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Mrs. Grouch at her son's trash can.

Mrs. Grouch 4237

Mrs. Grouch's most recent appearance from episode 4237.

Mrs. Grouch is Oscar the Grouch's mother. She is also the mother of Oscar's brothers, Ernest & Otto & Oscar's sister Bunny. She has visited Sesame Street various times over the years, including episode 3023 to make sure that her son is still grouchy & hasn't been turned nice. That same year, she also appeared in the special Sesame Street Stays Up Late, communicating by phone with her son & other relatives. In her most recent visit to Sesame Street, she was performed by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph.

Mrs. Grouch lives in Illinois. Oscar remembers her gift of a tattered sneaker to him as a baby fondly enough to sing about it in his signature song, "I Love Trash". Her name is mentioned in Sesame Street Magazine issue 249 (November 1995). Whether she is a widow or divorced from Oscar's father is unknown.

According to a talk show appearance on Canadian radio, Oscar's father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick & his mother grew up in Nova Scotia. St. David's is near Moores Mills, New Brunswick, a community also mentioned in the appearance. That is a reference to Caroll Spinney's real-life parents.

A running gag between Mrs. Grouch & Oscar is that whenever Oscar would say "please", she would wash his mouth out with vanilla ice cream.

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