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Sesame Street
Grouch diving contest
Air date April 11, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors O, S, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob and David are waiting for Big Bird to come out of his nest area before they go to see a movie downtown. David doesn't want to miss it, so Big Bird lets them go ahead of him so he can wait for Mr. Snuffleupagus. Snuffy shows up after they leave, and both he and Big Bird rush to the theater.
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird and Snuffy arrive at the theater after the movie has started, and sit down behind Bob and David (who remain unaware of Snuffy's actual presence). Big Bird asks David for some popcorn, and Snuffy ends up devouring all of it. Snuffy is worried that the sad part of the movie (which he knows about) will make him cry, so Big Bird asks Bob to hand him a tissue. Snuffy asks Big Bird what time it is, and Big Bird says it's "early." Snuffy remembers that he told his mommy he'd be home early, and rushes back to his cave. Big Bird pleads for him to stay, and then gets into a noisy argument with Bob and David.
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names.
(First: Episode 0772)
Film Some kids observe a woman drawing pictures of a building, and eventually guess that she's an architect.
(First: Episode 0768)
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
Muppets Super Grover: Judy Finstermacher has broken her bag of groceries, and Super Grover tries to find a way for her to get the groceries to her home.
(First: Episode 1289)
Cartoon S - Serpiente
(First: Episode 0382)
Muppets / Cast Oscar sings "One of These Things" over a four-way split screen containing Gordon, Bob, David and Slimey, all dressed in tuxedos.
(First: Episode 1904)
Cartoon Typewriter: S for spring
(First: Episode 0792)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
SCENE 2 At today's Grouchketeer meeting, Oscar presents a lesson on the letter S. On his Grouch computer, he's loaded a program that shows grouchy images of S words when the S key is pressed. The kids each get a turn pressing the key, as the monitor whirls and smokes before revealing images of socks, sardines, and Slimey. Oscar himself take a turn, as the computer screen shows the word "SCRAM," indicating the Grouchketeers should do just that.
Animation As the seasons change, so do one's outfits. (early computer graphics)
(First: Episode 1898)
Celebrity The Count counts all the baskets Dr. J makes.
(First: Episode 1759)
Cartoon Eight spiders subtract themselves.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1510)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie wears socks on his ears and on his nose in order for Bert to guess which body part he's thinking of.
(First: Episode 1640)
Cartoon Bus Stop
(First: Episode 1396)

SCENE 3 David and Bob come across a sign they've never seen on the block before, which merely reads "HONK HONK." They don't understand what it means, especially when a pair of waiting Honkers try to explain. A bus drives up and the Honkers pile on, indicating the sign is the Honker version of "BUS STOP."
Muppets On a boring day, two hipsters sing "Meet Me at the Bus Stop" and decide to do so.
(First: Episode 1451)
Film Marching Band #3
(First: Episode 0517)
Suzanne Farrell - Telly and Herry.jpg
Muppets / Celebrity Suzanne Farrell supervises as Herry and two monsters (Telly and Kermit the Forg) practice stretching on a barre. She then calls for lunch and the monsters chow down on the barre.
(First: Episode 1387)
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(First: Episode 1691)
Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon".
(First: Episode 0536)
Animation I see a 3! Do you see a 3?
(First: Episode 1611)

SCENE 4 Telly introduces a computerized edition of Ask Oscar, where the computer will give programmed answers to today's questions. Telly is relieved at this change, believing the computer will be much more reliable than Oscar. Telly reads a question about games to play at Grouch birthday parties. He commands an answer on the keyboard and the screen gives Oscar's response - "NO Heh Heh Heh!!"
Cartoon Sign Sounds: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(First: Episode 1155)
Film A man and a little girl perform small aerobic workouts.
(First: Episode 1710)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford sounds out the word MAGIC, then makes himself disappear.
(First: Episode 1075)
Cartoon O limerick
(First: Episode 0146)
Cast Maria and Gordon sort shapes by type and color.
(First: Episode 1244)
Cartoon Stop-frame animation of a girl on a beach, reading a book containing pictures of various sea creatures that come to life as she comes to their pages.
(First: Episode 1434)
Film A film shows parts of an elephant.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0034)
Pinball 03.jpg
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #3
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0978)

SCENE 5 David pesters Grundgetta and another Grouch (Martin P. Robinson) with questions regarding a set up they have by Oscar's trash can. They tell him they're judges for the Grouch diving contest and the next dive is about to begin. Oscar emerges from his can in bathing suit and diving cap, intending to do a cannonball into his swimming pool. David doesn't understand - how can the judges see Oscar's dive if it's occurring inside the can, out of their view? Grundgetta tells him to just watch and find out. David peers into the can as Oscar dives and receives a face full of water. The judges score Oscar a 3 out of 10; he barely got David wet at all!
Muppets In the kitchen, Ernie bakes some cookies of different shapes; he lets Cookie Monster eat each one after he finishes displaying it to the viewer.
(First: Episode 1158)
Film David (in voiceover) finds a circle in an overhead view.
(First: Episode 0481)
Superman S.jpg
Cartoon Superman demonstrates the letter S and some of the words it stands for.
(First: Episode 0136)
Film In a classroom, kids learn the musical scales through various exercises.
(First: Episode 1717)
Cartoon A bird talks to a girl about what's inside the street. When she questions his credibility, he stammers, "A little worm told me!"
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1918)
SCENE 6 Oscar provides a towel to David, who wonders out loud what a "10 splash" must look like. Knowing something will go down, he gets as far away from the trash can as possible before Grundgetta takes her dive. David manages to get splashed with water anyhow, as the Grouches cheer. Bob announces the sponsors.

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