Sesame Street
Elmo joins Oscar's grouch band
Air date February 16, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors J, 0
Syndication PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar hopes to bring his "alternative" Grouch band to Mudstock, the Grouch music festival. The drummer, Dusty, gets angry that he doesn't get to start and quits.
Film Kids in Jamaica play bongo drums.
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Grover looks for you, and is glad when he finds you.
(First: Episode 3889)
Film Kids talk about what a friend is.
(First: Episode 3921)
Cartoon Letters appear over a sky-view of a neighborhood.
(First: Episode 3267)
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SCENE 2 Oscar is trying to find a replacement drummer, but all the ones he's called have said no. Elmo tells Oscar he has a drum and asks to be in the band.
Film Kids play "Twinkle Twinkle" on bucket, glass, and a broiler pan.
Muppets Super Grover intends to fly into the air and wave at the number of the day. He claims that his springy legs will propel him into the atmosphere. After a few boingy jumps, he decides to forget the propelling part and just do the waving part. The following segment presents the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3884)
Cartoon A coach gives a pep talk to the number zero.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3725)
Muppets Cookie Monster plans to eat the number of cookies to correspond with the number of the day, and he's disappointed to find that the number for the day is zero. He ends up eating the numeral 0 instead.
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Film Wegman dogs, as an orchestra conductor and pianist.
(First: Episode 3945)
SCENE 3 At first, Elmo's drumming is too cheerful, and the grouches teach him to drum like a Grouch -- fast, and loud.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Super Grover says that he's going to fly up into the air and point to the letter of the day. He begins by getting a running start, but only propels himself sideways, hurting himself in the process. Leaning on the brick wall for support, he thinks maybe he will forget the flying part and just do the pointing part. The following segment presents the letter of the day.
(First: Episode 3884)
Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
Film A man in a J costume jumps at the beach.
(First: Episode 3527)
Animation The story of a jack-o'-lantern.
Artist: Ken Brown and Lisa Crafts
Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Guadalupe, Arizona, and conducts a child mariachi band, who sing "Viva Mexico."
(First: Episode 3012)
Cartoon Musicians in a painting learn to cooperate to play music.
(First: Episode 3460)
SCENE 4 The band teaches Elmo about rhythm.
Cartoon A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Muppets Ernie sings "I Love My Room" and enumerates all the wonderful things he can do in his room, like play his drums. Unfortunately, it's also Bert's room.
Cartoon J ... a jumping, juggling jack-in-the-box.
(First: Episode 3896)
Song "Big J and Little J"
(First: Episode 3396)
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SCENE 5 The band decides to let Elmo play with them, then proceeds to dress him in some torn-up clothes.
Film A rhythm is made of breaking eggs, door slams, cans dropping, ice, and feet stepping.
(First: Episode 3682)
Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang the Seal explain the concept of zero.
(First: Episode 3386)
Cartoon A girl asks her friend to guess how many elephants she saw at the zoo today; the answer is zero.
(First: Episode 3609)
Cast / Celebrity Linda performs a duet with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Before Glennie begins, she instructs Linda to join the performance when she's signaled. Linda shows enthusiasm for her participation, but by the end of the piece she has nearly fallen asleep. Glennie alerts her with a tap of the shoulder and Linda closes with one strike of a cymbal. When Linda receives the most praise from the audience, including flowers from a little girl, Glennie leaves the stage in a huff.
(First: Episode 3930)
Cartoon Different emotions are drawn on a face, until the character grabs the pencil.
(First: Episode 3531)
Muppets Grover introduces the next segment, which he says will feature a "four-sided whatsis" - when someone backstage tells him it's a square.
(First: Episode 3928)
Cartoon The Four Squares sing "It's Hip to Be a Square"
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2615)
SCENE 6 Now that Elmo is a "true Grouch", the band performs a raucous version of "The Grouch Song."
Muppets Elmo's World: Music
(First: Episode 3824)
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SCENE 7 The band is still playing music while Gordon announces the sponsors.

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