Sesame Street
Telly grows a beanstalk
Air date November 22, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors G, U, 1


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon and Miles find Telly trying to read two books at once, claiming he doesn't want to hurt the feelings of the other if he reads them separately. Gordon points out the books aren't alive and won't feel hurt, relieving Telly, who asks if Gordon can read to them.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
Cartoon Hortense beats one drum.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2570)
Muppets Ernie tries to keep his cookies safe from Cookie Monster by tricking him into eating a carrot instead.
(First: Episode 1232)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Muppets "Home to Me"
(First: Episode 2093)
Cartoon The Hummingbird
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1518)
SCENE 2 Gordon finishes reading Jack and the Beanstalk, which inspires Telly to find some magic beans on Sesame Street.
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(First: Episode 1895)
Film Children of all kinds sing "We All Sing with the Same Voice."
(First: Episode 1708)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks, "Would ya like one?"
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon A face is drawn, but the mouth complains when it is drawn last.
Cast Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting (Linda) at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
SCENE 3 Telly and Miles have a bean and set up an experiment to see if it's magic - they'll plant it, water it and wait. When they get no response, they conclude it's not a watering bean - it's a singing bean, and they start singing to it.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Muppets Grover tries to demonstrate first and last by being first in line, but the other monsters keep switching on him.
(First: Episode 1307)
Film Scenes of flowers set to harmonica music
(First: Episode 2497)
Cartoon A U train spells the words Unite, U-turn, Underground, Up, and Universe.
(First: Episode 0624)
SCENE 4 Susan comes out with some milk and cookies for the boys and Telly gets an idea - if milk helps them grow, it might help the beanstalk. When nothing sprouts, Telly suggests they give it a cookie as well.
Cartoon The rabbit and the turtle race to the top of a building. The rabbit goes up 40 steps, but the turtle takes the elevator.
(EKA: Episode 2258)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog witnesses how the mailman and salesman knock at the door while the Big Bad Wolf chases Little Red Riding Hood around the bed. Eventually, the Woodsman shows up, and Red and the Wolf chase him for cutting down a maple tree which was their favorite one.
(First: Episode 0621)
Cartoon "Alphabet Imagination": A female voice quickly recites the alphabet followed by a male voice narrating each letter in a series of psychedelic vignettes.
(First: Episode 0345)

SCENE 5 Telly has now given up on a beanstalk, but since Gordon has read them Cinderella, he and the kids are now trying to change a pumpkin into a coach. When Gordon breaks the bad news to them that nothing will happen, Telly instead uses it for a game of "One of These Things" with some of the beans. He then asks for Gordon's help to make the pumpkin into something after all - a pie.
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!"
(First: Episode 0770)
Film Kids compare animals and human tools and technology.
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)
Muppets "I'm in Love with U"
(First: Episode 1701)
Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)
SCENE 6 Inspired by Telly's beanstalk experiment, Oscar reads the story of "Jack and the Weedstalk" to the Grouchketeers, who play the role of the chicken in the story.
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
Film Slide puzzle - truck
(First: Episode 0403)

Muppets / Celebrity Hoots tells Ernie to "Put Down the Duckie." (celebrity version)
(First: Episode 2534)
Cartoon Two caterpillars plus three caterpillars equal five
(EKA: Episode 2324)

SCENE 7 Oscar recruits Bob into Slimey's re-enactment of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Slimey climbs down his beanstalk (a flower stem) and begins chopping at it with his axe (a toothpick) to keep the giant away (Oscar). Bob will play the goose, but refuses to honk. As they argue, he announces the sponsors.

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