Sesame Street
Plot Cleaning the lot, part 1 – Gordon wants city hall to clean a littered lot
Air date March 18, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors A, N, 16
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon plays some football with Oscar, Bruno and the Grouchketeers. Oscar naturally throws the ball too far and too deep, when it lands into a nearby, vacant lot filled with trash and litter. Two pigeons, Aubrey and Louise, see the ball, which Louise believes to be a football-sized peanut. Gordon keeps the kids from going behind the fence, pointing toward the danger sign and goes in himself. Oscar lectures the kids about danger as Gordon stumbles around and crashes trying to get the ball back. Once he emerges, he intends to call the city and have them do something about the dangerous, messy lot. Oscar, despite considering the lot for a vacation spot, volunteers to make the call, since Grouches are good at complaining. Gordon doesn't think this is a good idea and rallies the kids to find a phone before Oscar does. Louise thinks it's sort of funny to want to clean up the lot, but not as funny as Audrey falling off the fence.
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Cartoon Many Dangers (0:39)
(EKA: Episode 2791)
Ernieplant
Muppets Ernie sings "Little Plant."
(EKA: Episode 2174)
2096s
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
2963-C11
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(EKA: Episode 0872)
Venice 07
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Monsters of Venice"
16blues
Cartoon I've Got the "Sixteen Blues"
(EKA: Episode 2755)
Cap007
Muppets / Celebrity Oscar and Andrea Martin talk about being angry.
(EKA: Episode 2491)
2485i
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2212)
10CommandmentsofHealth
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(EKA: Episode 1163)
Frogseeds
Animation A frog is formed out of seeds.
(EKA: Episode 2609)
Blindfieldtrip
Film A blind class goes on a field trip to the park, using their other senses to experience their surroundings. The teacher sings "If You're Happy and You Know It."
(EKA: Episode 2589)
Toon.LetterA
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(EKA: Episode 2253)
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SCENE 2 Gordon, Oscar and the crew arrive at Hooper's Store, still arguing over who will place the call. They tell Susan and Gina about the plan and everyone else agrees Gordon should make the call. He dials city hall and gets put on hold briefly, before being given instructions on how to file a compliant at city hall. Oscar concludes this job will be suited for him and has Bruno carry him off, with Gordon following close behind.
Garbagemansblues
Song "Garbageman's Blues Song"
(EKA: Episode 1952)
2head.story
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster takes turns reading itself a story.
(EKA: Episode 2615)
Hineighbor
Cartoon A salesman offers a passerby the letter N for next to nothing.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 2283)
RaposoFish
Film Fish swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0301)
E&Bdoyoulikeme
Muppets Ernie asks Bert "Do You Like Me?"
(EKA: Episode 1234)
Where-a-go?
Animation Where do the a's fit?
(EKA: Episode 2813)
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SCENE 3 As instructed, Gordon, Oscar and Bruno arrive at city hall and visit window #16. However, the Anything Muppet clerk tells them they must visit window #16 on the fifth floor for their specific complaint. Once they get there, they're told they're in the wrong department - they want window #16 at the cleaning up department, not the vacant lot department. They finally get to the right window, only to have the clerk clock out for lunch a moment later. Oscar is ready to get angry, but Gordon and Bruno go get lunch as well instead, dragging Oscar along too.
NumberCreatures.16
Cartoon Number creatures #16
(EKA: Episode 2755)
Wideopenspaces
Muppets In the woods, a nature-loving baritone (Jim Henson) sings "Ah, For the Joys of the Countryside" about how much he loves the country, without noticing that his surroundings are being converted into a city.
(EKA: Episode 1056)
SquareOut
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(EKA: Episode 1906)
DrGeo.Globe
Cartoon With the help of his assistant, Dr. Geo shows the viewer what a globe is.
Ssnews.harerematch
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The hare challenges The Tortoise to a rematch: this time, the Tortoise comes equipped with a jet-pack.
(EKA: Episode 2741)
1092-12
Film The Letter N Is Nice.
(EKA: Episode 0895)
JaneSnuff1

JaneSnuff2
Muppets Snuffy brings his TV over to Big Bird's nest so that he, Big Bird, and some kids can work out along with Jane Snuffleupagus.
(EKA: Episode 2173)
Detective.exercise
Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
(EKA: Episode 2607)
ComeJoinUs
Muppets "Come Join Us"
3985q
Cartoon A for Acorn
(EKA: Episode 1966)
FayRay.rug
Film Fay Ray gets on and under a rug.
(EKA: Episode 2707)
MotherNatureWorm
Cartoon Mother Nature shows how earthworms help trees grow.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2736)
SimonTransportationSounds
Muppets Simon Soundman has the viewers guess what sound he is making. He makes the sound of a train, car, and a horse. When Simon makes the sound of the horse, a cowboy uses his lasso to capture Simon, mistaking him for a real horse.
(EKA: Episode 0294)
Girlsandcastle.oldschool
Cartoon A girl builds a sand castle at the beach, but the ocean keeps washing it away, so she builds one away from the waves.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 1452)
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SCENE 4 Gordon gathers everyone from the street to the vacant lot to tell them the news from city hall. Oscar beats him to the punch by telling everyone that the city won't clean up the lot, but will haul the trash away if the residents clean it themselves. Oscar wants to go back to city hall and yell his guts out at the civil servants, but Gordon spearheads a clean up initiative of his own and asks everyone to return to the lot tomorrow at 11 a.m. As every cheers, Louise announces the sponsors.


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