Sesame Street
Irvine has the grouch flu
Air date December 1, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors A, M, 20
This episode guide has been compiled from the NHK episode guides.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch is distraught because Irvine won't say "bleah." Bob doesn't think anything is wrong with her: she is smiling and laughing, and she gives him a kiss. He suggests that she just doesn't feel like being grouchy--maybe she woke up on the right side of the bed. Oscar, however, recognizes the symptoms of the grouch flu. He calls Dr. Kvetch, who says she should rest, drink fluids, and stay away from nice people. Oscar tells Bob to get lost.
Cartoon What's missing? (a baby)
(First: Episode 2023)
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
(First: Episode 0013)
SCENE 2 Maria is on her way to take Gabi to the doctor, and Oscar tells them not to come any closer. They give Irvine a wide berth as they walk to the bus stop. Oscar is happy that the bus will take them even farther away.
Animation Match the word HOT.
(First: Episode 2055)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings "Opposite Stuff."
(First: Episode 2425)
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
SCENE 3 Gabi's doctor gives her a checkup. Maria is a nervous parent, but everything is fine. Maria notes that Gabi has just been exposed to the grouch flu, but the doctor tells her not to worry--only grouches get it.
Cartoon "Love" word animation
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
Cartoon A boy puts together a fishbowl, and watches his fish swim around in it.
(First: Episode 2030)
Film At a fiesta, a group of kids try to break through a piñata.
(First: Episode 0620)
Gator pointing
Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
(First: Episode 1586)

SCENE 4 To put Irvine back in a grouchy mood, Oscar reads her the story of "Snow Grouch." The story has no effect, however, and she kisses Oscar.
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
Muppets / Celebrity Itzhak Perlman and a Honker accompany Placido Flamingo in the tenor aria "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci. At the end, he says "Bueno, Bueno!! Excellent!! Such feeling! Such depth!" Perlman thanks him for the compliment, but Placido is quick to correct him: "I was talking to the little fuzzy one. But you were good, too. And I...I was brilliant!"
(First: Episode 2217)
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2011)
SCENE 5 Gina, Linda, and the kids make Irvine a grouch soup that includes onions, mustard, sardines, peanut butter, pickles, chocolate syrup, and vinegar. The kids learn the signs for the foods. Oscar comes to get the soup because he could smell something good cooking. He tells them he doesn't appreciate it, but they know he does.
Cartoon A caveman finds a rock on the ground, and visualizes the invention of the wheel and the car, ultimately deciding to toss the rock away: "Who needs it?"
(First: Episode 0558)
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Animation A voiceover counts forty dots, each one rising on a musical scale as their colors shift from red to orange.
(EKA: Episode 2406)

Film / Cast Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.
(First: Episode 1068)
cut from the NHK version
Cartoon Two stick figures use the salida.
(First: Episode 2079)
cut from the NHK version
SCENE 6 Bob asks Oscar how Irvine is feeling. She is eating the grouch soup, and is back to saying "bleah". Bob credits her quick recovery to Oscar's care. Oscar tells him to scram--with all his nice talk, he's making Oscar sick. Oscar says that on second thought, he would like Bob to keep him company. Now Oscar has the grouch flu, and he doesn't like it one bit.
Cartoon The Bellhop is sent to the grocery store to get twenty grapefruits. He counts to 20 on the way there so that he can remember the quantity, but forgets what item he was sent for.
(First: Episode 2533)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a sandwich.
(First: Episode 1479)
Cartoon A showcase of things that begin with A, ending with avalanche and ambulance.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
Film Empty / full classroom (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 0415)

SCENE 7 Gina, Linda and the kids stop by Oscar's can to see how he's doing. Oscar says he is very happy and he hates it, especially when he asks Linda for a hug. He calls Doctor Kvetch, who tells everyone to leave Oscar alone. Oscar hugs him, then asks for help. Instead of helping Oscar, Dr. Kvetch fears for his own safety and runs off to avoid catching the flu from Oscar.
Oscar continues to be nice as he announces the sponsors "Sesame Street has been brought to you today by the darling little letters A and M, and the wonderful number 20. Heh heh...yuck!"


Picture Segment Description
Film A giant panda walks around.
(First: Episode 0920)
This segment replaced the "Kids play with elastic rope and get into different shapes" film in the NHK version.
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror.
(First: Episode 0800)
This segment replaced the "Salida" cartoon in the NHK version.

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