Sesame Street
Oscar's ice cream stand
Air date January 2, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Gary Belkin
Sponsors G, S, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Bob comes across Oscar's trash can, which has now been converted into an ice creamery. Oscar advertises his nine different flavors, all beginning with the letter S - Salami, Salmon Salad, Sardine, Sauerkraut, Sausage, Scallion, Sour Cream, Spaghetti and Spare Ribs. Bob, despite claiming he wants to support the people in his neighborhood, passes upon hearing the selections.
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Muppets "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Flying."
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Cartoon "Dinner for Nine"
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1658)
SCENE 2 Oscar recruits Grundgetta to help attract customers to the stand. He provides her with a scoop and when someone passes by, she licks the cone and says it's the best she's ever had. However, Grundgetta asks for two more scoops before cooperating. A kid passes by and Grundgetta neglects to say her line, as she doesn't feel the ice cream really is the best she's ever had (believing the spaghetti flavored scoop could use more tomato sauce).
Animation It's a crocodile
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1663)
Muppets Game Show: The Addition Game
Hosted by Guy Smiley, the contestant has to figure out how to add numbers. The contestant is Herry Monster, who solves all the questions except "3+1=_", so he brings in four cars in the studio.
(First: Episode 0960)
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
SCENE 3 Robert MacNeil presents a report on the economy and small business by interviewing Oscar about his ice cream stand. Grundgetta briefly poses as a stranger who boasts about the ice cream. Oscar presents the menu of flavors, counting each one as he lists them off.
Cartoon Nine penguins slide down a hill.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1532)
Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
Muppets Ernie has two bags of cookies, one of which has several cookies, and one that only has one cookie. Ernie asks Cookie Monster which he'd rather have, and Cookie Monster naturally chooses the bag with many cookies. However, Cookie is disappointed that his cookies are very small, while Ernie's one cookie is very big, so Ernie breaks his cookie into several small pieces.
(First: Episode 1359)
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
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Muppets Farley goes to the hat shop. (short take)
(First: Episode 0244)
SCENE 4 Forgetful Jones stops by and Oscar tries selling him some ice cream. Forgetful's lack of long-term memory prevents him from remember any flavors available, except for strawberry, which Oscar doesn't sell. Oscar gets so fed up that he offers Forgetful a dime to go bother the ice cream man down the block. Forgetful counters that he already received a quarter to bother Oscar.
Cartoon Letter G drawing with kid voice-over
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Film Old paper, new paper
Music: "Blue Nosed Gopher" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0972)
Cartoon The Typewriter gets stuck in a spot of glue, and types "G: Glue."
(First: Episode 0775)
SCENE 5 Oscar entices Luis to buy some ice cream, showing him he's now added strawberry to the menu. Luis pays him a nickel, but Oscar doesn't have any in stock despite having added it to the menu. He also doesn't allow cash refunds, but states that he'll give Luis his nickel back if he instead tries a Grouch flavor and doesn't like it. Luis gets a scoop of spaghetti ice cream and echoes Grundgetta's issues with it, much to the latter's delight and Oscar's dismay.
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup.
(First: Episode 0004)
Cast Gordon and Olivia try to cooperate under the sun, with voiceover from Bob.
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Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie turns on the radio to hear his favorite exercise show, Get Moving. He engages the viewer to do all the exercises he does, such as touching toes and jumping. Bert joins in, and has so much fun jumping that he doesn't notice that his favorite program, Pigeons in the News, is coming on.
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Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
SCENE 6 Telly doesn't want to leave the Fix-It Shop, fearing he'll be forced to buy one of Oscar's ice cream cones because he's incapable of saying "no" to him. Maria helps by pretending to be Oscar selling ice cream so Telly can learn to say "no."
Film Two kids visit the police department and watch a policeman prepare some horses for a parade happening in New York City. The kids even get to ride the horses and watch the parade.
(First: Episode 1243)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "hop" and starts hopping.
(First: Episode 1482)
SCENE 7 Maria checks to see how Telly held up against Oscar. She finds him now running the ice cream stand. Telly explains that he was able to say "no" to every question Oscar asked regarding buying ice cream, but he never practiced what to say when Oscar offered to sell him the ice cream stand.
Film Animal camouflage (kid VO's)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0366)
Muppets Fred the Wonder Horse bets Marshal Grover that he can't count backwards from ten. Grover tries standing with his back to him and counting up to ten. Since he can't do it, Grover has to let Fred ride on his back.
(First: Episode 1066)
Film A boy climbs up a tree to gather coconuts.
(First: Episode 1125)

SCENE 8 Oscar and Grudngetta return to the stand to find business is booming, with several Grouches (including The Grouchketeers) crowded around making orders. Telly points out that while Oscar was trying to sell Grouch ice cream to regular people, he's had much better luck selling to Grouches instead. Oscar asks if he can have the stand back, but Telly replies, "No!" (thanks to some more coaching from Maria).

Luis announces the sponsors.


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