Sesame Street
Oscar tells the story of the "Knights of the Broken Table"
Air date December 24, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Emily Squires
Production October 3, 1990
Sponsors F, Z, 19
Releases Paley Center Archive

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SCENE 1 In today's Grouchketeer meeting, Oscar will read the story of Grouchelot. As the story begins, King Oscar and his Grouch court hold a meeting. King Oscar is tired of their square table and insists on a round table instead. One knight, Sir Complain-a-lot, prefers the square table. They argue until both tables collapse. Princess Grungeviere arrives and suggests they call themselves the Knights of the Broken Table instead. King Oscar is pleased with this. Back on the street, Oscar teases the next part of the story, then goes into his can while Telly and the kids beg him to finish the story.
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SCENE 2 Oscar returns to tell the rest of the story: Sir Worry-a-lot (Telly) wishes to join the King's court, but first, he must pass some tests. For the first test, he must show he can be Grouchy for a long time. After being grouchy for two short times, he manages a long flash of grouchiness. King Oscar and the knights are pleased and announce the next test, administered by Princess Grungeviere. She states that while he may be ready to take the test, she's not ready to give it. Worry-a-lot begs her to reconsider, as we fade back to the street. Oscar puts the story on hold once more, needing to answer his phone.
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SCENE 3 One child had to leave during Oscar's absence and he continues with the story. The princess, in lieu of making Worry-a-lot climb a cactus or skate down a volcano, has him sing a yucky song, but he must remember the words. Worry-a-lot sings "Princess Grungeviere's Test" along with her and passes the test. However, before he can become a knight, there's one more test - he must find the HOLY PAIL! "It's a pail with a lot of holes in it," King Oscar notes. Before Oscar can continue, the phone rings again and he leaves to answer it.
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SCENE 4 Just for Telly, Oscar removes his phone line from the wall, preventing any further calls. As the story continues, Worry-a-lot sets out to find the Holy Pail. He returns instead with the Scrunched-Up Pail and the Missing Handle Pail. He ventures out once more and finds the Holy Pail! Instead of knighting him, King Oscar instead hides it for Worry-a-lot to find again. This happens several times over, until Telly, fed-up with the repetitive story, leaves until something else happens.
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SCENE 5 The cycle ends and finally King Oscar inducts Worry-a-lot into the Knights of the Broken Table. The ceremony ends with the singing of the Grouchelot national anthem. With the story over, Oscar tells all the Grouchketeers to scram. He then (begrudgingly) announces the sponsors.


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