Ask OSCAR is a recurring series of SESAME STREET sketches from the 1980s. Each segment was introduced by Telly Monster, & they involved OSCAR THE GROUCH answering mail from viewers, most of them GROUCHES, although OSCAR has gotten a few questions from non-GROUCH viewers.
This sketch as also revived as the main street story in EPISODE 4118.
|Picture||Segment / EKA||Description|
| Planning for Vacation|
|Bob fills in for Telly as Oscar shows how he would plan for a vacation. Oscar packs a suitcase, roughly exactly as Bob would, but when Bob lifts the suitcase's everything falls out though a torn side.|
| Longest Grouch Word|
|Timi who is a friend of Linda's assists Oscar's translating Oscar's words in sign language. Oscar answers a letter from someone who wants to know what the longest Grouch word he knows is. Oscar says that the word is "supercalifragilistic-yucka-alidocious" (a referenceto "Mary Poppins"), which is hard to sign, especially when Oscar repeats it many times.|
| Linda Substitutes|
|A grumpy Linda substitutes for Oscar.|
|Count von Count Fills In||Telly is on vacation, so Count von Count takes his place. Unfortunately, the Count (being himself) just has too much fun counting the questions mailed in by viewers; he just doesn't give Oscar the chance to answer 1 before moving along to the next! When the Count gets up to 6, an exasperated Oscar annoyingly hollers at him, "Will you stop counting the questions!!?" The Count's reply: "Ah, that makes 7. 7 questions! Ah ah ah ah!!" As both thunder & lightning flash, Oscar sighs, "Can you believe this!?" That, of course, makes 8 questions...|
|Do Grouches Like Discussions?||Telly gets a letter asking if Grouches like to have discussions. Oscar, however, won't come out of his trash can, & refuses to discuss the question.|
|V Word||Oscar gets a letter from a Grouch named Harriet McMud who wants Oscar to talk about a V word. Oscar talks about the V word "Vibrate". Telly doesn't know what "vibrate" means, so Oscar has Telly hit a steel V that Oscar has with a hammer, which gives them both a vibrating feeling.|
|The Letter X||Oscar is asked what the letter X is good for. Oscar shows that the letter X can be used to cross out his daily annoyances, such as bothersome neighbors, annoying letters & annoying letter readers (Telly).|
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