Sesame Street
Oscar auditions new Grouches
Air date February 23, 1973
Season Season 4 (1972-1973)
Sponsors R, T, 10
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Robin Hood Ernie Harvey Kneeslapper

StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria invites the viewer to imagine with her. We imagine that she's as small as a pair of jacks, and frightened by an enormous kitten which Luis brings.
TwoSeaCreatures
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about small things. A man thinks about small things, and lists them. A sea monster thinks it is small, especially when compared to its father!
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0241)
Bob danger broken ice
Cast Bob comes across a DANGER sign next to a frozen pond. Ignoring the sign, he skates on the ice (via pixillation) until it starts to crack. Bob then concedes the sign is there for good reason.
(First: Episode 0279)
Number10
Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (revised version)
(First: Episode 0021)
5ladybugs
Cartoon Adding up five ladybugs and five lizards
(First: Episode 0277)
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SCENE 2 At Hooper's Store, Oscar prepares to interview a number of Grouches lined up outside. Oscar asks the first applicant what he'd do if he were handed a flowerpot with a flower inside. The applicant says he'd throw it in the wastebasket, but Oscar says a real Grouch would throw away the flower and the pot, and throw the dirt on the floor – which he does, to Mr. Hooper's dismay.
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SCENE 2
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The next applicant comes in. Oscar asks what he'd do with a dirty old torn shirt, and he says he'd wear it to the opera. Oscar counters that a real Grouch would tear the shirt up even further and hang it up on the wall. Next!
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SCENE 2
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Oscar asks the third applicant what they'd do with a bunch of old newspapers. The applicant proceeds to tear them to shreds, dirtying up the store. Oscar lauds this display of Grouchiness, and gives the applicant the job – but the applicant makes the mistake of showing gratitude (a big Grouch no-no). Oscar concludes that it's up to him to keep Sesame Street grouchy.
400007
Cartoon A poem filled with T words, including a teacher, toys, Texas, and "turtles with brains".
Voice: Bob Arbogast
(First: Episode 0024)
Painter10
Film The Mad Painter #10
(First: Episode 0328)
PIYN-CleanerShoemaker
Cast / Muppets "The People in Your Neighborhood": Cleaner and Shoemaker
(First: Episode 0436)
2040e
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Groverbarbell
Muppets Grover demonstrates heavy and light. First, he picks up a heavy barbell. Then he tries to pick up a light feather, but he can't move it. It turns out that the feather is attached to the top of Big Bird's head.
(First: Episode 0406)
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SCENE 3 A voiceover instructs Maria to try to pick up Mr. Hooper, who is heavy, then to pick up Luis, who is light (because he's chroma-keyed into the shot).
Kitedrawing
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover).
(First: Episode 0222)
Kids count 12 playing cards
Insert In voiceover, kids count out twelve in a deck of playing cards.
Film-GoldfishView
Film While watching her goldfish, a girl wonders what the world is like from her goldfish's perspective.
(First: Episode 0288)
FlipWilson-ABCs
Celebrity Flip Wilson shows how his teacher, Miss Johnson, taught the ABCs.
(First: Episode 0151)
400030
Film The letter T is a very useful letter.
(First: Episode 0402)
400013
Cartoon T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0298)
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SCENE 4 Luis plays a “Here Are Some Things” game. What goes with the three big circles: the big square or the small circle?
Counting 10 to 1
Cartoon Counting 10 to 1.
1092-23
Song Joe Raposo sings "Take a Breath."
(First: Episode 0347)
500015
Cartoon Speech Balloon: T for train
(First: Episode 0022)
Ernie's Bert Sculpture
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie makes a clay bust of Bert, but runs out of clay for the nose, so he pulls Bert's nose off and puts it on the statue.
(First: Episode 0463)
1736n
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
(First: Episode 0410)
Kermcookie-2-6
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit plays a sorting game with squares and circles, until Cookie Monster arrives and takes a bite out of the shapes. Kermit is upset, until he tastes one of them, and he joins Cookie Monster in finishing off the rest!
(First: Episode 0094)
T-Tigre
Cartoon La letra T es para tigre, tomate, taxi, toro, telefono, televisión, y el terrible tiburon.
(First: Episode 0351)
400022
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form the letter T.
(First: Episode 0454)
1736s
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird recites a poem he wrote while pretending to be a woodpecker: he banged his beak on a tree all day, and is now bandaged.
2933-Woodpecker
Film Knock knock. Who's there? The woodpecker!
(First: Episode 0437)
Robin Hood Ernie Harvey Kneeslapper
Muppets Ernie (playing Robin Hood) auditions Anything Muppets to be his Merry Men. After screening two individuals who don't meet the requirements, Harvey Kneeslapper is sent in laughing. Ernie thinks he's found a merry man and hires him immediately, but following a string of incessant jokes, decides he's too merry after all and fires him.
Fishdrawing
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover in Spanish).
(First: Episode 0277)
Cookie Danger David
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster asks David to read a DANGER sign.
(First: Episode 0279)
400013
Cartoon T for top (repeat)
Toon-AnFamily
Animation The story of Dan and Nan, as told with words ending in "an."
(First: Episode 0450)
T for Tunnel
Film A letter T drives through a tunnel.
(First: Episode 0454)
Noimage
SCENE 6 Mr. Snuffleupagus leads some kids in “Doin' the Snuffleupagus”.
OldFilm.DangerSign
Film Kids watch a silent movie with a man resting on the train tracks with an oncoming trolley - DANGER!
Grover danger sign
Muppets Grover reads a sign that says DANGER and looks around for said danger. He doesn't find it anywhere until he trips and falls on the sign.
(First: Episode 0182)
3159c
Cartoon A girl explains (in poetry) how she failed trying to make a snowman without using snow.
Drawingchicken
Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0451)
BFL
Muppets / Cast Kermit's Lectures: Bob holds an American bullfrog and asks Kermit to talk about frogs. However, due to living a somewhat different life than normal frogs, what Kermit says about frogs is somewhat incorrect; for example, Kermit believes that frogs eat fried chicken and pizza, and live in apartment houses.
(First: Episode 0277)
Grover herbert 20
Muppets Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot count to twenty.
(First: Episode 0189)
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SCENE 7 The sponsors are announced and the credits roll.


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