Sesame Street
Telly the Helper
Air date April 6, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors R, X, 4


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Insert Gladys the Cow livens up Luis' dull lecture about milk with a glitzy musical number about it.
(First: Episode 1310)
Film A variety of cat-shaped objects walk in front of the screen.
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Cartoon A schoolyard of gloves invites other gloves to join them.
(First: Episode 1481)
Celebrity Richard Pryor plays all the parts in a scenario of two kids meeting a new kid who wants to play.
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Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)
Cartoon A man uses a wheelbarrow to carry blocks needed to make a staircase.
Artist: Tom Gabbay
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Muppets Cookie Monster does a taste test to compare square shaped cookies, triangle shaped cookies, and circle shaped cookies.
(First: Episode 1750)
Cartoon X for X-ray: The Typewriter gets a check-up with help from an x-ray.
(First: Episode 0787)
Muppets Big Bird walks down the street, describing the difference between the actual street and sidewalks.
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Song "Windy Day"
(First: Episode 1645)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola talk about the letter X.
(First: Episode 0560)
Film Sea Horse
Music: Joe Raposo
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Cartoon Brand X
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Muppets A square monster tires to learn the "In and Out" disco dance.
(First: Episode 1328)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl is stuck IN the quicksand.
(First: Episode 0511)
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is interrupted as he tries to recite the alphabet.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1499)
Muppets Kermit the Frog, Smart Person, helps Legs Benedict (Bob) remember what to call the body part on the front of his face that helps him smell and breathe.
(First: Episode 0747)
Cartoon Sally the Spider skates with different combinations of her legs.
(EKA: Episode 0658)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Ernie opens his lunchbox and finds that half of his chicken salad sandwich is missing. Sherlock Hemlock, the world's greatest detective, investigates this fiendish crime. It turns out that Sherlock himself ate half of Ernie's sandwich.
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Cartoon A mother and child make juice popsicles.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
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Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
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Cartoon Four ducks
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Cast / Muppets Luis, Maria, Bob, Telly Monster, Georgie and three kids make rhymes for "dash." Oscar chimes in with one last rhyme - "trash."
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Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)

SCENE 1 Since everyone else on the street has a job, Telly decides to have one too. He's taken up the role of a "helper" to help people with their problems. His first client is Forgetful Jones, who can't remember where he was going to. Telly tries to help him figure this out, when he gets distracted by some loud music. Buster the Horse trots in and reminds Forgetful he's supposed to be participating in the Cowboy Parade today. Telly hopes the next client has an easier problem to solve.
Animation Floral patterns are formed to Eastern European music.
(First: Episode 1808)
Muppets A shark sings about his "Perfecty Pearl-White Teeth."
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Pinball 04
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #4
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Song Luis sings "Three of These Things" with three kids with umbrellas and one unlucky kid without one.
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Film A panda tries to scratch an itch.
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SCENE 2 Telly lights up when Don Music pushes his piano into view, claiming to have a problem. He plays a few notes, which have a strange, rattling sound to them. As he sobs, Oscar comes by feeling just as sad, as his best pots and pans have gone missing. He recalls sticking them in a large black box, which just happens to be Don's piano. Oscar finds them inside, looking even worse than they did before. Don's piano sounds fine now and he drags it back home to write a song. Telly frets that he'll be out of a job soon if people keep solving problems without his help.
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
Rhino Limerick
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros.
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1151)
Muppets While standing next to a tree being cut down, Professor Grover talks about the importance about listening... especially if the sound indicates some kind of danger.
(First: Episode 1789)
Cartoon A woman identifies farm animals by their sounds.
(First: Episode 1476)
Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
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SCENE 3 Maria overhears Telly moaning over how lousy his job is. She asks for his help in helping a friend of hers with the same problem as him. He sees he has value beyond a job and feels much better. He charges Maria one hug for the advice and Oscar announces the sponsors and the credits follow.

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