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Sesame Street
Groucha-cha Palace
Air date May 21, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors W, X, 10


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Big Bird brings the mail into Hooper's Store and Mr. Hooper proceeds to read a postcard from his friend Harry who's vacationing at the beach. Big Bird encourages Mr. Hooper to imagine himself on a beach since he can't really go and leave the store alone. They imagine themselves together on a bland beach, until Big Bird talks him through adding more and more. Susan's voice is heard asking for Mr. Hooper, pulling Big Bird back to reality. He explains that Mr. Hooper's taking a nap on the beach, and that he'd better hurry and imagine himself back so he can conjure up some sun block so Mr. Hooper doesn't get a burn.

(Footage from this scene would later be used in Episode 3611, when Big Bird recalls mispronouncing Mr. Hooper's name.)

Cartoon A girl shows how good she is at drawing buildings.
(First: Episode 0454)
Muppets Ernie begins to erase his Xs from the blackboard.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people.
(First: Episode 0008)
Muppets Cookie Monster has just shown up again. Ernie threatens to erase him if he doesn't leave. Cookie Monster just laughs, so Ernie tells him to watch the cartoon of the boy with the eraser.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people. (repeat)
Muppets Cookie Monster still won't leave, so Ernie carries through with his threat and erases him.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
Cast A king (David) and his knights (Luis, Bob and Maria) assemble for their meeting at the round table, but discover their table is actually a square. They fetch a triangle, then rectangle table before finally getting a round one, which they eat their lunches off of.
(First: Episode 0952)
Film "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
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Celebrity Madeline Kahn (in limbo) comments on the previous segment. "Well, that's really a hard working dog. I wonder what he gets paid."
(First: Episode 1110)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and the kids count to 10 in the arbor while they jump up and down, shaking their whole bodies, and remain perfectly still. While remaining still, Big Bird falls asleep in the middle of counting.
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Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0134)
Muppets Kermit sings about his youth, or as he calls it, "My Polliwog Ways".
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
(First: Episode 1232)
Film A Latino boy gets up, gets dressed, and goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo).
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon The 3 Numero Brothers show addition and subtraction.
(First: Episode 1182)
Film Some kids have a bike race by the river.
(First: Episode 1419)
Cartoon A peacock counts twenty feathers on his tail
(First: Episode 0406)
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Film Ray Charles sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'"
(First: Episode 1077)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Film Counting the circus clowns.
(First: Episode 0501)
Cartoon An owl flies, carrying a sign that says "PELIGRO."
(First: Episode 0787)
Muppets Pageant: Butterfly.
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon The Typewriter gets a check-up with help from an x-ray.
(First: Episode 0787)
SCENE 3 Osvaldo knocks on Oscar's trash can and explains that he just got a job as an air steward on a "Trans-a-Grouch Airlines". Grundgetta approaches, sees Osvaldo's uniform hat, and becomes quite excited, "I like your hat, I'm just mad about hats!" She makes it clear to Oscar that she's not going to dance with him tonight at the Groucha-cha Palace; and adds that she won't dance with Osvaldo either. With that business sorted, they all head off to the dance.
Cartoon Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0451)
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Film George the Farmer's ladder gets taller and shorter, as does his box of berries.
(First: Episode 0289)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie has a licorice whip that he offers to share with Bert. He divides it in half with a pair of scissors, but then discovers that Bert's half is longer than his. He cuts off a little bit of Bert's half, and eats it. Then he discovers that his own half is longer than Bert's, and that's not fair, so he cuts a bit off of his own, and eats it. Ernie goes back and forth, cutting off more and more, until the licorice whip is gone.
(First: Episode 0461)
Cartoon W for Witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1182)
SCENE 4 On their way back from the dance, Oscar, Osvaldo, and Grundgetta sing a cha-cha song in Oscar's taxi.
Cartoon W for Wash
(First: Episode 0485)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he's encountered the wrong group of pigs -- one of these pigs went to market, one stayed home, and so on (alluding to the game of "This Little Piggy"). Just as he gets things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up and, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs and puffs Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0737)
Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition (version two).
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0414)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears (repeat)
SCENE 5 The grouches sing a reprise of the cha-cha as Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Olivia holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Gordon holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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