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SESAME STREET
Mumford turns Gordon into a GROUCH
Air date March 13, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors M, O, 10
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Sesame Street season 40 title card

Street Scenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
OSCAR & GRUNDGETTA prepare to watch The Amazing Mumford perform a GROUCH magic trick he learned from the Great TRASHerini. Gordon assists in the trick, as Mumford changes lovely-looking shapes into GROUCHY ones. His attempt at changing a circle seem to fail, until they see the trick has made Gordon a GROUCH instead! Mumford heads to the library to find something to reverse the trick, while OSCAR & GRUNDGETTA get acquainted with the new Gordon.
Toon Hospital Clinic
Cartoon
On the beach, a boy hurts his foot stepping on a broken shell, but a visit to the hospital clinic makes him feel better.
(First: Episode 2086)
The Dirtiest Town in the West
Muppets
"The DIRTiest Town in the West"
(First: Episode 1461)
Triangle in space with David VO
Video
Triangle in space (& David voiceover)
(First: Episode 1548)
George fast slow
Film
George the Farmer demonstrates "fast" & "slow" by going back & forth on a fence, & in a rocking chair.
(First: Episode 0288)
Gordon M m
Animation
M/m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
Ernie & Alphonso talk Danger
Muppets
ERNIE & Alphonso discuss DANGER.
(First: Episode 1387)
TSD Astronaut blue
Animation
Todays Secret Drawing is an astronaut.
(First: Episode 0193)
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SCENE 2
Susan can’t stand dealing with the GROUCH Gordon & goes to check on Mumford. Just after, Brian drops off a bag of TRASH, which Gordon stakes a claim on, to OSCAR’s frustration. He begins to rummage through it & finds some discarded letter M's (a favorite letter to GROUCHES). GRUNDGETTA, becoming attracted to this new Gordon, joins in as they dig through the bag, while OSCAR runs off in a huff.
Dangernose!
Cartoon
A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, & doubts there’s any danger until the character sneezes.
(First: Episode 1125)
The Triangle is Right 1

The Triangle is Right 2
Muppets
Game Show: The Triangle is Right
The object of the game is to answer every question with "a triangle" as the answer. Contestant PRAIRIE DAWN has little patience for this format.
(First: Episode 2185)
Jazz 10
Cartoon
Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Gemsbok Fast Faster
Film
A gemsbok runs fast, then faster.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
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Film
Things that start with M
(First: Episode 0620)
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SCENE 3
Susan, OSCAR & Mumford all return. GRUNDGETTA appears to be the only one who wants Gordon to stay like this, but Mumford tries out his new magic words to fix everything. Gordon remains the same, but now OSCAR has become a proper gentleman.
Bird Balloon Sub
Cartoon
A bird subtracts 2 balloons from a group of 3.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0530)
Put Down the Duckie
Muppets
Hoots tells Ernie to "Put Down the DUCKIE"
1800-5
Film
A girl meets a blind woman who has a seeing-eye dog.
(First: Episode 0952)
SS News angry
Muppets
SESAME STREET News Flash: KERMIT tries to find out what really makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately makes him lose his temper & yell at the camera.
(First: Episode 0537)
2040 e
Cartoon
"Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
400032
Film
A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
Toon Orange
Cartoon
O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Telly Monster Ron Darling
Muppets / Celebrity
Baseball fan TELLY is looking at his cards when he sees a familiar face stop by. He asks the man to pose for him, to compare him to the card on which he thinks he’s seen him. He realizes that it is indeed Ron Darling of the New York Mets, & he asks him to read his own card.
(First: Episode 2080)
Bass 6
Cartoon
A bass player (Major Holley) COUNTs to 6.
(First: Episode 2229)
Count von Count candles
Muppets
THE COUNT extinguishes electric candles by COUNTing them with his finger. As he heads up the stairs for bed, he steps on Fatatita. He also tells his wolf Yuba to run & play with his friends.
(First: Episode 0545)
Signman DIRTY
Cartoon
Sign Man: DIRTY
(First: Episode 1121)
Chinchilla
Film
College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children’s Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, possums & chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
AwwNuts
Cartoon
Stop-motion NUTS
(First: Episode 1178)
Chaplin HOP
Cast
Charlie Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
(EKA: Episode 1982)


2423 Sprout
Film
Time-lapse of seeds growing.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Rhyme Out
Insert
Maria, BIG BIRD & Luis have a "Rhyme Out."
(First: Episode 2220)
Toon Clumsy square
Cartoon
Christopher Clumsy demonstrates shapes.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0416)
Film baby turtle
Film
Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
Eljuegabeisbol
Animation
"¡Él juega beisbol!"
(First: Episode 2101)
Copy drums
Muppets
ERNIE plays a game with BERT where ERNIE plays riffs on his drum set & BERT has to repeat them back. BERT is surprisingly good at the game.
(First: Episode 1809)
Open cartoon
Cartoon
Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
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SCENE 4
OSCAR shows off the flowers he’s picked from a stroll in the woods, while GRUNDGETTA sobs. Mumford tries a new trick, returning OSCAR back to normal. He’s appalled to learn about what just happened.

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