Sesame Street
Oscar contracts the grouch flu
Air date December 24, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors C, H, 2
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SCENE 1 Telly can't believe his ears when he hears Oscar saying nice things. Oscar thinks he may be sick and contacts Dr. Kvetch. The doctor rushes over and finds that Oscar has the grouch flu, which will make him say and do nice things for a day or so. He recommends Oscar stay in his can and drink plenty of sardine and orange juice.
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Film A trip to the doctor's office.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0472)
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Muppets Simon Soundman has the viewers guess what sound he is making. He makes the sound of a train, car, and a horse. When Simon makes the sound of the horse, a cowboy uses his lasso to capture Simon, mistaking him for a real horse.
(First: Episode 0294)
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Film The Mad Painter #2
(First: Episode 0309)
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Cartoon A cat makes noise with a telephone, typewriter, trumpet, and piano. When the cat leaves, the devices come to life, and when he comes back, they all sound at once, frightening the cat.
(First: Episode 0844)
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Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
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SCENE 2 Oscar enjoys the sounds of birdies chirping by his can, much to his disgust. He proceeds to sing about what happens "When a Grouch Gets Sick" (alternating between yucky and nice verses).
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Muppets Mother Goose tries to write a nursery rhyme for the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, while her many children wreck havoc on her office.
(First: Episode 1328)
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Cartoon A kid tries to push his toy house through the front door without the door closing.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0914)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola count fingers.
(First: Episode 0464)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit."
(First: Episode 0160)
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Animation 2 farmers
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SCENE 3 Bob sets up for a music lesson, when Aristotle happens by. He inspects the different instruments (a flute, guitar and bongos). The kids come by for their lesson and play an entrancing tune. Ari wants to add the instruments to his music collection, but since they don't belong to Bob, he adds the memory of their performance to his "memories of things that are music to my ears collection."
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Animation Sand H/h
(First: Episode 0630)
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Muppets Farley looks for his lost toy box.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Film Trees are very nice places, for animals and for people.
(First: Episode 0455)
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Animation Where does the square fit?
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSnuffy and Joey say the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0671)
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Cartoon H - Horse
(First: Episode 0474)
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Song "Hello, Scale," a film about measuring weight.
(First: Episode 0578)
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Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
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Cartoon A red man tries to think of words that begin with H, but a yellow man keeps spewing them out until Red draws a hole under Yellow, who yells "HELP!!"
(First: Episode 0020)
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Film George the Farmer demonstrates short and tall.
(First: Episode 0254)
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Cartoon A scientist adds legs, feet, then knees to his robot and tells it to walk, but it dances out of shot instead (as does the scientist).
(First: Episode 1119)
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SCENE 4 Telly tries to postpone today's edition of "Ask Oscar" to due Oscar's condition, but Oscar gleefully agrees to go on with the show. Mindie Grouch of Elcart, Indiana asks about addition and Oscar demonstrates using pretty flowers. He realizes what he's doing and asks Telly to end the show hastily.
1095m.jpg Cartoon C is for Canary
(First: Episode 0703)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie doesn't think pigeons are able to laugh at Bert's pigeon jokes, but he's wrong ...
(First: Episode 1287)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
(First: Episode 0154)
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Film Gibbons make screeching noises.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
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SCENE 5 Ferlinghetti Donizetti strolls into Hooper's Store and orders two lunch items that rhyme. David has a hard time finding one, making Ferlinghetti hungrier and hungrier. David eventually finds an adequate rhyme - sirloin steak and one cornflake.
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Cartoon Lazy Wanda's knees converse with each other.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1075)
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Muppets "The "OP" Family Song"
(First: Episode 0146)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon After the big game, a bird skeleton and an elephant skeleton get their skins mixed up in the locker room. The coach helps them out.
(First: Episode 0774)
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SCENE 6 Grundgetta stands by Oscar's trash can, where David comes to check on Oscar's condition. Oscar isn't feeling as cheerful and David tests him by inviting him to a nice hot meal at Hooper's. Oscar grouchily passes, indicating he's been cured. However, now Grundgetta has contracted the grouch flu and orders a nice meal. Bob announces the sponsors.


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