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


Picture Segment Description
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.
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.
Cartoon What's missing? (parrot)
(First: Episode 2103)
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Film A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
(First: Episode 0469)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon Two men push two large bird eggs on top of two hills
(First: Episode 0773)
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.
Celebrity Max Headroom recites the alphabet.
(First: Episode 2478)

Muppets Bushman Bill introduces Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops performing "D Duah Duah."
(First: Episode 1449)
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)
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)
Cartoon D for danger, dragon, doctor, dinner, and dessert
(EKA: Episode 2235)
Insert Linda plays a guessing game with Bob, Maria and the kids in which she makes some signs for animals.
(First: Episode 1970)
Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1452)
Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
(First: Episode 1579)
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)
Cartoon Mi kat iz...gone
(First: Episode 1967)
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)
Animation D/d (drums and drumsticks)
(EKA: Episode 2326)
Muppets The monster returns, now with cowboy hats that match the cut-out. Their image falls over and they follow.
(First: Episode 1880)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
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.
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
(EKA: Episode 2363)
Muppets On the vaudeville stage, Big Bird and Snuffy identify S words and tell gum-wrapper jokes.
(First: Episode 2020)
Cartoon An orange creature shows things that measure.
(EKA: Episode 1969)
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)
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)
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep. (Spanish soundtrack)
(EKA: Episode 2402)
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 Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.

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)
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
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.
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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