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Oscar proposes to Grundgetta
Air date March 13, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Belinda Ward
Production December 10, 1996
Sponsors L, 0

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon overhears Oscar practicing a marriage proposal to Grundgetta. He's hoping she'll say "no," her favorite word. However, as a joke, Grundgetta says "yes." Much to their horror, the Grouches realize now they have to get married!
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Song "Doing the Family Thing"
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover asks Jesse to define marriage. They conclude that married people kiss, hug, live together, and help each other.
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Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance with Mark Morris.
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Film / animation A talking bowl tells a kid how he became a bowl.
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Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)
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SCENE 2 The Grouches are upset they have to get married, when Gordon and Maria explain it's not as simple as that; marriage is a big decision that takes time. Then, the world's most perfect Grouch, Martha Sewer arrives, having heard the news and offers to plan their wedding. She shows them a photo from one of her trashy weddings, and the two grouches think it's a great excuse to throw a Grouch party. Martha schedules the wedding for today.
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Cartoon "Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie wants to go outside and play catch, but Bert gets him interested in watching his goldfish.
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Song "It's Fido's Birthday" - a song about a birthday party for a goldfish.
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Cartoon A boy puts together a fishbowl, and watches his fish swim around in it.
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Song Reggae 'Bounce.'
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Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
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SCENE 3 A grouch wanders by and asks if it's time for the wedding, only to find out that it's not. Oscar and Grundgetta argue over what yucky things to decorate their invitations with. Martha suggests they combine them. She also prepares some trashy outfits for Gordon and Maria, who've been chosen as the best man and maid of honor respectively.
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Film Wegman dogs play "Jack Sprat"
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Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
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Muppets Herry Monster sings "Two Heads Are Better Than One".
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Animation L / l (space paint)
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Film L is for look, legs, light, lemonade, and ladybug.
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Cartoon L for lion
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Muppets Elmo and his imaginary self sing about what he would do "If Elmo Had Teeth."
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Cartoon In a circus setting, a girl becomes excited about getting her first loose tooth.
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Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
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SCENE 4 Martha hands Oscar a wedding ring, straight from a box of Cracker Yucks. He hands it to Telly, whom he's made the "ring-loser," the one who loses the ring. Telly unsuccessfully tries hiding it several times.
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SCENE 4
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The random grouch appears again, and Oscar tells him off.
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Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
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Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang demonstrate the concept of zero.
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Cartoon A girl's friend tries to guess how many elephants she saw at the zoo today; the answer is zero.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Cookie Monster asks Lexine what 0 is.
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Cartoon A detective decides to exercise on a slow day, as a crook attempts to get rid of him.
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SCENE 5 Amid the chaos of the wedding preparations and incoming guests (including Oscar's niece Irvine and his mother), Oscar sings "I'm Getting Married in the Trash Can." As everyone heads to the wedding, Telly proudly declares he's lost the ring, until a girl returns it to him.
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Cartoon "L Look Around Song"
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Film The letter L dances at the beach.
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Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams and a robin observe how similar they are. Afterwards, the robin sings "Lullaby of Birdland".
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Cartoon Leanna Williams must save the world by cleaning it.
Artist: ArtistMike
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SCENE 6 The wedding ceremony begins, presided over by The Justice of Disturbin' the Peace. After the "I do"s, he asks if anyone opposed their Grouchy ending.
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SCENE 6
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Oscar stops the wedding, fearing he and Grundgetta are too right for each other and may make each other...HAPPY! Martha insists the wedding continue for them to have their party, but Maria thinks otherwise. The wedding is called off and a trashy party begins. Martha tries to get the ring back from Telly, who's finally learned to lose it.
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SCENE 6
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Mr. Handford announces the sponsors, and the random grouch pops up to get a taste of the cake.
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COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: The Count tries to console a frustrated number 1 who wants more out of her life.

Notes

  • As Oscar prepares his marriage proposal, he includes, "You will marry me, won't ya?," which is quoted verbatim from Caroll Spinney's own proposal to his wife, Debi.[1]
  • This episode can be viewed at the UCLA Film and Television Archives.
  • Additional performers include Jerry Nelson (as the recurring grouch guest), Alice Dinnean (decorator), Lisa Buckley (decorator), and Peter Linz (grouch at wedding).

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