Sesame Street
Ronald Grump builds the Grump Tower
Air date January 14, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors B, D, 12

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Ronald Grump, the Grouch building tycoon, approaches Oscar with a new idea - a two-story can-dominium called "Grump Tower." In exchange for Oscar giving up his property to build the tower, Grump gives him a spot in the tower, as well as three bags of trash. Maria thinks it's a rotten deal, which only encourages Oscar further.
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Song "Sharing Swing with Kids Song (Share in Your Fun with Another Someone)"
(First: Episode 0926)
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Cartoon A cat makes noise with a telephone, typwriter, trumpet, and piano. When the cat leaves, the devices come to life, and when he comes back, they all sound at once, frightening the cat.
(First: Episode 0844)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet asks another "Is this the D train?" A subway train then arrives, letting out several letter Ds.
(First: Episode 1493)
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Song "Sawmill" - Folk singers detail how lumber is made into usable wood. (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 0657)
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Cartoon The word entrada tries to run through a wall, then runs through the entrance.
(First: Episode 0939)
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Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck" (sound effects omitted)
(First: Episode 2304)
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Cartoon A boxer explains the letter "B".
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 2 Maria brings Luis to the newly-constructed Grump Tower. Oscar loves the upgrade and introduces his neighbors - Ronald lives next door, and the third set of cans belongs to the Gruffy family. Oscar even uses his second-floor can as a space for Fluffy and Slimey to live, until Ronald points out a clause in his contract - no pets! Oscar can't bear to part with them and wants the tower torn down. Ronald considers this option...for 40 bags of trash!
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Animation In stop-motion, blocks stack and arrange themselves to form zoo cages, arches, and a whole city.
(First: Episode 1459)
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Film A metal crane and a real crane look alike.
(First: Episode 1544)
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Cartoon Gloria, a rambunctious little girl, sings the alphabet song while an adult gives her instructions.
(First: Episode 0010)
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Muppets Simon Soundman sounds out the word "call", and then demonstrates some calls of his own - including a bird call, cow call, pig call, and telephone call. (remake)
(First: Episode 2136)
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Cartoon A girl tries to lure her cat out from under the chair so she can pick him up.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0187)
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Cast Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting (Linda) at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Flying."
(First: Episode 0394)
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Cartoon "Measurin', Measurin'" - a song about tools that are used to measure.
(First: Episode 1822)
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SCENE 3 Ronald wants his trash, but Oscar can't give up his trash; it's all he has. Suddenly, the rest of the adults come by with 20 bags of trash. "And there's more trash where that came from," Maria tells Ronald.
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Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
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Muppets Every time Ernie tries to recite a poem about the number 12, it switches itself around to the number 21 (and vice versa).
(First: Episode 2329)
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Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird points out the different body parts of Dr. J.
(First: Episode 1701)
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Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a laughing man.
(First: Episode 1845)
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SCENE 4 The adults and kids count the rest of the trashbags as they walk down Sesame Street. However, when they reach Grump Tower, they find they only have 39. Maria takes Ronald's contract, crumples it up and throws it into a paper bag, making 40 bags of trash! A defeated Ronald sinks into his can.
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Film Megan goes to the doctor and gets a cast on her arm so it can heal.
(First: Episode 1205)
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Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
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Film A group of kids enter a door marked ENTRADA.
(First: Episode 0939)
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Muppets Old West: Clementine breaks the bad news to everyone: Bad Bart is coming to town to "give someone what they deserve"! She says he will come when the cow moos four times. They listen for it, and first hear a train toot four times, then a dog bark four times, and finally the cow. Bad Bart steps into the saloon, looks for the bartender, and reminds him that last week, he ordered sarsaparilla, but the bartender didn't have it, so he went to another town to get it, and kept him waiting. Bad Bart forgot to pay the bartender for it, so he gives the bartender what he deserves: some coins.
(First: Episode 1940)
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Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
(EKA: Episode 2326)
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Muppets Snuffy shows Big Bird the cloud costume he's going to wear in his Snufflegarten class's upcoming pageant about the sky, and even sings the song that accompanies it, while Big Bird imagines him as a cloud.
(First: Episode 2082)
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Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: D—Dog
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — At night, Ernie gets creative inspiration to write a poem about what he likes, but has trouble with finding a word that rhymes with "dirt".
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Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
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Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)
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Muppets Three Anything Muppets (including George) individually try to sell lemons, water, and sugar. After all of their businesses fail, the three cooperate to start a lemonade stand.
(First: Episode 0335)
Bforbat.jpg Cartoon Small letter b (ball/bat)
(First: Episode 1131)
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SCENE 5 Oscar's can is now restored and the adults try prodding a "thank you" out of him. He mumbles through it and the adults interpret it as a thanks. Mr. Macintosh announces the sponsors.


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