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SESAME STREET
Plot Telly celebrates OSCAR’s birthday.
Air date January 24th, 2000
Season Season 31
Sponsors Y, 1
Syndication 123 SESAME STREET, PBS Sprout

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
OSCAR THE GROUCH receives a letter from a GROUCH postwoman & notices the viewer. He explains he received a letter from his mother, wishing him a ROTTEN 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".
The Hawk
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", which OSCAR knows is 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!"
Gloria Estefan
Muppets / Celebrity
Gloria Estefan & Rosita perform a duet rendition of "Sing", alternating between English & Spanish lyrics.
Pencil box Y & y
Animation
Pencil box Y/y
Jaws Y
Film
Jaws spoof with the letter Y.
Yellow Yak
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.
Monsterpiece Theater 1 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: 1 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (YouTube)
My 1 & only
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 one that made it.
I Feel Totally Proud
Song
John Pizzarelli sings about feeling "happy & proud" on your birthday.
Veronica & Big Bird
Muppets
SESAME STREET Goes to Day Care
BIG BIRD & Veronica say the alphabet.
Fay Ray Pattycake
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.
It's Fido's birthday
Song
"It's Fido's Birthday" - a song about a birthday party for a goldfish.
Quilt Y
Animation
Characters on a quilt form the letter Y.
Artist: Karen Aqua
Y Yell
Film
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.
Elmo & Zoe Duck
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.
The Papermaking song
Song
"Papermaking Song"
Animation Happy Birthday
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!
Elmo's World

Elmo's World Dogs
Muppets
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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