Sesame Street
Oscar's "New School for Grouch Research"
(repeat of 2223)
Air date December 17, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Sponsors M, T, 6
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Amelia Adams (Teri Garr) applies to attend Oscar's New School for Grouch Research. Two Anything Muppets called Luther O'Possum and Essie Silverman arrive late, but Oscar says it's just perfect for his grouch school. Amelia's first lesson is that a grouch never says "goodie".
Cartoon Don't mess with the Mighty M.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1578)
Muppets Mother Goose tries coming up with Little Boy Blue's nursery rhyme.
(First: Episode 1449)
Film Kids at school help make cornbread.
(First: Episode 1218)
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
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SCENE 2 Oscar asks his students what a grouch would say if a neighbor stopped by their trash can. None of them get it right, so Oscar demonstrates... you'd yell, "GET LOST!"
Animation A frog is formed out of seeds.
Muppets Bob imagines himself in 1789, and meets two of the people in George Washington's neighborhood, the candlemaker and the saddlemaker.
(First: Episode 2294)
Film Finding round things in a supermarket (David voiceover)
(First: Episode 0434)
Muppets Grover the Assistant: Grover volunteers to assist the Amazing Mumford in his suspension act. Grover will get on top of a platform, and Mumford will pull the pillar off from underneath, and the platform will not fall. The trick works, so Grover decides to try it himself, with Herry Monster as his assistant. Grover can't pull it off, and Herry falls.
(First: Episode 0292)
Animation The numbers 1-6 are carried away and/or demolished by construction equipment.
(First: Episode 2270)
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SCENE 3 Oscar shows his class how to make broccoli with sardines and hot fudge.
Animation The Queen of Six explores her garden.
(First: Episode 0223)
Cast Maria as Chaplin deals with an unruly "Don't Walk / Walk" signal.
(First: Episode 1166)
Film Six apples minus three equals three
(First: Episode 2257)
Littlethings orig.jpg
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)
Muppets Kermit tries to explain the difference between two balls, but they keep changing to make themselves the same. The balls are large and yellow with colorful stripes and the ability to talk!
(First: Episode 2297)
Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other.
(First: Episode 0433)

SCENE 4 Oscar teaches the students how to say "Blecch." Amelia has trouble, however.
Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
Muppets Western: Four Anything Muppet cowboys put up a Wanted poster for "the Great Cookie Thief", who's been stealing cookies from all the bakeries in these here parts. Cookie Monster is standing in front of the poster, and the others suspect that he's the Great Cookie Thief -- he has the same googly eyes, the same blue fur, and the same Western hat. They confront Cookie Monster, but he denies the charge: "Not have same mustache!" He shouts, "Look over there!" -- and while they're distracted, he draws a mustache on the poster. They apologize -- but then Cookie Monster takes off his hat, and cookies fall out. The Great Cookie Thief makes his escape.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cat dog toon.jpg
Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
(First: Episode 1210)
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
Cartoon T is for Television
(First: Episode 0024)
SCENE 5 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 T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0298)
Muppets "The Dirtiest Town in the West"
(First: Episode 1461)
Cartoon A girl talks about preparing to play with her new sled.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0413)
Film Olivia briefly narrates a film of re-paving a street.
(First: Episode 1161)
Cartoon Farm animals are counted 1-6.
(First: Episode 1692)
Muppets The Count has built a rocket with the help of Dr. Reinbrain and plans to launch it from inside his castle. The two count down from the computer console, but the rocket doesn't take off. Indeed, Count never intended for lift-off; he plans on counting down again and again.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent film of a woman in a burning building, who needs HELP.
(First: Episode 0506)
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(First: Episode 0207)

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SCENE 6 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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