Sesame Street
Plot La Grouchiata
Air date May 10, 1991
(season finale)
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors I, M, 15
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Placido Flamingo presents the two candidates for the lead role in his new opera, "La Grouchiata" - Grundgetta and world-famous opera singer Wilhelmenia Fernandez. The two must audition first before he can decide who the role should go to.
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(EKA: Episode 1484)
Cartoon A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
Muppets The Sublime Miss M performs "The Sublime Ms. M."
(First: Episode 2837)
Cartoon M is for Marvelous Martha
(First: Episode 0013)
SCENE 2 For the audition, Placido has his stars sing "The Alphabet Song." Grundgetta's version is naturally off-key and loud, while Wilhelmenia's is pleasant. Placido makes a decision - to do another round of competition.
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(EKA: Episode 2140)
Muppets The American Revolution
The founding fathers argue over what bird should be chosen as the national bird.
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Cartoon Abstract count to 15
(First: Episode 2851)
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(EKA: Episode 0984)
SCENE 3 Wilhelmenia Fernandez does some breathing exercises in preparation for the next round of auditions. Grundgetta believes she must also participate if there's a chance she'll be in the opera. The two practice breathing and holding a single note. Snuffy, who has a small role in the opera, practices holding a note too, blowing Grundgetta away.
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball, PhD., looks at breathing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2586)
Muppets Tim Robbins and Elmo talk about surprise.
(First: Episode 2766)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Cartoon A man tells a confused boy that he saw a bird on a tree, with both of their thoughts appearing on the screen.
(EKA: Episode 0814)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentChip Cat and Dip Cat hold a sign with the word "CAT" written on it and ask Danny if he knows what it says. When they learn that he can't read the sign, they give him clues.
(First: Episode 2805)
Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(EKA: Episode 2291)
SCENE 4 Grundgetta and Wilhelmenia now practice the "Yuck Chorus" in the opera, where they bang spoons (loaned by Oscar) on the table as they sing, though Grundgetta has trouble banging her spoon in rhythm. Placido comes to a conclusion - the celebrity may sing better, but Grundgetta fits the role much better and gets the part.
Cartoon Fruta Manzana (original)
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 1231)
Video Fay demonstrates addition by placing 4 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
(EKA: Episode 2763)
Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(First: Episode 2743)
Cast Maria and Luis play castaways on an island, when Bob shows up as a new friend.
(EKA: Episode 1858)
Cartoon Sandbox I/i
(EKA: Episode 2291)
SCENE 5 Placido offers Wilhelmenia a part in a different, upcoming opera he has, Madam Betterfly, which is sung entirely in "tweet." They then sing a tweet duet.
Cartoon A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All", as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2559)
Film Time-lapse of seeds growing.
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0597)
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(EKA: Episode 1949)
Muppets Kermit talks about his favorite subject - frogs. Gladys the Cow assists by being a cow frog wearing goggles, air tank, and froggy foot paddles. Gladys asks Kermit how it would feel to be a cow and he replies feeling glad to be a frog. Gladys puts a cow's horns, ears, and a bell on Kermit.
(EKA: Episode 2324)
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(EKA: Episode 0276)
SCENE 6 Soon before the opera is about to begin, Grundgetta backs out, realizing how much singing instead of screaming goes on. Wilhelmenia happens to be in costume already and gets the part. As the show begins, Placido plays the mayor, as he and his townspeople (including Bob and Lillian) welcome La Grouchiata to town. However, they want her to leave when they see how Grouchy she is. After Snuffy belts out his note, the mayor encourages everyone to let La Grouchiata stay, as theirs is a town of all kinds.

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