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Oscar gets a Grouch dog
Air date March 21, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors M, O, 5


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob plays a musical exercise with Elmo and the kids, having them sing the notes he plays on the piano. Elmo gives it a try and plays a complicated, unfocused arrangement.
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Animation Geometry of Circles #3 "Six Colored Circles"
(First: Episode 1395)
Film In stop-motion, a boy makes landscapes out of sand and water.
(First: Episode 2039)
Cartoon A man sees a giant OUT, yells the word, and everyone runs out of it.
(First: Episode 0550)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster brings in a suitcase filled with heavy and light objects, and places them on a wall. The right head lays out a feather, a ribbon, and a tissue. The left head puts down a book, a brick, a rock, and a 1000 pound weight, but the great weight that is placed on the wall causes the ground they're standing on to tilt!
Cartoon A man connects the dots to form a house to escape from the rain.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 2218)
Insert Bobby McFerrin performs his version of "The Alphabet Song" for Hoots, David, and the kids.
(First: Episode 2342)
Film Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
Muppets Ernie watches the Twiddlebugs, who are about to head for Hooper's Store in the rain, but they notice that they need something to keep themselves dry. Tessie remembers that an umbrella helps, so they take one.
(First: Episode 1342)
Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)
Muppets Western: A cowboy comes to see Adam T. Glaser, who is such a jack-of-all-trades that he forgets what a dentist does.
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon Five Worms In An Apple
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1502)
SCENE 2 Oscar carries a box home from the dump, and Gordon and Gina pull out various items to guess what they're for - a rubber pickle, a hairbrush, a metal bowl and a belt for chewing. All the items are related to dogs and Oscar reveals he's getting a Grouch dog of his own.
Film Close-up shots of a car and a frog are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1530)
Insert Three of These Kids are jumping rope, but the fourth one is sitting down and reading a book.
(First: Episode 0415)
Cartoon Building a dog house is easy if you have a ruler.
(First: Episode 0630)

Muppets Game Show: Happiness Begins at 40
Guy Smiley gets the Sad Family out of their rut by having them count to 40.
(First: Episode 2467)
Cartoon "Four Friends" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2242)
SCENE 3 Gordon and Gina imagine the havoc a Grouch dog will have on the street, much to Oscar's delight. Susan comforts them and believes if they can put up with Oscar, they can put up with anything. Everyone agrees, ruining Oscar's fun, until he proposes getting an alligator instead.
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Film Bus trip around town (guitar soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0926)
Cartoon Es un gato
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets The Count sings about what he does when there's "Nothing to Count" - he imagines counting birdies and elephants.
(First: Episode 1940)
Cartoon Jive Five
(First: Episode 1664)
SCENE 4 Oscar informs everyone that Grundgetta will be bringing the puppy over soon. He claims it's a Groucher Spaniel, which typically are not as noisy or messy as other Grouch dogs. Buster the Horse claims the notion of a Grouch dog being behaved is preposterous, inspiring Oscar to name the dog that. Grundgetta arrives with the puppy dog, who emerges from his ratty blanket in his box. He doesn't seem friendly and acts very sluggish, but instantly takes to Oscar's rubber pickle.
Cartoon Me and My M
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1545)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry Monster and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
Film Saxophone factory
(First: Episode 1446)
Cartoon A scientist builds a robot that has real feelings, such as sad, happy and afraid.
(First: Episode 0769)
SCENE 5 Gina brings over some dog food, a brand Linda typically feeds Barkley. Oscar isn't keen on the cheerful image of a dog on the can, nor the name (Doggie Din-Din), so he makes his own label, renaming it to "Phooey Food". As Preposterous digs in, Oscar and Gina debate over whether or not he's cute.
Cartoon An O rolls over and over a horse. The horse eats the O.
(First: Episode 0173)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports on the prince kissing Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.
(First: Episode 0483)
Film Joe Raposo: Insects (instrumental w/ kid VO, same music as "Peacock")
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon "Animal Elevator": 10-1 (subtraction)
(First: Episode 2523)

SCENE 6 Susan wonders what makes Preposterous a Grouch dog if he doesn't seem to be doing much, so Oscar tells her to wait and see. Telly runs in to help brush the dog and when he doesn't see him anywhere (not noticing he's under his blanket), he assumes the dog is lost and runs off to find him. Oscar then encourages Gordon to try playing fetch with the rubber pickle, only Preposterous stays put; Gordon has to do the fetching. Barkley pulls Bob into the scene, trying to get acquainted with Preposterous, who wants nothing to do with him. Amid all the commotion, Susan understands what makes Preposterous a Grouch dog. Grundgetta announces the sponsors.

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