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Sesame Street
Bernie, a piano tuner, tunes Oscar's piano; Olivia goes on a date with Bernie
(repeat of 1859)
Air date December 3, 1985
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors L, Y, 3


Picture Segment Description


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.
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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 β€œplaying”, which makes Oscar jealous.
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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.
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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.
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.

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.
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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 (β€œIf 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.
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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.


  • The harmonica theme is noticeably in a higher pitch when played during the final scene.

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