|PERFORMER||Martin P. Robinson|
|DEBUT||1976 (How to Be a Grouch)|
Her first name was mentioned on Sesame Street in Episode 0072 when Gordon scoffs at it on a letter that Oscar has asked him to drop in the mailbox, "Well, of course, she's my mother!" A caption on her photo in the November 1995 issue of Sesame Street Magazine identifies her simply as Mrs. Grouch.
Oscar remembers his mother's gift of a tattered sneaker (given to him on the day he was born) fondly enough to sing about it in his signature song, "I Love Trash". He also kept her recipe for pepper-butterscotch-sardine snaps in Episode 0260 and fondly remembers the pepper sandwiches she used to make for he and his siblings when they were little.
According to Sesame Street Stays Up Late, Mrs. Grouch lives in Illinois. According to a talk show appearance on Canadian radio, Oscar's father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick and his mother grew up in Nova Scotia (in reference to Caroll Spinney's parents).
A running gag between Mrs. Grouch and Oscar seen in Episode 3054, is that whenever Oscar would say "please," she would wash his mouth out with a vanilla ice cream cone; a Grouch reversal of a traditional punishment where one's mouth would be washed with soap when they say a bad word.
- Episode 2797
- Episode 2915
- Episode 2982
- Episode 3054
- Episode 3141
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late
- Episode 3242
- Episode 3609
- Episode 3648
- Episode 4237
- How to Be a Grouch (1976)