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Telly prepares for a trip to Mexico
Air date April 17, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Gary Belkin
Sponsors A, I, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly has adorned himself with various packaging labels and waits by the mailbox for a grown-up. Susan comes by and he asks her to help him inside the mailbox so he can be mailed to Mexico. She tells him people (and monsters) cannot be sent through the mail, then asks why he wants to be shipped anyway. Telly shows her a letter he received from his Granny Monster, inviting him on a trip to Mexico with her. However, in his excitement, he neglected to read the rest of the letter, which says she'll be arriving in her car at 3 o'clock to pick him up.
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
Film Marching band forms a square
(First: Episode 0514)
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Cartoon A for Ape (who crashes into a tree and forms a SHAPE)
(First: Episode 0602)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
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Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
(First: Episode 1586)
Muppets Grover is a guest on the game show "Name That Sound."
(First: Episode 1643)
Film Sounds Around the House v1: a dripping water faucet, a man playing the violin, a woman vacuuming, a teenager listening to pop music, and a passing elevated train.
(First: Episode 1706)
Insert Big Bird and company sing a song of crossing the street safely - "You'll Never Cross Alone."
(First: Episode 1597)
Cartoon Don't cross the street alone.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Erik shows Grover his teeth, and tells him how teeth are used.
(First: Episode 1639)
Film Cold things that begin with the letter I
(First: Episode 0618)
Muppets Director Kermit is making a western film with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful Jones is supposed to enter through the saloon doors and shout, "Everybody, freeze!" Of course, he forgets this, and instead enters under, around, and over the door. He gets the line right for the first three takes, but when he finally goes through the door: "Everybody ... frolic!"
(First: Episode 1922)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
Insert Susan and some kids play “Twister” in the park as David sings “Name That Game”.
(First: Episode 1846)
Cartoon A boy and a dog fight over a letter "I."
(First: Episode 0143)
Film Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(First: Episode 0944)
Cartoon A boy thinks it's raining outside, so he puts on his rain gear and goes outside, only to find sunny weather. It turns out the lawn sprinkler was near his window.
(First: Episode 1627)
Muppets Polly Darton sings "I'm Under the Weather Over You."
(First: Episode 1702)
Animation A dune buggy is assembled.
(First: Episode 0506)
Cartoon I-Ink (angry bird)
(First: Episode 0462)

SCENE 2 Telly wears a sombrero on which he's hung a "Se Habla Español" sign. He tells a Honker that since Maria and Luis have the same sign in the Fix-It Shop window and they speak Spanish well, he'll be able to speak Spanish well too as long as he also has the sign. He tests this out by asking Paco to speak Spanish to him, but he doesn't understand a simple, Spanish question. He thinks the problem is that his sign is broken and the Honker suggests he bring it to the Fix-It Shop to be fixed. Telly asks how to say "thank you" in honk, but finds he can't speak it either.
Cartoon Antes y despues: Several kids are sad, but become happy when a fruit vendor appears. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0631)
Cast In a circus routine, Luis the ringmaster demonstrates "before" and "after". Freeze-frame technology allows his assistant, Linda, to show each action as she jumps through a hoop, slips on a banana peel, and gets a bucket of water thrown at her face.
(First: Episode 0728)
Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(First: Episode 0783)

SCENE 3 Maria and Luis tell Telly nothing is wrong with his sign and that his plan for it won't work. Luis further states they don't have time to teach him to speak fluent Spanish, especially because Telly has only 10 minutes until Granny Monster arrives and they have a lot of work to do in the shop. They instead sit him at the shop's computer and run a Spanish vocabulary program. He learns several Spanish words that begin with the letter A and gives the computer his "Se Habla Español" sign, thinking it deserves it more.
Cartoon A frog looks for AGUA.
Film Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0424)
Cartoon Farm animals are counted 1-6.
(First: Episode 1692)
Muppets Oscar reads Irvine the story of "Little Red Riding Grouch." In the story, Little Red (Grundgetta) prepares a basket of Grouch delicacies to bring to her Granny' house. The Big Bad Wolf is there disguised as Granny, intending to eat Little Red. She causes the Wolf to lose his appetite by showing off all the Grouch food she has. The Woodsman shows up to save the day and runs off with the Wolf, repulsed by Little Red's treats.
(First: Episode 1826)
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)

SCENE 4 Luis hangs up an "Adios, Telly" banner above the stoop, where everyone gathers to see him off on his trip to Mexico. Telly shows how well he's prepared for the trip, when Granny Monster finally arrives. She reveals they're not going to Mexico today - that trip won't be happening for six years. She goes on to say this was merely an exercise to see if they both could meet up at a scheduled time without anything going wrong. Since the test was successful, Granny Monster intends to do it once a week until their trip actually takes place. Susan comments to the camera, "Well, now we know where Telly gets his worrying from." She then announces the sponsors.

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