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Sesame Street
Telly becomes a firefighter
Air date March 15, 1985
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production January 24, 1985
Sponsors A, Z, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar gathers all his "friends" (Susan, Gordon, Luis, David, Bob, Willy and three of the kids) to take a picture for his Grouch club. He asks them to move closer and closer together, until they're all concealed behind the lamppost.
Cartoon A girl picks the key that matches the keyhole in order to gain access to a cache of toys.
Artist: Dan Haskett
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Cartoon Hats
(First: Episode 0773)
Cast Big Bird talks about noses and beaks, and what his beak can do. He tells Olivia, "I'm awful sorry about your nose." (music button changed)
(First: Episode 1246)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Cartoon A painter pops out of a box and paints a lion, then hangs a "wet paint" sign on it.
(First: Episode 1397)
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
Pinball 12.jpg
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Muppets Kermit and the word "taxi."
(First: Episode 0312)
Celebrity 14 Karat Soul sings "The Alphabet Song," followed by "The ABCs of Love."
(First: Episode 1675)
Cartoon A for Acrobats
(First: Episode 0797)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster drives a car, but puts on the seat belt first.
(First: Episode 1966)
Film A percussionist on the beach talks about how rhythm is everywhere, such as in breaking waves, walking and horse galloping. (edited)
(First: Episode 0032)
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Cartoon A man displays his invention, the A-box, which only takes the letter A.
(First: Episode 0781)
SCENE 2 Luis shows Telly and the kids different parts of a fire engine and what they do. Telly wishes he could be a firefighter one day and thinks he can become one right away.
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)
Muppets "Zig Zag Dance"
(First: Episode 1567)
Cartoon Why did the chicken cross the road?
Film Folk song: Have You Ever Been To The Farm?
(First: Episode 0138)
SCENE 3 Telly dons a firefighter helmet and has a small fire extinguisher. After giving himself a pep talk, he calls out to see if anyone needs his help. Gordon, Susan, Willy, and Bob all tell him they have no need for his services at the moment.

SCENE 3 cont'd Telly checks with Luis if he has any fires, disappointed to find again he's of no use. Luis explains that firefighters don't solicit for work; people call for them when there's a fire. He provides Telly with another helpful bit of advice - "Where's there's smoke, there's fire." He takes this to heart when he smells smoke coming from Hooper's Store. He darts over and sprays his extinguisher all over David's heavily-toasted English muffins. David angrily tells him, "You just extinguished my breakfast!"
Cartoon Roxanne and Violet Gorflatch are alike in many ways, but different in others.
(First: Episode 1480)
Cast (Same and Different) Maria and Linda dress the same, then Linda dresses differently.
(First: Episode 1819)
Film A young girl talks about her friend, Joe, who's training to be a fireman.
(First: Episode 1859)
Film Cat block structure.
(First: Episode 1824)
Animation A girl skips home through the city, hearing all kinds of noises. When she gets home, she repeats all the noises she heard with a little dance.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1877)
SCENE 4 Bob informs Telly about how much work actually goes into becoming a firefighter, such as taking exams and going to school. He states this applies to many careers and sings "You Can Be Anything You Want To" with Telly.
Cartoon "The Story of Princess Twelvia".
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1676)
Muppets Western: Four Anything Muppet cowboys put up a Wanted poster for "the Great Cookie Thief", who's been stealing cookies from all the bakeries in these here parts. Cookie Monster is standing in front of the poster, and the others suspect that he's the Great Cookie Thief -- he has the same googly eyes, the same blue fur, and the same Western hat. They confront Cookie Monster, but he denies the charge: "Not have same mustache!" He shouts, "Look over there!" -- and while they're distracted, he draws a mustache on the poster. They apologize -- but then Cookie Monster takes off his hat, and cookies fall out. The Great Cookie Thief makes his escape.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)
Film A wall painter on a high-rise spells and paints the word "WET PAINT" in red, but accidentally puts his hand on one of the painted letters and looks at his hand, all painted red, and shouts, "WET PAINT!"
(First: Episode 1036)
Cartoon Splash (girl on beach)
(First: Episode 0996)
SCENE 5 Big Bird watches Luis paint a "WET PAINT" sign to position by a door he's just painted. While he goes for some coffee, Big Bird realizes the sign is wet as well and believes making a "WET PAINT" sign for it would help. Luis comes back to find Big Bird has created several more "WET PAINT" signs to account for each other (and even sticks one on Luis in jest). Bob announces the sponsors and the credits follow.


  • This episode's street scenes are remakes from previous episodes. The main storyline about firefighters was written for Episode 1086, with Big Bird in place of Telly. The first scene is remade from Episode 0904 and the last scene is a remake from Episode 0967.

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