Sesame Street
The Robinsons go on a grouchy double-date
(repeat of 1725)
Air date December 21, 1984
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors M, T, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria greets the viewer, taking in her surroundings on Sesame Street, until she notices Jordan with a bag on his feet. Jordan claims that he's waiting to reveal the latest invention from Dr. Nobel Price, who enters clumsily, then reveals his invention: walk stoppers, which look an awful lot like shoelaces.
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
Film SCHOOL: the sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0685)
Muppets Professor Grover teaches his students what "school" is, but he instead gets the lesson.
(First: Episode 1969)
Animation Slide puzzle - elephant
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets / Cast Bob sings "Anybody Can Sing" with the Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 1374)
Cartoon A kid tries to push his toy house through the front door without the door closing.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0914)
Muppets The dark-bearded half of the Two-Headed Monster wakes up to argue with itself over whether to go to the zoo or the playground. The two both end up taking naps instead.
(First: Episode 1475)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 9 elephants.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1366)
SCENE 2 Maria witnesses Oscar leading the Grouchketeers (and the viewer) in practicing rhythms on their instruments. Oscar deliberately makes Telly play last, and gives him a hard rhythm to repeat, but he succeeds.
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Babies Are Called"
(First: Episode 0116)
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man
(First: Episode 0207)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot explains what the letters M and W look like with a very uncooperative letter that keeps switching itself. The letter eventually stops switching, and Herb solves the problem by rotating the camera angle, turning the letter upside down.
(First: Episode 0155)
Film George the Farmer demonstrates up/down with two ladders.
(First: Episode 0239)
Cast Sleeper tries to wake up in the morning. (David as "Sleeper").
(First: Episode 1357)
Cartoon Boy and the UP balloons.
(First: Episode 0364)
SCENE 3 Next, Maria witnesses Oscar lead Telly and the Grouchketeers in another game, which has a poster with different amounts of onions and different numbers. The objective is to draw a line from one group of onions to the correct number in the group. Telly is nervous when Oscar calls on him, but he gets the answers right.
Cartoon Nine penguins slide down a hill.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1532)
Film "Nine Song (Song of Nine)."
(First: Episode 0016)
Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse spot a kitty stuck in a tree. Grover tries to find ways to get the kitty down such as shaking the tree trunk. He finally came to the conclusion that to get the kitty down, he would climb up the tree to bring it down. However, Fred has another idea to bring the kitty down by calling the kitty by saying "Kitty" and the kitty comes down. Now that the kitty is down, they now have another problem - how is Grover going to get down?
(First: Episode 1639)
Cartoon Before dinnertime, a boy discovers a worm under a rock and some baby birds in their nest.
(First: Episode 1508)
Song "Hello, Scale," a film about measuring weight.
(First: Episode 0578)

SCENE 4 At night, Maria notices Gordon sitting on the steps, dressed up, looking sad. Big Bird comes by and correctly guesses what's going on: Gordon and Susan were going to go dancing tonight, but they're having car trouble. When Susan tries to fix the car, she hands him a greasy rag, and he accidentally wipes his shirt and his face with his dirty hand. Just then, Oscar and Grundgetta pass by in the Sloppy Jalopy, on their way to the Grouch Tarnished Silver Ball. Noticing Gordon and Susan's dirty appearance, the grouches invite them to come along.
Cartoon Typewriter: M for magic
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0841)
Muppets The Count sings about the ten things most important to him.
(First: Episode 1954)
Film A girl catches a lobster.
(First: Episode 1125)
Cartoon Me and My M
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1545)

SCENE 5 At the Grouchland Ballroom, Gordon and Susan win a T-shaped award for their performance of the "Trashcan Tango".
Cartoon T for treasure (Jim Thurman VO)
Song "Water, Wind, and Sun"
(First: Episode 1711)
Ernie and Bert welcome you
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is curious as to whom Ernie is decorating the room for. It turns out to be the viewer at home.
(First: Episode 0352)
Cartoon Car stuck on tar
(First: Episode 1732)


SCENE 6 Gordon and Susan come home, and invite the grouches upstairs for a cup of coffee with anchovy paste. Maria watches this from her apartment, then announces the sponsors and signs off. The credits roll.

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