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Sesame Street
Oscar advertises his newsstand
Air date February 16, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors V, 16


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar the Grouch is sitting at his newsstand when Luis, Maria, Gabi and Rosita pass by on their way to the park. Oscar tries to sell them a newspaper with fish in it or a magazine with chewed gum in it, but they are not interested. Rosita thinks Oscar looks sad, and Oscar says he is depressed because if he doesn’t get more customers, he will have to close his newsstand. Rosita decides to forego the park to help Oscar, and everyone else decides to join her. Oscar is worried that soon they’ll have everybody on Sesame Street helping him, which he doesn’t want. The thought makes him even more depressed, so he decides to enjoy the feeling while it lasts.
Animation Musicians in a painting learn to cooperate to play music.
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads “Scratch My Back,” a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other’s backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon A man assembles the word LOVE, and a bird pecks the O into the shape of a heart. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0791)
Muppets Fairy Tales Today: Rapunzel’s Hair. Prairie Dawn goes to the park where a large braid of hair is all over the place, causing various people to trip on it. Rapunzel gets her hair stuck and can't break free, until a bystander brings up the idea of a haircut.
Song Fixin' My Hair
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Is snow cold? Yes!
(First: Episode 0822)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird receives a visit from Marisa Tomei, and is reminded that he is supposed to say the alphabet with her today. Some drama ensues between them, but they say the alphabet anyway, and part on good terms.
(First: Episode 3224)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter." (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
SCENE 2 To advertise Oscar’s newsstand, Rosita and the Grouchketeers hold up signs, Maria brings buttons and Luis brings t-shirts. All of this promotional merchandise has a picture of Oscar smiling, which was Rosita’s idea, but Oscar doesn’t like to smile. Two happy customers (Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold) arrive, and comment on Oscar’s smiling face. Oscar tells Rosita to get lost and take her smiley faces with her, but Rosita won’t rest until Oscar’s smiling face is all over Sesame Street.
Cartoon V for Van (live-action/animation hybrid)
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1181)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1157)
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets Rosita and Elmo sing "I Feel So Happy."
Cartoon A girl fantasizes what she could do without leaving her room if her nose, ears, legs, and arms got bigger.
(First: Episode 3285)
Cast Gordon, Big Bird, Celina, Carlo, Gina and Ruthie sing “Goodbye Fly.”
(First: Episode 3348)
Film A blind class goes on a field trip to the park, using their other senses to experience their surroundings. The teacher sings "If You're Happy and You Know It."
(First: Episode 2566)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #16
(First: Episode 2959)
Muppets The Martians discover a sparkly number 16.
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon Growing Numbers #16
(First: Episode 2996)
Muppets Here Is Your Life”: Guy Smiley salutes a loaf of bread.
(First: Episode 0709)
Film Wegman's Dogs: Little Jack Horner
SCENE 3 Rosita comes back with Bob, who has written a jingle to advertise Oscar’s newsstand. Oscar worries that it’s a song about his smiling face, but Bob has really tried to capture the grouchiness of the newsstand in the lyrics. Oscar still thinks it’s the yuckiest song he’s ever heard, but customers singing the jingle flock in to buy newspapers with fish in them and candy wrappers. Oscar tells Bob and Rosita to get lost, but to keep customers coming, they decide to keep singing.
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
Cartoon Two men, one named Virgil Veep, discuss the letter V as they stand atop a capital V.
(First: Episode 0110)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon This is a big letter V poem.
(First: Episode 0507)
Muppets Mr. Johnson enters a framing shop to have a painting framed, only to find that Grover works there too. Grover assumes the painting is of his great-great-grandmonther, but Mr. Johnson exclaims that it’s his wife. After coming out from the back room with a circle and triangle frame, Grover finally frames it with a square, but destroys the original painting by splitting it over the bald man’s head.
(First: Episode 3396)
Cartoon The parts of a man’s face move around as they are drawn.
(First: Episode 3410)

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The Count sleeps in Bert's bed while Bert sleeps on the couch. Ernie tells The Count that he can count sheep to get to sleep, but it never dawned on Ernie that the Count never gets tired of counting. He stays up all night counting sheep, to Ernie's detriment.
(First: Episode 0941)
Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
Muppets Ernie & Bert: The Count Sleeps Over at Ernie & Bert's (Part 2)
It's the next morning. The Count had a good night, but he didn't sleep. His counting kept Ernie up, and now Ernie is walking and counting like a zombie.
(First: Episode 0941)
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(First: Episode 3404)
SCENE 4 Business is booming, due to the buttons and t-shirts, Bob’s jingle, and the frowny-face buttons that Maria, Luis, Gabi and Rosita have brought for the grouches (and non-grouches). Yet Oscar is still sad, because business is good, which makes him happy, and grouches hate to be happy! As Oscar tries to drive away all the customers (including Grundgetta), Maria shouts out the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: On a hiking trip, Telly realizes he's forgotten to pack a lunch.


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