Sesame Street
Plot Telly is curious about Gabi's baby talk
Air date November 27, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors G, K, 8
This episode guide has been compiled from the NHK episode guides.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly thinks the reason Gabi cries is that nobody understands baby language. Luis tells him that "ah-ey-ah" does't mean anything--baby isn't a language. Telly imagines what it would be like if he were a baby asking Luis questions, and decides to learn baby so Gabi will have someone to talk to.
Cartoon Counting eight figures
(EKA: Episode 2253)
Cast Bob, dressed as a clown, sounds out the word ENTER by grouping two doors together.
(First: Episode 0939)
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 2233)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks Ernie to help him carry his heavy groceries, but Ernie is too busy thinking about all the things he can do as he sits in a chair: breathing, listening, and smelling.
(First: Episode 1449)
Cartoon G for Gorilla
(First: Episode 2491)
Song "Garbageman's Blues Song"
(EKA: Episode 1952)
SCENE 2 Big Bird introduces Telly to Mr. and Mrs. Finch, who have babies. But their babies don't go "ah-ey-ah," they go "peep, peep". Telly learns that "peep, peep" means "feed me" when he tries it, and Mrs. Finch feeds him a worm.
Cartoon "Why Bears Smile" - a story of a bear who learned which body part to cover when sneezing.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1109)
Celebrity Pee-Wee Herman recites his own version of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 2356)
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(First: Episode 0420)
Wishihadafriend Muppets Ernie doesn't want to play with Bert, who sings "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me".
(First: Episode 1819)
Cartoon A dog has a discussion with his master about where to go.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2450)
Film In Alaska, a sculptor makes carvings of cold climate animals.
Music: David Snell
(EKA: Episode 2365)
SCENE 3 Telly asks some Honkers what their baby is saying, but they reply in Honker, so he enlists Big Bird to translate. Big Bird says when the baby Honker says "honk, honk", it means "ay-ey-ah". Telly is excited because that's exactly what Gabi says, however the Honkers don't know what "ay-ey-ah" means.
Cartoon K is for kiss.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets The Twiddlebugs attempt to exit a roller skating rink.
(First: Episode 1468)
Film A girl wants to learn a playground rhyme after watching some other girls do it, so one of them teaches her.
(EKA: Episode 2345)
Twoheadedmonsternewspaper Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a newspaper.
(EKA: Episode 2122)
Cartoon Eight frogs
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1506)
SCENE 4 Telly asks kids what babies say, but they don't know.
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Are Kids Called?"
(First: Episode 0116)

Muppets Game Show: Happiness Begins at 40
Guy Smiley gets the Sad Family out of their rut by having them count to 40.
(EKA: Episode 2498)
Animation Can you find the hidden objects in the picture?
(First: Episode 1550)
Muppets Professor Grover teaches his students what "school" is, but he instead gets the lesson.
(EKA: Episode 2410)
Cartoon A gorilla names "G" words.
(EKA: Episode 2064)
SCENE 5 Telly asks Oscar the Grouch what he is talking about with Irvine. Oscar tricks Telly by pretending they are having a deep conversation about tin cans, before he tells Telly that babies don't say anything when they make noises.
Cartoon The man is only afraid of one thing: FEAR.
(First: Episode 0816)
Film A boy tells what happens on a fishing boat.
(First: Episode 0028)
Cartoon K is for Karate
(First: Episode 0489)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Bert is sitting in his chair and reading the paper, when Ernie comes along and starts reading over Bert's shoulder. They decide to share the paper. Ernie rips it in half, which seems to work until Bert starts reading over Ernie's shoulder.
(First: Episode 1193)
Cartoon "In and Out Crowd"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2612)
SCENE 6 Telly gives up trying to find someone who can teach him "baby" language. Gabi makes some noises and Luis says that means she is hungry. Telly is surprised and asks how Luis knows that. He said he learned it by listening to Gabi. Telly begins to listen to the sounds Gabi makes, while Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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