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Dial-a-Grouch / Slimey goes to school
Air date December 3, 1982
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production August 6, 1982
Sponsors C, D, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description


Insert Mr. Snuffleupagus is competing in the Great Snuffleupagus Derby, named such because the winner gets a derby hat. He wears a sheet with the number 9, indicating his spot in the race. He asks Big Bird to watch his bucket of orange juice so he can have a refreshing drink as he passes by mid-race. The derby begins and Snuffy takes off. Big Bird sees other Snuffleupaguses pass by, thinking they're Snuffy, until he sees they're not wearing his number. Big Bird eventually drifts off to sleep, just before Snuffy arrives and slurps down the juice. Big Bird stirs and thinks someone else has drank it all, when Snuffy returns, wearing his victory derby and sets things straight. The two both take a nap together.
(First: Episode 1130)
Cartoon A girl tries to describe what kind of sandwich she wants, but her dad keeps misunderstanding her.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
Cookie Ernie hat boxes.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie purchases a straw hat for Bert, and asks Cookie Monster which box the hat will go in.
(First: Episode 0438)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
Cartoon Two crows sing "Stones Don't Grow."
Muppets Kermit sings about his youth, or as he calls it, "My Polliwog Ways".
(First: Episode 1443)
Cartoon A bird lays ten eggs.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
(First: Episode 1576)
SCENE 1 Maria finds Oscar using the payphone to operate his β€œDial-a-Grouch” service. She needs to use the phone because the one at the Fix-it Shop is broken, but he refuses to let her, which infuriates her. She yells at a caller, thus taking over for Oscar.
Cartoon Seven piglets
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1546)
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
Cartoon One of these things doesn't belong (shoe pairs)
(First: Episode 0490)
SCENE 2 Oscar finishes his lunch, then notices Maria still on the payphone. This time, she’s being nice to grouch callers, knowing they hate it and will stop calling the payphone so that she and others can use it. Oscar gets inspired and commandeers the payphone again, finding new success in angering grouchy callers with kind words.
Cartoon "Seven Sweet Sopranos" on a shaky piano
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1656)
Film A girl explains her life in a motor home.
(First: Episode 1235)
Cartoon Five Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: HONK
(First: Episode 1653)
SCENE 3 In the Fix-it Shop, Luis attempts to write a cowboy story on a typewriter, which happens to be Susan’s. When she comes in to pick it up, he gets a flash of inspiration and starts typing up a storm. Since Luis forgets he has a typewriter of his own, Susan sneaks away with Luis’ typewriter so that she can do her work.
Cartoon "Daddy Dear"
(First: Episode 0367)
Film This is the desert.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0514)
Muppets Simon Soundman sings to his date about the "Sounds That Remind Me of You."
(First: Episode 1432)
Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
(First: Episode 0406)
Film A percussionist on the beach talks about how rhythm is everywhere, such as in breaking waves, walking and horse galloping. (edited)
(First: Episode 0032)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper sets up a bucket of confetti above a door, so that whoever pulls the rope attached to the bucket will get the confetti dumped on them. Instead, a little girl walks by and pulls the rope, so that the confetti lands on Harvey!
(First: Episode 0353)
Celebrity 14 Karat Soul sings about school.
(First: Episode 1665)
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” On a rainy day, Ernie watches TV, when Bert suggests he do something else, like write a story. Thus, Ernie sets everything out on the table, including pencils, paper, a pencil sharpener, and a wastebasket (which somehow ended up on Bert's head). Ernie is now ready to write a story, but instead, he leaves everything set out for when he gets an idea.
(First: Episode 1293)
Film A STOP sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0930)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for carrot
(First: Episode 0203)
SCENE 4 Maria finds Oscar waiting for Slimey to come home from worm school. Slimey demonstrates what he’s learned: how to make a letter C.
Cartoon C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets The Count extinguishes electric candles by counting them with his finger. As he heads up the stairs for bed, he steps on Fatatita. He also tells his wolf Yuba to run and play with his friends.
(First: Episode 0545)
Film In stop-motion, assorted furniture places themselves in a classroom.
(First: Episode 0647)
SCENE 5 For Slimey’s homework, he attempts to shape himself into the letter D, but he needs Maria’s help to make the stem.
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
Muppets A group of Anything Muppet children wander into a classroom and wonder where they are. They lift up their desks and find the letters forming "SCHOOL" on them.
(First: Episode 1391)
Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
SCENE 6 Oscar gathers the kids and grownups to watch Slimey form today’s sponsors. The credits roll.

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