Sesame Street
Plot Oscar's Grouch formula
Air date January 30, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors X, Y, 7
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird imagines the viewer is just as tall as he is.
1041E&Bcookiesinbed Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to eat cookies in bed, because he might get crumbs in the bed. Ernie decides to eat cookies in Bert's bed instead.
(First: Episode 0282)
Y.Yawn
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
Film.Gazelle
Film A gazelle runs fast across a plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0478)
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Celebrity Arthur Ashe illustrates fast and slow.
(First: Episode 0781)
Yellowyahoo
Cartoon The life of a Yellow Yahoo
(First: Episode 0043)
I'mCold
Muppets An Anything Muppet sings "I'm Cold" in the middle of a blizzard.
(First: Episode 0368)
Scanimatekids
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 2 Maria, Linda and the kids play a game where they act out different actions for the others to guess.
Typewriter.Y
Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0769)
FastandSlowCookies
Muppets Ernie promises Cookie Monster that he's not going to be tricked out of his plate of cookies this time. Cookie Monster asks Ernie if he's going to eat his cookies fast or slow and demonstrates by eating the plate of cookies, and in the process finishes the entire plate.
(First: Episode 0989)
Kurtzmansesame
Cartoon "Nelly 1-10 / 10-1": Kids count numbers in a parade, which are interrupted by other participants.
Artist: Harvey Kurtzman
(First: Episode 0629)
Buffywynkinblinkinnod
Cast Buffy sings "Wynken, Blynken and Nod."
(First: Episode 0849)
Yes toon
Cartoon A man carves a YES and puts it on display.
(EKA: Episode 0840)
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SCENE 3 Oscar tries to get Charles the Robot to stop saying the word "YES."
SSNews.Columbus
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews Christopher Columbus before he begins his voyage to discover America. Kermit tries to tell him that the third ship is tied to the dock, but it's too late -- the dock breaks free, and takes Kermit along with the ship.
(First: Episode 0578)
2073l
Cartoon Five Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)
Word.ICE
Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)
YakYes
Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
(First: Episode 0301)
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Celebrity Gregory and Maurice Hines dance fast and slow.
1090-02
Cartoon Jazz #7
(First: Episode 0136)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBig Bird and Scottie read a WET PAINT sign.
(First: Episode 0975)
AM-SortFamily
Muppets An Anything Muppet family arranges themselves in different ways.
(First: Episode 0275)
FreakyWordBIRD
Cartoon A large bird munches on rectangle edges, making it the word "BIRD."
(First: Episode 1173)
0002.sounds1
Film A film of things that make sounds, including birds, farm animals, vehicles and footsteps. Is silence a sound? (edited)
(First: Episode 0002)
GorillaFriend
Cartoon What if my best friend were a gorilla?
(EKA: Episode 0598)
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SCENE 4 Bob sings a song about opposites with Linda and the kids.
ToonABClunchbox
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
GroverBoat1
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 1
Grover and a group of monsters, including Herry Monster, Fenwick and Billy, get into a rowboat. The monsters all gather at one end, causing the boat to tip over and sink.
(First: Episode 0281)
Sesame Rorschach animation
Animation Rorschach ink blob association with a funky jazz soundtrack.
(EKA: Episode 1150)
GroverBoat2
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 2
The monsters gather on the other end of the boat, and it sinks again.
(First: Episode 0281)
Cap009
Film A flock of sheep crosses the river.
(First: Episode 1165)
GroverBoat3
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 3
The monsters finally spread out over the boat evenly, and row away.
(First: Episode 0281)
Ringmaster7
Cartoon The Ringmaster introduces seven swimming seals.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1312)
George fastslow
Film George the Farmer demonstrates "fast" and "slow" by going back and forth on a fence, and in a rocking chair.
(EKA: Episode 0832)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBig Bird and Julia read a WET PAINT sign.
(First: Episode 0975)
X-ends
Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
Simonsoundman
Muppets Simon Soundman goes to Marvin's Music City to buy a nice shiny trumpet. However, Marvin keeps bringing the wrong instrument.
(First: Episode 0458)
Toon-Rowers
Cartoon Two guys row their oars in different directions, until they decide to cooperate and row together.
(EKA: Episode 0543)
Film-SealNoises
Film Seals make noise.
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 5 Maria and David pass by Oscar's trash can just as an explosion occurs from within. Oscar, the mad scientist "Dr. Grouch," claims to have invented a formula that can turn even the nicest person into a Grouch. David and Maria do not wish to be his test subjects and encourage him to try it instead, thinking he'll become even grouchier than ever. Oscar gulps it down and instead of becoming grouchier, he becomes nice and friendly.
SSBrandX
Cartoon Brand X
(First: Episode 0299)
Playball
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
1708g
Cartoon A boy talks about his pet letter Y, named Yetta.
(First: Episode 0443)
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SCENE 5 cont'd Oscar is still acting pleasant and tolerable, when the potion wears off and he's back to his grouchy self. He doesn't remember anything from the experience and is appalled to learn how nice he was. He vows to destroy his formula and starts re-messing up his can.


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