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SESAME STREET
Plot Bob accompanies Oscar to Grouchytown
Air date December 27th, 1989
Season Season 21
Sponsors D, Z, 0

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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1
Oscar is about to drive his Sloppy Jalopy to Grouchytown, & Bob is going to come with him. Luis & Linda warn Bob about going, but he prefers to be open-minded & see how Grouches live. Bob gets in the jalopy, & they look at a route map before they drive off. Oscar tells him to wipe the smile off his face, & he tries his best as they drive off to Grouchytown.
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Animation
D / d (drums and drumsticks)
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Muppets
Here is Your Life: A sneaker is profiled.
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Song
David sings "Who You Looking At, Tiger?"

SCENE 2
The jalopy arrives in Grouchytown, & Bob is amazed at what he sees. Oscar warns him that Grouchytown is the opposite of Sesame Street, in terms of location, mood, food, & several other things. Bob sees this for himself when a gang of Grouches comes out of hiding & tells him to get lost. They sing a grouchy version of the Sesame Street Theme, which doesn't rhyme. Bob gets up & gets ready to take a picture of the Grouches ("Frown!" he tells them), but they decline & go back into hiding.
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Cartoon
Geronimo 10-0: instead of a parachute, she is carried to the ground by 4 birds.
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Film
"Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, & others.
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Muppets
Ernie keeps taking glasses of water outside the apartment. Bert thinks of possible uses Ernie could have for this water. As it turns out, the kitchen faucet is broken, & Ernie's trying to get rid of the water before the apartment floods!
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Cartoon
The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, & all with a basket of oranges.

SCENE 3
Bob continues to take pictures of Grouchytown, when suddenly he hears noises coming from the Break-it Shop, which he suddenly realizes is the opposite of the Fix-it Shop back on Sesame Street. A grouchy customer tells Velma that his toaster has a problem: "It's not dented & broken enough!" He gives it to her so she can break it, which she does, very loudly. Bob causes much commotion among the grouches when he sings a chorus of "People in Your Neighborhood".
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Cartoon
Z In Space
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Film
A baby messes around (literally) w/ a chocolate cookie as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
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Cartoon
A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
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Muppets
"Long Time, No See"
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Cartoon
A report on homes around the world.

SCENE 4
Oscar takes Bob to Worby's Store, which is the opposite of Hooper's Store back home. Oscar calls Worby out, & he agrees to give them some food if they get lost. The specials today are a sardine-blueberry sandwich, a pepper-marshmallow steak, & a tomato surprise (which they're out of). Bob doesn't want to eat anything at 1st, but Oscar reminds him that trying new foods is a part of the traveling experience. To everyone's surprise, Bob likes the sardine-blueberry sandwich when he tries it! Oscar reassures a distraught Worby, "He's only a tourist here; he doesn't know any better."
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Animation
Where do the Ds fit?
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Muppets
Count von Count sings about bones.
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Film
A woodpecker knocks on wood. (Kid voiceovers)
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Cast
Maria as Charlie Chaplin-Long, Longer, Longest
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Cartoon
2 alpine climbers hike up a letter Z & stake a claim on it.

SCENE 5
Grouchytowner Otto wants to lead Bob to the stinkweed swamp, when Bob spots something that piques his curiosity: a nice-looking house, which looks like something out of a fairy tale. Bob knocks on the door, & is politely greeted by a bubbly human woman, "Nina the Nice" (Carol Kane). It suddenly dawns on Bob that the nice-human/Grouch ratio here is also the opposite of Sesame Street's. She & Bob sing a syrupy song to the Grouches, "That's How I Know You're Happy," even though the Grouches don't feel that way.
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Cartoon
3 birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
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Muppets
Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover & Christopher talk about what love is.
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Cartoon
Small B, Small D
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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Muppets
Sesame Street News Flash
Old MacDonald says a spaceship has landed on his farm. A dog emerges w/ a Frisbee in its mouth, & MacDonald mistakes the frisbee for the spaceship. But before long, a real spaceship lands on the farm, & out of it come the Yip Yip Martians. The scene ends in chaos.
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Song
Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues".
SCENE 6
Otto calls all the Grouchytowners together, so they can prepare to give Oscar a grouchy send-off. Oscar & Bob show up, about to leave, & are told simultaneously to GET LOST. Before he goes home, the grouches all try to persuade Oscar to live in Grouchytown, which seems tempting to him, until Nina the Nice gives him a revolting kiss.
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Cartoon
A race announcer doubles as the man who holds up the START & STOP sign.
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Song
"Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
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Muppets
Ernie is in a counting mood, & decides to count all of the cookies in a box of them. Cookie Monster overhears this & asks if he can have all of the cookies after they are counted, & Ernie agrees. But after opening the box, Ernie finds that there are 0 cookies in it. Ernie has another box, but it also has 0 in it. Ernie then remembers that he put all of the cookies into a cookie jar, & starts to count, but Cookie Monster impatiently eats all of the cookies before Ernie can finish counting.
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Film
Blocks form a ramp & a tunnel.

SCENE 7
Back on Sesame Street, Luis & Linda are surprised to hear Bob's excitable yarn of his visit to Grouchytown. Oscar laments that he'll never be able to go there again, & Bob reveals that he brought Nina the Nice w/ him! She drives Oscar into his trash can as she suggests the wonderful things they could do to it. Bob announces the sponsors.

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