Sesame Street
Telly writes a Grouchy Book
Air date January 11, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Norman Stiles
Sponsors G, Y, 3
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Grandma Harriet finishes reading a story to everyone. Forgetful Jones greets the viewer and invites them to listen in, only he immediately forgets what they were doing. Oscar wants to tell him outright (to get the proceedings over with), but Harriet wants Forgetful to figure it out on his own using clues (which the Count counts). Forgetful eventually pieces together that they were reading a story and wants to hear his favorite story, which he now can't remember the name of.
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Katie think of rhymes.
(First: Episode 1644)
Cartoon The life of a Yellow Yahoo
(First: Episode 0043)
Cartoon Hats
(First: Episode 0773)
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
Muppets A greaser sings about his relationship that was almost ruined by a "One Way" sign.
(First: Episode 0973)
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)
SCENE 2 As Harriet finishes Forgetful's story, Oscar states he only likes hearing grouchy stories. Telly vows to help his best friend by writing him one, singing "Grouchy Book."
Kids build scarecrow
Film Kids put together a scarecrow.
(First: Episode 1577)
Cartoon Fruta Manzana sings about being happy and healthy.
Artist: Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)
Muppets Three witches attempt their own individual spells, which don't work out to their liking. They decide to cooperate by bringing all of their ingredients together, thus making chicken soup.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1339)
SCENE 3 While Telly writes his story, the Count tries to make up one for Oscar. He annoys everyone counting multiple "upon a times," before finally getting into the story about a young girl named Petrushka...and the 573 Bears.
Cartoon A woodpecker drills through a tree to demonstrate entrada and salida.
(First: Episode 0808)
Film Three dolphins jump together.
(First: Episode 0222)
Cartoon A boy talks about his pet letter Y, named Yetta.
(First: Episode 0443)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to draw the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
Film A giant panda walks around.
(First: Episode 0920)
Animation I see a 3! Do you see a 3?
(First: Episode 1611)
Bert purple hand
Muppets Ernie & BertBert can't go on a trip with Ernie because his hand has purple paint on it. Ernie puts a mitten on Bert's hand to cover it, but Bert still won't go because he looks silly wearing one mitten. So Ernie completes the outfit with another mitten, a hat, a scarf, and a sled. Ernie then reveals that they are going to the beach.
(First: Episode 0386)
Cartoon 3 song (butterflies, birthday presents, waving pennants etc.)
(First: Episode 0927)
SCENE 4 Telly is almost done writing. Harriet pulls out a small book to read; Oscar is intrigued by the supposed presence of a worm in the story. The story describes the life of a teeny-tiny girl and the things she encounters; the Count counts every use of "teeny-tiny," while Oscar impatiently waits for the worm to turn up in the story. He's put off by the happy ending, even with the presence of a worm.
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
Film Shopping for soup ingredients.
(First: Episode 0515)
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets Lefty delivers some carrots to his boss, but the boss orders him to get more carrots (in 13 seconds).
(First: Episode 0255)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Muppets Lefty delivers more carrots to his boss, but the boss orders him to get the most carrots he can find (in 15 seconds).
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon Bolt and Nut show how they work together.
(First: Episode 0569)
Muppets Lefty delivers the rest of the carrots to his boss. The boss reveals that the carrots are for his pet rabbit (a real rabbit), which he shows to Lefty.
(First: Episode 0255)
SCENE 5 Telly's story is finally finishes and he asks Oscar to read along with him. They both go under a blanket, as the story is about a grouch who decides to hide from the world under his blanket. The grouch brings in more things he needs, such as his worm, food, a chair, and even some things to gripe about. Soon, there is not enough room and the grouch's patience wears thin, so he moves back out from under the blanket. Everyone, even Oscar, likes the story.
Film A group of kids enter a door marked ENTRADA.
(First: Episode 0939)
JudyCollins Fishermen
Muppets / Celebrity Judy Collins sings "The Fisherman Song" with several Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 0796)
Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
(First: Episode 0301)
SCENE 6 Telly shows Oscar the sequel he's written. Harriet says goodbye and encourages the viewer to do some reading as well.

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