Sesame Street
Mumford turns Gordon into a Grouch
Air date March 13, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors M, O, 10
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SCENE 1 Oscar and Grundgetta prepare to watch the Amazing Mumford perform a Grouch magic trick he learned from the Great Trasherini. Gordon assists in the trick, as Mumford changes lovely-looking shapes into Grouchy ones. His attempt at changing a circle seems to fail, until they see the trick has made Gordon a Grouch instead! Mumford heads to the library to find something to reverse the trick, while Oscar and Grundgetta get acquainted with the new Gordon.
Cartoon On the beach, a boy hurts his foot stepping on a broken shell, but a visit to the hospital clinic makes him feel better.
(First: Episode 2086)
Muppets "The Dirtiest Town in the West"
(First: Episode 1461)
Video Triangle in space (David voiceover)
(First: Episode 1548)
George fastslow
Film George the Farmer demonstrates fast and slow by going back and forth on a fence, and in a rocking chair.
(First: Episode 0288)
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie and Alphonso discuss DANGER.
(First: Episode 1387)
Animation Today's Secret Drawing is an astronaut.
(First: Episode 0193)
SCENE 2 Susan can't stand dealing with the Grouch Gordon and goes to check on Mumford. Just after, Brian drops off a bag of trash, which Gordon stakes a claim on, to Oscar's frustration. He begins to rummage through it and finds some discarded letter Ms (a favorite letter to Grouches). Grundgetta, becoming attracted to this new Gordon, joins in as they dig through the bag, while Oscar runs off in a huff.
Cartoon A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, and doubts there's any danger until the character sneezes.
(First: Episode 1125)

Muppets Game Show: The Triangle is Right
The object of the game is to answer every question with "a triangle" as the answer. Contestant Prairie Dawn has little patience for this format.
(First: Episode 2185)
Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Film A gemsbok runs fast, then faster.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)

SCENE 3 Susan, Oscar and Mumford all return. Grundgetta appears to be the only one who wants Gordon to stay like this, but Mumford tries out his new magic words to fix everything. Gordon remains the same, but now Oscar has become a proper gentleman.
Cartoon A bird subtracts two balloons from a group of three.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0530)
Muppets Hoots tells Ernie to "Put Down the Duckie."
Film A girl meets a blind woman who has a seeing-eye dog.
(First: Episode 0952)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog tries to find out what makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately causes him to lose his temper and yell at the camera.
(First: Episode 0537)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Muppets / Celebrity Baseball fan Telly is looking at his cards when he sees a familiar face stop by. He asks the man to pose for him, to compare him to the card on which he thinks he's seen him. He realizes that it is indeed Ron Darling of the New York Mets, and he asks him to read his own card.
(First: Episode 2080)
Cartoon A bass player (Major Holley) counts to 6.
(First: Episode 2229)
Muppets The Count extinguishes electric candles by counting them with his finger. As he heads up the stairs for bed, he steps on Fatatita. He also tells his wolf Yuba to run and play with his friends.
(First: Episode 0545)
Cartoon Sign Man: DIRTY
(First: Episode 1121)
Film College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children's Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, opossums, and chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
Cartoon Stop-motion NUTS
(First: Episode 1178)
Cast Maria as Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
(EKA: Episode 1982)
Film Time-lapse of seeds growing.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Insert Maria, Big Bird and Luis have a "Rhyme Out."
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy demonstrates shapes.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
Animation "¡Él juega beisbol!"
(First: Episode 2101)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie plays a game with Bert where Ernie plays riffs on his drum set and Bert has to repeat them back. Bert is surprisingly good at the game.
(First: Episode 1809)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)

SCENE 4 Oscar shows off the flowers he's picked from a stroll in the woods, while Grundgetta sobs. Mumford tries a new trick, returning Oscar back to normal. He's appalled to learn about what just happened. Gordon announces the sponsors and the credits follow.

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