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SESAME STREET
OSCAR tells the story of the Knights of the Broken Table
Air date December 24, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Production October 3, 1990
Sponsors F, Z, 19
Releases Paley Center Archive

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Street Scenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
In todays GROUCHketeer meeting, OSCAR will read the story of GROUCHelot. As the story begins, King OSCAR & his GROUCH court hold a meeting. King OSCAR is tired of their square table & insists on a round table instead. 1 knight, Sir Complain-a-lot, prefers the square table. They argue until both tables collapse. Princess GRUNGeviere arrives & suggests they call themselves the Knights of the Broken Table instead. King OSCAR is pleased with this. Back on the STREET, OSCAR teases the next part of the story, then goes into his TRASH CAN while Telly & the kids beg him to finish the story.
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Film
A Navajo boy who lives in the desert talks about how his family has to pump water from the ground.
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3983 d
Cartoon
Rap #19
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Maria Martina
Cast / Celebrity
Maria interviews Martina Navratilova about her victory against Luis, but the replay tapes show she had trouble going over the net to shake hands.
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F flames
Cartoon
F/f (Gordon voiceover)
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2776 02b
SCENE 2
OSCAR returns to tell the rest of the story: Sir Worry-a-lot (TELLY) wishes to join the King’s court, but first, he must pass some tests. For the first test, he must show he can be GROUCHY for a long time. After being GROUCHY for 2 short times, he manages a long flash of GROUCHiness. King OSCAR & the knights are pleased & announce the next test, administered by Princess GRUNGeviere. She states that while he may be ready to take the test, she’s not ready to give it. Worry-a-lot begs her to reconsider, as we fade back to the STREET. OSCAR puts the story on hold once more, needing to answer his phone.
Phone booth
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A hand draws a telephone booth.
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Film
A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English & Spanish.
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Planet SH
Muppets
The crew of the Spaceship Surprise lands on the planet Sh, where they meet Sheriff Shrimp.
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Film
A boy draws a picture of his friend, Carey.
2356-3
Cartoon
The Typewriter goes to the zoo.
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Muppets
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Animation
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2776 03b
SCENE 3
1 child had to leave during OSCAR’s absence & he continues with the story. The princess, in leu of making Worry-a-lot climb a cactus or skate down a volcano, has him sing a yucky song, but he must remember the words. Worry-a-lot sings the YUCKY song along with her & passes the test. However, before he can become a knight, there’s 1 more test - he must find the HOLY PAIL! "It’s a pail with a lot of holes in it" King OSCAR notes. Before OSCAR can continue, the phone rings again & he leaves to answer it.
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2776 Frog Film
Film
A male FROG hops around & bulges his throat.
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Crossing Zone 1

Crossing Zone 2
Cast
Gordon hosts "The Crossing Zone" in which a boy named Johnathan has to find a way to cross the street. Susan helps him across.
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Toon Clam
Cartoon
A clam tells a fisherman why he’s not catching any fish: he pulled all the plants out of the pond.
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2776 04b
SCENE 4
Just for TELLY, OSCAR removes his phone line from the wall, preventing any further calls. As the story continues, Worry-a-lot sets out to find the Holy Pail. He returns instead with the Scrunched-Up Pail & the Missing Handle Pail. He ventures out once more & finds the Holy Pail! Instead of knighting him, King OSCAR instead hides it for Worry-a-lot to find again. This happens several times over, until TELLY, fed-up with the repetitious story, leaves until something else happens.
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Cartoon
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Waiter Grover sw
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Cartoon
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Cartoon
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1839 z e
Film
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Number Creatures 19
Animation
Number creatures #19
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Grouchelot

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SCENE 5
The cycle ends & finally King OSCAR induct Worry-a-lot into the Knights of the Broken Table. The ceremony ends with the singing of the GROUCHelot national anthem. With the story over, GROUCHketeers to scram. He then (begrudgingly) announces the sponsors.

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