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Grundgetta gets nice-lessons
Air date February 25, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors L, W, 13


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN Gina is approached by a man waiting for his student to arrive. He introduces himself as Professor Huggins (played by an on-screen Jerry Nelson), of the Professor Huggins Traveling School of Nice, where he teaches his students how to be nice. Grundgetta, his student, finally arrives. She explains it's Oscar's birthday today and she's going to surprise him by acting nice, which will make him angry ("The perfect gift for the Grouch who has everything."). He starts off the lesson with some nice music for them to listen to...the Sesame Street Theme. Grundgetta runs off in agony.
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SCENE 1 Professor Huggins catches up with Grundgetta and they begin the lesson. He hands her a broken wheel and a stuffed animal, then sets out some more stuffed animals and sings a musical matching game. Grundgetta successfully matches the animals together, but runs off again when she has to cuddle them all. Huggins decides it's time for recess.
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SCENE 2 Professor Huggins admits he cannot help Grundgetta; she's a Grouch and he can't change who she really is. But, she can pretend to be nice. He sings her a song with words most nice people use - "How Do You Do, Excuse Me, Thank You, Please." Grundgetta thinks she's got it, though uses the word "please" accidentally.
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SCENE 3 Mr. Handford is shocked to see Hooper's Store in such a messy condition under Gina's watch. She tells him that Oscar's surprise party is going to be held there, billed as a "Come as a Grouch" party. They both practice acting grouchy.
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SCENE 4 Mr. Handford invites Oscar to the store to collect some trash as a cover for getting him to the party. Grundgetta shows up in a nice dress and does some last minute reviewing with Professor Huggins. Bruno brings Oscar to the store and he's definitely surprised (though he hates surprises and parties). He's taken aback by Grundgetta when she speaks so kindly to him.

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