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Sesame Street
Oscar drives Gordon to the basketball game
Air date November 26, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 2, 1990
Sponsors Q, T, 13


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon misses his bus to Madison Square Garden to see the New York Knicks game. Just after, Oscar and Grundgetta pull up in the Sloppy Jalopy, also heading to the game (so they can watch the Knicks lose) and ask for directions. Oscar refuses to give Gordon a ride, as that would be cooperating, but eventually relents. Gordon tells them which way to go and Oscar immediately goes the opposite direction (as Grouches always go the wrong way).
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
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Film Kids narrate a film of how a river is formed.
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Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird introduces Yo-Yo Ma, who plays cello with two Honkers and a Dinger.
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Animation Match the word HOT.
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Muppets Kermit says his "ABC's of the Swamp."
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Animation Sand T/t
(First: Episode 0636)
SCENE 2 The Sloppy Jalopy returns to Sesame Street, where Gordon shows the Grouches his map of the Sesame Street area. It shows the different streets that they could take to MSG. Grundgetta wants to take Elm Street (it's under construction), but Oscar wants to stay along Sesame Street (for more traffic). They then realize that all the roads reach the same destination, so they opt for the Pothole Parkway - the longest road of all.
Cartoon A satellite view of the earth is shown on television, while a group of geese decide to fly south.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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Film Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie plays a game of tag with Bert, who is reading his book.
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Cartoon Ants carry a huge letter 'Q' uphill.
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Animation Teeny Little Super Guy notices his friend Alice wanting to join a baseball game. He gives her the idea to go over there and ask them if she can play.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
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Cartoon T for typewriter and toe
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0506)
SCENE 3 The gang makes their way down Pothole Parkway, when they come to a stop at the Grouch Drive-In, which happens to be on their Grouch map. Gordon tries to hail a taxi instead, as the drive-in feature begins...
Cartoon A pig sings "There Are Chickens in the Trees" until a rooster tells him that chickens don't live in trees.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1394)
SCENE 3 cont'd After the short, Grundgetta and Oscar argue over how Grouchy they thought it was. Gordon wants to keep going, but Oscar says they can't leave - there's another movie about to start (it's a double feature). Gordon tries hailing another taxi and the next feature plays...
Animation A voiceover counts forty dots, each one rising on a musical scale as their colors shift from red to orange.
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Muppets Grover compares himself and the viewer, noting how much they are alike (except for the viewer's lack of blue fur).
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Song "Spanish Foods Song"
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Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
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SCENE 4 The trip continues, when the gang hits a Grouch Toll Booth. The Grouch Toll Booth Attendant tells them they can't advance without paying the toll: three candy wrappers. They search all around the car and find enough to go through, but discover the road ahead is closed (to put in more potholes). They have to turn around, but must pay another toll to get out.
Cartoon T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
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Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
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Animation It's a crocodile
Artist: Ishu Patel
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Film "Visiting Iesha": Olivia sleeps over at Iesha's house, and spend the morning together. Olivia is white and Iesha and her family is black. Next time, Iesha wants to visit Olivia's family.
Cartoon Q/q (balloons)
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Cast Linda teaches a boy how to sign the word WALK.
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Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk." ("MacTV" intro cut)
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Cartoon Number creatures #13
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at itself in mirrors, and the right half notices that both of them are the same; they have the same nose, mouth, and hands. The other half points out that they're different: their horns point different ways, their hair is different, and their laughter is different.
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Cartoon Counting eight figures
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SCENE 5 The Sloppy Jalopy gets stuck in some mud, as they've just hit the intersection of Pothole Parkway and Stuck in the Mud Street. Gordon decides to turn on the radio to listen to the game, but since Oscar's radio is busted, the signal fades in and out. Grundgetta points out when Gordon becomes happy and sad.
Cartoon A girl puts imaginary things in a jar, which makes her laugh.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
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Animation "‘Él juega fΓΊtbol!"
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Erik play a rhyming game.
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Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
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SCENE 6 The Sloppy Jalopy now won't even start and the basketball game is long over by now. Just then, Marv Albert appears with his car on his way from announcing the game and asks if they need a lift. Gordon goes home with Marv, who recounts the game to him. Oscar and Grundgetta stay behind to enjoy the broken car, as the toll booth attendant announces the sponsors.

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