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Sesame Street
Telly and the Wedge of Cheese
Air date February 26, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors F, M, 13
Releases Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Susan welcomes the viewer and notices Telly dancing with a wedge of cheese. She asks Juliet what he's doing and she has her go through "The Farmer in the Dell" to figure it out. After singing through the whole song, they get to the verse - "The cheese danced alone"; Telly's doesn't want it to dance alone, so he's dancing with it. Susan explains to him the line is "stands alone," so Telly stands with the cheese (and Juliet joins him).
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has acquired some drums, but he doesn't know how to play them well. Ernie teaches him how to make drum playing exciting.
(First: Episode 0579)
Cartoon Don't mess with the Mighty M.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1578)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
Cartoon F for fire, fountain, face, farmer, etc.
(First: Episode 1614)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster takes turns reading itself a story.
(First: Episode 2590)
Cartoon A snake has a knot in his middle, and he can't find his end. The detective helps the snake find his end ... playing drums in a band.
(First: Episode 2600)

SCENE 2 Telly explains his situation to Miles and lets the cheese "sit down" for a while. Gordon comes by and explains they're going shopping for new clothes; Miles can barely fit into most of his current wardrobe. Telly realizes his cheese might need some new clothes. Gordon explains the cheese won't feel lonely or need clothes. Telly points out the cheese might not feel bad, but he will; he'd hate to leave the cheese sitting alone. Susan calls them over and Telly joins them.
Cartoon Boy learns to play his violin.
(First: Episode 1513)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Big Bad Wolf opens a school for huffing and puffing.
(First: Episode 2578)
Cartoon Rap #13
(First: Episode 2547)

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
Cartoon Cloud blows things FFFFFFFF
(First: Episode 0387)
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)

SCENE 3 The group arrives the shopping center and meet the sales clerk, who's working his first day and is a bit baffled by Telly and his cheese. Susan and Gordon each pick out a different jacket they think is perfect for Miles, when Telly interjects - his cheese "suggests" they let Miles decide. Miles picks a different one from the rack. "You know what? That's a pretty smart cheese," Gordon notes.
Cartoon Number creatures #13
Song "Cooperation" - Kids cooperate to move a wooden structure.
(First: Episode 0933)
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
Celebrity Madeline Kahn sings "Mmm...Madeline."
(First: Episode 2370)
Cartoon Are you the monster that ate the television?
(First: Episode 1970)
Muppets Gladys the Cow assists the Amazing Mumford on stage. Mumford says he will make her disappear, but his attempts fail, so he says he'll turn her into a duck instead. She runs offstage in fright, which means his trick did work this time.
(First: Episode 2579)
Cartoon "The Adventures of Clever Bill!" The main character solves conflicts between two giants fighting over who was going to take the first bite of an apple, and two girls fighting over who would first bounce a big red rubber ball. However, the conflict between two ogres arguing over who would get into a sleeping bag full of mashed bananas is too gross for Clever Bill to resolve, due to the second ogre saying that the other one got his part of the bargain by swimming in cabbage juice; but in the end, he says "Two out of three isn't bad."
(First: Episode 2068)

SCENE 4 Miles gets measured for pants and Susan and Gordon both have different ideas, before Gordon decides to follow the cheese's advice from earlier and let Miles pick. "You're starting to think like a cheese now," Telly says. While Miles tries on the pants, Telly has the clerk measure the cheese. They find it's a size 39, a size they don't carry pants in. Gordon tells him to stop worrying over the pants, so Telly instead worries over what hat to get it.
Cartoon A kid tries to push his toy house through the front door without the door closing.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0914)
Muppets The Bicuspids sing "Kids Just Love to Brush."
(First: Episode 2060)
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Cartoon A caterpillar escapes a hungry bird by turning into a butterfly.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0639)
Muppets At the beach, the Twiddlebugs notice that only Thomas has a beach umbrella, which they decide to share. They soon notice that they have no idea where the ocean is.
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon Willie Wimple: Land Pollution (litter).
(First: Episode 0527)
Film A metal crane and a real crane look alike.
(First: Episode 1544)

SCENE 5 Now back from the store, Gordon sends Telly and Miles to Hooper's Store for something to eat. Oscar has heard about their shopping trip and shows the new shirt he got for Irvine recently. Susan and Gordon are confused; why would a Grouch get a nice shirt with a cute, smiling cat on it? Oscar has Irvine play in the mud behind his can and the shirt is instantly ruined.
Cartoon A curious cat chases after a ball of string and explores various places in its home.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(EKA: Episode 2238)
Cast Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a triangle.
(First: Episode 1265)
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)
Muppets Anything Muppets sing "Goin' for a Ride", while traveling in a car, train, and boat.
(First: Episode 0037)
Cartoon Three scribbles exercise.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1579)
Song "Mom and Me"
(First: Episode 2462)
Cartoon F - Face
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1162)
SCENE 6 Oscar complains about Gordon and Susan's smiling faces, when Miles' rips his new pants. Oscar's day is looking up, until the couple talk about sewing them back up. Oscar goes back in his can, while Juliet announces the sponsors.

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