Sesame Street
Telly and the fire bell
Air date December 15, 1981
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Tom Dunsmuir
Sponsors L, O, 4
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird finds Telly, Olivia, Maria and Gordon congregated out in the yard. Telly has gotten a fire bell to warn people of fires, but now thinks it's a silly and useless idea. The grown-ups try convincing him that it's useful and plan to do a fire drill, instructing Telly to ring the bell at an unexpected moment. Big Bird goes back to his nest and listens for the bell, mistaking other sounds for it instead.
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Exit" as the audience leaves the room.
(First: Episode 0666)
Cartoon A loud-voiced girl talks about her dog, Pete.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1266)
SCENE 2 Telly winds up to ring the bell, but Maria passes by, thus ruining the surprise effect. She walks over to Oscar, who is about to have lunch. To her amazement, he plans on having a healthy lunch of an apple, carrot and celery, without chocolate sauce or any other Grouch toppings. He does, however, have her hold up a bullhorn, which amplifies the crunching sound as he eats. Big Bird mistakes this sound for the fire bell as well.
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie declares that he's "the world's greatest counter of numbers". To prove it, he counts from 1 to 10, but every time Bert interrupts him, Ernie starts over again. This slowly drives Bert crazy.
(First: Episode 0107)
SCENE 3 Telly again tries to ring the bell, but Maria passes by once more. She brings Oscar a tray of foods - apple sauce, carrot cake and celery soup. He's disappointed that they don't make any loud sounds when he eats them (to Maria's delight), until he discovers the slurping sound made from consuming the soup. Big Bird once again believes this sound to be the fire bell.
Animation 4 people, 4 wheels, 4 doors, and 4 windows make a carpool.
(First: Episode 0910)
(First: Episode 0935)
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)
2061 art
Film Three kids want to paint, but each of them has only one item, so they all cooperate.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0318)
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
Muppets Sesame Street pageants: Prairie Dawn directs the cast in a pageant about the face. Ernie talks about eyes, Cookie Monster talks about the mouth, Bert and Grover talk about ears, and Herry Monster talks about the nose. At the end of the pageant, they assemble a picture of a face.
(First: Episode 0711)
George ontopof
Film George the Farmer shows on top of.
(First: Episode 0242)
Insert The cast witnesses Alphabet Bates making the letter O in the sky.
(First: Episode 1329)
Two Lindas sign the alphabet
Cast Via split-screen, two Lindas sign letters of the alphabet: one is no-nonsense, and the other is very playful. A male voiceover narrates the letters with the same demeanor Linda signs them in.
(First: Episode 1354)
Cartoon "Mi casa es su casa."
(First: Episode 0794)
Film A look at the life of Colleen, who lives in Arizona.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon A spring bounces under and over animals.
(First: Episode 1236)
Muppets Bob asks a blank-faced Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet how he feels. The Muppet answers, "I don't feel anything." Bob sticks a nose and angry eyes on the Muppet, who then starts to feel mad. He walks off in a huff, and we hear a crash off-screen. The Muppet comes back and ad-libs, "It's okay, Bob, I just dropped my watch!"
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon A man makes a CASA for both him and his dog, who then makes a CASA for a bird.
(First: Episode 0586)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
GrocerySt re
Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
Eat Right Cartoon
Cartoon A stick describes the meals it eats throughout the day to become a thicker stick, followed by nine hours of sleep to become a boy.
(First: Episode 1471)
Muppets Grover sings "I Am Proud of Me" while admiring his block tower.
(First: Episode 1212)
Animation A man plays a memory game using cards.
(First: Episode 1232)
SCENE 4 Telly tries ringing the bell once more, when Gordon and the kids ride by on their bikes. Discouraged, Telly sings "I Wish I Could Tell."
Cartoon L for Lion
(First: Episode 0798)
Film Footage of a rattlesnake
(EKA: Episode 0294)
Dog imagination
Cartoon A little girl tries to figure out why a dog is crying.
(First: Episode 0862)
Rosey Grier phonebooth
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)
Cartoon Fisherman Jones demonstrates in, on and under with the help of a big fishy.
(First: Episode 0370)
SCENE 5 Now nighttime, Oscar convinces Telly that now is the perfect time to ring the bell. Telly does so as the adults come out and complain about being woken up. Big Bird darts over and convinces them to thank Telly instead, as fires can occur at night as well. Oscar is displeased with how the situation turns out.

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