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Grouchy Mother's Day
Air date December 30, 2010
Season Season 41 (2010)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors Y, 12


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN What's the Word on the Street?: Dozen

SCENE Gordon welcomes the viewer when a Grouch delivery man arrives with a bouquet of stinky fish (with extra stink). Oscar claims them and leaves the Grouch without a tip. Oscar explains to Gordon today is Grouchy Mother's Day and his mother is visiting to celebrate. Her plane flies overhead and drops her out. Her luggage comes down, complete with a surprise - Oscar's sister Bunny, who has come to celebrate the day with them, much to Oscar's annoyance. Bob passes by and wishes them a Grouchy Mother's Day (thanks to his "Cultural Diversity Calendar").


SCENE cont'd Oscar presents his mother his stinky fish, which there are 6 of. Bunny one ups him by saying she has a dozen fish (twice as many). She counts each one as she tosses them out of her bag. The last of which is in her cosmetics case and knocks Oscar over. Oscar and Bunny argue over who's fish are better, while their mother states that they both stink. Oscar's next gift is his mother's favorite perfume, Aude de Skunk #9. Bunny once again puts his gift to shame by giving the same scent, but using a real skunk. They argue again over who's was the worst gift, while their mother thinks they're both bad. Mrs. Grouch is ready for more gifts, but Oscar has something else in mind - a trip to the dump! He snidely asks what Bunny planned; she says she planned nothing, which makes her mother very angry. Bunny gloats, while Mrs. Grouch insists they go to the dump, allowing them to argue on the way.

SCENE cont'd While Oscar struggles to get The Sloppy Jalopy to start, Chris and the kids pass by and wish Mrs. Grouch a Grouchy Mother's day. Bunny and Mrs. Grouch beg Oscar to get the car started, fearing the next nice thing they'll see. Rosita appears and wishes them a Grouchy Mother's Day in Spanish, then hugs them both, making them furious. Oscar finally gets the car started, but Mrs. Grouch is upset that a Grouch was able to fix a car. Bunny boasts that Oscar is losing his Grouchiness and Mrs. Grouch decides to take herself and Bunny back to Grouchland, fearing both her kids will lose their Grouchiness. Oscar yells out to them, saying he'll prove he's not losing his touch.

SCENE cont'd Bunny and Mrs. Grouch are packed up and ready to leave. Oscar stops them and shows them his final gift. Gordon, Bob and Chris are dressed in rotten attire and have adopted grouchy attitudes (or as grouchy as they can provide). They then sing an a capella song to Mrs. Grouch about Grouchy Mother's Day. She is so mad at the sweetness of his gift, saying he's ruined Grouchy Mother's Day, which means it was a great success! Oscar rubs it in Bunny's face, who tries to say she ruined the day too. Mrs. Grouch says they both ruined her day, saying not every mother is lucky enough to have two rotten kids. Their plane arrived and they are launched up to it through Oscar's trash can. Oscar wants to thank his neighbors for helping, but then states he's a Grouch and doesn't thank anyone. Chris and Gordon aren't sure what happened, but Bob goes off thinking they still enjoyed the song.
Muppets / Celebrity Rachel Griffiths shows things in a dozen, including eggs, a tray of bagels and some singing penguins.

Muppets Murray announces Abby's Flying Fairy School, but first, it's time for the letter Y. He and the kids then rap about Y words.
(First: Episode 4192)
Film A woman makes a Y in yoga.
(First: Episode 4185)
Muppets Murray and the kids announce Abby's Flying Fairy School.
(First: Episode 4189)


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose helps Abby, Blogg and Gonnigan recycle bottles they brought from home. One of Abby's bottles it dusty, so she rubs it and out comes Gene the Genie. He feels cramped inside and refuses to go back in. The bottle, not wanting to be empty, begins hopping around, looking for someone to suck inside. The bottle entraps Mrs. Sparklenose inside, while Gene plans to spend 1,001 nights in Vegas. Abby reminds Gene he needs to grant 3 wishes. Abby wishes for Mrs. Sparklenose to get out of the bottle, with Niblet then taken in his place. Gonnigan rephrases the wish and asks for not one of them to be inside, so he poofs them all inside, thus there is not one. They call on Spot, who shows them a film on β€œall” and β€œnone”. They wish for them all of them to get out and none of them would be inside. The bottle looks for some to capture and it gets Mrs. Sparklenose again. Gene refuses to switch places with her, not wanting to be in a small space again. They twinkle think and get an idea to magically recycle his bottle with other ones to make a larger one, complete with sliding glass doors so he can leave whenever he feels.
(First: Episode 4189)
Muppets Elmo sings "Elmo's Ridin'" as his dad watches him riding his tricycle through the park. Kids join him on their scooters, and a squirrel tries to catch up with them.
(First: Episode 4160)
cut from the Sprout version
Muppets Murray announces Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is coming, but first, he counts 12 kids and a dozen eggs.
(First: Episode 4200)
Animation β€œLadybugs' Picnic” (remake)
Muppets Murray and the kids introduce Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
(First: Episode 4187)


Muppets / Animation Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert are drifting in their floatie in the Hawaiian sea, when they see they’ve gone too far from land and paddle to a nearby island. Once they reach the land, a local crab pierces their floatie, ruining their chances of escaping. Bert tries to write β€œSOS” for a passing plane, but it doesn’t notice while doing a trick. They spot a passing boat and wave some palm leaves to get their attention, but all the passengers just think they’re saying hi. The crab digs up a bottle for them to put a note in. Ernie happens to have a postcard and pencil with him to write a note. Ernie tosses it into the sea, but it’s bounced back toward them (and hits Bert in the head). They see it’s a dolphin, which they are able to ride back to land.
Muppets Murray announces it's almost time for "Elmo's World", but first, he plays "Sounds of the Street". He and the viewer listen to the sounds of a dog, a helicopter and a tiger with allergies.
(First: Episode 4189)
Muppets Grover talks about the heart and heartbeats using a stethoscope. He tries to use it on a chicken, who starts running to make her heartbeat faster. Grover gives it a try and crashes into the chicken.
Muppets Murray and Navin introduce "Elmo's World".
(First: Episode 4190)
Muppets Elmo's World: Fish
(First: Episode 3981)
Muppets Murray watches a large screen to announce the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School: Blogg's Schlubby
This segment replaces the "Genie in a Bottle" segment in the HBO Kids version.



  1. ↑ Behind-the-scenes footage as seen in I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

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