OSCAR hosts Grouch News Network
Air date October 16, 2007
(season finale)
Season Season 38 (2007)
Written by Belinda Ward[1]
Sponsors G, 9
Releases Onl Streaming


Street Scenes
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"Whats the Word on the STREET?" -- Struggle
GNN Logo

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OSCAR THE GROUCH is the host of GNN, GROUCH News Network: "All GROUCHY, all disgusting, all yucky news, all the time." Some TRASH falls from the sky, & FLUFFY hands Oscar a bulletin about something GROUCHY happening in Maria’s bathroom.
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Live cameras are at the scene of the GROUCHY news, which happens to involve Horatio using Maria’s bathtub (cause there's an elephant stuck in his). Maria keeps shoving her palm towards the camera throughout & asks for him to get out of her tub, but he can’t cause he's stuck too! Maria tries pulling him out by the trunk, which doesn’t work. OSCAR tells the viewers to stay tuned for more updates on the bathtub story.
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Suddenly, some "breaking" news: Cookie Monster is about to eat a cookie, when he breaks it in half! This makes him depressed & slightly lachrymose, until Oscar points out that the 1 cookie is now actually 2 cookies, which can still be eaten. To OSCAR’s detriment, this makes Cookie feels like giving him a hug.
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Immediately after that, back at headquarters (OSCAR’s TRASH CAN) after the awful hug experience, OSCAR gets a fan call from Grundgetta, who instantly scolds him for hugging on GROUCH TV (which is against GROUCH CC regulations) & she threatens to switch to another show if he doesn't show some GROUCHY news.
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Just then, Fluffy alerts Oscar about an update on the bathtub story. Live cameras are still at the scene, where Maria is still struggling to get Horatio out of the tub. Gordon comes by to help, saying he learned about what was happening by watching GNN. Maria is confused: "You watch Grouch News Network?!" Gordon explains that he likes to get both sides of the story. He then suggests that they cooperate to get Horatio out of the tub, & pulls with Maria - but Maria ends up in the tub.
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Grundgetta calls Oscar again to complain, "This show is way too clean!" & threatens to change the channel. Meanwhile, Oscar’s star reporter, Slimey, is digging some dirt up (literally) while spotting another grouchy situation: a "celebrity sighting" outside Hooper’s! Prince Charming & Sleeping Beauty are playing a game of checkers, but her narcolepsy frustrates the Prince. Oscar doesn’t think the prince will be able to wake her up with a kiss, but to OSCAR’s detriment, it does work. They shower Oscar with affection (Beauty: "How I love the paparazzi!"), which drives him away, back to headquarters.
Grundgetta 3

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GRUNDGETTA calls again to say she’s had it with all the niceness that she’s seen on GNN, so she'll be switching the channel to POX News. Lassie comes back from the dump with another piece of news, which she would rather chew than give to Oscar, but Oscar doesn’t mind: "A good reporter never reveals his sources."
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Meanwhile, back in Maria's bathroom, everyone is still struggling to get Horatio out of the tub, & have practically given up. Oscar himself enters to cover the story, secretly revealing to the viewers that the only way to lure an elephant out of the tub is w/ peanuts. Just then, Bob, making his only new appearance this season, enters w/ a bag of peanuts, having heard what Oscar said just now. Horatio gets out of the tub, & everyone congratulates OSCAR (& GNN) on helping them out of their struggle.
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Back at GNN, headquarters, Oscar thinks he's ruined, but then Grundgetta arrives up & tells him that he actually won The Phlegmmy Award for the grouchiest news show. The Grouches love the show, cause all the niceness on it makes them grouchier. In a speech, Oscar says he would like to thank his news team, but he won't thank them cause he is a Grouch & Grouches never say "thank you"! He signs off by saying, "Good night & good yuck!"
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A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
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It is a struggle for Tyra Banks to put on her sweater.
Pipe cleaners teddy bear
2 pipe-cleaner parents dig up some of their old toys, including a teddy bear, which they fight over till they accidentally rip it in half. They repair it w/ some chewed-up gum, & then decide to give it to the baby.
Voices: John Tartaglia & Stephanie D'Abruzzo
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The Letter of the Day Games - G
Cookie Monster finds a guitar, grapes, & a girl carrying groceries in 1 minute.
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"G, You're Great"
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Cranky & Rather-not 1

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GNN interrupted the program just cause they feel like it, so there! Anderson Cooper sits in for Oscar (Blech!) & starts speakin to GROUCH newscasters Walter CRANKY who Grrrs & Dan Rather-NOT who says, "I'd rather not!" about the letter G. A recent poll shows that half of the GROUCHES surveyed think G is a Grouchy letter, since it starts words like "goo", "GARBAGE" & "gastroenteritis". The other half thinks G is a nice letter, since it begins words such as "good", "gumdrop" & "giggle". (Each G word mentioned is scrolled at the bottom of the screen in the style of CNN). Anderson is in a tight spot since neither of the news GROUCHES want to give him their opinions. He asks himself "What would OSCAR do?" at which point OSCAR enters & answers the question himself: the letter G is indeed very Grouchy, since it starts the word "GROUCH". Oscar mentions that tomorrow’s guests will be Meredith Beware-a, Diane Spoiler who Anderson would rather not join OSCAR, & returns us to our "irregularly scheduled program".
Elmo's Ridin'
Elmo sings "Elmos Ridin'" as his daddy watches him riding his tricycle through the park. Kids join him on their scooters, & a squirrel tries to catch up w/ them.
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Muppets / Animation
The Twiddlebugs are off to Uncle Ollie's surprise birthday party when they suddenly get a flat tire. Now they have to search for something to replace it. Thomas suggests that either a triangle-shaped nacho or a square-shaped cheese cracker would work, but the cracker gives a bumpy ride, which breaks the nacho. A red checker does work, & they're off-not realizing they left the cupcake behind.
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Muppet & Kids Moments: Abby Cadabby & a girl recite the alphabet together.
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Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Rubber Duckie Ernie original track
Ernie sings "RUBBER DUCKIE"
Need water
All living things need clean water.
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The Number of the Day 9
9 nifty bats, dressed to the 9s, fly in after 9 is announced to be the number of the day, & Count von Count Counts them.
Number Guy 9 sheep
Number Guy: "How Many Sheep Will Jump Over My Bed?" The answer is 9.
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Milo Counting #9
Elmo's World

Elmo's World Helping lifeguard
Elmos World - "Helping"
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OSCAR signs off again by announcing the sponsors. "& that's the GROUCHY way it is."
So ends the 38th season of SESAME STREET.


Picture Segment Description
Scwubby Scwubby
Baby Bear sings a "scrubby scrubby"song as he takes a bath. As he finishes, he discovers Goldilocks has been in the tub with him breathing from a snorkel.(YouTube)



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