Sesame Street
Important reports from Telly
Air date May 12, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors K, O, 8
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 As Gordon prepares some breakfast for Miles, Telly interrupts the action so he can deliver an important message on the word important. After he's gone, Gordon explains things of importance when taking care of Miles.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch, Hold, Feel."
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets Instead of cookies, Cookie Monster recites a poem about galoshes -- or at least he tries.
(First: Episode 1626)
Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets An octopus sings "Octopus Blues."
Film A garfish swims around.
(First: Episode 0254)
SCENE 2 The film is interrupted for another report from Telly. He is stationed by the Fix-It Shop door to report on a story so up-to-the-minute that it has yet to even occur. He states that a man will come to the door, pull out his keys, then shake his fists in anger. As he frets whether or not this will actually happen, Luis arrives for work and claims Telly's report most likely won't come true. He discovers he's brought the wrong set of keys to unlock the shop and angrily storms back home, shaking his fists. Telly is relived his report is not a bust and presents the remainder of the fish film.
Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0673)
Grover the Messenger
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams which he has memorized. After singing a series of wrong telegrams, he sings (and dances) another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
(First: Episode 1828)
Cartoon Two kids argue over whose chair it is, until the dog suggests they share the chair.
(First: Episode 0369)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
(First: Episode 2206)
Cartoon A rooster finds a purpose in his life when he's given the job to wake everyone on a farm.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1347)
SCENE 3 The cartoon is interrupted for yet another special report with Telly. The announcer asks if this report is truly important; Telly thinks it qualifies, but starts to doubt himself. His report is about a picture he made of the 123 Sesame Street building, which the announcer likes very much. Telly feels proud and the announcer cues the rest of the cartoon.
Cast / Muppets Olivia sings about her "One Two Blues" with two Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 1493)
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Len Glasser
(First: Episode 1491)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Brian to explain which of them is "you" and which is "me."
(First: Episode 0294)
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(EKA: Episode 0338)
Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
Cartoon K-kick
(First: Episode 0463)
SCENE 4 Telly appears once more, now with a report on the importance of brushing teeth. A mob of monsters charge in, demanding the next segment play uninterrupted.
Cartoon An old woman emerges from the pouch of a bouncing kangaroo. She proclaims, "K! Kangaroo!"
(First: Episode 0489)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pair of headphones.
(First: Episode 1628)
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
Muppets An Anything Muppet family sings "Let's Go Driving."
(First: Episode 2095)
Animation Circle In Space
(First: Episode 1441)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie comes from finishing his bath, and tells Bert that there's something that he forgot. Bert asks if he's washed behind his ears, his neck, and his elbows. Finally, Ernie remembers that he forgot to turn off the water in the tub -- as the water level rises.
(First: Episode 0347)
Cartoon A Rube Goldberg device is used to turn on a television as the numbers one through twenty are featured.
(First: Episode 1869)
SCENE 5 Elmo sees Yo-Yo Ma's cello and thinks it's a "big fiddle" that belongs to Mr. Snuffleupagus, in contrast to Elmo's "little fiddle" (a violin). After Bob and Yo-Yo straighten things out, he and Elmo play music together.
Cartoon Things say that other things are small, but then something comes along that's bigger, or smaller, or whatever.
(First: Episode 0320)
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Bert tells John-John that he's lost his paper clips, and he feels sad. He asks John-John to show how he looks when he feels sad. Then Bert feels angry about losing his paper clips, and John-John acts out that emotion. Bert remembers where he left his collection, and John-John acts happy, too.
(First: Episode 0443)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 6 Hoots the Owl challenges Yo-Yo Ma to make the same sounds with his cello that Hoots makes with his saxophone.
SCENE 6 cont'd Their jam session is interrupted by one final report from Telly. Hoots is a bit miffed that their jamming has been cut off, but agrees that what Telly has to do is important - announce the sponsors. Hoots and Yo-Yo Ma play the show off with their own version of the theme song.

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