Sesame Street
Piri gets a job at Hooper's
Air date December 23, 1985
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors J, O, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Piri wants to ask David for a part-time job at Hooper's Store. Oscar demonstrates how he should make the ask, with Telly's help. He gets face-to-face with Telly (acting as David) and loudly demands a job with the threat of a mud pie to the face. Telly thinks he should instead pathetically beg and offer a big kiss. Piri doesn't want to do either of their methods and describes how he would make the ask. David happens to be wheeling by on a delivery and hears this, hiring Piri on the spot.
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SCENE 2 Piri starts his new job by mopping the floors of the store. Telly and Oscar drop by for a bite and Telly orders some ice cream. David discovers something's gone wrong with the freezer and the ice cream has melted. While he goes to consult Maria about repairing it, Telly suggests Piri take the ice cream to the North Pole to re-freeze it. Oscar instead recommends Piri create the Grouch delicacy - ice cream pickle soup. He goes to fetch some of his Grouch friends. When David returns, he goes into a panic over the Grouch chaos that's about to ensue.
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Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
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SCENE 3 Telly listens to the commotion caused by the Grouches outside the Hooper's front window. He doesn't want to look at the chaos, but describes what he thinks is going on by listening. After Oscar and the Grouches (including Grundgetta) dart off, Telly looks in the store, which is rendered a total mess. David tells Piri (both wearing slickers) to treat this as a learning experience about working in the store, while Telly points out how much better his North Pole idea sounds now.
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Music: Joe Raposo
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SCENE 4 Maria whispers something to Lindsey, which makes Oscar curious. He asks for them to show him what they were discussing and he unfortunately receives a kiss on the head from Lindsey. "That's what you get for being curious with nice people," Maria tells him before announcing the sponsors.

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