Sesame Street
Bob accompanies Oscar to Grouchytown
(repeat of 2648)
Air date December 12, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors D, Z, 0


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Oscar is about to drive his Sloppy Jalopy to Grouchytown, and Bob is going to come with him. Luis and Linda warn Bob about going, but Bob prefers to be open-minded and see how grouches live. Bob gets in the jalopy, and they look at a route map before they drive off. Oscar tells him to wipe the smile off his face, and he tries his best as they drive off to Grouchytown.
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Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings "Opposite Stuff."
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Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
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SCENE 2 The jalopy arrives in Grouchytown, and Bob is amazed at what he sees. Oscar warns him that Grouchytown is the opposite of Sesame Street, in terms of location, mood, food, and several other things. Bob sees this for himself when a gang of grouches comes out of hiding and tells him to get lost. They sing a grouchy version of the Sesame Street Theme, which doesn't rhyme. Bob gets up and gets ready to take a picture of the grouches ("Frown!" he tells them), but they decline and go into hiding.
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SCENE 3 Bob continues to take pictures of Grouchytown, when suddenly he hears noises coming from the Break-it Shop, which he suddenly realizes is the opposite of the Fix-It Shop back on Sesame Street. A grouchy customer tells Velma that his toaster has a problem: "It's not dented and bwoken enough!" He gives it to her so she can break it, which she does, very loudly. Bob causes much commotion among the grouches when he sings a chorus of "The People in Your Neighborhood."
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SCENE 4 Oscar takes Bob to Worby's Store, which is the opposite of Hooper's Store back home. Oscar calls Worby out, and he agrees to give them some food if they get lost. The specials today are a sardine-blueberry sandwich, a pepper-marshmallow steak, and a tomato surprise (which they're out of). Bob doesn't want to eat anything at first, but Oscar reminds him that trying new foods is a part of the traveling experience. To everyone's surprise, Bob likes the sardine-blueberry sandwich when he tries it! Oscar reassures a distraught Worby, "He's only a tourist here; he doesn't know any better."
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SCENE 5 Grouchytowner Otto wants to lead Bob to the stinkweed swamp, when Bob spots something that piques his curiosity: a nice-looking house, which looks like something out of a fairy tale. Bob knocks on the door, and is politely greeted by a bubbly human woman, "Nina the Nice" (Carol Kane). It suddenly dawns on Bob that the nice-human/grouch ratio here is also the opposite of Sesame Street's. She and Bob sing a syrupy song to the grouches, "That's How I Know You're Happy," even though the grouches don't feel that way.
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SCENE 6 Otto calls all the Grouchytowners together, so they can prepare to give Oscar a grouchy send-off. Oscar and Bob show up, about to leave, and are told simultaneously to GET LOST. Before he goes home, the grouches all try to persuade Oscar to live in Grouchytown, which seems tempting to him, until Nina the Nice gives him a revolting kiss.
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SCENE 7 Back on Sesame Street, Luis and Linda are surprised to hear Bob's excitable yarn of his visit to Grouchytown. Oscar laments that he'll never be able to go there again, and Bob reveals that he brought Nina the Nice with him! She drives Oscar into his trashcan as she suggests the wonderful things they could do to it. Bob announces the sponsors.

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