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Telly's magic pencil
Air date March 25, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Jeff Moss
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors R, X, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly welcomes the viewer, as he struggles to write an X. Maria shows how to make a proper one and assures him with practice, he'll be much better at writing.

SCENE 1 cont'd Telly muses that one day, he'll be able to write the whole alphabet, when a puff of smoke appears (which Oscar thinks is his furnace exploding). It's actually Telly's Fairy Godmonster, who provides him with a magic pencil that can write anything. He uses it to write the entire alphabet. She poofs herself away and Oscar requests more smoke.
Cartoon A dog has a discussion with his master about where to go.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2392)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
Cast David sings "Mary Had a Little Lamb" while Linda signs it.
(First: Episode 1157)
Animation Sand X/x
(First: Episode 0638)
SCENE 2 Maria is impressed with the multiple alphabets Telly has written, but doesn't buy his "magic pencil" story. Telly is upset the tip was been worn down, until Maria points out there's a pencil sharpener at the Fix-It Shop. Telly rushes over.

SCENE 2 cont'd Luis takes a call from Oscar about his furnace and agrees to fix it in a week. Telly appears and sharpens his pencil, noting it's shorter than before, which (as Luis explains) is what happens when pencils get sharpened. Luis then asks Telly to relay to Maria he's in the basement when she arrives. Telly doesn't want to wait and his Fairy Godmonster re-appears. She can't say the message; only Telly can see/hear her. She does point out that the magic pencil can write notes and Telly writes one for Maria.
SCENE 2 cont'd Telly runs out just as Maria comes in and she sees the note. She doesn't understand how Telly has gotten so good at writing so fast and goes to show Luis. Telly's Fairy Godmonster is enjoying how the proceedings are going and attempts to leave in a puff of smoke. Instead, she remains in the store. She decides to walk, needing the exercise.
Cartoon "Dinner for Nine"
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1658)
Film A gym instructor helps children perform a variety of stretching and bending exercises.
(First: Episode 1018)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie, Bert, Shola and a letter X
(First: Episode 0560)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
(First: Episode 2415)
SCENE 3 Maria tries to explain the situation to Luis, when Telly runs back in to sharpen his pencil. He's been writing a story, but doesn't think the pencil will last to finish it. His Fairy Godmonster appears in a bubble above him and gives him a vote of confidence. He runs out, as Maria and Luis are left confused.
Cartoon A man sets up a bus stop sign so that a giant can eat the buses that come.
(First: Episode 1176)

Muppets On Vacation with Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley and his tour guide have difficulty taking pictures of animals in the jungle because of Guy's uncontrollably loud voice. A tiger recognizes him, and offers to take a picture of him and some other animals. "Say TREES!"
(First: Episode 1949)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
Insert Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a rectangle.
(First: Episode 1276)
Song "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon Nine sheep (Swedish)
(First: Episode 1501)
SCENE 4 Telly is concerned his pencil will reach its end before his story is finished. His Fairy Godmonster appears and encourages him to keep going with a cheer. Telly heeds her message and continues writing. "And I didn't even have to use my pom-poms!"
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: At a zoo, Kermit asks the patrons what their favorite animals are. He happens to be standing by a cage with three attention-craving pigs, who desperately assume the mannerisms of each animal mentioned. One pig finally calls the attention of a little boy who apparently loves every animal. As it turns out, the pigs' favorite animal is the frog.
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon Two men try to go over a very steep hill.
(First: Episode 1522)
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
(First: Episode 2220)
Film Circles in everyday objects.
(First: Episode 0464)
Animation Blocks form a ramp and a tunnel.
(First: Episode 1446)

SCENE 5 Telly's pencil lasts just long enough for him to write "THE END," meaning he's finished his story! He calls out Luis and Maria to show them, but is upset that he won't be able to write anymore. His Fairy Godmonster appears (unseen) again and assures him with all the practicing he's done today, he won't need a magic pencil anymore. Telly is given a crayon and successfully writes his name. His Fairy Godmonster takes her leave and, from beyond, bids Maria and Luis farewell, which only they can hear.
Film A dolphin walks backwards on the water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
Muppets Waiter Grover prepares a table for a family who's celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative each time, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out seven cakes.
(First: Episode 1958)
Film Photographic collage demonstration of ALL, MOST, SOME and NONE of an apple.
Artist: Frank and Caroline Mouris
(First: Episode 0979)
Cartoon A curious cat chases after a ball of string and explores various places in its home.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2238)
SCENE 6 Telly has written a new story and reads it to Maria and Luis. His Fairy Godmonster appears in her bubble and announces the sponsors. The credits follow.


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