Sesame Street
Grouch vacation maps / Car trip gone wrong
Air date May 5, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors D, X, 11


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gordon finds Oscar and Grundgetta arguing over triangles and squares. They happen to represent two different Grouch vacations - the Triangle Vacation stops at three destinations, while the Square Vacation stops at four. Neither of them are interested in traveling, they just want to argue.
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
Muppets / Cast Professor David lectures his class on trees. He says they are only good for looking at and leaning against, but they mention other uses for them.
(First: Episode 1584)
Cartoon Different ways to use a string
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0916)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Through his binoculars, Ernie observes Bert reading the newspaper, even though he's closer to Bert than he need be.
(First: Episode 1741)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1484)
Film Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0475)
Cast Linda teaches a kid how to sign the word CLOSED. (remake)
Cartoon Lightbulbs subtract from 5 to 0.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2188)
Muppets News Flash: Kermit reports on the London Fog, but keeps getting interrupted by The London Frog, a Grenadier Guardsman carrying the London Log, and the London Hog. The fog then evaporates, so they all dance the London Clog.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: D—Dog
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
Film Kids with special needs do gymnastics at the Mamaroneck Co-Op Camp.
(First: Episode 0953)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pair of headphones.
(First: Episode 1628)
Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(First: Episode 1487)
SS-1396-S4.JPG Insert R2-D2 falls in love with a fire hydrant.
(First: Episode 1396)
Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
Muppets "Big Kids Cry"
(First: Episode 1488)
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
Film Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0424)
Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein does some experimenting with ice cubes.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2582)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Chariots of Fur
(First: Episode 1833)
Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
SCENE 2 Oscar and Grungetta seem to be arguing again, now over the letter X and a train. They tell Gordon they're actually preparing for a song about the "X Train," a favorite method for Grouch vacations. They're backed up by a pair of Grouch conductors.
Cartoon Es un perro
(First: Episode 1969)
Muppets Beat the Time: Elmo must bring in three items that start with "SN" within thirty seconds. They turn out to be a man's snack of nuts and raisins, a sneaker (worn by Telly Monster), and finally, the massive Mr. Snuffleupagus! As his prize, he is given a snowman wearing a snorkel.
Animation Sand X/x
(First: Episode 0638)
Film An Hispanic boy gets up, gets dressed, and goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo).
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon A man recites a poem about how curious he is. (ending edited)
(First: Episode 2361)

SCENE 3 Gordon, Susan and Miles are going to the lake for a nice picnic, but their car won't start. Oscar and Grundgetta are upset that the family doesn't get angry. While Susan works on the car, Gordon reads Miles a poem from "Under the Shady Tree." The car breaks down again, so Gordon and Miles pretend to have a tantrum to please the Grouches, then calmly return to their book.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Doggy Paddle."
(First: Episode 1967)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie turns on the radio to hear his favorite exercise show, Get Moving. He engages the viewer to do all the exercises he does, such as touching toes and jumping. Bert joins in, and has so much fun jumping that he doesn't notice that his favorite program, Pigeons in the News, is coming on.
(First: Episode 1025)
Animation Where do the Ds fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Cast / Celebrity Maria interviews Martina Navratilova about her victory against Luis, but the replay tapes show she had trouble going over the net to shake hands.
Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)


SCENE 4 Susan returns from the car parts store empty handed, putting their vacation to an end. The Grouches are pleased, until the family decides to postpone their trip to the lake and heads to the park. The Grouches leave in a huff while Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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