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Sesame Street
Oscar writes to Grundgetta
Air date April 20, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors O, P, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 After welcoming the viewer, Gina sees Oscar writing something and wants to know what it is, but he tells her to stay away from his trash can. She tries leaning against it to get a view and he finally relents. He explains that Grundgetta is visiting her aunt in Trashylvania and he's writing a letter about all the rotten things she might be missing. Gina assures him that nothing rotten has happened, or will. Oscar continues writing, detailing how Gina just ruined her shirt by leaning against his newly-greased can.
Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
(First: Episode 2607)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert tells Ernie to make a grocery list, but Ernie can't find anything to write with...except for chocolate pudding. (Bert: "He's improving. Last time, he used spaghetti sauce.")
(First: Episode 1967)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
SCENE 2 Bob watches Oscar pace back and forth, trying to think of something else to write. Suddenly, Oscar gets an idea and the two sing a song about it ("I've Got an Idea"). However, afterwards Oscar won't tell Bob what it is.
Cartoon A baby and father illustrate up and down.
(First: Episode 2687)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit goes to Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter. At the end, Peter Piper's cousin states that Peter Piper is in Portland pressing pants.
(First: Episode 1342)
Song "Frog Kick"
(First: Episode 2155)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy demonstrates shapes.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0416)

SCENE 3 Oscar starts to write about what happened the previous day - a magic show by The Great Blechini. In the flashback, we see his act as he tries to pull a rabbit out of his hat. The trick partially works, but the rabbit refuses to come out and the two start arguing. Oscar writes that it was the best magic trick he's ever seen.
Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
(First: Episode 1711)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz tells Big Bird about a hummingbird, and sings "Zunzun."
(First: Episode 2298)
Cartoon Three penguins dance.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1480)
Film A man and a little girl perform small aerobic workouts.
(First: Episode 1710)
Cartoon How Andy Fritz Ate the Sun.
Artist: ArtistMike
SCENE 4 Oscar goes on to describe the second part of Blechini's act. For the trick, he needs a volunteer and pulls Bob from the crowd. Blechini has Bob sing "One of These Things" and will make the item that doesn't belong disappear. With some assisstance from The Kids, Bob correctly guesses that the rabbit doesn't belong with the three dogs and Blechini tries to make it disappear, only it refuses to leave.
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0338)
Film Saxophone factory.
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets The Honkers count to 3. (Part 3 only)
(First: Episode 1458)
Animation A 3 looks for its house.
(First: Episode 0292)
Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
(First: Episode 1736)
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
SCENE 5 Oscar writes more about Blechini's act, as he now performs a mind-reading trick. His subject is Telly Monster, who's holding a large, heavy weight. Blechini correctly guesses that Telly is thinking about how heavy it is.
Cartoon Three men in a horse costume want three cups of coffee.
(First: Episode 0473)
Film A bumble bee
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
Cartoon / Film A cartoon man climbs a live-action boy.
(First: Episode 0494)
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(First: Episode 0452)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Grover instructs Caroline to read the word you, and acts crazy when she keeps telling him to read it.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
SCENE 6 Oscar writes about Blechini's grand finale - he will make trash appear where it never was before. With a wave of his wand and the magic words ("A la sour grapes"), some rotten shoelaces appear in Gina's pockets. Oscar concludes his letter and hopes it doesn't come across too mushy.
Cartoon An orange creature shows things that measure.
(First: Episode 1969)
Film A man takes two kids on a boat ride through the Louisiana bayou.
(First: Episode 2520)
Animation P - Pyramid
(First: Episode 2061)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert is preparing to give his nephew Brad a bath, but Ernie chastises him for not providing any bath toys. He brings so many toys that Bert feels there is no longer room for Brad. So as not to waste the water, Ernie hops into the tub.
(First: Episode 1134)
Cartoon A man recites a poem about how curious he is.
(First: Episode 2361)

SCENE 7 Oscar asks Gina to put his letter into the mailbox. He also has a message for her from the Great Blechini - check your closet. Gina realizes what this means and she rushes home, while Oscar announces the sponsors. The credit crawl follows.


  • During scene 6 the rabbit can be seen reading "How to End a TV Program," previously seen being read by Telly two episodes prior.

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