Sesame Street
Telly’s birthday party
Air date December 1, 1988
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors D, S, 8

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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
2499a
SCENE 1 Bob, Susan, Gordon, Gina and the kids tell the viewer that today is Telly’s birthday and they sing about the “Big Surprise” party they plan on giving him.
2499b
SCENE 1 cont'd After they all leave to prepare, Telly emerges from behind the staircase with Freddy and is excited for the party…until he realizes he ruined the surprise. He goes off reciting “Forget about the party” in hopes it will make him do so.
WhatsMissingParrot
Cartoon What's missing? (parrot)
(First: Episode 2103)
Song.meetinsects
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
2776FrogFilm
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Ssnews.marylamb
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Birdeggs
Cartoon Two men push two large bird eggs on top of two hills
(First: Episode 0773)
2499c
SCENE 2 Telly enlists the help of Forgetful Jones to teach him to forget. He tries some methods he suggests, but none of them work.
HeadroomABCs
Celebrity Max Headroom recites the alphabet.
(First: Episode 2478)
Bushmanbill1

BeMyDsong
Muppets Bushman Bill introduces Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops performing "D Duah Duah."
(First: Episode 1449)
Oranges!!
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)
Waiter-poetic
Muppets Waiter Grover has a new method of remembering orders: he makes up a poem to remember what is ordered and who ordered it. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger with a pickle and French fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings him a grapefruit on a bun.
(First: Episode 2418)
DragonDoctor
Cartoon D for danger, dragon, doctor, dinner, and dessert
(EKA: Episode 2235)
2499-SignAnimals
Insert Linda plays a guessing game with Bob, Maria and the kids in which she makes some signs for animals.
(First: Episode 1970)
OG.8buttons
Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1452)
CrayonFactory
Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
(First: Episode 1579)
TwoHeadSameDifferentHats
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a cardboard cut-out of themselves, but find they don’t have hats like it does. They run off to get some.
(First: Episode 1880)
2059za
Cartoon Mi kat iz...gone
(First: Episode 1967)
TwoHeadHats02
Muppets The monster returns wearing football helmets, but they still don’t match the cut-out. They dash off again to change.
(First: Episode 1880)
D-Drums
Animation D/d (drums and drumsticks)
(EKA: Episode 2326)
TwoHeadHats03
Muppets The monster returns, now with cowboy hats that match the cut-out. Their image falls over and they follow.
(First: Episode 1880)
Firestationfieldtrip
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
1563k
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
2499d
SCENE 3 Telly tries to talk to Oscar about his problem, but finds he’s not home. Telly pretends to do so, flipping the lid up and down whenever Oscar would talk.
Helicopter!
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
(EKA: Episode 2363)
BBSnuffyVaudeville
Muppets On the vaudeville stage, Big Bird and Snuffy identify S words and tell gum-wrapper jokes.
(First: Episode 2020)
2499-Measure
Cartoon An orange creature shows things that measure.
(EKA: Episode 1969)
Cookie10
Muppets Cookie Monster goes to the bakery for a special birthday cookie. The baker lists all the ingredients of the cookie, as he visualizes it. The visualized image looks so delicious that he eats it.
(First: Episode 0283)
2059y
Film Hands build things out of triangles and squares while off-screen voices try to figure out what the constructions will be.
(First: Episode 0004)
Count8sheep
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep. (Spanish soundtrack)
(EKA: Episode 2402)
2499e
SCENE 4 Telly can’t take it and confesses what he did to Susan. She’s not angry and tells him the surprise now is where and when the party is, putting him at ease.
Film.Kids.dancing
Film Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.
BertsBlanket01

BertsBlanket02
Muppets While Ernie is away visiting the Count, Bert has the place all to himself, or so he thinks! A group of sheep burst into the room and proceed to sing him a song ("Bert's Blanket") about how his blanket was made (with a flashback scene where Ernie is portrayed as a farmer). He then corrects them on the actual production phase.
(First: Episode 2391)
6Snakes
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
2499f
SCENE 5 Telly wonders when the party will be, when everyone surprises him with it right where he’s standing. Then, they all sing "Happy Birthday" to him.
2499g
SCENE 5 cont’d Down by the Fix-It Shop, Forgetful wonders whose birthday they're celebrating and announces the sponsors.


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