Sesame Street
The Disappoint-O-Meter
Air date April 11, 2020
Season Season 50 (2019-2020)
Production October 18, 2018
Sponsors E, 10


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly Monster and Oscar set up today's theme of emotions. Oscar presents Telly with a can to open, which he is unable to. Oscar does it for him and they are both surprised by the spring-loaded snakes flying out.
SCENE 1 Grundgetta brings Oscar a present she scrounged up from the dump - a Disapoint-O-Meter, a device that can detect how disappointed someone is. Oscar can't wait to use it on some of his neighbors.


SCENE 1 cont'd Oscar sees Cookie Monster coming down the block and points the machine's wand toward him; the meter indicates that Cookie is feeling very happy because Chris is baking a fresh batch of cookies right now. Oscar doesn't like this development, but hears sounds of distress coming from Hooper's Store. He drags the machine with him to see that Chris accidentally burnt all the cookies. The machine shows Cookie is very disappointed now, to Oscar's delight. Chris calms Cookie down and tells him he already has another batch ready to be baked. To pass the time, he gives Cookie some paper to draw with and Oscar unintentionally gives him the idea to draw a cookie. The machine shows Cookie is feeling happy now. Suddenly, the store begins to shake, which gives Oscar the indication there's more disappointments to be found elsewhere...

SCENE 1 cont'd Out in the arbor, Big Bird and Snuffy stomp around in frustration. Chris calms them down and they explain their feelings - they were going to have a playdate today, but Big Bird remembered today is Granny Bird's birthday and he must pay her a visit. Oscar brings over his machine to see how truly disappointed they are. He sarcastically brings up the idea of rescheduling for tomorrow, an idea that makes the two very happy. Oscar is displeased he's ruined another disappointing situation.
SCENE 1 cont'd Oscar finds Grundgetta and tells her to take the machine back, citing all the things that have happened today. He points the wand at himself to show how today has made him disappointed. The machine becomes so overloaded that it explodes. Oscar realizes Grouches are supposed to like being disappointed and deems this a great gift after all.
Muppets Big Bird's Road Trip
Big Bird and Elmo watch a video from Calvin in Lexington, Kentucky.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - E.
(First: Episode 5020)
Song "When You Belly Breathe" - a vocalist sings about how belly breathing can help in emotional situations.
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket brings Abby and Rudy to a rural theater to put on a play. Abby is the director and Rudy is the actor, but he has a hard time figuring out how to play "happy."
Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 10.
(First: Episode 4518)
Cartoon Ten kids shoot ten basketballs.
Artist: Floyd Norman
Muppets Elmo's World: Emotions
SCENE 2 Oscar and Grundgetta sign off.


  • This episode was recorded on October 18, 2018, a day after Caroll Spinney announced his retirement.[1] Spinney was on set for the episode,[2] performing voices for his characters live; however, none of Spinney's vocals were used in the final edit.


  1. The New York Times "Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years" by Dave Itzkoff, Oct. 17, 2018
  2. @sesamestreet Oct 19, 2018

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