Sesame Street
Plot Oscar's "New School for Grouch Research"
Air date May 14, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Sponsors M, T, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.

Picture Segment Description
Beat The Time
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
Animation First leaf, last leaf
(First: Episode 0794)

SCENE Oscar teaches the students at the New School for Grouch Research (Amelia, Luther O'Possum and Essie Silverman) how to say "Blecch." Amelia has trouble, however.
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
(EKA: Episode 1966)
Muppets "Daddy Helps with the Dishes" - three families sing about how they help each other doing chores, cooking and homework.
Cartoon Three turtles present the letter T.
(First: Episode 1666)
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
Muppets Kermit the Frog counts six happy little Twiddlebugs, and when he is finished, the Twiddlebugs have a party.
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names.
(First: Episode 0772)
SCENE Oscar teaches the New School for Grouch Research students how to throw a Grouch party. Amelia prepares a meal, but Oscar instructs the students that the operative word is "throw."
Cartoon M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Muppets A group of female Anything Muppets sing about the many things "Women Can Be."
(First: Episode 0773)
1090-10 Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form the letter T.
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon A boy has fun with his wood plank.
(First: Episode 1503)
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 Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(EKA: Episode 1958)
Cartoon When a bird pops a balloon, the balls represent Sad and Happy.


SCENE Oscar presides over graduation at the New School for Grouch Research. Amelia does not make the cut but when Oscar calls her the worst student he's ever had, she defiantly explains how proud she is for having tried hard. She even declares herself Oscar's best student, to Luther & Essie's cheers.

She then says she's leaving to start her own "alternative" school: Amelia's New School for How to Try Hard. She takes Luther, Essie & The Grouchketeers with her, leaving Oscar dumbfounded.

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