Sesame Street
Oscar loses his voice.
Air date March 8, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 9, 1990 (1, 2, 4)
October 11 (3)
October 19 (6-7)
November 1 (5)
Sponsors A, S, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At five o'clock in the morning, Oscar practices his yelling for an upcoming Grouch Yelling Contest, where he could win a free trip to Club Mud. Naturally, everyone on the block gets woken up and yells back at Oscar, who suggests they join the competition too.
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
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Muppets Caveperson Days
Caveman Bert reminds Caveman Ernie (his son) to take out the trash. Ernie realizes that his drum can also be used as a wastebasket, and is able to take several pieces of garbage to the dump at once instead of one at a time.
(First: Episode 2667)
Aardvark edited
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2520)
Insert Three of These Kids are playing policeman, but the other one is playing fireman.
(First: Episode 0408)
A for ape toon
Cartoon A for Ape (who crashes into a tree and forms a SHAPE)
(First: Episode 0602)
SCENE 2 Susan points out to Oscar that if he keeps yelling as loudly and strongly as he does, he'll end up losing his voice. Telly starts to worry, but Oscar brushes off her theory, even though he starts feeling a little hoarse.
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
(First: Episode 2784)
Film / Muppets Alphaquest: S
A swimsuit, Grover as a silly surfer, a seagull, the sunset and a submarine.
(First: Episode 2729)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Doggy Paddle."
(First: Episode 1967)
Cartoon Es un gato
(First: Episode 1966)
SCENE 3 Telly has followed Oscar to the Grouch Auditorium, where the contest is taking place; he tells the viewer how worried he is about Oscar's voice. Oscar yells the special phrase louder and faster than his competition, thus winning the grand prize. Telly goes up to congratulate him, only to find Oscar has indeed lost his voice now.
Cartoon A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Insert A group of girls perform a clap-cheer about happiness.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster drives a car, but puts on the seat belt first.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon A British man narrates how chewing gum is made in Guatemala.
Artist: ArtistMike
Muppets "It is I, Captain Vegetable!"
(First: Episode 1741)
Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 4 Telly tells Gina about the event and how Oscar is unable to speak now. Oscar is upset, since he not can't get people to leave him and his can alone. Telly volunteers to help and assembles everybody around to the can, then tells them to leave Oscar alone.
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
Song Everyone has the same feelings, "No Matter What." Kids of all types play with a huge beach ball.
(First: Episode 2782)
Muppets Elmo bumps into Kermit the Frog on the way to the post office, begging to help him with one of his demonstrations, during which the post office closes - a perfect prompt to demonstrate open and closed.
(First: Episode 2473)
Film The sign CLOSED spins around.
(First: Episode 0955)
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(First: Episode 1578)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 9 elephants.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1366)

SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy need to stock up on birdseed and cabbage and intend to go to Hooper's Store for more. Big Bird realizes that he's promised to avoid Oscar's trash can, which is on the way to the store. They think they can jump over the can, then believe they can build a bridge. When those ideas falter, they start brainstorming some more.
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
Film A zydeco band plays "Bayou Pon Pon" while people dance and the townspeople of New Orleans wave at the camera.
(First: Episode 2502)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover tells Mr. Johnson the menu, which has the items numbered. Number 9 is the special of the day. It turns out to be a real number nine, but Mr. Johnson doesn't want it. (It's medium rare, and he likes his nines well-done.)
(First: Episode 1377)
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)

SCENE 6 Big Bird has drawn up a map of the block. Using their imagination, they enter the map and sing a "Map Song" as they take the long way to get to Hooper's, avoiding Oscar's can entirely.
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
HerryJohnJohn loudsoft
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
Cartoon When a bird pops a balloon, the balls represent Sad and Happy.
(First: Episode 2102)
Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(First: Episode 2601)


SCENE 7 Big Bird and Snuffy proudly tell Gina what they've accomplished. Snuffy wants to go tell Oscar how well they avoided his trash can. Oscar starts to yell at Snuffy and realizes his voice is already coming back. He assembles everyone around his can so he can properly tell them to scram. He then announces the sponsors and the credits roll.


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