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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