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Big Bird takes Oscar's place as the resident Grouch
Air date March 16, 1972
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors O, V, 2

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar informs Molly that he's trained somebody to fill in as the resident Grouch on Sesame Street while he goes downtown. He won't say who it is, leaving Molly curious.
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Cartoon O limerick
(First: Episode 0146)
SCENE 2 Molly is shocked to see Oscar's replacement is...Big Bird! He does a very good job at being grouchy to everyone he meets, but breaks character to ask for his mail. Molly delivers it the way she would for Oscar - by throwing them on the ground, stepping on them, and crumpling them up. Big Bird starts to have doubts about this new role, but wants to do a good job for Oscar.
Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
Film Footage of a leopard in the plain.
SCENE 3 Big Bird grouchily orders some ice cream at Hooper's Store. Since he's a Grouch today, Mr. Hooper doesn't provide him with some strawberry ice cream with birdseed sprinkles. Instead, he tops it with sardines and pickles. Big Bird takes a taste and is disgusted. He admits being a Grouch isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Song "Doll House"
(First: Episode 0131)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings a two-step for pairs of animals.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0342)
SCENE 4 Big Bird demands Rafael turn off a radio playing loud, but sweet music. Rafael does so, then provides him with various bits of unfixable junk from the Fix-It Shop. Big Bird has had enough of being a Grouch and resolves to do something about it.
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
Animation 3 balls + 1 = 4.
(First: Episode 0278)
SCENE 5 Big Bird calls everyone around to announce he is going to remain himself. Oscar returns from downtown and tells everyone to scram. Rafael remarks that nobody can take Oscar's place.
Bath Precautions.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie brings an umbrella, a flashlight, and Bert's bowling ball to the bathtub, just in case the electricity goes out, the roof leaks, and somebody shows up asking to borrow a bowling ball. Bert thinks that Ernie is being ridiculous -- but everything happens, just as Ernie predicted.
(First: Episode 0269)
Cartoon A cowboy tries to lasso a rolling letter O.
(First: Episode 0286)
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
Cartoon More and more moths appear, and devour a man's clothes.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0294)
Cartoon The more a man inflates a balloon with a tire pump, the less room he has.
(First: Episode 0294)
Cast Mr. Hooper, Bob and Brian help Susan set the table. Now that's what I call cooperation.
(First: Episode 0276)
SCENE 6 Antonio and the kids want to shoot some baskets, but find they can't do it all at once. Rafael instructs them to take turns.
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Muppets Five balls get together to play basketball. It takes them awhile to count themselves, but then they realize they don't have a ball.
(First: Episode 0267)
Film Kids identify pairs of animals in a zoo.
Animation 4 red balls minus 1 equals 3.
(First: Episode 0278)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert have pizza and grape juice. Bert complains that Ernie has more of each, so Ernie tries to make it even by eating some of his pizza and drinking some of his grape juice, but then Bert has more. And so on.
(First: Episode 0256)
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Celebrity Flip Wilson counts from 1 to 20.
(First: Episode 0147)
Animation Counting six red balls
(First: Episode 0278)
New Bridge no1 Panel Drop.jpg
Film New Bridge #1 - Panel Drop
(First: Episode 0105)
SCENE 7 Molly and the kids make animal noises, then she introduces the following...
Film Seals make noise.
(First: Episode 0279)
Three Monsters.jpg
Muppets Grover, Herry Monster, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint. (shown in English, then Spanish)
(First: Episode 0186)
Lazy UP.jpg
Cartoon A man pushes up a lazy UP.
(First: Episode 0316)
Cartoon A cat chases a mouse into a mouse hole. The cat and mouse make music as they hit the wall, until the cat breaks through the mouse hole.
Artist: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0244)
Celebrity Listen My Brother sings "You Gotta Learn."
(First: Episode 0002)
Cartoon Small v ... for voom, voice, violin, etc.
Artist: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0167)
Animation 6 dots - 1 = 5 dots
(First: Episode 0302)
SCENE 8 Rafael gets the kids to clap, segueing to...
Muppets Grover, Big Jeffie, and a Lavender girl have fun scatting to handclapping.
(First: Episode 0294)
Cast Wally and Ralph: Wally figures out to properly sleep in his new sleeping bag.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie asks Bert to go play in the park with him. When Bert says no, Ernie wonders if he isn't feeling well and starts to examine him.
(First: Episode 0124)
Cartoon An O rolls over and over a horse. The horse eats the O.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0173)
SCENE 9 Susan sings the "Classification Song" using some shapes.
Cartoon A cowboy tries to lasso a rolling letter O. (repeat)
Cartoon Boy and the UP balloons
Transition A circle appears on screen, expanding like a balloon until it pops.
(First: Episode 0105)
SCENE 10 Goodbye

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