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Waiter Grover is Grover's most frequent occupation. As a waiter, Grover usually works at Charlie's Restaurant, although he has also toiled at O'Brien's Fast Food Restaurant, an airport restaurant, and a few other locations.

Grover's most frequent customer is Mr. Johnson, a Fat Blue Anything Muppet, who has become increasingly frustrated over the years with the poor service that Grover provides. In the earlier skits, Mr. Johnson was a lot calmer, and Grover was usually the victim. However, the situation soon reversed. Simon Soundman and the Count have also been served by Waiter Grover. In many of the early sketches, Mr. Johnson always sits at the table in front of the main doors, but in later sketches he sits at a table closer to the wall.

The framing story of the video Let's Eat!: Funny Food Songs involves Grover working as a waiter at Planet Storybook. He was also a waiter at his own tribute in A Celebration of Me, Grover. Grover was also a waiter during the Muppets 30th anniversary celebration in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, and handed the bill to Jim Henson. He also appears as a waiter in Cookie Monster's restaurant in the CD-ROM game Elmo's Reading Basics. The Sesame Street iPhone application, "Grover's Number Special", features Waiter Grover counting the items he needs to make Mr. Johnson's food. Grover also works as a waiter at Shoanan's local coffee house in the 2010 revival of Shalom Sesame.

Sketches

Mr. Johnson

For occasions where Grover served Mr. Johnson in a non-restaurant setting see: Grover and Mr. Johnson

Picture Title / EKA Description
Groverwaiteralphabetsoup
Alphabet Soup
Episode 0276
Mr. Johnson wants a bowl of hot alphabet soup, and he really wants it to be hot. He looks to make sure that each letter of the alphabet is in his soup, but he is missing some. By the time Grover brings in all the missing letters, the soup is cold. This was the first skit with Grover as a waiter.[1]


Video: Elmo's Easy As ABC (2006)
Old School: Volume 1 (2006)
Best of Friends

Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

1090-21a
Picture Menu
Episode 0332
Grover opens a menu, and shows Mr. Johnson a large picture of a specialty sandwich, which comes with potato chips on the side, a pickle on the top, and an olive inserted on a toothpick. When the sandwich arrives, Mr. Johnson complains that it doesn't match the picture on the menu - it doesn't have potato chips, a pickle, or an olive. After Grover finally gets the order right, Mr. Johnson says he doesn't have time to eat it, since his lunch hour is over, and leaves. An exasperated Grover throws a tantrum in the kitchen.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon
Chicken Soup
Episode 0406
Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.


Video: Old School: Volume 1 (2006)
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

WaiterGroverBaconEggs
Bacon and Eggs
Episode 0692
Mr. Johnson orders bacon and eggs, but he can't decide how many of each he wants.
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Hamburger
Episode 0705
Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger. The restaurant offers two sizes: the big hamburger and the small hamburger. When the small hamburger is too small, he orders a big one. Because there have been some problems with the big hamburger, Grover tries to convince him to order several small ones. Mr. Johnson finally loses his patience, and demands a big hamburger. Grover winds up delivering a colossal-sized hamburger that he is barely able to carry; the burger is so huge that he crashes through the doors and walls, causing damage. Grover then asks if Mr. Johnson prefers his ketchup in "the bigger bottle or the little bottle".


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast (2008, "Gigantic", edited)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Soup or Sandwich
What To Eat First?
Episode 1026
Mr. Johnson orders soup and a sandwich, and says that he wants the sandwich before the soup. When Grover brings the sandwich, Mr. Johnson has changed his mind, and wants the soup first. When Grover brings the soup, Mr. Johnson has decided that he wants the sandwich first. Grover ends up giving Mr. Johnson both the soup and sandwich so he can decide what to eat first. Mr. Johnson tells Grover that he has decided to get a cup of coffee before the soup and the sandwich.
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All Out of Food
Episode 1708
Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk...but there are no glasses.


Video: Old School: Volume 2 (2007)
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Specialoftheday
Special of the Day
Episode 1845
Grover recites to Mr. Johnson all the items on the menu, which are numbered. Number nine is the special of the day. It turns out to be a real number nine, but Mr. Johnson doesn't want it. It's medium rare, and he likes his nines well-done.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Groverwaitercomida
Grover, the Singing and Dancing Waiter
Episode 2122
Grover is a singing and dancing waiter at Casa de Comidas (literally House of Foods in Spanish). When he brings Mr. Johnson's order, he sings and dances while still holding the tray, and spills Mr. Johnson's food on the floor. He keeps on doing this whenever he brings more food.


Video: Put Down the Duckie (1988), Old School: Volume 3

Waiter-poetic
Grover's Poetic Memory
Episode 2440
Grover has a new method of remembering orders: he makes up a poem to remember what is ordered, and who ordered it. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger with French fries and a pickle, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" He also describes Johnson as "In a hurry to be fed, beady eyes and big blue head!." Grover's method proves flawed, however, as he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Waiter-flyinsoup
There's a Fly in My Soup
Episode 2494
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Obriens
O'Brien's Fast Food Restaurant
Episode 2601
Grover is the newest employee at a fast food franchise that serves such delicacies as O'Fish, O'Salad, O'Rye Bread, and O'Milk. However, this is a different kind of "fast food" restaurant: the food zips by the customer on trays across the counter, and falls to the floor if it's not caught in time. Mr. Johnson is not ready for this, so he asks if there's any "slow food" . There is, but it's served by a turtle, who takes longer than Mr. Johnson wants to wait.
  • Grover calls to an unseen "Chet" to order Mr. Johnson's food. This is a reference to Chet O'Brien, who played Mr. Macintosh on Sesame Street, and was the real-life floor manager for the show.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Southamericagrover
Trip to South America
Episode 2616
Mr. Johnson goes at an airport restaurant and has just a few minutes left to catch a plane to South America. Grover is the waiter, and when he learns about Mr. Johnson's trip, he gives a big lecture on South America, making Mr. Johnson miss his plane.
Waiter-poachedeggs
Corn On Toast
Episode 2947
Mr. Johnson wants to order a couple of poached eggs on toast, but Grover tells him that they are all out of eggs, so he brings two corn cobs on toast. Grover gives a lecture on where eggs come from by bringing a cornstalk, chicken feed, and a chicken to the table.


Video: Furry, Fun and Healthy Too (2008)
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (2009)

Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Waiter-bell
Service Bell
Episode 3018
Upon Mr. Johnson's latest visit to Charlie's Restaurant, the waitstaff has been implemented with a new service device. Grover instructs his guest to ring the bell three times to get his attention, instead of yelling across such an upper-crust establishment. After Mr. Johnson has trouble deciphering the speed with which he must ring the bell, he calls Andre the manager out to address his concerns. Andre, having been interrupted while eating a sour cream soufflé, doesn't think there's anything wrong with the bell. In fact, he thinks it looks so good that he eats it, as Mr. Johnson notices the time, and rushes out of the restaurant.
Charlies
Charlie's Birthday
Episode 3035
In honor of Charlie's birthday, Grover is only serving items that begin with a "CH" sound. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger, chips, cherry pie, and chocolate ice cream, and he actually gets his food in no time, but before he can eat, the table (which the plate is on) gets taken away because it does not begin with a "CH" sound.
Waitersketch-pino
Two Waiters
Episode 3100
Mr. Johnson gets a new waiter named Piño, a Spanish-accented monster. Then, Grover comes by, and argues with Piño over which one of them will serve Mr. Johnson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Hulu (Hulu)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)


Waitergrover windy
Outdoor Cafe
Episode 3105
Mr. Johnson has lunch at Charlie's Outdoor Al Fresco Fresh Air Cafe, where he's disappointed to find Grover waiting on him. The wind picks up, and blows his food away - but when Grover gives him the bill, the wind dies down, and he has to pay.
Mpiece.muchado
Much Ado About Nothing
Episode 3112
In a Monsterpiece Theater sketch, Grover laments to Mr. Johnson that the restaurant doesn't have anything he orders.
Waiter-spaghetti
Guido's Trattoria and Spaghetti Joint
Episode 3755
Mr. Johnson wants to order some spaghetti at an Italian restaurant called Guido's Trattoria and Spaghetti Joint. Grover brings the food, but it turns out to be just one noodle, angering Mr. Johnson. Next, Grover brings him only two noodles, then one noodle again. Finally, Grover brings him a large plate of spaghetti, with a lot of noodles. It proves too heavy for him, and he spills the spaghetti all over Mr. Johnson, who storms off in a huff.


Video: Playtime with Grover (2007)
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

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Chicken Castle
Episode 3771
Grover works at a fried chicken restaurant, Chicken Castle. He serves Mr. Johnson an empty bucket. When he demands a full bucket, Grover squeezes into the bucket. (Cameo appearances from Papa Bear and Baby Bear in the beginning.)


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)


Tomatosurprise
Tomato Surprise
Episode 3775
Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger, but Grover strongly suggests that he order the tomato surprise instead. Mr. Johnson relents, and asks for the tomato surprise, only to find that it means a giant, talking tomato will be dining with him. Surprise!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Ewfood-quiz
Food
Elmo's World: Food
Episode 3816
A brief original segment is shown at the end of Elmo's quiz to illustrate that grown-ups eat...unless Grover is their waiter.


Video: Elmo's World: Food, Water & Exercise! (2005)

Publications: Food! (2000)

Waiter-milkshake
Put a Lid on It
Episode 3916
Grover brings Mr. Johnson his milk stirred, but not shaken. Mr. Johnson explains that he wanted it shaken, not stirred: a milkshake. As Grover tries to accommodate him, he drops the glass of milk, and the sketch breaks out into "Put a Lid on It" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Mr. Johnson is named Fred during the song.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Waitergrover.russian
Russian Restaurant
Episode 4111
Grover is joined by two musicians, and they have to sing when telling the customer what is on the menu. Mr. Johnson keeps ordering, and Grover asks if any is left, to which Charlie replies "Nyet" ("no"). After realizing that Charlie is out of a lot of food, Mr. Johnson asks Grover what he does have. Grover knows that the restaurant has one bowl of borscht (soup), because Grover was saving it for himself, but he lets Mr. Johnson have it.
  • This is one of the few skits where Charlie's voice is heard.
  • Tony Geiss wrote this skit.[2]


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4139v
Rhyming Day
Episode 4139
It is rhyming day at Charlie's Restaurant, which means the customer has to make up a rhyme with whatever he orders. Mr. Johnson wants a tuna sandwich on rye. Grover brings him an apple pie, but that's not what Mr. Johnson wanted. Grover then learns that they are all out of tuna on rye, so Mr. Johnson asks for a cheeseburger instead...but what rhymes with cheeseburger?
Waiter-firstmiddlelast
Meal First, Middle and Last Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo) --beginning cut
Waiter-pushchair
Back and Front of Chair In a miraculous feat for Mr. Johnson, Grover serves up a large bowl of spaghetti exactly to his liking. While Grover tends his other tables, he keeps bumping up behind Mr. Johnson and forcing his face into the meal. Grover solves the problem by moving the table away from him, so he can run in front of Mr. Johnson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Other Customers

Picture Title / EKA Description
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Cluck-Cluck Sandwich
Episode 0678
Simon Soundman wants a chicken sandwich, which he orders as a "cluck-cluck" sandwich. Grover has trouble figuring out what his customer wants. Simon Soundman says that his brother always eats at that restaurant, implying that Mr. Johnson might be his brother.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Noimage
The Count Orders a Hot Dog
Episode 0904
The Count has come to order hot dogs - lots of hot dogs. But when Grover refuses to get more hot dogs because the Count will only count them, and not eat them, the Count uses a hypnotism spell to get more.
Grandmotherbirthday
Grandmother's Birthday
Episode 2784
Grover prepares a table for a family, who is celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out six cakes.
CarrotTime
Carrot Time In a parody of "Miller Time" commercials, Biff walks into a dull restaurant that livens up when Grover serves them carrots.
Supersanos-Ep15
Veggie Cookies
Monstruos Supersanos
Cookie Monster visits a new cookie restaurant, where Grover provides him with some cookies made with vegetables. Although Cookie is hesitant to try them, he takes a bite and is hooked, eating all their stock. Grover provides him with the veggies they were made from to eat.

Book appearances

Waitergroverillustrationbyerniekwiat

Waiter Grover serves Elmo some alphabet soup in an illustration by Ernie Kwiat.

Video game appearances

External links

Sources

  1. Borgenicht, David Sesame Street Unpaved page 48
  2. Gikow, Louise Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street pages 196-197

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