Sesame Street
Telly uses Spanish throughout the day
Air date December 31, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production September 29, 1987
Sponsors P, Z, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly Monster studies his "Spanish for Monsters" book and learns the different ways of greeting someone in the morning, afternoon, and night. The book gives the friendly suggestion of using them when meeting to a Spanish-speaking individual today. Maria comes by and Telly greets her with "buenos dias." He then tries to greet her with "buenas tardes," but Maria tells him that that phrase applies to the afternoon; it's still the morning. Telly frets that he must follow the book's recommendation of using all the vocabulary today.
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Film The Mad Painter #9
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SCENE 2 Maria reads Elmo the story of "Little Red Riding Hood," but he keeps interrupting with various questions about it. Maria is then called over to fix Susan's sink, so Elmo keeps reading on his own, asking himself questions.
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SCENE 3 Telly's alarm clock goes off, alerting him that it's now the afternoon and he can finally use his next phrase on Maria. Susan points out that Maria is heading downtown to the lumber shop and he's too late to tell her before she catches the bus. He and Susan catch the next one and eventually find Maria so Telly can tell her "buenas tardes." Maria is a bit surprised they came all this way to tell her that, stating he could have waited until tomorrow. Telly reminds her that the book says to say them today. She and Susan go off shopping while Telly stays behind, needing some rest so he can use his next phrase at night.
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SCENE 5 Now nighttime, Telly slept too longer and missed catching Maria as she came home. He thinks she might be sleeping right now and quietly calls up to her window, getting louder and louder until she finally responds. He tells her, "Buenas noches," and she says it back before heading to bed. Bob and Oscar the Grouch, woken up by Telly's actions, yell the phrase at him too. "Gee, I didn't know so many people here spoke Spanish," Telly comments before Susan announces the sponsors.


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