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Sesame Street
Plot Grouch Appreciation Day
Air date November 12, 1990 (Season premiere)
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Sponsors C, T, 10
Syndication
Releases

Episode2746

This episode is available for viewing, uncut, at The Paley Center for Media.
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
While reading the newspaper, Telly calls out all the adults to alert them that today's "Grouch Appreciation Day" and that they need a way to show Oscar how much they appreciate him. Though they are hesitant at first, they decide to throw him a party. Oscar pops from his can (not knowing their plans) and asserts he doesn't want anything on Grouch Appreciation Day. Everyone scoffs as they head their separate ways, though Oscar is still suspicious.
Cecille.UpDown
Animation
Cecille sings “Up Down, In Out, Over and Under.”
FayRug
Film
Fay Ray gets on and off a rug.
3136zl
Cartoon
A fan reveals the letter C.
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SCENE 2
Gina, Maria and Telly are preparing Oscar's favorite dish - a halibut with ice cream, served in a hat. Oscar shows up and they all try hide the items by using them in a game of "Three of These Things" (along with Maria's apple). Oscar's still sure they're up to something.
Song.healthyfood
Muppets
Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(EKA: Episode 2390)
Bellhop10
Cartoon
The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(EKA: Episode 2624)
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SCENE 3
The Count counts the dents in Oscar's Sloppy Jalopy, when Oscar throws his luggage into it, planning to leave. Gina and Mike try to convince him to stay, but Oscar won't have it. Unfortunately, the car won't start and Susan's "too busy" to fix it. The Count continues to count Oscar's failed attempts to start the cart. "I don't know what Grouch Appreciation Day is, but I love it!"
Song.DownBelowStreet
Song
14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(EKA: Episode 2674)
Cat-toon
Cartoon
C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 1141)
Elmowhoopi
Muppets / Celebrity
Elmo thinks that Whoopi Goldberg's skin is a very pretty brown. Whoopi likes Elmo's soft red fur. Elmo admires Whoopi's bouncy hair, too. Elmo suggests that they trade, but Whoopi says that they can't -- it doesn't come off. But even if she could trade, she wouldn't want to. She likes her skin and her hair, and she wants to keep it. Elmo says that he wants to keep his fur, too.
Pinball.10
Cartoon
Pinball #10 (beginning trimmed)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2494)
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SCENE 4
Oscar continues to tell Maria and Luis to not throw him a party and they assure they're not. They tell him to go rest, anywhere but Big Bird's nest. Oscar figures this is where the party must be and has Bruno carry him there. He peeks over the doors and is shocked to see no one there. As Bruno carries him down the street, Oscar is visibly hurt and sad no one appreciates him. Suddenly, everyone comes out from 123 Sesame Street in their finest outfits and surprises him.
SomebodyComeandPlay.Snowleopards
Song
Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(EKA: Episode 2638)
Bae21
Muppets
Ernie and Bert: Ernie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited, but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing Rubber Duckie with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie.
(EKA: Episode 1706)
LillianBigSister
Cartoon
Lillian discusses the adjustments she had to make when her parents had a new baby. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
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SCENE 5
The Arbor is now set up banquet-style, where everyone is gathered at dinner tables. Oscar tries to hide how pleased he is, but everyone can tell he's enjoying himself. Emcee Gordon introduces the first after-dinner speaker - Simon Soundman, who demonstrates the kinds of annoying sounds he and Oscar both like. Everyone else provides Oscar with a sound he'd like - a raspberry they all blow toward him.
2269c
Cartoon
Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2269)
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."
Noimage
SCENE 6
The next speaker is the Two-Headed Monster, who read their poem "Ode to a Grouch," which no one can understand.
3957l
Cartoon
Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2727)
Mpiece.gonewind
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: "Gone With the Wind"
(EKA: Episode 2393)
3136j
Song
"Elbows and Knees"
(EKA: Episode 2641)
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SCENE 7
Up next is Preston Rabbit, who will present him with a special present. But, what do you get the Grouch who has everything? Preston recalls asking Oscar for the time once, and stated he didn't have it. So, they give him a shiny, new watch. Bob winds it and it immediately comes apart.
Frankthefish
Cartoon
Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
StrawberryHorse
Film
A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(EKA: Episode 2687)
T-treasure
Cartoon
T for treasure (Jim Thurman VO)
(EKA: Episode 2234)
Noimage
SCENE 8
As the festivities draw to a close, Gordon makes a speech about Oscar and how they feel about him. Gordon points out that he brings out the little bit of Grouch in everybody. Together, they all sing a ballad to him - "You're Our Grouch (and We're Stuck with You)". It's Oscar's turn for a speech and he almost thanks Telly for the party (who has a noticeable tear running down his face), but instead yells at him for throwing it in the first place. Gordon announces the sponsors.


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