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SESAME STREET
Plot OSCAR writes a story (3459 repeat)
Air date March 30th 1998
Season Season 29
Sponsors H, 10

3751

Picture Segment Description
3751 a
SCENE 1
Elmo & Rosita greet the viewer, & reveal that they're going to play with OSCAR today. OSCAR denies them the chance to do so even when they offer to play a GROUCHY game with him. Gordon intervenes, & tells them that GROUCHES usually like to be left alone. OSCAR wants to be alone today, cause he's trying to write a story for a contest held by True GROUCH magazine (the prize is a dumptruck full of TRASH). Knowing this, Elmo & Rosita decide to help him, & run off to think of a way to do so.
Somebody Come & Play snow leopards version
Song
Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come & Play".
Snow leopards version
B Cayard Skin
Cartoon
A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
Jamal
Film
A Caucasian boy narrates a film of himself hanging out with his African American friend Jamal.
The Stranger
Cartoon
"The Stranger" - a song about a Baseball team hesitantly allowing a newcomer to join them who ends up helping them win the game.
Artist: Michael Sporn
Ernie & Bert air
Muppets
Ernie & Bert - Bert is reading a book about air, & tells Ernie that air moves things. Ernie decides to verify that with his electric fan, which blows Berts book away - so that he can play baseball w/ Ernie.
3988 m

3988 m 1
Celebrity
Ray Charles sings the Alphabet Song & various celebrities join in, including Michael Jeter, Patrick Stewart, Tony Bennett, Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop, Harry Belafonte, Grover, David Robinson & Ellen DeGeneres.
Cartoon my dog Happy
Cartoon
A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
3751 b
SCENE 2
Elmo & Rosita pitch an idea for the beginning of OSCAR’s story, involving a happy princess. OSCAR reminds them that he’s a GROUCH & they go off to think of another way to help him.
Beginning Middle End
Cartoon
"Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
Girl newspaper
Animation
A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, & a letter.
Flight read
Muppets
Mr. Johnson wants something to read, so Flight Attendant Grover suggests reading the EXIT sign, the safety manual & the tag on the collar of his shirt. After he informs Mr. Johnson that the airplane is out of newspapers & magazines, he sets the fat blue man on his lap & tells him to read his lips as he recites a story.
3150 f
Film
Alphaquest: H
Heading over the hills in a helicopter to a hippo's house.
Wegman dogs H
Film
Wegman's dogs form the letter H.
Cliff Roberts Horse
Cartoon
A man thinks of H words while sitting on a horse.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
3751 c

3751 d
SCENE 3
Elmo & Rosita have recruited some GROUCHketeers (including Telly & Lexine) to help OSCAR to write a GROUCHY story. Lexine suggests a story idea about some old sneakers, which OSCAR sort of likes, but he wants to work on one himself, so he tells them to go away. Elmo & Rosita are unsure of what to do next.
4028 n
Cartoon
Gordon narrates "The Maestro Plays", a story featuring adverbs.
4124 z d
Film
3 girls clap rhythms while naming vegetables.
1800-21
Cartoon
A man makes a CASA for both him & his dog.
3141 h

3141 i
Muppets
Wish You Were Here
BIG BIRD visits a Puerto Rican casita in East Harlem. He tries to find out what people do there, but everyone is too busy raising chickens, planting tomatoes, cooking & planning music to answer.
Toon Pencil Dance
Cartoon
A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
3751 e
SCENE 4
Elmo & Rosita ask OSCAR if he's sick, then ask him if he's almost finished. they soon learn that he hasn't even started writing cause of all the interruptions that he's had today. Thus, they decide to leave.
3751 f
SCENE 4
cont'd
Then, once they leave, Gordon & Susan return from grocery shopping, & Gordon decides to just check on OSCAR. But, when he asks OSCAR if he's finished, OSCAR has become so irritated that he ducks down into his TRASH CAN to blow off some steam.
2059 u
Cartoon
A man chases a runaway "NO" (new music added)
The Word is No!
Song
The Word is "NO" (performed by Gina & Maria)
Anansi Baboons
Cartoon
Anansi the Spider tells a story of how he helped the monkey and the baboon reach a compromise.
Congo Games
Film
Africa narrates a film of the kinds of games he & his peers play.
Counting 10 shells
Animation
Counting 10 shells
10 from Tennessee
Cartoon
Song - "A Number 10 from Tennessee"
Artist: Gene Barretta (sesamestreet.org) (YouTube)
Clown Honking 10
Animation
Clown Honking #10
3751 g
SCENE 5
The Count encounters Elmo & Rosita, waiting for OSCAR to finish his story. The Count decides to find out how many pages OSCAR has written so far. It's not 1, not 2, nor 20 pages, but still 0. The Count tells OSCAR he should stop wasting his time & get back to writing.
3164 z
Cartoon
Are you the monster that ate the television?
Spaceship H
Muppets
Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, & see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack & hula dancing hens.
3806 c
Cartoon
Soul H!
H-buildings
Animation
The letter H appears in words on buildings.
What sound does a duck make
Film
What sound does a duck make?
ArtistMike Bug poem
Cartoon
Sarah Wenkel reads a poem about a bug.
Artist: ArtistMike
3751 h

3751 i
SCENE 6
Elmo, Rosita, Gordon & Susan witness as the judge from True Grouch magazine arrives to hear OSCAR’s grouchy story. OSCAR still doesn't have one yet, but after he pleads his case, the judge decides that OSCAR’s explanation is GROUCHY enough to qualify for the magazine, so he wins the contest! The Count announces the sponsors, as Elmo & Rosita feel proud that they got to help OSCAR anyway.
Wiggleprise 4
SCENE 6
cont'd
"& SLIMEYs spaceship is still on its way back to SESAME STREET!"
3751 Coming Soon
COMING SOON
Coming soon on Sesame STREET - Telly, hiding from BIG BIRD, hopes that the Fix-it Shop will be open again soon, cause he accidentally broke BIG BIRD’s toy car, & he really doesn't want BIG BIRD to find out.

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