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David's Spanish lesson
Air date November 22, 1988
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Sara Compton
Production September 20, 1988
Sponsors E, Y, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 David is nervous about his first Spanish lesson with Luis, saying he is the worst person to try to teach a language to. Luis assures him that he will have fun, and tries to teach him "buenos dΓ­as" but David keeps getting it wrong. Oscar the Grouch comes in and asks Luis if he would watch Irvine for the afternoon. Luis says he is busy, but finally agrees. Oscar says that Irvine will enjoy watching David blunder around trying to do something he's not good at.
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SCENE 2 Luis tries to teach David how to say "Me llamo David", but David can't concentrate with Irvine laughing every time he makes a mistake. They try to find toys for her to play with, but she says "blech" to each one. Luis finds a box of scrap wood blocks, which Irvine likes. David keeps trying to say "me llamo".
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SCENE 3 Mr. Snuffleupagus comes to drop off Alice and thanks Luis for agreeing to watch her. Luis says they had agreed on tomorrow. Snuffy says he got mixed up, but luckily, Luis doesn't look too busy. They bring Alice over to play with Irvine, who says "blech". David and Luis return to the lesson.
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SCENE 4 Luis gives David a sign to take home. It says "muchas gracias". He tells David to put it somewhere in his house and read it every time he sees it. David is excited to learn phrases he can say to Spanish-speaking customers at Hooper's Store. Snuffy returns to retrieve Alice, who greets him by saying "blech". David assures Snuffy that she'll probably forget the word on the way home, but Snuffy says snuffleupaguses never forget. Being a big brother isn't easy--not only does he have to teach her how to talk, he has to teach her how not to talk. Alice leaves with Snuffy, repeating the word "blech".
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SCENE 5 Oscar returns to pick up Irvine, and is disappointed that she didn't bother Luis and David. Oscar, Luis, and David are all impressed with the tower Irvine has made with all the blocks. Oscar reminds them that it isn't finished yet: it needs that one last grouch touch. Irvine knocks it down.
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SCENE 6 Luis puts the blocks into a wagon for Irvine to take home. She tells him "muchas gracias". Oscar tells Luis he has a lot of nerve teaching bad manners to a little grouch. David and Luis say they didn't teach her anything, she just picked it up. Oscar tells them to be careful next time--"a smart little grouch like her is gonna pick up whatever she hears". Snuffy announces the sponsors, as Irvine repeats the phrase "muchas gracias".

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