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SESAME STREET
GROUCHa-cha Palace
Air date May 21, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors W, X, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from materials at the CTW Archives.



Street Scenes
Picture Segment Description
Noimage
SCENE 1
BIG BIRD brings the mail into Hooper’s Store & Mr. Hooper proceeds to read a postcard from his friend Harry who’s vacationing at the beach. BIG BIRD encourages Mr. Hooper to imagine himself on a beach since he can’t really go & leave the store alone. They imagine themselves together on a bland beach, until BIG BIRD talks him through adding more & more. Susan’s voice is heard asking for Mr. Hooper, pulling BIG BIRD back to reality. HE explains that Mr. Hooper’s taking a nap on the beach, & that HE’d better hurry & imagine HIMSELF back so HE can conjure up some sun block so Mr. Hooper doesn’t get a burn.
Girldraws
Cartoon
A girl shows how good she is at drawing buildings.
Ernie x 3
Muppets
ERNIE begins to erase his X's from the blackboard.
Eraser cartoon
Cartoon
A boy counts while erasing things & people.
Ernie erases 1
Muppets
COOKIE MONSTER has just shown up again. ERNIE threatens to erase him if he doesn’t leave. COOKIE MONSTER just laughs, so ERNIE tells him to watch the cartoon of the boy with the eraser.
Eraser cartoon
Cartoon
A boy counts while erasing things & people.
Ernie erases 2
Muppets
COOKIE MONSTER still won’t leave, so ERNIE carries through with his threat & erases him.
X-ends
Cartoon
"Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
Knights Square Table
Cast
Maria, David, Bob, & Luis play knights who have their lunch at a round table.
Hard workin' dog
Film
"Cow Dog Song"
Madeline Kahn working dog
Celebrity
Madeline Kahn (in limbo) comments on the previous segment. "Well, that’s really a hard working dog. I wonder what he gets paid."
Scanimatekids
Cartoon
Scanimate kids intro
Noimage
SCENE 2
BIG BIRD & kids all COUNT to 10 over in the Arbor while they stand on 1 foot, shaking their whole bodies, & remain perfectly still.
Henson Scanimate 10
Insert
Scanimate Films #10
My Polliwog Ways
Muppets
KERMIT THE FROG sings about his youth, or as he calls it, "MY Polliwog Ways".
Toon from tadpole to Frog
Cartoon
How do FROGS make more FROGS? The birth & growth of a FROG is documented. At the very end, the fully-grown FROG hops in the middle of a field & calls out, "Hey, KERMIT!"
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1232)
Alaluna
Film
An Hispanic boy gets up, gets dressed, & goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo).
2059 w
Cartoon
The 3 Numero Brothers show addition & subtraction.
Film.BikeRace
Film
Some kids have a bike race by the river.
Peacock cartoon
Cartoon
A peacock counts 20 feathers on his tail.
Ray Charles Beautiful Mornin
Film
Ray Charles sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'"
Ringmaster10
Cartoon
The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of 10 brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
1836 i
Film
COUNTing the circus clowns.
Pageant butterfly
Muppets
Pageant: Butterfly.
Butterflies
Film
A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
Typewriter X
Cartoon
The Typewriter gets a check-up.
Noimage
SCENE 3
Osvaldo knocks on OSCAR’s TRASH CAN & explains that he just got a job as an air steward on a GROUCH airline. GRUNDGETTA approaches, sees Osvaldo’s uniform hat, & becomes quite excited, "I’m just mad about hats!" She then makes it clear to OSCAR that she’s not going to dance with him tonight at the GROUCHa-cha Palace; & adds that she won’t dance with Osvaldo either. With that business sorted, they all head off to the dance.
Drawing chicken
Cartoon
Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English & Spanish)
George tallershorter
Film
George the Farmer demonstrates "short" & "tall."
Ernie & Bert Licorice
Muppets
Ernie & Bert - Ernie has a licorice whip that he offers to share w/ Bert. He divides it in half w/ a pair of scissors, but then discovers that Bert’s half is longer than his. He cuts off a little bit of Bert’s half, & eats it. Then he discovers that his own half is longer than Bert’s, & that's not fair, so he cuts a bit off of his own, & eats it. Ernie goes back & forth, cutting off more & more, until the licorice whip is gone.
Wih Witch
Cartoon
W for witch
Artist: Jeff Hale
Noimage
SCENE 4
On their way back from the dance, OSCAR, GRUNDGETTA, & Osvaldo, el Gruñón sing a cha-cha song in OSCAR’s Taxi.
W-Wash
Cartoon
W for Wash
SS News 5 pigs
Muppets
SESAME STREET News Flash - KERMIT THE FROG tries to tell the story of the 3 Little Pigs, but 5 pigs show up. He realizes he’s encountered the wrong group of pigs -- 1 of these pigs went to market, one stayed home, & so on (alluding to the game of "This Little Piggy"). Just as he gets things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up &, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs & puffs KERMIT away.
2040 e
Cartoon
"Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
Noimage
SCENE 5
The GROUCHES sing a reprise of the cha-cha.

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