Sesame Street
Elmo the Grouch
Air date January 15, 2015
Season Season 45 (2014-2015)
Written by Ed Valentine
Sponsors E, 13
Releases Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersized Fun


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

SCENE Chris welcomes the viewer as he carries a stack of boxes to Hooper's Store. He bumps into Elmo and invites him to the park after work, but Elmo grumpily declines. He apologizes and claims he doesn't feel like himself today; he's feeling a bit cranky and grouchy. Oscar pops up from his trash can with a theory: Elmo's turning into a Grouch! Chris tells Elmo that's not possible and heads over to work.

SCENE cont'd Oscar proposes there's only one way to know for sure if Elmo's a Grouch: performing "The Grouch Test." The first part is a round of "Oscar Says," where Elmo must do the opposite of what Oscar tells him (since Grouches love doing the opposite of what they're told). Elmo succeeds at the game, so Oscar officially dubs him a Grouch. He teaches Elmo the Grouch Cheer - blowing a raspberry.
SCENE cont'd Elmo does the Grouch Cheer over and over, attracting Chris' attention. Chris reminds Elmo he's not a Grouch, but Elmo still feels a bit grumpy. Chris tells him to repeat a phrase - "I am not a Grouch" - before heading back to work.

SCENE cont'd Oscar appears again, telling Elmo the only way to know for sure if he's a Grouch is through part two of the Grouch Test. In the second part (titled "Grouch Eye View"), Elmo looks at parts of Grouchy animals close-up and correctly identifies which animals they are. Now that he's officially a Grouch, Elmo earns his very own trash can to live in! Oscar goes to make some anchovy sundaes, commenting, "It's great to have another Grouch in the neighborhood."

SCENE cont'd Chris is done with work and looks for Elmo, who pops up from his trash can. Chris takes him out of from the can and tells him he's not a Grouch; people just have days where they don't feel happy. He explains, through song, that "Feelings Come and Feelings Go." Elmo feels less Grouchy now and wants to go to the park. Oscar is disappointed his trick didn't work and gets even angrier when Elmo gives him a goodbye kiss.
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo and Murray find out what makes Bill Hader feel grouchy.
Song "Goodbye, Bad Attitude"
(First: Episode 4515)
Muppets Murray and Ovejita host the game show: "Name That Emotion," where the viewer must guess what emotion the contestants are feeling. First up are a happy chicken and a sad tiger.


Muppets Cookie's Crumby Pictures presents Les Mousserables (Rated ME: For Mixed Emotions)
Cookie Monster appears as "Jean Bonbon," a French monster without cookies. He finds a jar nearby and begins munching them down. He runs into Flantine, who weeps over not being able to give her daughter a cookie. With some help from the narrator, Cookie is able to see she's sad by how she looks and acts; he doesn't, however, provide her with a cookie. He then runs into Epienine, who is jealous of Cookie's snacks. Cookie, too, blows her off. Soon, all his friends march in anger over his selfishness. Cookie soon realizes he needs to share his cookies and they all, with some marshmallows, celebrate "One Day S'more."
(First: Episode 4411)

Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, E, with a song and dance.
Cartoon Cookie Monster sings about the E sound in the word "elephant."
(First: Episode 4188)
Animation Two girls love words that start with E.
(First: Episode 4315)
Muppets In the next round of "Name That Emotion," Murray introduces an excited octopus and an angry crab.


Muppets / Animation Abby's Flying Fairy School
Mrs. Sparklenose is teaching the students opposites today, though Blögg doesn't grasp the concept as easy. After Gonnigan and Abby demonstrate, he tries to use their opposite spell on Gonnigan, but uses it on himself instead. Suddenly, Blögg becomes the opposite of himself, wearing posh clothing and being obsessed with cleanliness (constantly giving Niblet a bath). Gonnigan likes having a less-disgusting friend around now, but Opposite-Blögg ruins their playtime by putting away their blocks and refusing to wear the wrinkled costumes. Abby and Gonnigan learn that to change him back, Blögg has to do the spell on himself. Abby tempts him with his favorite stinky cheese, but he instead is frightened by it. Everyone muses about the old Blögg, making him realize the right thing to do is to change himself back.
(First: Episode 4277)
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 13.
Film A boy's family of 13 assembles for a group photo.
(First: Episode 4409)
Cartoon "Thirteen's Not So Lucky"
Artist: Mari Jaye Blanchard
(First: Episode 4280)
Muppets / Celebrity Common, Colbie Caillat and Elmo sing "Belly Breathe."
(First: Episode 4309)
Muppets In the final round of "Name That Emotion," Murray finds out the emotions of an anxious pigeon and a grouchy Grouch.


Muppets Elmo the Musical: Karate Master the Musical
Elmo imagines himself as a karate master in an animal-populated village, where he is able to karate chop things into different shapes with a "Hop Hop, Chop Chop Chop." He lets a "young grasshopper" become his student. Soon, some villagers complain their various shapes have been ruined. The culprit is a being known as the Ooze, who destroys any shape he sees. Elmo and the Ooze meet at the octagon arena, where the Ooze wrecks all of Karate Master Elmo's shapes and even the arena. The Ooze tearfully sings that he hates shapes because he doesn't have one himself. Elmo chops up some shapes for the Ooze to go in, allowing him to be any shape he wants.
(First: Episode 4503)
Muppets Murray announces the sponsors.

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