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Sesame Street
Telly thinks Hooper's has closed for good
Air date January 12, 1981
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors V, Z, 4
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly Monster makes his way to Hooper's Store for some breakfast, but notices a "CLOSED" sign in the doorway. He takes this to mean that Mr. Hooper is closing the store forever, which means nobody will get any breakfast ever again. He fails to notice Mr. Hooper opening up the store.
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Muppets Manny the casting agent finds a listing from a circus, who need a yellow, striped, furry animal for their show. He gussies up one client, a banana, to fit the bill, while his other client, a tiger, tries to point out he's better suited. When it's the tiger's turn, the only other gig is the role of a banana in a cereal commercial.
(First: Episode 1452)
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Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: The man unscrambles the letters in a HELP sign.
(First: Episode 1118)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Tanya talk about the word "HELP."
(First: Episode 1435)
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Animation Sand Z/z
(First: Episode 0614)
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Muppets "The Zizzy Zoomers"
(First: Episode 0359)
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SCENE 2 Telly still mopes about his Hooper's Store theory, unaware of the many customers coming in and out. Olivia invites him to buy a ball to play with from the store, which only worsens Telly's condition.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
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Cartoon A schoolyard of gloves invites other gloves to join them.
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Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
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Celebrity Rosey Grier and a kid both enter phone booths and with their unique sizes, they each help the other retrieve their dropped dime.
(First: Episode 0886)
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Film Things you can carry
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0515)
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Muppets Little Bird explains "next to". Then Cookie Monster cuddles up next to Little Bird.
(First: Episode 0167)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird sings about how much he likes to be next to Barkley.
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Cartoon A girl imagines being next to a tree, a house, and a car. "Now I'm going over there," she says. "There's nothing here to be next to!"
(First: Episode 0782)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit witnesses as Old King Cole calls for his pipe and bowl (both of which he rejects), followed by his fiddlers three (along with a drummer, a saxophone player, and a bass player).
(First: Episode 0922)
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SCENE 4 Luis and the kids head off to Hooper's for lunch. They invite Telly to join, but he sadly replies, "I wish I could...but it's impossible!" He still doesn't notice the store teeming with activity.
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Cartoon A girl goes around the city to look for her lost kitty, and sees its image in a variety of signs and in nature.
Artists: Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)
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Muppets Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: It has four legs and a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
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Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
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Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)
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Film Some kids observe a woman drawing pictures of a building, and eventually guess that she's an architect.
(First: Episode 0768)
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Muppets Biff asks Sully to recite the alphabet, but recites the whole thing without giving him a chance to speak.
(First: Episode 0873)
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Insert Bob, Jason and the word OPEN (0:26)
(First: Episode 1111)
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Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
1041E&Bclean1.jpg Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 1) Bert tells Ernie to clean up the messy apartment.
(First: Episode 0010)
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Cartoon "Poverty Z" -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
1041E&Bclean2.jpg Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” (Part 2) Ernie has finished cleaning up the apartment, but the toy chest is still a mess, so he throws toys all over the place.
(First: Episode 0010)
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Film Anne Meara narrates a silent film of a woman in a burning building, who needs HELP.
(First: Episode 0506)
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SCENE 5 Luis and Olivia talk with the kids about things they'd like to do when they grow up. Deena appears and says when she grows up, she wants to play. She can't decide whether to play in an orchestra or pro-basketball.
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Animation A dune buggy is assembled.
(First: Episode 0506)
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Cartoon One of these things doesn't belong (shoe pairs)
(First: Episode 0490)
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Muppets A group of Muppets (including Herry Monster) split into two separate teams for a game based on whether they have letters or numbers printed on their shirts. However, one of the small ones points out that they've split into one team of big players and one team of small players. They eventually agree to play Tiddly-Winks.
(First: Episode 0298)
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SCENE 6 Telly notices Olivia, among others, isn't as upset as he is at the prospect of Hooper's shutting down. He thinks he's read the sign wrong and turns to the store to re-check. Before he does so, Mr. Hooper packs up some grocery deliveries and temporarily closes up shop. Telly sees the CLOSED sign and confirms he was right all along.
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Cartoon Four ducks
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Film A Stool For Me
(First: Episode 0513)
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Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
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Muppets Two-Headed Monster: MOM
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Cartoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)
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Transition Bridge #8 - Rectangle Bridge B
(First: Episode 0290)
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SCENE 7 Now nighttime, Telly is still where he's been all day as Mr. Hooper closes up for the night. Mr. Hooper asks Telly what's the matter and Telly points out the sign. Mr. Hooper clears up the whole ordeal and shows him what the OPEN sign looks like. Telly, now seeing the store is open, charges inside for his breakfast.


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