Sesame Street
Oscar looks for a nice book
Air date February 13, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Adam Rudman
Sponsors J, 8
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and Gordon are surprised to see Oscar visiting the library and guess what type of Grouchy material he'll be taking out. To their surprise, he asks Linda for a nice book: Cutesy Wootsey Bunnies. Telly decides to investigate why Oscar would check out something like that.
Song "In the Library"
(First: Episode 3423)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
Muppets Biff sings "This Is My J."
(First: Episode 1169)
Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
Film Amelia pretends she's an astronaut.
(First: Episode 2918)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tries to guess which part of the family Ernie is pretending to be - which turns out to be the stove.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon A man takes advantage of his television appearance to display his giant ME sign.
(First: Episode 0781)
Film How to say "bunny rabbit" in sign language
(First: Episode 3300)
SCENE 2 Oscar proceeds to read Cutsey Wootsey Bunnies with Telly, who doesn't understand why. The book counts 8 bunnies as they appear on each page. Oscar deems the book "not nice enough" and looks for another one.
Film Ornate 8s stroll through a gate and pose in other remarkable places.
(First: Episode 3231)
Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt. (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1452)
Muppets Elmo explains the importance of sleep, but the audience won't stop applauding and let him sleep afterwards.
(First: Episode 2985)
Film A group of people form a human pyramid to illustrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 3144)
Cartoon A fat man and a small man demonstrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 0525)
Muppets Anything Muppets sing "How Do You Get From Here to There?"
(First: Episode 0374)
Cartoon Sign Man: TAXI
(First: Episode 1136)
Film A mother and daughter signal for a taxi, and they're picked up by people dressed as the letters TAXI.
SCENE 3 Oscar now reads Sweety Weety Teddy Bears, which is cuter than the last book, but not nice enough, Oscar deems. Telly worries he might have the Grouch Flu again, but Oscar insists he's fine. Telly decides to take matters into his own hands.
Film Puzzle pieces make a video of a bear.
(First: Episode 3085)
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "Don't Waste Water."
(First: Episode 2804)
Muppets Big Bird talks about between by showing that he is in the middle between Zoe and Radar.
(First: Episode 3500)
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Film Jodi goes to the doctor for a check-up.
(First: Episode 3526)
SCENE 4 Oscar has picked up a copy of Mr. Nicepants, when Telly rushes in with Dr. Kvetch. He gives Oscar an examination for any symptoms of Grouch Flu and concludes he's just fine. The doctor leaves, wishing to leave the nice books as soon as possible, and Oscar refuses to tell Telly why he's reading these books.
Cartoon Can a cat bark?
(First: Episode 0859)
Song Gina and Maria sing "The Word is "No"."
(First: Episode 2548)
Film Wegman dogs: The Ten O'Clock Scholar
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
(First: Episode 3528)
SCENE 5 Oscar reads Mr. Nicepants, all about a man's encounter with some sad ants, who both help each other out. Telly thinks this was the nicest book of all and Oscar finally confesses why he needs it: he plans to read it to his Grouch Reading Group. Telly is satisfied with the answer, but wonders why Oscar thinks other Grouches want to hear that book.
Song "I Put My Leg in My Pants"
(First: Episode 3402)
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson
Mr. Johnson asks Grover the concession stand monster for a box of popcorn. Grover asks him if he would want the big, bigger, or biggest box of popcorn. Mr. Johnson wants the big popcorn, but Grover suggests the bigger popcorn. The two have a tug-of-war over the popcorn, resulting in the biggest popcorn box falling over Mr. Johnson's head.
(First: Episode 3489)
Cartoon Big / bigger / biggest (bikes)
(First: Episode 1245)
Film / Animation Circles of all kinds are displayed as funky rap music plays.
(First: Episode 3126)
Cartoon Lightning bugs make shapes.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3150)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets / Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres tries convincing Elmo on how similar they are (mainly how their names sound).
(First: Episode 3434)
Cartoon "Letters in the Body"
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3339)
Film What sound does a horse make?
(First: Episode 3277)
Muppets Big Bird talks about brushing teeth, but since he has none, he uses a horse's teeth instead.
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Leanna Williams must save the world by cleaning it.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2839)
Song "J, Just How Jazzy Can You Get?"
(First: Episode 3396)
Muppets A lady brings her J to Al's Alphabet Garage because it won't jump. Al asks if it can jog, jiggle, play jazz and determines that it needs a jump start. After he gets it working, the J smashes through the wall.
(First: Episode 2997)
Animation Sand J/j
(First: Episode 0631)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3160)
SCENE 6 Oscar finishes reading Mr. Nicepants to his Grouch friends, which makes them angry...just as Oscar intended! They want to hear it again and Telly runs off, unable to deal with the weird situation. He then announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Sir John Feelgood needs to find a big, shaggy dog to study.

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