Sesame Street
Plot Irvine acts nice
Air date April 23, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors H, 18
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Oscar takes Irvine to Hooper's Store for a Grouchy treat. They peruse the special "Grouch Menu" and Irvine chooses some pickle ice cream. She gobbles it up quickly and wants more, but Oscar tells her no. She hatches an idea and starts acting nice and kissing her uncle. Oscar sees right through her plan - she's acting nice in order to drive him crazy, cave in and buy her another ice cream.
SCENE 2 Irvine continues acting nice and singing a happy song. Inspired, Oscar thinks singing a Grouchy song will put Irvine back in a rotten mindset. He sings her his signature song, but she still ends up acting nice. Mr. Handford can't help but laugh.
Cartoon Aliens vacation on Earth for an afternoon, but they litter.
(EKA: Episode 3141)

SCENE 3 Mr. Handford obtains a copy of How to Handle Your Grouch Child by Bruelope Screech, a Grouch child expert. The book's very specific advice for Oscar is to jump up and down, yelling "Phooey" 5 times. the kids count along, but it doesn't work. The book advises him to jump 10 times now and when that fails, 20 times. Finally, the book suggests when all else fails, he must be...nice to his niece!
Cartoon A spoof of Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" - the number of sandwiches the singer has to choose from.
(First: Episode 2859)
SCENE 4 Oscar swallows his pride and lets Mr. Handford teach him some nice things to say to Irvine, as well as presenting her with a lollypop and heart-shaped card. Oscar manages that, but balks at the notion of having to hug and kiss her.

SCENE 5 Oscar approaches Irvine with a kind demeanor and pleasant words. She is naturally appalled and throws a fit, bringing her back to her Grouchy self. Oscar promises she can get another pickle ice cream tomorrow and the two act Grouchy toward each other. Mr. Handford joins Samantha at her table as she announces the sponsors.
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Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Celebrity The Count counts how many times Jock Soto and Lourdes Lopez spin around. Finally, they spin him around.
Animation Space frogs count to 10.
(EKA: Episode 3109)
Muppets Grover asks Katie to hug him and scratch his tummy.
(EKA: Episode 1710)

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