Sesame Street
A day with mail and pen pals
Air date February 27, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors A, H, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The Count has taken up a job as a mailman, though unaware he has more to do than count the mail he delivers. After seeing how happy Gina becomes when she gets an important letter, he intends to do the job correctly so he can count more happy recipients.
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Film Letter H hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0336)
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is told that his dog looks thirsty, and says that his dog is a hot dog.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1180)
Muppets "It is I, Captain Vegetable!"
(First: Episode 1741)
Cartoon A captain and a first mate think they have planned ahead well for their trip at sea, but they forgot to take in the anchor.
(First: Episode 1591)
SCENE 2 Telly comes into Hooper's Store for some orange juice, where Gina is writing a response to her pen pal all the way in Australia. She shows where it is on the globe. Telly wishes he could have a pen pal, but doesn't know anybody in Australia or any other country. Gina recommends he start locally and Telly rushes off, intending to make Oscar the Grouch his pen pal.
Cartoon A map of Australia morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2646)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
Cartoon Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, and his neighbor below sneezes.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(First: Episode 0528)
Celebrity The Four Tops sing "Please Be Careful," a song about safely crossing the street.
(First: Episode 2256)
Gator pointing
Cartoon A for apricot, alligator, acrobat, accordion, artist, airplane.
(First: Episode 1586)
SCENE 3 Telly's mom has helped Telly write his letter, asking Oscar to be pen pals. Oscar wants nothing to do with Telly and orders him to beat it. After some back-and-forth, Oscar agrees to accept the letter if Telly goes away (though he has no intention of reading it once he's given the letter).
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
Muppets Kermit explains the importance of listening, using the Two-Headed Monster as an example.
(First: Episode 1767)
Cartoon H/h (with voiceover by Roscoe Orman)
(EKA: Episode 2282)
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus have agreed to be each other's pen pals and Snuffy begins to write his letter with some help from Big Bird. Snuffy then wonders why, as everything he intends to write about Big Bird has experienced first-hand. Big Bird assures him he'll read any letter his best pal sends to him.
Cartoon A cube tries to fit through wall holes of different shapes.
(First: Episode 1452)
Muppets Ernie sings "Little Plant."
(First: Episode 2144)
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
Film Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(First: Episode 0944)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster and John-John on up and down.
(First: Episode 0565)
Cartoon "Up and Down with Captain Brown"
(First: Episode 2493)
SCENE 5 The Count delivers four letters to Luis - three rectangular and one square envelope. Luis, the Count and the kids turn the mail into a round of "Three of These Things."
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)

Muppets Bob reads the story of a king and his three sons, to whom he bestows three, special gifts - a basket that is never emptied of food, a bird that knows all in the land and a horse that can travel anywhere. They each take a separate gift and travel the land, trying to help people. But, when they reunite, they find their separate gifts can't help them completely and realize that by cooperating, they'll know who needs food and a way to get there.
(First: Episode 1691)
Cartoon Various demonstrations of DOWN and UP
(First: Episode 0847)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of an elephant.
(First: Episode 0593)
Cartoon Abierto: Ali Baba arrives a bit late and gets run over by the 40 thieves leaving.
(First: Episode 0467)
SCENE 6 Slimey receives a log cabin kit in the mail, which Gina and Oscar help construct. They've also received some plastic trees to simulate the woods.
Cartoon Words that begin with A, ending with ambulance
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets Waiter Grover prepares a table for a family who's celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative each time, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out seven cakes.
(First: Episode 1958)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
SCENE 7 The Count has one last delivery to make, despite his mail bag being quite full. All the mail turns out to be for Telly, as written by the Count so he can count all the letters. Gina announces the sponsors.

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