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SESAME STREET
GRUNDGETTA becomes nice due to the baby
Air date May 9, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors C, J, 9
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Street Scenes
Picture Segment Description
Noimage
SCENE 1
GRUNDGETTA rushes into the baby’s room to see the newborn child, but Maria explains yesterday’s incident was merely a false alarm. Maria shows off some of the baby items she’s preparing in the meantime, which even GRUNDGETTA can’t help but call cute.
Jughead
Cartoon
Jughead Jones’s J story
Starfish refilmed
Song
"Starfish" by Joe Raposo (re-filmed version)
2102ShadyLane
Muppets
Here is Your Life: Guy Smiley salutes the life of a house, 2102 Shady Lane, with visits from Frank Lloyd Left the architect, Mr. Bricklayer & Ms. Carpenter who built the house, Tommy & Sally Wilson, children of the family that once lived in the house, & even 2104 Shady Lane, the house that used to be located next door to 2102 Shady Lane, before it was replaced with a highway.
1845 o
Cartoon
9 sheep jump over a fence.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
Noimage
SCENE 2
OSCAR teaches the GROUCHketeers the "Heim-YUCK maneuver," meaning whenever they see a GROUCH acting nice, they yell, "YUCK! YUCK-YUCK-YUCK!" until the GROUCH is back to normal.
1095 o
Cartoon
C is for Cowboy
Rock 'N Roll Readers
Muppets
Telly is shocked to see Little Chrissy & the Alphabeats at the library. They explain that in addition to being rock stars, they’re also "Rock 'N Roll Readers".
Sign Man Kiss Me
Cartoon
Sign Man: KISS ME
2485 v
Muppets
ERNIE & BERT: ERNIE is confused when he sees BERT playing checkers with HIS pigeon, Bernice. ERNIE thinks it’s amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but BERT thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten BERT in 2 outta 10 games.
CH...IN
Animation
CH words are formed on a set of hanging click-balls.
Drink of Water
Song
"Drink of Water"
Cat-toon
Cartoon
C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
Noimage
SCENE 3
OSCAR continues his lesson, when he sees GRUNDGETTA & Maria strolling past having a nice conversation. The GROUCHketeers surround GRUNDGETTA & give her the Heim-YUCK maneuver, snapping her out of her pleasant demeanor.
Fay.add4balls
Cartoon
Fay demonstrates addition by placing 4 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
Monsterpiece Theater Ali Baba
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater - "Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves"
the 40 Thieves insist that they be introduced along with Ali Baba before the story begins, but by the time Alistair Cookie finishes counting them, the show has run outta time. (YouTube)(YouTube)
Orangeballs.twinkletwinkle
Cartoon
2 orange balls perform "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
Artist: Fred Garbers
1446 e
Film
Exploring on the ocean rocks
Two-Headed Monster feelings
Muppets
The Two- Headed Monster acts out different feelings.
3979 o
Cartoon
Rap #9
Noimage
SCENE 4
OSCAR sends the GROUCHketeers off to find GROUCHES in need of the Heim-YUCK maneuver. GRUNDGETTA explains how seeing all the baby stuff made her feel nice & she even imagined having a whiny, GROUCH baby of her own. OSCAR finds this a pleasant idea, when the GROUCHketeers deliver the Heim-YUCK maneuver to the 2 of them.
DavidCircle
Cartoon
Circle In Space (with voiceover by Northern Calloway)
Harvey Kneeslapper C
Muppets
Harvey Kneeslapper looks inside a paper bag & laughs & asks his next victim, "Wanna see?" The man says yes, so Harvey puts a letter C on him.
In & Out Crowd
Cartoon
"In & Out Crowd"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
Bert Is Outside
Muppets
Bert tells Ernie not to open the locked door until he gets back from his shopping trip. After he leaves the apartment, however, he realizes he forgot his money, but no matter what he does, Ernie won’t let him in the apartment because he thinks this is practice.
(EKA: Episode 1881)


2963-C3
Film
Kids climb in & out of a tire.
Music: Joe Raposo
Girlguitarcartoon
Cartoon
A picture of a girl playing a guitar is drawn as off-screen kids (speaking English & Spanish) try to guess what the drawing will be.
Snuffy with Alice little ABC
Muppets
Snuffy says the "big alphabet," while Alice says the "little alphabet". (new music added)
0871 d
Cartoon
Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
La Charreada
Muppets
Linda Ronstadt sings "La Charreada" with Elmo & Parker Monster.
Toon Earl of Sandwich
Cartoon
The Great Inventors Series: John Montague, Earl of Sandwich, invents a new type of food that can be eaten while playing cards.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
SS news alphabet mine
Muppets
SESAME STREET News Flash
KERMIT THE FROG reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J & Richard presents him with his own J.
1839zl
Cartoon
J - Jam
2612-Closing
SCENE 5
GRUNDGETTA makes Maria promise not to tell anyone else about her acting nice. Suddenly, Maria feels the baby pushing inside her & sends GRUNDGETTA off to fetch Luis. OSCAR announces the sponsors.

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