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Elmo pretends to be a Grouch
Air date April 9, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by David Johnson
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production January 9, 1991
Sponsors O, S, 17


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Elmo tells Maria today, he wants to learn how to be a Grouch. Oscar refuses to help, constantly replying "NO" and waving a sign with the word. Maria doesn't think Oscar would even be able to teach Elmo, so Oscar decides to teach him some Grouch things, starting with saying "NO," leading to some wordplay.
Cartoon Can a cat bark?
(First: Episode 0859)
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein does some experimenting with ice cubes.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2582)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Big Bad Wolf opens a school for huffing and puffing.
(First: Episode 2578)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
SCENE 2 Elmo, now occupying Oscar's trash can, gets a lesson on dealing with nice people. Elmo practices popping up from the can and shouting "Go away!" He gets so carried away, he refuses to let Oscar back in the can.
Film / Animation Lake (time-lapse)
(First: Episode 2700)
Muppets The Rhymies go camping, but a bear disrupts their campsite.
(First: Episode 1389)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Film Two kids watch as a veterinarian fixes a baby robin's wing, then lets it go.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2292)
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
SCENE 3 Maria suggests that since Elmo isn't really a Grouch, Oscar should say "please" and ask Elmo nicely to get out of his can. Elmo still refuses. Maria suggests then that Oscar ask nicer; Oscar faints at the idea.
Cartoon A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.

Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Brian show soft and loud.
(First: Episode 0432)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: instead of a parachute, the girl is carried to the ground by four birds.
(First: Episode 2249)
Muppets The Hispanic community of Anything Muppets sings "It Sure is Hot!"
(First: Episode 2601)
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
SCENE 4 Oscar and the kids try coaxing Elmo out of the can with a game of "Three of These Things" using three balls and a chocolate ice cream. However, Grouch Elmo doesn't like ice cream.
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
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Muppets Bert is having trouble getting to sleep. Ernie suggests singing a lullaby to him. He sings one to the tune of "Brahms' Lullaby" and Bert falls into a deep peaceful sleep. Ernie tells Bert to wake up now; it's Ernie's turn to go to sleep, so it's Bert's turn to sing a lullaby now.
(First: Episode 1331)
Cartoon Jasper thinks that he has lost his elbow, but Julius shows him his elbow by bending his arm.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0410)
Film A boy who lives in Arizona narrates a film of himself and his family, who travel through a canyon with their sheep to stay at their summer house.
(First: Episode 2678)
Toon differentmes.jpg
Cartoon A boy talks about his various moods.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0772)

Insert While fixing Big Bird's record player, Luis tells him of a story he's reading about Captain Swashbuckle, a pirate. He tells Big Bird a synopsis of what he's read so far, but Big Bird throws several ideas what happens next, such as Swashbuckle having run-ins with a giant fish and bird. Luis reads him the remainder of the story: Captain Swashbuckle is sailing in a storm, when Luis' phone rings, and he must put the story on hold. Big Bird then thinks up the obvious ending - the bad guys call Swashbuckle and call off the fight because of rain.
(First: Episode 2173)
Animation Sand S/s
(First: Episode 0622)
Celebrity Robin Williams demonstrates with his shoe how to tell if something is alive.
(First: Episode 2749)
Cartoon Two crows sing "Stones Don't Grow."
(First: Episode 1715)
Film A boy who lives in Alaska narrates a film of himself going ice-fishing with his grandfather and sister.
(First: Episode 2375)
Cartoon Number creatures #17.
(First: Episode 2745)
Cast Mike and the kids perform "A Very Simple Dance."
(First: Episode 2729)
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(First: Episode 1691)
Film / Muppets Alphaquest: S
A swimsuit, Grover as a silly surfer, a seagull, the sunset and a submarine.
(First: Episode 2729)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Twin Beaks
(First: Episode 2822)
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)

SCENE 5 Maria asks Elmo to come out of the can, since he promised he'd only be a Grouch for a day. Elmo complies, but wishes to bounce on Oscar's trampoline 17 times first. Elmo flies out of the can and wants to do it again! Maria and Oscar announce the sponsors.

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