Grover's Counting Lesson

skit with Grover (Frank Oz) and Herbert Birdsfoot (Jerry Nelson)


[Herbert Birdsfoot is standing next to three blocks lined up in a row.]

Herbert: Hi! Herbert Birdsfoot here, and now itís time for Groverís counting lesson.

Grover [running up]: Hey, Herbie baby! Am I late?

Herbert: No, no, youíre right on time.

Grover: Oh, good.

Herbert: Now, over here I have some blocks.

Grover: Oh, theyíre pretty blocks!

Herbert: Now, I want you to count the blocks and tell me how many there are.

Grover: One, two, three. Three blocks, Herbie!

Herbert: Very good, Grover. Now, Iím going to move the blocks, like this ...

[Picks one of them up.]

Grover: Whatís he doing?

[Herbert is stacking the blocks on top of one another.]

Oh, heís making a little building! Oh, thatís cute, Herbie! Thatís a nice little building!

Herbert: There! Now, can you tell me how many blocks there are now? Be careful, though.

Grover: One, two, three. Herbie, three blocks!

Herbert: Very good, Grover. Now, Iím going to move the blocks once more, like this ...

[Removes top block.]

Grover: Oh, but that was such a pretty little building! And ...

[Herbert makes a pyramid.]

Oh, thatís nice, too!

Herbert: There! Now, can you tell me how many blocks there are now? Be careful, now.

Grover [after a pause]: Three blocks.

Herbert: Are you sure? They look different.

Grover: I know, Herbie, I know, but they are the same number! See?

[Points to each block as he counts.]

One, two, three. Three blocks, Herbie!

Herbert: Very good, Grover! Youíre doing very well today.

Grover [beaming]: Oh, I know!

Herbert [leading Grover away from the blocks]: Now, over here ...

Grover: Oh, over there. Bye, blocks!

Herbert [brings Grover to a spot where there are three oranges]: ... I have some oranges.
Now, I want you to count the oranges and tell me how many there are.

Grover [uncertainly]: Um ...

Herbert: Just count the oranges and tell me how many there are.

Grover: Herbie, I canít.

Herbert: Well, why not?

Grover: Well, you see, I know how to count blocks ...

Herbert [puzzled]: Yes?

Grover [despairingly]: ... but I do not know how to count oranges! Oh!

[Puts his hand to his head and leans on a very confused Herbert.]

Transcribed by Silvery Shoe