Sesame Street
Ernest Grouch visits
(repeat of 0954)
Air date January 30, 1979
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors G, Q, 8

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
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SCENE 1 Maria takes notice of Oscar's newly-beautified trash can, decorated with flowers, a clean picket fence and a welcome mat. She rings the calm-sounding doorbell, and a neatly-dressed Oscar politely answers. Oscar then explains that he's preparing for a visit from his brother Ernest. Oscar holds a grudge against Ernest for being the favorite kid in the family, so he plans to act nice and un-grouchy as a way of getting even with him.
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Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
(First: Episode 1210)
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Muppets Ernie tries to keep his cookies safe from Cookie Monster by tricking him into eating a carrot instead.
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Transition Bridge #10 - Bricks Bridge A
(First: Episode 0286)
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Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
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Film A boy talks about feeding sheep in the winter.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0786)
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SCENE 2 Maria and Luis bump into Ernest, who snidely asks where Oscar's can is. He is perplexed to see the new decor, and becomes even more suspicious when Oscar cordially invites him in. Ernest then begins to catch on, and decides to throw some niceness back at Oscar. Maria and Luis, who watch nearby from the stoop, laugh at the thought of two grouches acting nice to each other.
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Cartoon Goldilocks' bath is first too HOT, then too COLD, then just right.
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Simon Soundman wants a chicken sandwich, which he orders as a "cluck-cluck" sandwich. Grover has trouble figuring out what his customer wants. Simon Soundman says that his brother always eats at that restaurant, implying that Mr. Johnson might be his brother.
(First: Episode 0449)
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Animation A man plays a memory game using cards.
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Celebrity Richard Pryor plays all the parts in a scenario of two kids meeting a new kid who wants to play.
(First: Episode 0779)
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Cartoon "Mi casa es su casa."
(First: Episode 0794)
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SCENE 3 Maria and Luis secretly listen in as Oscar and Ernest continue to out-nice each other. The grouches both decide to come up to get some fresh air.
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Cartoon The more a man inflates a balloon with a tire pump, the less room he has.
(First: Episode 0294)
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Film Things that begin with G
(First: Episode 0357)
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts Here is Your Life, surprising Oak Tree with the story of his life. The guests include Granny Fanny Nesselrode, who planted the tree as an acorn, Cloud and Sun, who gave the tree rain and sunshine, and Marty Table and Sarah Chair, who were made from the tree's friends.
(First: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
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Film Kids take swimming lessons in a pool.
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SCENE 4 Oscar gruelingly introduces Ernest to Mr. Hooper, and they play a game of "Three of These Things." Afterwards, Ernest requests a "special" ice cream soda for Oscar.
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Cartoon Ants carry a huge letter 'Q' uphill
(First: Episode 0787)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie asks Bert to play a game where they take turns counting and then saying "Q". Ernie goes first with "1 Q", and Bert follows with "2 Q". The game continues, until Bert gets to "10 Q". "You're welcome, Bert!" Ernie says.
(First: Episode 0440)
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Cartoon Q for Quarter
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1176)
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Film A little girl catches a lobster.
(First: Episode 1125)
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SCENE 5 Maria and Luis become concerned about Oscar and Ernest, so they devise an idea to get the grouches to be themselves again. They ask Mr. Hooper to whip up a concoction of peanut butter, ketchup, pickles, and sauerkraut.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: "Q", Quiet
(First: Episode 0768)
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Muppets "The "OP" Family Song"
(First: Episode 0146)
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Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping).
(First: Episode 0675)
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Cast Bob, dressed as a clown, sounds out the word ENTER by grouping two doors together.
(First: Episode 0939)
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Cartoon How do frogs make more frogs? The birth and growth of a frog is documented. At the very end, the fully-grown frog hops in the middle of a field and calls out, "Hey, Kermit!"
Artist: Cathryn Aison
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SCENE 6 Maria and Luis bring the grouchy concoction to Oscar and Ernest. Initially, the grouches politely insist on the other taking the present, but once they learn what's in it, they immediately start fighting over it.
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Cartoon They'd play with me if I had...
(First: Episode 0815)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — When Bert can't sleep, Ernie suggests that he imagine himself doing something he likes. Since Bert likes ice skating, he imagines himself doing so. A full-bodied version of Bert is used in the ice skating sequence, in a clip from the Ice Follies show.
(First: Episode 0796)
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Transition Diamond transition
(First: Episode 0007)
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Film A dented car door is repaired and repainted at an auto body shop.
(First: Episode 1112)
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Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup.
(First: Episode 0004)
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SCENE 7 Inside Oscar's can, Oscar and Ernest finish the meal and argue over who was the nicer grouch. The argument develops into roughhousing, which rattles the can. Luis and Maria announce the sponsors.

Notes

  • The plot of this episode would be remade years later for Episode 2720.


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