Sesame Street
Zoe and Oscar on being angry
Air date April 4, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors P, 7
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Oscar finds Zoe playing with a toy dinosaur next to his trash can. She wants him to see her play, but he dismisses her being "cutesy-poo." Zoe spots Gordon on the steps, but as he heads back inside, he takes the little dinosaur Zoe was playing with. Oscar notices how bothered she is, so he shows her how to act furious. Zoe tries to copy what Oscar says in a Grouchy way, but she can barely act angry. Oscar vows to help teach Zoe, dubbing her as a student in his "How to Show People You're Angry School."
Cartoon A little boy describes a time when he got angry after his toy truck was destroyed by a big kid.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2764)
Muppets Gina and Maria sing The Word is "No."
(First: Episode 2548)
Cartoon A man chases a runaway "no."
(First: Episode 0794)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: 12 Angry Men
(First: Episode 3002)
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
SCENE 2 Zoe keeps practicing being angry, but to no avail. Oscar (now wearing a mortarboard) decides to show her visual aids about the feeling, using an illustration of Zoe being angry. She ends up laughing when she sees the picture, prompting Oscar to come up with another method – reading a book. Oscar leaves his trash can to retrieve the aptly-named book Learning How to Show People You're Angry, one he read as a young Grouch. "Where do you find a book like that?", Zoe wonders.
Cartoon An actor demonstrates anger towards a casting director - literally!
(First: Episode 2061)
Muppets "I'm a Bookworm, Baby!"
(First: Episode 2994)
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
SCENE 3 Zoe and Oscar enter the library in search of the book, but find there's a long line of patrons at Linda's desk. Oscar admits how waiting makes him angry, so he gives Zoe a lesson by yelling for everyone to clear a path. His lesson backfires when Carlo and the others ask him to wait his turn. Zoe explains their problem to Carlo, and they graciously let her and Oscar ask Linda for their book. She uses her computer database to search for it.
Song "Library Song"
(First: Episode 3423)
Cartoon P for Penguin (new music and sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1190)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter P.
Cartoon P for Planet
(First: Episode 2008)
Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(First: Episode 2835)
Animation Counting 1-10 (Indian imagery)
(First: Episode 3199)

SCENE 4 Zoe and Oscar are shocked to discover the book's been checked out already. Linda points them to a lady nearby reading the very book they need. Linda thinks conversing with her about lending the book would be a good idea, but Oscar persuades to do it himself. Linda and Carlo stare on in concern as he and Zoe approach the patron.
Cartoon "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(First: Episode 3396)
Film College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children's Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, opossums, and chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
Pinball 07 Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)

Cast In a spoof of the famous Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial, football player Big Murray (Gordon) accepts a number 7 from a young fan, whom he rewards with a towel that also has a 7 on it.
(First: Episode 1535)
Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
SCENE 5 Zoe tells Oscar that Linda should talk to the lady, but he reminds Zoe how his bargaining will show an example of being angry. Linda and Carlo rush to the table and start talking to the lady, but Oscar intervenes and demands her to hand it over to him. The lady refuses, stating how she won't give the book just because he's angry. Zoe asks her in a more polite way, and she gladly lets them borrow the book, much to Oscar's chagrin.
Cartoon A dinosaur demonstrates up and down with a pull-down window shade.
(First: Episode 2887)
Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets "Forty Blocks From My Home"
(First: Episode 2614)
Film Wegman's dogs are really sound sleepers - neither an alarm, nor a jackhammer nor an elephant will wake them up.
(First: Episode 3010)
SCENE 6 As the two return to Sesame Street, Zoe is demonstrating her anger skills she learned from the book. Oscar asks if she's ready to be angry at Gordon, but despite learning much about the emotion, Zoe claims she isn't angry at him, mentioning that the methods she's witnessed didn't solve problems. She proceeds to retrieve her dinosaur her own way, which worries Oscar, but he thinks her way may not work, and walks away in hope.
Song “Praise the Letter P, Please, Please, Please” (James Brown style)
(First: Episode 3400)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit goes to Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter. At the end, Peter Piper's cousin states that Peter Piper is in Portland pressing pants.
(First: Episode 1342)
Cartoon P for paper, point, poke, paint, pat, peel
(First: Episode 3066)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird hosts "Big Bird's Poetry Corner," with guest Rita Dove.
(First: Episode 3318)
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Topi Antelopes YES
Film Topi antelopes nod "yes."
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)

SCENE 7 Oscar warns Zoe she'd better be angry, when Gordon comes out from his apartment. Zoe explains to him how she was playing with the toy dinosaur and requests for him to give it back, but Gordon denies, prompting Oscar to tell Zoe it didn't work, and that she should show her anger. Immediately, Miles exits the apartment with a dinosaur in his hand – the same one Zoe was playing with. Gordon informs them that it belongs to Miles and was accidentally left outside. Zoe feels sad instead of angry, but Miles says the two of them can play with it together. Zoe thanks Oscar for taking him to the library, which makes him angry, but he shrugs it off. As Zoe and Miles go to play with the dinosaur, Gordon announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: At night, the cast walk their dogs while singing "Walkin' the Dog."

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