|Plot||ERNEST THE GROUCH visits|
|Air date||January 6th, 1977|
|Sponsors||G, Q, 8|
| ||Maria takes notice of OSCAR’s newly-beautified TRASH CAN, decorated with flowers, a clean picket fence & a welcome mat. She rings the very calm-sounding doorbell, & a neatly-dressed OSCAR very politely answers. OSCAR then explains that he's preparing for a visit from his brother ERNEST THE GROUCH. OSCAR holds a grudge against ERNEST for being the favorite kid in the family, so he plans to act nice & un-GROUCHY as a way of getting even with him.|
| ||Maria & Luis suddenly bump into ERNEST, who snidely asks where OSCAR’s TRASH CAN is. He is perplexed to see the new decor, & becomes even more suspicious when OSCAR very cordially invites him in. ERNEST then begins to catch on, & decides to throw some niceness back at OSCAR. Maria & Luis, who watch nearby from the stoop, laugh at the thought of 2 GROUCHES acting nice to each other.|
| ||Maria & Luis secretly listen in as OSCAR & ERNEST continue to out-nice each other. The GROUCHES both decide to come up to get some fresh air.|
| ||OSCAR very gruelingly introduces ERNEST to Mr. Hooper, & they play a game of "3 of These Things". Afterwards, ERNEST requests a "special" ice cream soda for OSCAR.|
| ||Maria & Luis become concerned about OSCAR & ERNEST, so they devise an idea to get the GROUCHES to be themselves again. They ask Mr. Hooper to whip up a concoction of peanut butter, ketchup, pickles, & sauerkraut.|
| ||Maria & Luis bring the GROUCHY concoction to OSCAR & ERNEST. Initially, the GROUCHES politely insist on the other taking the present, but once they learn what's in it, they immediately start fighting over it.|
| ||Cookie Monster: Cookie Monster sees styrofoam letters that spell the word FOOD. After he sounds them out, he dons a bib, sprinkles salt & pepper on the letters, & eats them ... & then eats the bib.|
| ||Inside OSCAR’s TRASH CAN, OSCAR & ERNEST finish the meal & argue over who was the nicer GROUCH. The argument develops into roughhousing, which rattles the TRASH CAN. Maria & Luis announce the sponsors.|
- Cookie Monster tries to find a cookie under 2 mattresses.
- Cartoon: A hand draws a castle with a growling dragon inside, which scares the princess until her knight in shining armor leads the dragon away.
- David & Maria demonstrate short & long time.
- Muppet & Kid Moments: Grover tells John-John that he loves him. John-John tells Grover to count a penny. Grover counts it: "1!" John-John is delighted.
- "The People in Your Neighborhood": Librarian & Plumber.
- Kermit: Kermit the Frog & Grover draw the letter Q on screen.
- Cartoon: "Cowboy Feelings Song"
- Film: Flamingos
- Cartoon: A duck sings a song with Q words in it.
- Film: A group of Hispanic children pick members for their baseball team. A new kid, Ramon, joins them.
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