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Sesame Street
Grouch Messing Machine
Air date November 24, 2009
Season Season 40 (2009-2010)
Written by Annie Evans
Sponsors C, 7


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Machine
SCENE Leela shows Elmo a pig she made from a plastic bottle. Oscar arrives to collect his weekly lint ball, when suddenly one of the washing machines begins to act up. Leela claims she always has trouble with it and wants to get rid of it, but Elmo reminds Leela she doesn’t like to get rid of things, so she calls Luis in to fix it.

SCENE cont'd Luis arrives and turns the machine off. Elmo wants to help, so Luis asks him to look for a wrench in his tool box. Elmo doesn’t know what a wrench looks like, but Leela points out it looks like a letter C. Once Elmo finds it, Luis tries tightening a bolt on the back, but when he looks inside to make sure it works, he is sprayed in the face with water and the machine starts clanging again.

SCENE cont'd Luis’ next plan is to replace the water hose and get a new nut for the bolt and asks Elmo to find a nut, in the shape of a hexagon. Luis replaces the nut and activates the machine. At first, it seems normal, but it then starts rattling and begins to move around the Laundromat, much to Oscar’s delight.
SCENE cont'd Once back in place, Leela pulls the plug and Luis inspects in the inside of the machine. He pulls out 7 items (including the Teeny Little Super Guy). Leela tests it out now by putting clothes into it, but it begins to rattle and throw the clothes all over the place. Luis can do no more and Leela wants to get rid of it, until Elmo gets an idea to reuse it somehow...
SCENE cont'd Elmo uses a bottle for a loud speaker and announces that the Laundromat now has a new Grouch messing machine. All the grouches (including Grundgetta) crowd into the Laundromat to get their clothes ruined.
Muppets / Celebrity Greg Kinnear tries to explain the word machine, but cannot figure out how. A real-live machine arrives to aid him.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School is coming up, but first he and some kids play "What's on Me That Starts with C?". The kids identify his crown, a carrot and his coat.
Cartoon A troop of army ants look for C words at a picnic.
Artist: Michael Goldberg
Muppets Worms in Space make the letter C.
(First: Episode 3739)
Muppets Murray and the kids announce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4189)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose announces today in class, the students can earn their Fairy Godmother wings by participating in the “Cinderella Challenge”. With a brief game of “Eeny Meeny Miney Ming”, Blögg is chosen to the Cinderella. First they must poof a gown on him. They turn him into a hula dancer (dressing “down”), a clown and James Brown, until they come up with a good rhyme and make a gown appear. Next, they need glass slippers, but they ones they conjure up are too small and too big (and end up breaking, forcing Niblet to clean them up). They call on Spot, who shows them images of the number 12, which Gonnigan realizes is Blogg’s shoe size. Next, they need to turn a pumpkin into a coach, but Niblet has already eaten it. They improvise and turn Niblet into a motorcycle, which sends them all around the room. Gonnigan steers them to the ball pit, which counts as going to the ball, which means they pass and get their wings!
(First: Episode 4191)
Film Mr. Shoe, a beat poet, recites a poem about shoes over a film of kids having fun with them.
(First: Episode 4162)
Muppets Murray announces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" is coming up, but first he counts 7 dancers, hula-hoops, pink hats and kids.
Film Seven kids dance on a playground to the same beat.
(First: Episode 3844)
Animation Seven cool cats on the prowl
Artist: Laura di Trapani
(First: Episode 4031)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce "Murray Has a Little Lamb".
(First: Episode 4191)


Muppets Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads Murray to another escuela (school) using a pig as a clue. The school turns out to be farm school, where kids learn how to be veterinarians (people who take care of plants and animals).
(First: Episode 4162)
"Guessing Game" portion cut, new intro added
Muppets Since "Elmo's World" is near, Murray gives a demonstration of near and far.
(First: Episode 4188)
Muppets Ernie and Bert:
Alone in the park with no one to play with, Ernie sings "Somebody Come and Play" with Rubber Duckie
(First: Episode 3822)
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4190)
Muppets Elmo's World: Families
(First: Episode 3975)
Muppets Murray tries announcing the sponsors, but forgets them. He rethinks the day, announces them and signs off.


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