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Big Bird decides to become grouchy
Air date May 6, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors E, N, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Buffy leaves Cody in the corner of the arbor to take his nap in the shade and sits down with Big Bird to see if there's anything they'd like to do together like they used to before she had a baby. Big Bird makes a few suggestions that aren't appropriate to do while a baby naps, each time making jealous remarks to himself in his head.

Buffy says she can sing him a song, but she has to do so quietly. She plays "I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl" on her guitar, but Big Bird joins in very loudly, prompting Buffy to suggest he's being grouchy on purpose.

In his head again, Big Bird decides that's exactly what he's going to do: today, he'll be just like Oscar the Grouch.

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SCENE 2 Big Bird knocks on Oscar's trash can and tells him to open up and let him in. Oscar refuses, saying he doesn't want anyone pleasant trying to cheer him up. Big Bird hits him with a cranky attitude, and tells him he's not the only grouch around here. Oscar pops up, realizes Big Bird means what he says, and invites him inside.
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SCENE 3 Maria and David are reading their horoscope from the newspaper in front of Oscar's can when Buffy comes by, explains what happened with Big Bird, and asks if they've seen him. David suggests looking in the pet store nearby where Big Bird sometimes likes to talk to the other birds. After Buffy leaves, Maria thinks of asking Oscar, so she knocks on his can. From inside, Big Bird answers and tells them to scram. She knocks again and Big Bird emerges, explaining that he may as well live here now because nobody loves him and he can't do anything right. He retreats inside the can again as Buffy comes back and asks if they've seen Big Bird yet. David and Maria reply that yes, they've seen him.
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Film A talking tree tells a boy about the difference between near and far.
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Animation Sand N/n
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SCENE 4 Buffy stands outside Oscar's can holding Cody talking to Big Bird inside. She's asking him to please come out, but Big Bird just insults her son's name.
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Cartoon A man carves a YES and puts it on display.
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Music: Robert Dennis
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SCENE 5 When Cody won't stop crying, it makes Big Bird feel bad, so he comes out of Oscar's can to tweet him a song his mother used to tweet to him when he was little.
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Film Topi antelopes nod "yes."
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SCENE 6 Buffy asks Big Bird to tweet some more of the song he learned from his mother. As Cody sleeps, Big Bird reverses his earlier position and says that Dakota Starblanket Wolfchild is a beautiful name. Maria announces the sponsors (E, N, and 4) and the credits roll.

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