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Sesame Street
Oscar wins the Grouch of the Year Award
Air date February 19, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors J, L, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 David and Luis play two different kinds of music at the same time, starting a music feud. Maria thinks it's a silly fight, but Oscar is delighted. David and Luis apologize to each other and decide to keep their music down, which disappoints Oscar.
Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
SCENE 2 David carries out a full garbage bag. The bag splits open, making it empty.
Kermit Cookie glass of milk.jpg
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit teaches "full" with a full glass of milk until Cookie Monster drinks it all (with a straw). Disgusted, Kermit complains that he didn't want to teach "empty", and asks who can talk about the word "full".
(First: Episode 0081)
Cartoon L is for Ladder
(First: Episode 0036)
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form a letter L.
(First: Episode 0449)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: L is for Lunchbox
(First: Episode 0031)
Cartoon A jar is full of jellybeans. The jar becomes empty, while a hungry boy is full.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0322)
Song "Where the Garbage Goes," a song film which explains what happens to garbage after it gets thrown away. (edited)
Music by Peter Schickele
(First: Episode 0077)
SCENE 3 Oscar receives a letter from the Disagreeable Order of Grouches (D.O.G.), notifying him that he's won the Grouch of the Year Award. He observes the bad day that David is having, which makes him very happy. When the Grouch judge (Jerry Nelson) overhears Oscar saying that he has a glow in his heart, a smile on his lips and a good warm feeling inside, he assumes Oscar isn't the Grouch he was looking for, and looks elsewhere.
J Junkyard (Katz).jpg
Film Js appear in a junkyard.
(First: Episode 0449)
SCENE 4 The Grouch judge encounters David in Hooper's Store, thinking him to be the Grouch of the Year Award recipient. He offers David a year's supply of dirty socks, then a stack of torn newspapers, angering David even further. Maria giggles at the situation, and soon, so does David. The Grouch judge is confused, until Oscar sets him straight by going off on a tirade about David, the judge, and the contest. The judge, admitting his mistake, gives Oscar the award.
Muppets Kermit the Frog counts six happy little Twiddlebugs, and when he is finished, the Twiddlebugs have a party.
(First: Episode 0280)
Film Counting 11 eggs and one cookie.
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Ernie counts out eleven cookies and one egg. Cookie Monster eats the cookies- and then the egg.
(First: Episode 0054)
SCENE 5 Luis plays a β€œThree of These Things” game: three full glasses of milk and one empty glass.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: L for Light
(First: Episode 0147)
Cartoon L es para luz
(First: Episode 0373)
Film Empty / full cafeteria (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
Wally Ralph rug.jpg
Cast Wally and Ralph try to unroll a rug, but a chair in the way presents a problem.
(First: Episode 0323)
Cartoon A janitor sweeps up his own footprints the wrong way, then the right way. Just then, a giant centipede leaves tracks all over the floor.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0247)
Film George the Farmer demonstrates empty and full.
(First: Episode 0257)
Film Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "La, La, La."
(First: Episode 0321)
Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings "Weaver Bird."
(First: Episode 0372)
Kingfireman-bob.jpg Muppets Story: Bob reads "The King and the Fireman", a story about a king who becomes so grateful for being saved by a fireman that he decides to make everyone in the kingdom a firefighter... and soon realizes what a mistake he's made.
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian. (repeat)
SCENE 6 In a series of quickies, Luis, David, and a kid make mistakes. Big Bird sings β€œEveryone Makes Mistakes”.
Cartoon A housewife screams because there is a mouse in her house. Her husband's solution is to continually bring in animals to chase it out, with each animal making an even bigger mess than the previous one.
(First: Episode 0240)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: L is for Lunchbox (Spanish)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
(First: Episode 0407)
Muppets Waiter Grover: 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.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon "I'm six years old today!"
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0357)
Cast A clown car is full, until the clowns (David, Susan, Gordon etc.) exit the car, making it empty.
Muppets An Anything Muppet demonstrates empty by leaving his room, soon Grover and his friends, including Cookie Monster, occupy the room making it full. The Anything Muppet comes in and scares the monsters away leaving it empty.
(First: Episode 0148)
Bob and Hooper assemble L.jpg
Cast Bob and Mr. Hooper manage to get L in the right position.
(First: Episode 0147)
Muppets Sherlock Hemlock demonstrates the sound of the letter L.
(First: Episode 0251)
Film Empty / full playground (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie can't sleep, so Bert tells him to count sheep. Ernie tries to count sheep, but it's dull -- so he starts counting fire engines. The noise from the imaginary fire engine wakes Bert up. Bert says that Ernie's waking up the whole neighborhood, and tells him to count something quieter. Ernie counts balloons -- but the balloon gets bigger and bigger, finally bursting with a huge explosion that wakes Bert up again.
(First: Episode 0276)
Film Empty / full subway car (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and John-John count to 20.
Film A boy goes to the dentist and gets his teeth cleaned.
Music: Joe Raposo
Cartoon The 'b' in 'beso' kisses an apple and a duck.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0461)
SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced.

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