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SESAME STREET
Plot Telly celebrates Oscar's birthday.
Air date 1/24/00
Season Season 31
Sponsors Y, 1
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, PBS Sprout

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SCENE 1
Oscar the Grouch receives a letter from a Grouch postwoman & notices the viewer. He explains that he received a letter from his mother, wishing him a happy birthday. Telly overhears him, & plans to help him celebrate. Oscar doesn't want a happy birthday, & bets him that not 1 person on Sesame Street can do something grouchy for his birthday. Telly makes it his goal to prove Oscar wrong.
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Cartoon
An elephant tries to remember Nigel (a cat's) birthday, succeeding after stringing together a series of clues.
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Muppets
Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday".
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Film
Using sign language, a boy reads his poem, "The Hawk".
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SCENE 2
Maria has written a birthday poem for Oscar. He becomes irritated when he can't read it--it's in Spanish! Maria reads it, & Oscar catches her being nice: the poem contains the word "feliz", the Spanish word for "happy". He's surprised by how awful it is when Maria reads it in English: "Happy greeting to you, irritating Grouch. Have a rotten day from here on out!"
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Film
Song: Who Am I? (Olivia)
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Pencil box Y/y
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Jaws spoof with the letter Y.
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Animation
Y: Yuri, a yellow yak, eats yams & yogurt.
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SCENE 3
Big Bird presents his gift: he holds his beak closed, & will not bother or say anything to Oscar all day.
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Cartoon
Number Guy sings "How Many Birds Can Fit on This Wire?" 1 bird provides the answer.
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Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: 1 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Cartoon
A girl's mom gives her a 1 from the shelf. "My 1 & only!"
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SCENE 4
Gina gives Oscar a birthday present concealed in a box. Oscar admires the box, thinking it's from Grundgetta, & opens it to see what's inside. The gift...is nothing! Gina reveals that she is the 1 that made it.
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Song
"I'm Feeling Proud"
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Muppets
Sesame Street Goes to Day Care
Big Bird & Veronica say the alphabet.
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Film
A visual representation of the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-Cake" with Wegman's dogs.
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SCENE 5
Alan gives Oscar a birthday cake he made: a triple layer cake made w/ chicken & mint, w/ sardine frosting! Oscar laments that it's the same kind of cake his mother used to make.
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Song
"It's Fido's Birthday" - a song about a birthday party for a goldfish.
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Animation
Characters on a quilt form the letter Y.
Artist: Karen Aqua
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Y for yell, yellow, yodel.
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SCENE 6
Luis, Gabi, & Rosita let Oscar play a game: he tries to crack open a trash can-shaped piñata. He succeeds, & is buried by a pile of small junk pieces, torn newspaper, & fish bones.
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Song
"We're Talking 'Bout the Number One"
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Cartoon
Kids count 1 duck in the pond.
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Muppets
Zoe finds Elmo pretending to be a duck, & he shows her how to act like one. A real duck shows up, & mistakes Zoe for its mama.
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Song
"Papermaking Song"
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Animation
Stop-motion representation of "Happy Birthday", w/ balloons, gummi bears, glitter, etc.
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SCENE 7
Oscar finds everyone (including Bob & the Grouchketeers) on the steps of 123 Sesame Street, & thinks that they're now going to sing Happy Birthday to You. Instead, they shout "Grouchy Birthday to You!" Oscar admits that he was wrong--everyone knew how to celebrate a Grouch birthday, until Telly gives him his present: hugs & kisses!
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Elmo's World: "Dogs"
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SCENE 8
Oscar finishes the cake & announces the sponsors. He notes the best thing about having a birthday: you have to wait a whole year until the next one!

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