
Song "Look Around, Look Around", a song about seasons.
(EKA: Episode 0581)
Clip 4
Muppets Grover watches The Amazing Mumford practice a trick, making a rabbit come out of his hat. Mumford has trouble getting a rabbit to come out of the hat, and both are oblivious to the fact that Grover is turning into a rabbit.
(EKA: Episode 0712)
CowboyX
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(EKA: Episode 0351)
1755l
SCENE 4 Olivia and Telly explain to Luis that they've drawn a circle in the street for Oscar and Othmar to land on. Upon their descent, the grouches miss their target.
SandX
Animation Sand X/x
EBScaringBert
Muppets Ernie & Bert: While Bert is reading, Ernie tries to scare him by dressing up as a ghost. When Ernie notices that Bert left his chair while he fetched a white sheet, Ernie sits down in the chair and relaxes, until Bert enters the room and startles him.
(EKA: Episode 1448)
1707l
Cartoon Rocks aren't alive, so it must be a turtle.
Noimage
VTR NY Remote #47 - Without People (Big Bird)
Word.OUT!
Cartoon A man sees a giant OUT, yells the word, and everyone runs out of it.
(EKA: Episode 0902)
1396s
Film Flamingos
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0817)
2342-BirdTeeh
Animation The mountains make a snack for a bird, but he forgets to brush his teeth afterward.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
Kitchen-CERRADO
Insert Various things in a kitchen become CERRADO. (Luis voice-over)
EstaCerrada
Cartoon In Spanish, a man makes everything in the room cerrada, and considers making the basket abierto if only for the guitar band inside.
Noimage
SCENE 5 Othmar announces it's time for him to return to planet Zircon, "Sailing through the stars, across the vast universe... Carl Sagan, eat your heart out." The cast counts down his blast-off, but his ship collapses. Othmar asks Oscar to call him a taxi. "Okay, you're a taxi!"

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