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ErnestGrouch1976
PERFORMER JERRY NELSON
DEBUT 1976

ERNEST THE GROUCH is OSCAR THE GROUCHs brother & the 2nd son of MR. & MRS. GROUCH. He is also the brother of OTTO THE GROUCH & BUNNY. He looks very like OSCAR, but w/ big black eyebrows, a scuzzy GREEN mustache, & a white collar & blue bow tie.

ERNEST first paid SESAME STREET a visit in the shows 8th season. Years later, when he came to visit his brother in EPISODE 2895, OSCAR decided to prepare an UNpleasant surprise for him by decorating his TRASH CAN, dressing in a tux, & treating ERNEST like a gentleman. Determined not to allow OSCAR to have the last laugh, ERNEST returned the favor. Soon the 2 of them tried to outdo each other, each asking Gina to fix the other a special treat at Hoopers Store. Finally, their GROUCHiness is returned when they find themselves fighting over a concoction only GROUCHES would enjoy.

ERNEST would visit his BROTHER again years later in EPISODE 2720 (1990). The episode itself is a remake of the one from season 8, with Gordon & Gina replacing Maria, Luis, & Mr. Hooper.

The first version of ERNEST was recycled from an OSCAR puppet used during the early to mid-1970s (one that had moving eyes), & wore no clothing. The second version wore a white collar & blue bow tie.

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