Sesame Street
Bernie, a piano tuner, tunes Oscar's piano; Olivia dates with Bernie
Air date December 22, 1983
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Sponsors L, Y, 3
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 As Olivia rushes to work, she bumps into Bob and his friend, who Olivia shows signs of interest in. Bob’s friend does so as well. When they pass Oscar's trash can, Oscar tells them to stop hanging around his trash can and is introduced to Bob’s friend, Bernie (a piano tuner). Bernie (Ben Harney) shows Oscar his tuning fork, which he uses to help tune pianos. Oscar asks him to help him un-tune his piano.
0871n
Film A wheel rolls away from a junkyard. A boy captures it to complete his wagon.
(First: Episode 0513)
Lpoemkids
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(EKA: Episode 0198)
AlphaChat-L
Muppets Alphabet Chat: Lord Chatterly's poem on the letter L ends in chaos as usual.
(First: Episode 0762)
1859-Sand
Animation Sand L / l
(First: Episode 0632)
1859-Fire
Film A young girl talks about her friend, Joe, who's training to be a fireman.
Typewriter.L
Cartoon The Typewriter: L for lion
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0762)
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SCENE 2 Bob listens to the piano being un-tuned in horror. Bernie comes up from the trash can with a slightly grouchier personality. Just then, Grundgetta arrives and is smitten with Bernie’s dirty persona. She is driven even more when she hears his piano “playing”, which makes Oscar jealous.
Toon.3Cuckoos
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
2073h
Muppets The Martians examine a grandfather clock.
(First: Episode 0407)
Signman.BINGO
Cartoon Sign Man: BINGO
(First: Episode 1171)
PrettyLittleSong
Muppets An Anything Muppet sings a "Pretty Little Song" with a canary, but neither of them can figure out when it ends.
(First: Episode 1298)
Rattlesnakes.Longshort
Cartoon The long rattlesnake thinks he's better than the short one, until the short one outsmarts him by making him bite his own tail. "Wanna borrow my snakebite kit?"
Artists: Bud Luckey and Rudy Zamora
(First: Episode 0955)
1710q
Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
2073l
Cartoon Five Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)
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SCENE 3 Oscar listens to Grundgetta being wooed by Bernie’s playing and worries he may be losing his best friend. Olivia arrives and Oscar wants her to take Bernie off his hands so he can have his Grundgetta back. Olivia decides to help him out and goes to get changed. Bernie tries to come out of the trash can, but is pulled back down by Grundgetta.
Gustafson.3penguins
Cartoon Three penguins dance.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1480)
Rollercoaster123

Cameo.heatherhenson-rollercoaster
Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball turns into a cherry which is devoured by a girl.
(First: Episode 0744)
Sporty3
Cartoon Sporty 3 demonstrates his agility in various sports.
(First: Episode 1642)
AYGYGYNoseMonster
Muppets A Jimmy Durante-type monster sings about the importance of the nose.
(First: Episode 1517)
Facecartoon
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
GroverErik.surprise
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Erik surprise each other.
(First: Episode 1689)
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SCENE 4 Olivia comes out of 123 Sesame Street all dressed up (and believing Bernie is a Grouch rather than a human). Maria passes by and brings her back inside to get more grouchy clothing on.
2107j
SCENE 4 cont’d Bernie finally rises from the trash can and becomes excited when Oscar tells him he has a date with Olivia. He runs home to get cleaned up.
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SCENE 4 cont’d Maria and Olivia return with Olivia all in ratty clothes a frizzy green wig. Oscar is shocked and upset and feels his plan will fail. Bernie returns and Olivia sees him and realizes he’s not a Grouch. They share a laugh at the situation and go off talking about it.
BCayard.Surprise
Cartoon A man explains to a girl what a surprise is.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1358)
KangarooBlues
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
2059u
Cartoon A man chases a runaway "no."
(First: Episode 0794)
AlphabetDancers-L
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form a letter L.
(First: Episode 0449)
1576l
Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1526)
Listening
Muppets Kermit explains the importance of listening, using the Two-Headed Monster as an example.
(First: Episode 1767)
1095r
Cartoon "Have you seen my NO?"
(First: Episode 0773)
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SCENE 5 Oscar loans Bernie his Sloppy Jalopy for their date. However, they can’t get it to work. They need Oscar to show them how to get it started, but can’t think of a way of getting him out of his trash can. Olivia sees he hates music and they sing a song (“If You Listen to a Tune”) to get him out. Oscar can’t take the nice song and shows them how to start his car, then rejoices as he now as he believes he has Grundgetta all to himself again.
TSD.mailman
Cartoon The secret drawing is a mailman.
(First: Episode 0220)
Yipyipphone
Muppets The Martians find a telephone.
(First: Episode 0398)
PlaneStartup
Cartoon An aviator and his son cooperate to start their plane.
(First: Episode 1476)
1859rectangle
Cartoon Rectangle transition
(First: Episode 0290)
Y.Yawn
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
LindaDavidDisappear
Cast Linda signs the word disappear - which David does.
(First: Episode 1330)
Dog.Yowl
Cartoon A boy can yell and yodel, and his dog can yelp and yowl. They can both yawn.
(First: Episode 0353)
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SCENE 6 Olivia and Bernie push the Sloppy Jalopy back to the street, both enjoying the date they had. They return the keys to Oscar and Grundgetta sees how nice looking Bernie is and is turned off. Oscar whines over the trouble he went through, when he had a simple solution, but Olivia and Bernie don’t think it was a waste at all as they walk off together. Grundgetta tells Oscar that he's the most "miserable rotten grouchy Grouch in the world" and promises him that she could never love anyone more than he. Then, they argue as they announce the sponsors.

Notes

  • The plot to this episode would later be repeated in Episode 2107, with different inserts.
  • The harmonica theme is noticeably in a higher pitch when played during the final scene.


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