Sesame Street
Grandma Harriet surprises David
Air date January 15, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Nancy Sans
Production September 30, 1985
Sponsors W, Y, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird greets David at the door of Hooper's Store and says he can't tell him anything about the surprise waiting for him inside. But, through a series of unsolicited and inadvertent clues, David figures out that it's his Grandma Harriet. When he opens the doors and gives her a hug, Big Bird takes to the camera, "I guess it's impossible to fool some people."
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Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a dog.
(First: Episode 0601)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie brings a surprise home, and he tells Bert to guess what it is. The surprise turns out to be a puppy. Bert wants to call the puppy "Norman"; Ernie suggests "Godzilla the Wonder-Dog".
(First: Episode 1956)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Penguins Five."
(First: Episode 0245)
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Cartoon A man explains to a girl what a surprise is.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1358)
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SCENE 2 Maria tells Forgetful Jones that he can't use a fishing rod to get an idea, so he starts calling for them. As she explains ideas come to your head, Forgetful has an idea to go fishing, but he forgot where he put his fishing pole.
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Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Fish
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0195)
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Name That Sound!" with contestant Mr. Honker. Mr. Honker honks when guessing sounds in this game show, but since Guy Smiley can't understand his honks, Mr. Honker brings the objects in. Sounds include a cow (to which he brings in Gladys the Cow), a horse (which he brings in Buster the Horse, accompanied by Forgetful Jones, who forgets whether or not he's a horse), and a fire engine (which Mr. Honker brings, full of honkers).
(First: Episode 1957)
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Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0036)
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Film Olivia briefly narrates a film of re-paving a street.
(First: Episode 1161)
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Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet girl tells two different monster marching bands to play the same song and march together.
(First: Episode 1450)
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Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
(First: Episode 0301)
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SCENE 3 Snuffy is nervous to meet Grandma Harriet because he knows she's never met a snuffleupagus before. Harriet enters Big Bird's nest to find Snuffy weighing his options to go home or stay and meet David's grandma. She convinces him to stay because she'd probably love to meet him; she knows because David's grandma is here.

Big Bird meets David outside wondering where they are, hoping they don't miss the chance to meet one another. When they open the door, they find the pair have already met and are already well into reading a storybook together.

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Cartoon A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom she eventually runs off with.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2058)
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Cast Maria as Chaplin notices a short thread on Luis' tuxedo, which becomes long as he pulls it, unraveling Luis's trousers!
(First: Episode 1042)
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Cartoon The Typewriter: W, Wall
(First: Episode 0790)
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Film James narrates a film of his life on a pueblo in New Mexico.
(First: Episode 0153)
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Cartoon W For Wilbur
(First: Episode 0366)
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Muppets Grover talks about the word walk. He is accompanied by styrofoam letters that form the word walk, and they keep walking back and forth.
(First: Episode 1692)
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Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
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Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
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Muppets / Celebrity Loretta Lynn and Count von Count sing "Count on Me."
(First: Episode 2026)
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Cartoon Adding up five ladybugs and five lizards
(First: Episode 0277)
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Film Animals fight.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0567)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog has been instructed to discuss surprises. He wonders what kind of surprise he's in store for, such as a scare from a monster or being hit with a pie. The surprise instead comes from a young girl, who gives him some flowers.
(First: Episode 1770)
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Cartoon Five feet stick out from a barrel, all belonging to a strange five-legged being.
(First: Episode 0859)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out "feet," and then the camera pans back to reveal a pair of live feet on some grass.
(First: Episode 1289)
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Cartoon A cat chases a mouse into a mouse hole. The cat and mouse make music as they hit the wall, until the cat breaks through the mouse hole.
Artist: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0244)
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SCENE 4 Buster the Horse helps Maria spruce up her shopping list with some flashy adjectives, making it a "splendiferous" shopping list. Maria is so impressed with Buster's poetic skills that she can't wait to show it off to David. He doesn't seem very impressed, but admits that the list is "splendiferous" (Maria's not the only person Buster has been talking to today).
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Cartoon Five Swans
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1460)
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Muppets "Big Kids Cry"
(First: Episode 1488)
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Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0005)
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Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
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Cartoon The uses of water
(First: Episode 0139)
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Muppets Bert sings the club song for The National Association of W Lovers.
(First: Episode 0366)
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Animation See the lion walk.
(First: Episode 0993)
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SCENE 5 Snuffy worries that he can't remain in Oscar's club, because he's physically unable to conform with its credo: "How can you tell a Grouchketeer? He's the one with a thumb in his ear." Oscar offers Snuffy an alternate solution, allowing him to place his snuffle in his ear. Maria announces the sponsors.


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