Sesame Street
Oscar teaches Linda to be grouchy (part 1)
Air date April 14, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Sponsors B, W, 9
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SCENE 1 Linda has been cast in a play where she plays someone really grouchy, but is having trouble acting the part. When Oscar tells her and Timi to buzz off, they realize Oscar would be the perfect person to teach Linda how to be a Grouch. Oscar is glad to hear she's landed a decent role for once and agrees to help out.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
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Pinball 09
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #9
Animation by Jeff Hale
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SCENE 2 Oscar provides Linda with a bag of clothes to help Linda look more like a grouch - baggy pants, shoes that don't match (and go on the wrong foot), an inside-out wool coat, Grundgetta's hat, and finally some mud to smear on her face.
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Film Kids paint various things that begin with the letter B on a window (edited version)
Full edit--(First: Episode 0008)
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Artist: Cathryn Aison
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Film A boy makes fruit salad.
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SCENE 3 Timi and Linda talk to the kids about her role and discuss how they would all pretend to be grouches.
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Film Letters Make Words: the letter B
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Muppets The Beetles perform "Letter B."
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Artist: Ishu Patel
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Film Elephants (African percussion soundtrack)
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SCENE 4 Oscar runs Linda and Timi through some grouch exercises. One such is "scram-slamming," which involves pretending someone is bothering you in your can. David comes by to drop off some trash and is surprised to see Linda in the can. He finds it funny and walks off with the trash, which Oscar takes to mean that Linda needs more practice.
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Owe Gustafson
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SCENE 5 Linda is getting discouraged and frets she just can't be as grouchy as Oscar. Timi suddenly gets the idea for Linda to spend the night in Oscar's can to get the full, grouch experience. Unfortunately, Timi is roped into staying over as well to help translate.

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