Sesame Street
Telly's gravity experiment
Air date May 4, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Sara Compton
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors H, I, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The Count tells the viewer that today, they're going to learn to count grown-ups. He calls over Bob, Susan, Maria, David, and Mr. Macintosh, who are all rather busy, but allow themselves to be counted for the sake of the viewer. However, the Count has them line up again to count grown-ups wearing hats, then grown-ups carrying things, and finally grown-ups who have to go to work now.
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
Muppets Ernie & BertLefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon Two lines intersect at the middle of the screen and have an argument; they cooperate by making a cross.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cast Gordon and Olivia try to cooperate under the sun, with voiceover from Bob.
(First: Episode 1245)
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Animation Counting 1-9 in Spanish
(First: Episode 1594)
Muppets The Count croons "Count Up to Nine."
(First: Episode 1134)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #9
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1032)
SCENE 2 Bob gives the Two-Headed Monster a music lesson on their clarinet with two mouthpieces, but one head wants to play fast, and the other one slow. When Bob suggest they play at different times, the monster impresses Bob by playing different melodies on the same instrument.
Cartoon Letter I (Beep Beep)
(First: Episode 0427)
Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
Cartoon A bird talks to a girl about what's inside the street. When she questions his credibility, he stammers, "A little worm told me!"
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1918)
Song "What Can You Do with a Burro?"
(First: Episode 1364)
Cartoon Capital I, he's quite a guy
(First: Episode 0368)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)

SCENE 3 Biff is tucked in on Bob's couch, as Bob and Sully watch Susan give him a check-up. Bob describes what happened - the two came over to fix the leaky faucet, when Biff started to feel warm all over and sneeze like mad. Susan concludes he's caught the flu and prescribes he get some rest. Biff insists he's fine at first, but agrees to go home and rest. Susan and Bob don't think he's fit to go all the way to Canarsie on his own, so he must rest at Bob's until Gordon comes back home with the car. Biff doesn't think he can sleep there, until Sully lulls him to sleep with a tune on Bob's piano.
Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
Film Letter H hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0336)
Cast Bob, Linda and Luis assemble a lowercase h.
(First: Episode 1056)
Cartoon A snake displays shapes, which are identified in Spanish.
(First: Episode 1584)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give everyone directions to Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house. No one listens to Kermit. In the end, Red joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
Cartoon Igor listens as Dr. Frankenstein names body parts in creating another Igor.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1637)
SCENE 4 Telly tells the Count about an interesting discovery he's made - whenever he jumps up, he comes back down to the ground. He wonders if this is always the case and the Count encourages him to pursue an experiment to find out (so he can count Telly's jumps).
Cartoon Harold and Howard think of H words.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0284)
Celebrity The Pointer Sisters sing "Hush Little Baby."
(First: Episode 0793)
Cartoon H for hair
(First: Episode 0475)
SCENE 5 Telly has now jumped 100 times, coming back to the ground each time. He's fairly convinced this will always be the case, but the Count pushes him to keep jumping (so he can keep counting).
Song "School Song"
(First: Episode 0986)
Muppets A group of Anything Muppet children wander into a classroom and wonder where they are. They lift up their desks and find the letters forming "SCHOOL" on them.
(First: Episode 1391)
Cartoon A mad scientist puts together a capital H.
(First: Episode 0284)

SCENE 6 After jumping over 1,000 times, Telly is ready to conclude that he will always land on the ground when jumping up in the air. The Count agrees, but now poses whether or not the same principle applies to himself. While the Count counts his own jumps, Telly announces the sponsors and, after the credits, says he'll go home to soak his feet.


  • The end credit sequence for this episode was used for the HBO edit of Episode 1957.

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