Sesame Street
Telly meets Juliet at Birdland
Air date January 2, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors Q, Y, 2


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon approaches Telly Monster, who is dressed in a ragged bird costume and makes some bird calls. He explains that he's practicing to be a bird because he wants to go to the new club Hoots the Owl opened up called Birdland. Gordon tells him that the place is just called Birdland and you don't actually have to be a bird to go there, just "sit back, cool out, and let the music move you." Gordon invites Telly to go with him, Susan, and Miles, so Telly makes his way to the library to check out a book on how to "sit back, cool out, and let the music move you."
Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
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Cartoon A man tries to figure out where a squeaky sound is coming from; it turns out to be a giant's squeaky shoes. "Surprise!"
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Doo Wop Hop
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
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Animation Rocks turn in circles to a song.
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Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
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Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Muppets / Cast "Singing in the Shower" - Olivia, Ernie, Oscar, and Big Bird sing about how they like to sing in their various modes of cleaning (shower, bathtub, mudbath, and birdbath, respectively.)
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SCENE 2 The Robinsons and Telly arrive at Birdland while the band is playing and Telly finds an open chair at a table with another monster. She tells him it's okay if he wants to sit there, so Susan tells him she'll be at another table nearby. Gordon asks who Telly's companion is, but he doesn't know her name. She introduces herself as Juliet, sharing a gaze with Telly. After a pause, she begins to explain why she's wearing a bird suit, but Telly guesses it was for the same reasons he was worried about coming to Birdland. He explains what Gordon had told him earlier, and offers advice on how to "sit back, cool out, and let the music move you." They read the book together which leads to their swaying to the rhythm of the music. At the end of the number, everyone begins applauding. Telly and Juliet are slightly embarrassed by the attention, but say they couldn't have done it without the book.
Cartoon Two Farm Animals
Artist: Owe Gustafson
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Muppets / Cast Professor David lectures his class on trees. He says they are only good for looking at and leaning against, but they mention other uses for them.
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Cartoon A little boy asks his big brother questions about what happens at school.
Artist: John Korty
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elk feeding.
Music: Robert Dennis
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Muppets / Cast Ernie & BertErnie and Bert go see a silent movie, "The Picnic" (starring Maria as Chaplin and Linda as the girl).
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Cartoon A mother bird adds her eggs that hatch.
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SCENE 3 Hoots introduces Joe Williams who sings "The Birdland Jump" while the Birdketeers dance.
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Grover the Messenger
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams. After reading a series of wrong telegrams, he reads another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
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Cartoon Y for yawn
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Film Most animals have two eyes, ears, etc. ... but some snakes have two heads.
Music: Joe Raposo
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SCENE 4 Hoots and Joe Williams have just finished a musical number when Hoots asks the audience to welcome his friend Telly who's visiting Birdland for the first time. Williams invites him up onto the stage to sing with them, but Telly is worried someone will take his seat. Juliet says she'll watch it for him, but Telly worries that she might leave. Juliet worries Telly might not come back to her table, so they each promise to stick around. Williams begins the song, but Telly says he doesn't know the words. Williams tells him just to listen and he'll catch on. By the end of the song, Telly is scatting along confidently.
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Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Miami Mice
Ernie goes to a repair shop to pick up his broken Rubber Duckie, but neither he nor the mice can get into the shop because it's cerrado.
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Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Herry asks John-John if he knows the difference between up and down.
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Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald."
(EKA: Episode 2002)
Film To a jazz rhythm soundtrack, the camera zooms in on flowers growing on a tree.
(First: Episode 0156)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)

SCENE 5 Joe Williams is softly playing the piano on the stage at Birdland which has emptied out except for Telly and Juliet's table. Susan enters and tells Telly that it's time to leave. Telly and Juliet think they'll never see each other again, and say goodbye forever. Susan says they can see each other again if they just make a plan. She promises she has paper and a pencil to write it down in case he forgets.

Williams and Hoots softly play the closing theme and announce the sponsors. The nighttime credit crawl from Episode 2255 follows.

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