Sesame Street
The Grouch of the Year Award
Air date April 29, 1985
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors T, U, 7

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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird comes across a sad Honker, depressed that they don't know what to do. Big Bird takes this to mean what kind of job they want. He and the Honker envision him in such roles as a bus driver, taxi driver, and captain of a tugboat (honking as if he's a foghorn). The Honker then explains he's not worried about what to do when he grows up - he doesn't know what to do this afternoon. Big Bird suggests he pretend to be a bus driver.
TGUmbrella
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0808)
1041operator
Film A woman repairs wires for the telephone company.
(First: Episode 0771)
Speechballoon.Up
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
E&BToyGroups
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie to put away his toys, and Ernie devises a system of arranging them. Unfortunately, all the categories he names apply only to his toy fire engine.
(First: Episode 0281)
Blockcivilization
Animation In stop-motion, blocks stack and arrange themselves to form zoo cages, arches, and a whole city.
Artist: Al Jarnow
(First: Episode 1459)
1710q
Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
1710j
Cast Maria as Chaplin gets their suspenders stuck on a wall while reaching for the door, demonstrating long, longer, and longest.
(First: Episode 0786)
StorySevenMice
Insert Bob reads the kids a story about seven mice, with some animated mice displaying the story. (framing scenes removed)
(First: Episode 1699)
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Insert Olivia helps a lonesome Telly Monster feel better by singing "I Feel Good Being on My Own."
(First: Episode 2005)
1396h
Film The Steam Shovel
(First: Episode 1144)
Rhyme With BUY
Muppets Cookie Monster comes to the bakery looking for something delicious that rhymes with BUY. He tries the I (from the MIKE'S BAKERY sign) and the baker's TIE, both of which aren't that delicious. Finally, Guy Smiley comes in and loudly announces that he would like to BUY a PIE. Cookie then knows what he can get in the bakery that rhymes with BUY and is delicious: it's GUY! A chase ensues, and Cookie requests for the baker to send him the bill.
(First: Episode 0481)
7owls.OG
Cartoon Seven owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1562)
ButtonHole
Song "Old Button Hole"
(First: Episode 1727)
Kermitgroverladder
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Grover helps Kermit demonstrate "long" and "short" by picking up a short ladder. Then Kermit says he'll help Grover bring in a long ladder, but Grover says he'll get it alone. He carries the long ladder past Kermit, who's amazed that Grover can get it all by himself. When the other end of the ladder passes by, Grover is holding that end too. (alternate take)
(First: Episode 0276)
7Bubbles
Cartoon A man blows 7 bubbles.
(First: Episode 0639)
2headedcoinflip
Insert The Two-Headed Monster argues over which direction to go, so Gordon decides to help by teaching them how a coin flip works. Once the monster learns how it works, they decide to stay and play the coin flip game instead!
(First: Episode 1583)
Yellowflower
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(First: Episode 1895)
BeeFilm
Film A bumble bee
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Utrain
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Film.Listen
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
1576g
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway and the Count sing "I Want to Count."
(First: Episode 1545)
Queesesto.Vaca
Animation ¿Que es esto? (una vaca)
(First: Episode 1978)
1095h
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Ernie and Cookie Monster discuss hope. Ernie has something in a brown paper bag, and asks Cookie Monster what he hopes it is. Cookie Monster hopes that it is a cookie. It turns out that Ernie has ten cookies in the bag.
(First: Episode 0233)
Awardu
Cartoon "Poverty U" -- A figure gives a salute to the letter U, and presents the letter with a bouquet of flowers.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0036)
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SCENE 2 A Grouch junk mailman deliver a package to Oscar. The parcel comes from Grundgetta on behalf of the Disagreeable Order of Grouches. He has been chosen as a judge in this year's Grouch of the Year contest and has been given a trophy to bestow upon whomever he deems worthy. Oscar doesn't think anyone other than himself is grouchy enough to receive such an honor. Olivia then comes outside, tearing her jacket on the 123 Sesame Street doorknob, then stepping in gum on the stoop. Her mood is soured even more when encountering Oscar, who believes today may be her lucky day.
Computerfilm
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
(First: Episode 1853)
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SCENE 2 cont'd In Hooper's Store, Oscar tries to reach Grundgetta over the phone at Grump Tower to report his potential winner. As his call gets patched through, David realizes he left the milk out and it's gone sour. He accidentally spills it all over the counter and floor, then spills his paper towels. Piri startles him while asking for some milk, putting David in an even worse mood. Oscar finally gets through just as David now breaks a dish, and Oscar begins telling Grundgetta about his findings.
T-treasure
Cartoon T for treasure (Jim Thurman VO)
(First: Episode 1990)
ForgetfulsRide
Muppets Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: it has four legs, a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
400013
Cartoon T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0298)
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SCENE 3 David and Olivia are still brooding, to Oscar's delight. Grundgetta, president of the D.O.G., arrives to see Oscar's candidates for Grouch of the Year. However, David and Olivia have begun to cooperate and help with each other's problems, thus softening their demeanors. Oscar, now embarrassed in front of his president, snaps at the "cooperatin' cream-puffs," then at Grundgetta for putting him in the position in the first place. Grundgetta then makes her decision for Grouch of the Year - Oscar! He gives a speech naming all the people he'd like to thank, but won't.
SignMan.DontWalk
Cartoon Sign Man: DON'T WALK
(First: Episode 1162)
Howdoyougetfromheretothere
Muppets Anything Muppets sing "How Do You Get From Here to There?"
(First: Episode 0374)
Np7
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 4 Grundgetta asks Oscar to repeat his acceptance speech. He does so, as Olivia announces the sponsors.



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