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Sesame Street
Telly's magic pencil
(repeat of 2450)
Air date February 9, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors R, X, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly welcomes the viewer, as he struggles to write an X. Maria shows how to make a proper one and assures him with practice, he'll be much better at writing.

SCENE 1 cont'd Telly muses that one day, he'll be able to write the whole alphabet, when a puff of smoke appears (which Oscar thinks is his furnace exploding). It's actually Telly's Fairy Godmonster, who provides him with a magic pencil that can write anything. He uses it to write the entire alphabet. She poofs herself away and Oscar requests more smoke.
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
Muppets Annette Monster and Frankie Monster sing "Love the Ocean" to urge others to "show respect for the sea" and refrain from throwing trash in the water.
Cartoon Luis (in voice-over) counts racehorses numbered 9 to 1 as they cross the finish line.
(First: Episode 2110)
Animation A kerosene lamp assembles itself in stop-motion.
(First: Episode 1473)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: The 400 Blows
Grover has to blow out the candles on his birthday cake 400 times, but since this is Part 1, he only gets up to 40 before he faints.
Cartoon A boy learns to put his mom's letter in the mailbox all by himself (with a little help).
(First: Episode 1497)
SCENE 2 Maria is impressed with the multiple alphabets Telly has written, but doesn't buy his "magic pencil" story. Telly is upset the tip was been worn down, until Maria points out there's a pencil sharpener at the Fix-It Shop. Telly rushes over.

SCENE 2 cont'd Luis takes a call from Oscar about his furnace and agrees to fix it in a week. Telly appears and sharpens his pencil, noting it's shorter than before, which (as Luis explains) is what happens when pencils get sharpened. Luis then asks Telly to relay to Maria he's in the basement when she arrives. Telly doesn't want to wait and his Fairy Godmonster re-appears. She can't say the message; only Telly can see/hear her. She does point out that the magic pencil can write notes and Telly writes one for Maria.
SCENE 2 cont'd Telly runs out just as Maria comes in and she sees the note. She doesn't understand how Telly has gotten so good at writing so fast and goes to show Luis. Telly's Fairy Godmonster is enjoying how the proceedings are going and attempts to leave in a puff of smoke. Instead, she remains in the store. She decides to walk, needing the exercise.
Cartoon Ten brightly-beaked birds land on a statue.
(First: Episode 1524)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
(First: Episode 1641)
Cartoon R is for Rooster, Robber, and Rake...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Song "Playground Map Song"
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
Muppets "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco"
(First: Episode 1500)
Cartoon Big, bigger, biggest (balloons and blackbirds).
(First: Episode 1393)
SCENE 3 Maria tries to explain the situation to Luis, when Telly runs back in to sharpen his pencil. He's been writing a story, but doesn't think the pencil was last to finish it. His Fairy Godmonster appears in a bubble above him and gives him a vote of confidence. He runs out, as Maria and Luis are left confused.
Cartoon A girl sorts everything she finds which is alive and not alive.
(First: Episode 1526)
Happy and Sad.JPG
Muppets Kermit the Frog tries to explain the difference between happy and sad, two emotions which Elmo displays while trying to get Kermit to play with him.
(First: Episode 2188)
Cartoon "Me Tarzan ... you parrot!"
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2633)
Superguy pet.jpg
Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy
RW wants a pet spoon, so TLSG teaches him the importance of being responsible with a pet.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1986)
Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 4 Telly is concerned his pencil will reach its end before his story is finished. His Fairy Godmonster appears and encourages him to keep going with a cheer. Telly heeds her message and continues writing. "And I didn't even have to use my pom-poms!"
Cartoon The letter X
(First: Episode 0482)
2096r.jpg Muppets Two-Headed Monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.
(First: Episode 2096)
Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)

SCENE 5 Telly's pencil lasts just long enough for him to write "THE END," meaning he's finished his story! He calls out Luis and Maria to show them, but is upset that he won't be able to write anymore. His Fairy Godmonster appears (unseen) again and assures him with all the practicing he's done today, he won't need a magic pencil anymore. Telly is given a crayon and successfully writes his name. His Fairy Godmonster takes her leave and, from beyond, bids Maria and Luis farewell, which only they can hear.
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets "Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground"
Cartoon Es un perro
(First: Episode 1969)
Film Two Navajo kids go to school in Arizona. This year, Dante enters pre-school.
Cartoon Brand X
(First: Episode 0299)
SCENE 6 Telly has written a new story and reads it to Maria and Luis. His Fairy Godmonster appears in her bubble and announces the sponsors.

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