Sesame Street
Oscar's grandmother visits
Air date November 9, 1970
(season premiere)
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Production October 23, 1970
Sponsors J, 2
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Old School: Volume 1, HBO Max

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Big Bird teaches the kids that "Everyone Makes Mistakes" in the Season 2 premiere. Herry Monster and Sherlock Hemlock are introduced in this episode, and Farley can be glimpsed when Cookie Monster eats Big Bird's J. The Buddy and Jim segments are replaced with new segments featuring Larry and Phyllis.

Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gordon finds Ernie and Bert arguing over which of them is taller. As a solution, Gordon lifts Ernie up so he's taller than Bert, yet he's outsized by Big Bird.
Celebrity Arte Johnson talks about short and tall.
Cartoon An N-terview with an N
Artist: John Paratore
Film "Doll House"
cut from the Noggin version


SCENE 2 After Mr. Hooper spills a glass of milk, Big Bird sings "Everyone Makes Mistakes", followed by a parade of kids, Gordon, Susan and Bob. Oscar makes two brief cameos. When Big Bird climbs into his nest, he accidentally steps on a letter J, which the cast passes around.
Song Joe Raposo sings "J Jump."

SCENE 3 Continuing from Scene 2, the cast throws the J from person to person. Cookie Monster finally eats the J.
Celebrity Bill Cosby plays twins who recite the alphabet together.
cut from the HBO Max version
Film A film of kids riding their bikes to the zoo. The kids look at zoo animals.
When aired on Noggin, the last twenty seconds of this film was cut for time.
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
Celebrity Arte Johnson talks about Q and U.
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
Artist: John Paratore
Cast Larry and Phyllis try to sing, but Larry can only make a honking sound while Phyllis can only make a beeping sound.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie declares that he's "the world's greatest counter of numbers". To prove it, he counts from 1 to 10, but every time Bert interrupts him, Ernie starts over again. This slowly drives Bert crazy.
(First: Episode 0107)
The last few seconds with Bert banging his head and running to the camera screaming was cut on this episode.
SCENE 4 Susan and Bob play "One of These Things" with Grover.

This scene includes a blooper in which Bob accidentally gets Grover's name wrong. After Bob makes a joke of it, the game continues.

Muppets Cookie Monster and Herry sing "Circles."
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
Celebrity Arte Johnson pops in for one more word.
When aired on Noggin, this segment appears before the "Secret Drawing: M" animation, since that segment preceeded a commercial break.
Cartoon A polar bear learns what "EXIT" means.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
Muppets Ernie & BertBert complains that he can't sleep, because Ernie left the faucet dripping. Ernie drowns out the sound of the water dripping with louder noises.
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
Celebrity Carol Burnett demonstrates "what you can do with your nose."

Muppets Guy Smiley hosts the game show "What's My Part?". The contestant is Mr. Nose. The panelists -- Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic, and Cookie Monster -- don't know what a nose is, because none of them have noses.

SCENE 5 Oscar the Grouch's grandmother, Granny Grouch, comes to visit. Granny Grouch likes to kiss Oscar on the cheek, because he hates it so much.
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza -- Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, and Dan Blocker -- count up to 20.
Whistle A Happy Tune
Muppets Grover, lost in a scary forest, sings "I Whistle a Happy Tune" to keep his spirits up. He bumps into a monster -- but it's Cookie Monster, who happily joins in the song. Then they run into a little boy, and they run away, panicked.
Cartoon K is for kiss.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
Muppets Ernie opens his lunchbox and finds that half of his chicken salad sandwich is missing. Sherlock Hemlock, the world's greatest detective, investigates this fiendish crime. It turns out that Sherlock himself ate half of Ernie's sandwich.
BBGordon crossingstreet
SCENE 6 Big Bird almost gets hit by a car; Gordon tells him he should not cross the street until the traffic light turns green.
cut from the Noggin version
Film Traffic light.
cut from the Noggin version


SCENE 7 The cast waves goodbye. Bob announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Bob and Gordon hold up the Sesame Street sign while Susan and Mr. Hooper hold up the CTW sign at the end.



  • A fair amount of footage from this episode aired (dubbed) as German co-production Sesamstrasse's first episode.
  • The HBO Max version of this episode includes the Friday ending credit sequence from episode 0135 (with the number and letter sponsors cut), despite having originally aired on a Monday.

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