Sesame Street
Telly's dream
Air date November 30, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors A, M, 4


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly wakes up in his bed, welcomes the viewer, and tells them about the nice dream he just had. He finds a cookie tin box on Sesame Street and thinks about what to do with it. He considers using it as a drum, and lightly taps on it. To Telly's surprise, the taps echo from inside the tin. Telly opens the lid, and with a puff of smoke appears The Genie of the Cookie Tin. He is so grateful to Telly for releasing him that he grants him four wishes! Each wish will be summoned by four knocks on the tin. Back in reality, Telly tries to remember more of his dream.
Cartoon The wind blows one hat after another off a pig's head, onto the heads of birds. "The wind is very, very strong."
(First: Episode 2378)
Muppets An Anything Muppet family sings "Let's Go Driving."
(First: Episode 2095)
Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)
Cast Maria as Chaplin tries to throw away a newspaper into a rapidly moving litter can. When she finally does, the exit door also moves and she breaks down the wall.
(First: Episode 0753)
Cartoon Funny 4.
(First: Episode 1653)

SCENE 2 Telly recounts the next part of his dream, where he goes to the Fix-It Shop to tell Luis about the genie. Luis has trouble finding a screwdriver, and wishes aloud that he had twenty screwdrivers. Telly decides to use one of his wishes for Luis and makes twenty screwdrivers magically appear on the counter. Luis is amazed, and Telly has him count each of them to make sure there are twenty exactly. The genie briefly pops in to a bewildered Luis. Telly ponders again what happens next.
Cartoon An orange ball tries to pet a green ball, which growls, scaring him away.
(First: Episode 2118)
Muppets / Celebrity Tony Danza and Big Bird play tennis without a ball, and count twenty hits, while Kevin Clash announces.
(First: Episode 2170)
Film Some kids watch a film of a man working in a greenhouse, and try to guess what his job is.
(First: Episode 0772)
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 1
Grover and a group of monsters, including Herry Monster, Fenwick and Billy, get into a rowboat. The monsters all gather at one end, causing the boat to tip over and sink.
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 2
The monsters gather on the other end of the boat, and it sinks again.
(First: Episode 0281)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
Muppets Grover's rowboat - part 3
The monsters finally spread out over the boat evenly, and row away.
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon Me and My M
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1545)

SCENE 3 Telly gets out of bed and tells the next part of his dream, which takes place at Bob's apartment. Bob tries to play Chopin's "Minute Waltz" on the piano, and expresses how difficult it is, wishing that he could play it just like a concert pianist. Telly uses his second wish to help him do so. Bob is poofed into a tuxedo and is able to play the Chopin piece flawlessly, much to his own shock. The genie reappears, surprising Bob even more.
SCENE 3 cont'd Telly pauses the telling of his dream momentarily to brush his teeth.
Cartoon Jasper and Julius: Apple
(First: Episode 0485)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog and Joey talk about body parts.
(EKA: Episode 2303)
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(EKA: Episode 2240)
Film A boy who lives in Alaska narrates a film of himself going ice-fishing with his grandfather and sister.
(EKA: Episode 2375)
Cartoon Hortense counts four ants.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2501)
Muppets Game Show: Say The Word
(First: Episode 1373)
Cartoon A man talks about going to the city, without noticing he's walking right through it.
(First: Episode 0770)

SCENE 4 In the next part of Telly's dream, Gina is working at Hooper's Store and confesses that she's trying to find someone to go to the dance with her. Telly wishes for her favorite of all to take her to the dance. Rock and roll music starts to play, signaling the arrival of Big Jeffy and Little Chrissy, who musically plead for Gina to invite them. Gina is torn between her choices, so the genie pops in to offer a solution: cooperate, and go to the dance with both of them. She accepts, and ecstatically thanks the genie and Telly.
SCENE 4 cont'd Telly pauses his dream once more to change out of his pajamas and make his bed.
Cartoon A horse falls apart into a jigsaw puzzle.
(First: Episode 0784)
Robin Hood Ernie Harvey Kneeslapper
Muppets Ernie (playing Robin Hood) auditions Anything Muppets to be his Merry Men. After screening two individuals who don't meet the requirements, Harvey Kneeslapper is sent in laughing. Ernie thinks he's found a merry man and hires him immediately, but following a string of incessant jokes, decides he's too merry after all and fires him.
(First: Episode 0480)
Cartoon Various demonstrations of DOWN and UP
(First: Episode 0847)
Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "Spin" and watch it spin around, getting dizzy in the process.
(EKA: Episode 2595)
Cartoon M is for Moo
(First: Episode 0276)

SCENE 5 In the last part of his dream, Telly tries to use his last wish on Oscar, who is being his usual grouchy self. Out of frustration, Telly inadvertently wishes for Oscar to be nice to him for just one day. Oscar suddenly becomes cheery and invites Telly for a game of checkers. The genie briefly appears to explain to Telly that he just used his last wish. Telly decides to make the most of it and gives Oscar a hug. And so ends Telly's dream. Back in the present, he then decides to go tell Oscar about it.
Cartoon A scientist adds legs, feet, then knees to his robot and tells it to walk, but it dances out of shot instead (as does the scientist).
(First: Episode 1119)
Film Footage of a sunflower seed factory, where birdseed bells are manufactured.
(First: Episode 1181)
Cartoon "The Noble Ostrich", a segment about the day-to-day activities of ostriches. Includes an animated appearance by Big Bird.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0998)
Muppets Kermit the Frog reports on a musical tribute to the "Oogle Family" as performed by Cookie Monster and Old McDougal.
(First: Episode 1822)
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0770)
SCENE 6 Telly tells Oscar about his dream, which turns out to be the same horrible dream that Oscar had. The genie announces the sponsors.

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