Sesame Street
Oscar needs a pet sitter
Air date May 7, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors B, 13


Picture Segment Description


Muppets / Celebrity Inside Sesame Street
Monty introduces the story of Little Jack Horner, who has recently given up eating with his thumb. At Hooper's, Katie Couric interviews Horner, who has tried using parts of his face to eat his pie, with less-than-satisfactory results: he stuck in his hair and pulled out a pear, then stuck in his snout and pulled out a trout, etc. He vows to make a comeback, however, then sticks his thumb in the pie and accidentally flings a plum into Katie's eye.
(First: Episode 3329)
Film Wegman's Dogs: Little Jack Horner
(First: Episode 3460)
Animation Pencil Box B / b
(First: Episode 3040)
Animation B for bounce, break, blue, boat
(First: Episode 3061)
Cartoon Letter B becomes a banana and broccoli
(First: Episode 2513)
Muppets Farley takes his pet "To the Vet" as he sings about it.
(First: Episode 3561)
Animation A kid makes a birthday card for his mom.
(First: Episode 3614)
SCENE 1 Telly stops by Oscar's trash can, where Oscar is in need of a pet sitter while he visits his mother. He phones "Jaws-R-Us," a Grouch pet-sitting service, but the representative is not only too rude, but "doesn't do worms" (referring to Slimey). Telly offers his services, but before Oscar can allow this, Telly must pass the "Watching the Grouch's Pets While the Grouch Visits His Mother Test."
Cartoon "Crocodile Smiles Song": A crocodile sings about good oral hygiene.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1731)
Film A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet.
(First: Episode 2853)
Muppets Ernie buys a newspaper after hearing the newsboy yell out the headline: "Four People Fooled!" Ernie reads the paper, but finds no such news in the paper, making him the fifth fool.
(First: Episode 1164)
Cast Ruthie laughs uncontrollably after watching the previous segment. She tells the viewers while laughing, "Well didn't you think that was funny? Check out the next one!" And continues laughing. (ending edited)
Film Lindsey practices her basketball shooting with Steph.
(First: Episode 3517)
Cartoon Ball-dribbling characters count the feet on a wall ruler.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3227)
SCENE 2 Oscar's test consists of following all the instructions on his list. The first part instructs Telly on what to feed each of his animals - Iago gets hay, Lassie gets a shoe, Fluffy gets peanuts, Spot gets slop, the chickens get corn, and Slimey a little slice of pizza. Telly passes the first round and will get to the second item when lunch is over.
Animation A pizza is made, and the slices form the word PIZZA.
(First: Episode 3393)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
(First: Episode 2206)
Song "We're All Growin'"
(First: Episode 3141)
Animation A big paper clip and a small paper clip can hold papers together, and so can a small staple, with the help of its "mommy."
(First: Episode 2930)
Muppets Two Anything Muppet beatniks say the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1846)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)

SCENE 3 The next item on Oscar's list is to make sure the pets get their exercise. Slimey does wiggle-ups, while the rest of the pets do their favorite exercise - a game of "Toss the Grouch." Only now, it becomes "Toss the Monster," as they throw Telly around the trash can. Mrs. Grouch phones in to see if her son is leaving, just as Telly is flung up, out of the can. "Things are lookin' up, Ma!" Oscar tells her.
Film Kids dance around at gymnastics to "Rockin' Robin."
(First: Episode 3147)
Cartoon Number creatures #13
(First: Episode 2691)
Film Milo Counting #13
(First: Episode 3553)
Animation Thirteen hamburgers dance around.
(First: Episode 2785)
Muppets Elmo sings "Right in the Middle of My Face" while walking through an animated art gallery.
(First: Episode 3130)
Film What sound does a duck make?
(First: Episode 3298)
SCENE 4 The final step on the list is to get the pets to take their nap. Oscar sings their special lullaby, but Telly has problems making it work for him. Oscar calls in the Grouchketeers to make it as loud as possible (they're Grouch pets, after all) and it works so well, all the pets and even Oscar fall asleep.
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
(First: Episode 3587)
Muppets Grover recites a poem about a bubble.
(First: Episode 3155)
Song "B is for Bubble" (remake)
(First: Episode 3266)
Cartoon B for bathtub, ball, boat, boot, boomerang, brush and bison
(First: Episode 3154)
Film William Wegman's dogs form the letter B, and Fay Ray balances a boat on her head.
(First: Episode 3536)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird goes fishing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his friends Colin and Marlee. It takes awhile for him to catch one, but he finally does.
(First: Episode 3445)
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Refilmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
Animation A montage of boys, all of whom are named Joe, saying what their favorite sports are. The last one turns out to be a girl named Joanne.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1871)
Song "Let's Go Tubbin' Today"
(First: Episode 3024)

SCENE 5 Telly has passed the test, meaning Oscar can finally leave. They see the Grouch Air flight above them and Mrs. Grouch drops from it. She has gotten tired of waiting for Oscar to leave, so she has come to the street instead. Due to the short notice, she was unable to find a sitter for Ally, her alligator, so she's brought her along too. Since Telly was already going to pet sit, she leaves him in his care while she drags her son off to the dump. Telly puts the menacing gator to sleep with the lullaby, then announces the sponsors.
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