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Waiter Grover is Grover's most frequent occupation. As a waiter, Grover usually works at Charlie's Restaurant, although he has also toiled at O'Brien's Fast Food Restaurant, an airport restaurant, and a few other locations.

Grover's most frequent customer is Mr. Johnson, a Fat Blue Anything Muppet, who has become increasingly frustrated over the years with the poor service that Grover provides. In the earlier skits, Mr. Johnson was a lot calmer, and Grover was usually the victim. However, the situation soon reversed. Simon Soundman and the Count have also been served by Waiter Grover.

The framing story of the video Let's Eat!: Funny Food Songs involves Grover working as a waiter at Planet Storybook. He was also a waiter at his own tribute in A Celebration of Me, Grover. Grover was also a waiter during the Muppets 30th anniversary celebration in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, and handed the bill to Jim Henson. He also appears as a waiter in Cookie Monster's restaurant in the CD-ROM game Elmo's Reading Basics. The Sesame Street iPhone application, "Grover's Number Special", features Waiter Grover counting the items he needs to make Mr. Johnson's food.

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Sketches

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Mr. Johnson

For occasions where Grover served Mr. Johnson in a non-restaurant setting see: Grover and Mr. Johnson

Picture Title Earliest Known Appearance Description
Alphabet Soup Episode 0276 Mr. Johnson wants a bowl of hot alphabet soup, and he really wants it to be hot. He looks to make sure that each letter of the alphabet is in his soup, but he is missing some. By the time Grover brings in all the missing letters, the soup is cold. This was the first skit with Grover as a waiter.[1]


Video: Elmo's Easy As ABC, Old School: Volume 1

Picture Menu Episode 0332 Grover opens a menu, and shows Mr. Johnson a large picture of a specialty sandwich, which comes with potato chips on the side; a pickle on the top; and an olive stuck in with a toothpick. When the sandwich arrives, Mr. Johnson complains that it doesn't match the picture on the menu - it doesn't have potato chips, a pickle, or an olive. After Grover finally gets the order right, Mr. Johnson says he doesn't have time to eat, and leaves. Grover then loses it, and throws a tantrum in the kitchen.
Chicken Soup Episode 0406 Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.


Video: Old School: Volume 1

Bacon and Eggs Episode 0692 Mr. Johnson orders bacon and eggs, but he can't decide how many of each he wants.
Hamburger Episode 0705 Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger. The restaurant offers two sizes: the big hamburgers and the small hamburgers. When the small hamburgers are too small, he orders a big one, but because there have been some problems with the big hamburger, Grover tries to convince him to order several small ones. Mr. Johnson finally loses his patience, and demands a big hamburger. Grover winds up delivering a colossal-sized hamburger that he is barely able to carry; the burger is so huge that he crashes through the doors and walls, causing damage.


Online: Sesamestreet.org, The Sesame Street Podcast: Gigantic (edited)

What to eat first? Episode 1026 Mr. Johnson orders soup and a sandwich, and says that he wants the sandwich before the soup. When Grover brings the sandwich, Mr. Johnson has changed his mind, and wants the soup first. When Grover brings the soup, Mr. Johnson has decided that he wants the sandwich first. Grover ends up giving Mr. Johnson both the soup and sandwich, so he can decide what to eat first. Mr. Johnson tells Grover that he has decided to get a cup of coffee, then the soup and the sandwich.


Video: Eten

All Out of Food Episode 1708 Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk...but there are no glasses.


Video: Old School: Volume 2

Special of the Day Episode 1845 Grover recites to Mr. Johnson all the items on the menu, which are numbered. Number nine is the special of the day. It turns out to be a real number nine, but Mr. Johnson doesn't want it. (It's medium rare, and he likes his nines well-done.)
Grover, the Singing and Dancing Waiter Episode 2122 Grover is a singing and dancing waiter at Casa de Comidas. When he brings Mr. Johnson's order, he sings and dances while still holding the tray, and spills Mr. Johnson's food on the floor. He keeps on doing this whenever he brings more food.


Video: Put Down the Duckie

Grover's Poetic Memory Episode 2484 Grover has a new method of remembering orders: he makes up a poem to remember what is ordered, and who ordered it. Mr. Johnson orders a hamburger with pickles and fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, french fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

There's a Fly in My Soup Episode 2494 Mr. Johnson has been served a bowl of soup, but flags down his waiter to make a complaint. He asks Grover to inspect the fly that's in his soup, but Grover looks under; next to; and above the soup before he agrees to bring out a new bowl. The kitchen is all out of what Mr. Johnson ordered, so he brings him Cream of Mosquito.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

O'Brien's Fast Food Restaurant Episode 2601 Grover is the newest employee at a fast food franchise that serves such delicacies as O'Fish, O'Salad, O'Rye Bread, and O'Milk. However, this is a different kind of "fast food" restaurant: the food zips by the customer on trays across the counter, and falls to the floor if it's not caught in time. Mr. Johnson is not ready for this, so he asks if there's any "slow food" . There is, but it's served by a turtle, who takes longer than Mr. Johnson wants to wait.

Grover calls to an unseen "Chet" to order Mr. Johnson's food. This is a reference to Chet O'Brien, who played Mr. Macintosh on Sesame Street, and was the real-life floor manager for the show.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Trip to South America Episode 2616 Mr. Johnson dines at an airport restaurant, and is on his way to South America. Grover is the waiter, and when he learns about Mr. Johnson's trip, he gives a big lecture on South America, causing Mr. Johnson to miss his flight.
Corn on Toast Episode 2947 Mr. Johnson wants to order a couple of poached eggs on toast, but Grover informs him that the restaurant is out of eggs, so he brings two corn cobs on toast. Grover gives a lecture on where eggs come from by bringing a cornstalk, chicken feed, and a chicken to the table.


Video: Furry, Fun and Healthy Too, Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days
Online: Sesamestreet.org

Two Waiters Episode 3100 Mr. Johnson gets a different waiter for a change, a light blue monster named Piño. Then, Grover comes by, and argues with Piño over which one of them will serve Mr. Johnson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org, Hulu

Outdoor Cafe Episode 3105 Mr. Johnson has lunch at Charlie's Outdoor Al Fresco Fresh Air Cafe, where he's disappointed to find Grover waiting on him. The wind picks up, and blows his food away - but when Grover gives him the bill, the wind dies down, and he has to pay.
Much Ado About Nothing Episode 3112 In a Monsterpiece Theater sketch, Grover laments to Mr. Johnson that the restaurant doesn't have anything he orders.
Service Bell Episode 3127 Upon Mr. Johnson's latest visit to Charlie's Restaurant, the waitstaff has been implemented with a new service device. Grover instructs his guest to ring the bell three times to get his attention, instead of yelling across such an upper-crust establishment. After Mr. Johnson has trouble deciphering the speed with which he must ring the bell, he calls Andre the manager out to address his concerns. Andre, having been interrupted while eating a sour cream soufflé, doesn't think there's anything wrong with the bell. In fact, he thinks it looks so good that he eats it, as Mr. Johnson notices the time, and rushes out of the restaurant.
Guido's Trattoria and Spaghetti Joint Episode 3755 Mr. Johnson wants to order some spaghetti at an Italian restaurant called Guido's Trattoria and Spaghetti Joint. Grover brings the food, but it turns out to be just one noodle, angering Mr. Johnson. Next, Grover brings him only two noodles, then one noodle again. Finally, Grover brings him a large plate of spaghetti, with a lot of noodles. It proves too heavy for him, and he spills the spaghetti all over Mr. Johnson, who storms off in a huff.


Video: Playtime with Grover
Online: Sesamestreet.org

Chicken Castle Episode 3771 Grover works at a fried chicken restaurant, Chicken Castle. He serves Mr. Johnson an empty bucket. When he demands a full bucket, Grover squeezes into the bucket. (Cameo appearances from Papa Bear and Baby Bear in the beginning.)


Online: Web Video Player

Tomato Surprise Episode 3775 Mr. Johnson wants a hamburger, but Grover strongly suggests that he order the tomato surprise instead. Mr. Johnson relents, and asks for the tomato surprise, only to find that it means a giant, talking tomato will be dining with him. Surprise!


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Food Elmo's World: Food (Episode 3816) A brief original segment is shown at the end of Elmo's quiz to illustrate that grown-ups eat...unless Grover is their waiter.
Charlie's Birthday Episode 3832 In honor of Charlie's birthday, Grover is only serving items that begin with a "CH" sound. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger, chips, cherry pie, and chocolate ice cream, and he actually gets his food in no time, but before he can eat, the table (which the plate is on) gets taken away because it does not begin with a "CH" sound.
Put a Lid on It Episode 3916 Grover brings Mr. Johnson his milk stirred, but not shaken. Mr. Johnson explains that he wanted it shaken, not stirred: a milkshake. As Grover tries to accommodate him, he drops the glass of milk, and the sketch breaks out into "Put a Lid on It" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Mr. Johnson is named Fred during the song.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Russian Restaurant Episode 4111 Grover is joined by two musicians, and they have to sing when telling the customer what is on the menu. Mr. Johnson keeps ordering, and Grover asks if any is left, to which Charlie replies "Nyet" ("no"). After realizing that Charlie is out of a lot of food, Mr. Johnson asks Grover what he does have. Grover knows that the restaurant has one bowl of borscht (soup), because Grover was saving it for himself, but he lets Mr. Johnson have it.
This is one of the few skits where Charlie's voice is heard.
Frank Oz performs Grover for this skit.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Rhyming Day Episode 4139 It is rhyming day at Charlie's Restaurant, which means the customer has to make up a rhyme with whatever he orders. Mr. Johnson wants a tuna sandwich on rye. Grover brings him an apple pie, but that's not what Mr. Johnson wanted. Grover then learns that they are all out of tuna on rye, so Mr. Johnson asks for a cheeseburger instead...but what rhymes with cheeseburger?
Meal First, Middle and Last Mr. Johnson orders soup, roast beef, and peach pie, and wants them to be presented in that order (one at a time). Grover doesn't understand the order, and keeps bringing in the wrong item. Upon seeing the peach pie (twice), Mr. Johnson explains that he wants the pie after "everything else", prompting Grover to bring in everything else on the menu.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Back and Front of Chair In a miraculous feat for Mr. Johnson, Grover serves up a large bowl of spaghetti exactly to his liking. While Grover tends his other tables, he keeps bumping up behind Mr. Johnson and forcing his face into the meal. Grover solves the problem by moving the table away from him, so he can run in front of Mr. Johnson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Other Customers

Picture Title Earliest Known Appearance Description
Cluck-Cluck Sandwich Episode 0678 Simon Soundman wants a chicken sandwich, which he orders as a "cluck-cluck" sandwich. Grover has trouble figuring out what his customer wants. Simon Soundman says that his brother always eats at that restaurant, implying that Mr. Johnson might be his brother.


Online: Web Video Player

The Count Orders a Hot Dog Episode 0904 The Count has come to order hot dogs - lots of hot dogs. But when Grover refuses to get more hot dogs because the Count will only count them, and not eat them, the Count uses a hypnotism spell to get more.
Grandmother's Birthday Episode 2784 Grover prepares a table for a family, who is celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out six cakes.
Carrot Time In a parody of "Miller Time" commercials, Biff walks into a dull restaurant that livens up when Grover serves them carrots.

Book appearances

Video game appearances

External links

  • Sesamestreet.org - "Grover Waiter" video playlist
  • ToughPigs Anthology: Troubled Waiter - sketch transcripts

Sources

  1. Borgelnict, David Sesame Street Unpaved page 48

See also


This article uses material from the "Waiter Grover" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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