Sesame Street
Plot The story of "The Grouches Who Lost All Their Pickles"
Air date April 24, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Norman Stiles
Sponsors S, T, 13
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly rushes into Hooper's Store with a problem - at today's Grouchketeer meeting, Oscar is going to ready them a new Grouch storybook. In his haste, Telly accidentally put his Groucketeer hat on before his shirt and now is stuck in his shirt. Mr. Handford tries to help him out, as Oscar calls for the meeting to begin.
Muppets / Celebrity Bo knows letters, counting, up/down, empty/full, near/far, COOKIES, and Bo Peep.
(First: Episode 2841)
Cartoon A man jumps up and down on a trampoline.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
(First: Episode 1449)
Film A man (voice of Jim Thurman) finds a magic remote control that makes things go up and down. He tests it on various objects. When he presses "down" for a bridge, it crumbles and falls into the river below, prompting him to abandon the remote and slink away. A girl then finds it and makes the bridge go back up.
(First: Episode 2614)
Muppets "City-Country Song"
(First: Episode 0681)
Animation "We Are Kids From Far and Wide": A girl describes the preparation for the Galungan festival in Bali, Indonesia.
(First: Episode 2750)
SCENE 1 As the meeting begins, Telly starts to weep at just the title of the storybook, "The Grouches Who Lost All Their Pickles." He runs out of tissues within moments and recruits the other members to help him get more (a lot more).
Cartoon I hab a cauld ib by dose.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1170)
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Animation T for toothbrush and toothpaste
(First: Episode 2811)
Muppets Kermit sings "I Love My Elbows."
(First: Episode 2582)
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2424)
SCENE 2 Telly and the kids stop into Hooper's for some tissues. Mr. Handford gives him one box and heads outside to take an order. Telly doesn't think it will be enough, so the Count helps him count all 40 tissues as they pull them out. Mr. Handford complains about the mess, until the Count puts them all back in using a trick his mother taught him ("She was a very neat counter.").
Cartoon Rap #13
(First: Episode 2547)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)
Muppets Guy Smiley promotes the use of "Air." He leads his marching band through the walls of a barber shop every time someone there says a word out loud that rhymes with "air."
(First: Episode 2682)
Film "Operation Playground" Kids at a school come up with ideas for a new playground, and raise money for the effort. Together with their parents and other people from the neighborhood, they build the playground.
(EKA: Episode 2376)
Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
(First: Episode 0414)
Muppets Elmo writes his own song and sings it for Big Bird and Snuffy, who then wish that they had their own songs. Elmo lets them insert their own names into the lyrics, resulting in "Big Bird's Song" and "Snuffy's Song."
(First: Episode 2710)
Cartoon Three turtles present the letter T.
(First: Episode 1666)
Film In an Alaskan village, a doctor makes a regular visit to a clinic.
(EKA: Episode 2410)
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Me Gotta Be Blue."
(EKA: Episode 2398)
Animation Stop-motion: a bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
(First: Episode 1463)
Song "Brothers Song"
(First: Episode 1476)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
(First: Episode 2711)


SCENE 3 Oscar finally starts to read the story of "The Grouches Who Lost All Their Pickles."
Old Yuckdonald's farm is a popular place for Grouches (including Grundgetta) to buy cucumbers, which they turn into their favorite food - pickles. Meanwhile, in the city, a salesman tries to sell Prairie Dawn a candy-making machine, but she's turned off by the vicious amount of smoke it creates. Old Yuckdonald happens upon it and, seeing the smoke and how it can even create pickle candy, buys it for his farm. As the Grouches load their pickles into the machine, the farm becomes polluted with smoke. The smoke drives away all of Yuckdonald's neighbors, livestock and all his vegetation, including their precious cucumbers. The Grouches realize their mistake and shut off the machine. The smoke clears and everyone returns to the farm. They all begin to dispose of the machine once and for all.
The story has moved Telly and even Oscar, who abides by Telly's request and reads the story again. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.

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