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Sesame Street
Plot Sleeping Grouchy
Air date August 29, 2007
Season Season 38
Sponsors U, 20
Syndication
Releases Silly Storytime

4143

Picture Segment Description
4143a
COLD OPEN
"What's the Word on the Street?" -- ticklish
4143b

4143c
SCENE
Gordon and Maria step outside laughing at a joke Maria just told, and welcome the viewer. Oscar and Grundgetta tell them to keep it down, because they're reading Grundgetta's favorite Grouch fairy tale, "The Tale of Sleeping Grouchy", as Grundgetta calls it, "the grouchiest tale ever told." Slimey is also eager to hear the story. Telly and Elmo also want to hear it (Oscar: "Well, what do ya think, Grungie? Let the little Monsters listen in?" Grundgetta: "Never hurts to spread a little grouchiness around."). Now, having Grundgetta's approval Oscar begins to read the story.
4143d

4143e
SCENE
cont'd
In the story, the very grouchy princess is portrayed by Grundgetta, and her warm, loving, synonym-spouting parents are played by Maria and Gordon, who sing a song about how much they love their daughter.
4143f
SCENE
cont'd
One day the grouchy princess goes on a grouchy walk. She says "Phooey!" so many times that it disturbs a wizard who was walking nearby. He casts a spell on her, putting her to sleep for a hundred years!
4143g
SCENE
cont'd
Grouchy's parents encounter her sleeping, and become distressed that their daughter is under a spell. The queen gets an idea to offer a big reward for whoever can break the spell.
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4143i
SCENE
cont'd
The first prince to arrive is Prince Elmo of Ticklania, who will try waking her up with a giant Ticklanian chicken feather.

He demonstrates its effects on the king and queen, then tries it on the princess, not realizing that she's too grouchy to be ticklish - but the feather does make her sneeze. Prince Elmo knows exactly what to do to cheer himself up ...

4143j
SCENE
cont'd
The second prince to arrive is Prince Telly of the Tuba, and his back-up band, The Cat's Meow. Since they woke up Rip Van Winkle by playing the tuba and meowing loudly, they figure it'll be a cinch to wake the princess up in the same way. But such is not the case, not even with participation from the viewer.
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4143l
SCENE
cont'd
The third prince doesn't show up at first, but is revealed to be Prince Slimey. But how can a small worm prince break a spell? Slimey knows how: by giving the princess a sweet, lovable kiss, which he knows she'll hate. It works!
4143m
SCENE
cont'd
In return for his heroic deed, Slimey wants not jewels, but mud. He and Princess Grouchy go off to play in the royal mud puddle and live grouchily ever after.
4143n
SCENE
cont'd
Telly and Elmo like the happy ending, but was it happy? Oscar and Grundgetta don't think so. As they argue about it, Oscar remarks, "The best part about reading a book is the lively discussion afterwards!"
4115t
Song

"Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(EKA: Episode 3357)

Howiemandel
Celebrity

Howie Mandel demonstrates the word "ticklish."

4143-Grovertickle
Insert

After being tickled, Grover explains to Antonio that tickling is exercise.

DancingFlowers
Song

"Dancing With the Flowers"
(EKA: Episode 4058)

3957zh1
Film
Wegman dogs: The Ten O'Clock Scholar
(EKA: Episode 3529)
4143-ThatsTheWayIRead
Muppets

Zoe, Telly, and Prairie Dawn sing "That's the Way I Read."
(EKA: Episode 3741)

Toon.Jillhill
Cartoon

Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(EKA: Episode 2538)

4143-RositaGinaMarco
Insert

Rosita helps teach Marco Spanish, and sings "I Love Every Part of You" with Gina.

4090zg
Cartoon

A girl fantasizes what she could do without leaving her room if her nose, ears, legs, and arms got bigger.
(EKA: Episode 3285)

3994p
Muppets
The Letter of the Day: U
Cookie Monster puts the letter of the day, U, on a rocket and sends it away, but it comes back.
(First: Episode 3994)
3980e
Film

Song: "My Friend U"
(EKA: Episode 3864)

4143-Objects
Cartoon

An umbrella, gorilla, ambulance, and orange are displayed on the screen. Which begins with the letter U and protects us from the rain?

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4128zq
Muppets
Oscar presents the grouchy theater hit "Scramalot" to a receptive audience. In this parody of Monty Python's Spamalot, the Knights of Scramalot sing and have difficulty rhyming. In the end, instead of continuing the play, the Knights continue to argue.
(First: Episode 4128)
ZerkelDan
Cartoon

A Zerkel named Dan demonstrates -an words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 3540)

4027d
Muppets
The Number of the Day: 20
A huge monolith of the number 20 arrives because 20 is the Number of the Day.
(EKA: Episode 4027)
4120bg
Cartoon
Counting 20 fish
(First: Episode 4076)
4143-Hiphopbeat20
Song

"OK, We Got a Hip-Hop Beat": #20

4124y
Celebrity

"Everything's Coming Up Noses!" Harvey Fierstein places noses on a selection of Anything Muppets while singing a song touting the virtues of the body part.
(First: Episode 4063)

3958f
Cartoon

Parts of a face are drawn in black on-screen before forming a picture.
(EKA: Episode 3656)

Ewnose-pinocchio
Muppets

Elmo's World: Noses

4143-end
Insert

Abby Cadabby recites the sponsors in a pair of rhymes.


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