Sesame Street
Oscar writes a story
Air date February 15, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors H, 10


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo and Rosita greet the viewer, and reveal that they're going to play with Oscar today. Oscar denies them the chance to do so, even when they offer to play a grouchy game with him. Gordon intervenes, and tells them that Grouches usually like to be left alone. Oscar wants to be alone today, because he's trying to write a story for a contest held by True Grouch magazine (the prize is a dumptruck full of trash). Knowing this, Elmo and Rosita decide to help him, and run off to think of a way to do so.
Animation A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, and a letter.
(First: Episode 3142)
Muppets ABC Disco
(First: Episode 1324)
Cartoon A monster named Doug has trouble getting to sleep at night, until the teeth in his dream remind him to brush his own.
(First: Episode 3145)
Film A girl's grandmother teaches Spanish to her parrot Kuka.
(First: Episode 3101)
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Rosita pitch an idea for the beginning of Oscar's story, which involves a happy princess. Oscar reminds them that he is a Grouch, and they go off to think of another way to help him.
Cartoon "Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2556)
Film Kids in Jamaica play bongo drums.
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets / Celebrity Tony Danza and Big Bird play tennis without a ball, and count twenty hits, while Kevin Clash announces.
(First: Episode 2170)
4087 joey karate
Film Rory, the green-belt aged 6, goes to karate class and learns under his sensei, where he does toe touches, kicking, stretches, jumping jacks, and an unnamed move consisting of tumbling, then posing. Not only do they practice inside, but they also practice outside in the park.
Cartoon A mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
Cast Savion sings the “Rhyming Tap Rap."
(First: Episode 3355)
Cartoon Name That Food (“Will You Eat It?”)
(First: Episode 1491)
Film The sign flashes WALK and DON’T WALK as kids read the indications out loud, and people wait and cross the street in fast-motion.
(First: Episode 3272)
Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets Snuffy sings “Bubble on My Snuffle.”
(First: Episode 3338)
Animation Amelia likes to pretend she can fly.
(First: Episode 2902)
Cartoon Norris Walnut recites a poem about clouds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3345)
Song Leon Redbone sings “Blueberry Mouth.”
(First: Episode 3300)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)

SCENE 3 Elmo and Rosita have recruited some Grouchketeers (including Telly and Lexine) to help him write a grouchy story. Lexine suggests a story idea about some old sneakers, which Oscar sort of likes, but he wants to work on one himself, so he tells them to go away. Elmo and Rosita are unsure of what to do next.
Cartoon Mi kat iz ... gone
(First: Episode 1967)
Muppets The Squirrelles sing “Nuts About Nuts.”
(First: Episode 3156)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter H.
(First: Episode 3291)
Animation Planet H/h
(First: Episode 2851)
Film The floating kids form H.
(First: Episode 3118)
Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells a story of how he helped the monkey and the baboon reach a compromise.
(First: Episode 3361)
SCENE 4 Elmo and Rosita ask Oscar if he's sick, then ask him if he's almost finished. They soon learn that he hasn't even started writing, because of all the interruptions that he's had today. Thus, they decide to leave.
Once they leave, Gordon and Susan come home from grocery shopping, and Gordon decides to check on Oscar. When he asks Oscar if he's finished, Oscar has become so irritated that he blows off some steam.
Cartoon A mad scientist invents the capital letter H.
(First: Episode 0284)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: H
(First: Episode 3195)
Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)
Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
SCENE 5 The Count encounters Elmo and Rosita, waiting for Oscar to finish his story. The Count decides to find out how many pages Oscar has written so far. It's not one, not two, nor twenty pages, but still zero. The Count tells Oscar he should stop wasting his time and get back to writing.
Animation Counting 10 shells.
(First: Episode 3005)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Tracy count to 10.
(First: Episode 0120)
Pinball 10
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)

SCENE 6 Elmo, Rosita, Susan and Gordon witness as the judge from True Grouch magazine arrives to hear Oscar's grouchy story. Oscar still doesn't have one yet, but after he pleads his case, the judge decides that Oscar's explanation is grouchy enough to qualify for the magazine, so he wins the contest! The Count announces the sponsors, as Elmo and Rosita feel proud that they got to help Oscar anyway.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Bob promotes Oscar's newsstand with a song, attracting some Grouch customers.


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