Sesame Street
Oscar and Irvine at Hooper's
Air date April 23, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors H, 18
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Oscar takes Irvine to Hooper's Store for a Grouchy treat. They peruse the special "Grouch Menu" and Irvine chooses some pickle ice cream. She gobbles it up quickly and wants more, but Oscar tells her no. She hatches an idea and starts acting nice and kissing her uncle. Oscar sees right through her plan - she's acting nice in order to drive him crazy, cave in and buy her another ice cream.
Cartoon A man tries to get directions to a parking space, and eventually uses a map to get there.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 2734)

Celebrity Ray Charles sings the Alphabet Song, and various celebrities join in, including Michael Jeter, Patrick Stewart, Tony Bennett, Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop, Harry Belafonte, Grover, David Robinson, and Ellen DeGeneres.
(First: Episode 3526)
Film Cheri goes fishing with her abuelo.
(First: Episode 2784)
Cartoon Ladies, birds, and fish march forward and backward.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3083)
Muppets Elmo and Telly show "forward" and "backward."
(First: Episode 3493)
Cartoon Jim Thurman sings "Calcutta Joe." (new sound effects added)
Animation by Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(First: Episode 2492)
SCENE 2 Irvine continues acting nice and singing a happy song. Inspired, Oscar thinks singing a Grouchy song will put Irvine back in a rotten mindset. He sings her his signature song, but she still ends up acting nice. Mr. Handford can't help but laugh.
Cartoon Aliens vacation on Earth for an afternoon, but they litter.
(First: Episode 3141)
Muppets Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, and see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack and hula dancing hens.
(First: Episode 3195)
Animation Planet H / h
(First: Episode 2851)
Film A variety of H's are grown in a garden.
(First: Episode 3016)
Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
(First: Episode 2892)
Song "We Got the Power!" - a hip-hop song about computers
(First: Episode 3058)
Cartoon The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2595)

SCENE 3 Mr. Handford obtains a copy of How to Handle Your Grouch Child by Bruelope Screech, a Grouch child expert. The book's very specific advice for Oscar is to jump up and down, yelling "Phooey" 5 times. the kids count along, but it doesn't work. The book advises him to jump 10 times now and when that fails, 20 times. Finally, the book suggests when all else fails, he must be...nice to his niece!
Cartoon A spoof of Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" - the number of sandwiches the singer has to choose from.
(First: Episode 2859)
Film Kid mural painting #18
(First: Episode 3582)
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Animation Masked march #18
(First: Episode 3427)
Muppets Cookie Monster discovers Cousin Monster doesn't want cookies and would rather eat Ernie's healthy food.
(First: Episode 1240)
Animation The camera encounters STOP signs in many locations.
(First: Episode 3465)
Insert Baby Natasha has just learned how to burp, gargle, snort, and make all kinds of disgusting noises, to the amazement of her parents. Humphrey and Ingrid boast and sing a song about the baby's new ability to Bob, but Bob just rolls his eyes at the proud parents.
(First: Episode 3180)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: KISS ME
(First: Episode 1136)
Film A girl narrates a film of helping her dad, a pilot, fly a small plane. They fly through New York City, past the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
(First: Episode 3431)
Cartoon A girl explains the concept of relativity by explaining how her house is a part of a neighborhood, the neighborhood is part of a city, the city is part of a country, etc.
(First: Episode 2742)
Muppets / Celebrity The Count counts how many times Jock Soto and Lourdes Lopez spin around. Finally, they spin him around.
Animation Space frogs count to 10.
(First: Episode 3109)
Muppets "Baby Blankie Blues"
(First: Episode 3608)
Animation A kid makes a birthday card for his dad.
SCENE 4 Oscar swallows his pride and lets Mr. Handford teach him some nice things to say to Irvine, as well as presenting her with a lollypop and heart-shaped card. Oscar manages that, but balks at the notion of having to hug and kiss her.
Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other. (new sting added)
(First: Episode 0433)

Muppets Baby Bear visits the Museum of Modern Art, where he observes Joan Miró's sculpture "Moonbird" in the garden. He then passes Big Bird, who laments, "Standing still is hard! How do statues do it?"
(First: Episode 3609)
Animation Soul H!
(First: Episode 3368)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter H.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is told that his dog looks thirsty, and says that his dog is a hot dog.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1180)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Katie to hug him and scratch his tummy.
(First: Episode 1653)
Animation "We Are Kids From Far and Wide" - Colombia
(First: Episode 2769)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon A boy's friends bring him flowers to cheer him up, not knowing that he's allergic to them.
(First: Episode 1524)

SCENE 5 Oscar approaches Irvine with a kind demeanor and pleasant words. She is naturally appalled and throws a fit, bringing her back to her Grouchy self. Oscar promises she can get another pickle ice cream tomorrow and the two act Grouchy toward each other. Mr. Handford joins Samantha at her table as she announces the sponsors.
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