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Sesame Street
The Grouch Band
Air date December 23, 2021
Season Season 52 (2021-2022)
Sponsors I, 10


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Over video chat, Elmo and Abby set up today's theme of instruments while showing off their homemade instruments.


SCENE 1 Abby and Elmo attend today's virtual Grouchketeer meeting. After taking role call, Oscar abruptly ends the meeting, as he needs to prepare for the annual "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Junk" concert. Elmo and Abby wish to participate, but Oscar tells them only musicians with grouchy-sounding instruments can play. He demonstrates blowing a ratty horn, which his onscreen meter shows as being very noisy. Abby shows how her homemade kazoo can be noisy, earning her a place in the show. Elmo's "shakey-shake," however, doesn't generate enough noise to get into the concert.

SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo and Abby wonder how they can make his shakey-shake noisier. Elmo puts some more rocks in the jar, which makes a louder sound, but not loud or annoying enough for Oscar to accept him. Elmo then fills the rest of the jar with some blocks, which prevents any noise from being made at all. Oscar tells him that if he wants to join, he must hurry; the concert is starting soon (bringing on conductor Fluffy to confirm).

SCENE 1 cont'd Abby points out that with all the space in Elmo's jar filled, there's no room for the rocks and blocks to move and make noise. Thusly, Elmo removes some of the blocks, which finally produces a loud enough noise to allow him into the concert. From Canegie Hall, Oscar is virtually joined by other musicians (including Grundgetta, Rosita, Grover, and Nina) in performing a grouchy song. He is slightly taken aback when Elmo and Abby tell him how well the musical performance went.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Over video chat, Elmo's friends make their own grouchy instruments.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - I.
Film I is for Instruments: Kids show various instruments and play music together.
SCENE 2 Abby and Elmo make some non-grouchy homemade instruments, then hear the Foodie Truck coming...

Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
A young musician orders a Caprese salad. The recipe requires mozzarella cheese, which the Foodie Truck is out of. Cookie Monster and Gonger drive to a delicatessen to see how they hand-produce the cheese.
(First: Episode 5119)
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there are 10.
(First: Episode 5012)
Muppets Elmo's World: Instruments
(First: Episode 4717)
SCENE 3 Elmo and Oscar give a virtual goodbye.

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