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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 / First Appearance Description
In & On
Episode 1493
In the premiere segment, TELLY reads a letter from Yucchina Blechman of Sandusty, Ohio, who wishes to know about on & in. OSCAR thinks TELLY should help with the demonstration. He produces a box, which he puts on his head, then has TELLY put his head in the box. He repeats this using a bucket, to TELLYs chagrin. TELLY wishes to switch roles in the proceedings. OSCAR puts some ripped-up newspaper in a box, then throws the pieces on TELLY.
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Episode 1505
TELLY reads a letter from Matilda Yucchman of Chagrin Falls, whose Aunt Alice gifted her a "UD" & she doesn ’t know what to do with it. OSCAR has also been given the same thing & shows how to make it into the word "MUD".
The COUNT Cohosts
Episode 1573
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 doesnt 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 Counts 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...
Ask Oscar Love
About Love
In a 2-part segment, TELLY stops the show, knowing full well that OSCAR isn’t going to cooperate & come out of his TRASH CAN on cue. OSCAR, however, keeps his promise & comes out, but goes back inside before TELLY can present the question. Learning that the question is from GRUNDGETTA, asking about love, OSCAR answers by singing "Love in the JUNKyard."
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TELLY tries to postpone todays show, but OSCAR, overcome with the GROUCH Flu, gleefully agrees to participate. Mindie GROUCH ofElcart, Indiana asks about addition & OSCAR demonstrates using pretty flowers. He realizes what hes doing & asks TELLY to end the show hastily.
Ask Oscar 1
Planning for Vacation
Episode 1845
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 suitcases everything falls out though a torn side.
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TELLY reads a letter asking about the importance of listening. OSCAR drives TELLY crazy by blatantly paying little attention to everything he says, forcing TELLY to repeat the details over & over. OSCAR finally concludes that while listening is a good way to learn what people have to say, not listening allows one to have some fun watching the speaker get angry.
Ask Oscar 4
V Word
Episode 1917
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 doesnt 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.
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Quiet & Loud
Episode 1928
TELLY reads a question regarding the difference between quiet & loud. OSCAR talks quietly to TELLY, then shows off a pile of junk, which when tipped over, will cause it to fall. TELLY loudly tells OSCAR not to, showing loud. OSCAR tips it over anyway for fun.
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TELLY introduces a computerized edition of Ask OSCAR, where the computer will give programmed answers to today’s questions. TELLY is relieved at this change, believing the computer will be much more reliable than OSCAR. TELLY reads a question about games to play at GROUCH birthday parties. He commands an answer on the keyboard & the screen gives OSCARs response - "NO Heh Heh Heh!!"
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The Letter X
Episode 2049
TELLY reads a viewer question regarding which letter GROUCHES like the best - G or O. OSCARs answer is that X is the best letter, as it can be used to cross out things they dont like. He then demonstrates by sticking an X on TELLYs face.
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Episode 2135
TELLY reads a fan question asking how they can become as GROUCHY as OSCAR. He tells the viewer that practice is the key. TELLY thinks OSCAR’s response will make the viewer very happy, a nice gesture OSCAR doesn’t seem pleased with doing. TELLY suggests OSCAR needs to practice being GROUCHY as well.
Ask Oscar Discuss 1
Do GROUCHES Like Discussions?
TELLY gets a letter asking if GROUCHES like to have discussions. OSCAR, however, wont come out of his TRASH CAN, & refuses to discuss the question.
Ask Oscar 2
Longest GROUCH Word
Episode 2275
Timi who is a friend of Lindas assists OSCARs translating OSCARs 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 reference to "Mary Poppins"), which is hard to sign, especially when OSCAR repeats it many times.
Ask Oscar 3
Linda Substitutes
Episode 2316
A grumpy Linda substitutes for OSCAR.
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THE COUNT Co-Hosts Again
Episode 2359
THE COUNT fills in for TELLY, who’s at the dentist. OSCAR, however, is not up to answering any questions today. THE COUNT proceeds to read a letter, asking how many ways there are of getting rid of somebody. OSCAR inadvertently provides an answer as he keeps telling TELLY to beat it.
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Episode 2431
TELLY reads a question from a GROUCH who wishes to know what sound the letters "SH" make. OSCAR makes the "Shhhhh" sound, but TELLY thinks hes shushing him.
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Silly Answers
Episode 2465
OSCAR is once again stubborn to answering any fan questions. TELLY reads one anyhow from Mrs. Grimble GROUCH of Kitty Litter, North Carolina - "What makes you think anyone should listen to your silly answers anyway?" OSCAR is insulted by such a silly question & refuses to give her the satisfaction of an answer. TELLY doesn’t find the question silly & asks why OSCAR even runs this show if he feels he shouldn’t be listened to in the first place. OSCAR thinks & concludes that the GROUCH audience needs to listen to his show, otherwise they can’t judge whether his answers are silly or not.
Ask Oscar 5
The Letter X
Episode 2573
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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Episode 2605
TELLY starts up another episode of "Ask OSCAR", but OSCAR has little interest in answering any questions. He hangs a sign reading "NO" from his TRASH CAN, which TELLY uses to answer the latest question. However, because of the wording of 1 particular question, OSCAR winds up with a potential visit from the writer.




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