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Sesame Street
Telly plays with an empty carton
Air date March 5, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors I, N, 5


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob and Ruby sing "A Song for Two."
Cartoon I-Ink (angry bird)
(First: Episode 0462)
Muppets Kermit describes the times it is appropriate to use the in and out doors. To his dismay, a group of monsters keeps going out the in door.
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon 5 song (twinkles, candles, diamonds, horses)
(First: Episode 0973)
Film A group of kids pick apples in an orchard, and take them into the cider mill to make apple cider.
(First: Episode 1585)

SCENE 2 Bob decides what he wants at Hooper's Store, when a seething Mr. Johnson enters and angrily orders a cheeseburger. He apologizes to Gina for the attitude and explains how his typical encounters with Grover at Charlie's Restaurant always go wrong and make him feel angry. While Gina prepares him a burger, Bob answers the ringing pay phone; it's Grover! Grover asks why "the man with the big blue head" isn't at Charlie's for lunch and claims he won't mess up his order because he has a new way to remember them. He starts to cry over the phone, so Mr. Johnson relents and heads over to Charlie's. Gina still has his cheeseburger, however.
Cartoon Stop-motion NUTS
(First: Episode 1178)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
Muppets Waiter Grover has a new method of remembering orders: He makes up a poem to remember what is ordered and who ordered it. Mr. Johsnon orders a cheeseburger with a pickle and French fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.
(First: Episode 2418)
Animation El numero cinco (Luis VO)
(First: Episode 2115)

SCENE 3 Mr. Johnson returns to Hooper's and vents about the experience he just had with Grover. He asks for the cheeseburger Gina prepared earlier, but she breaks it to him that she just gave it away to someone else...Grover, who they see munching on it outside. "I should eat lunch in more," Mr. Johnson sighs.
Cartoon Speech Balloon - I: An iron irons the word.
(First: Episode 0314)
Film Wheelchair races at the Special Olympics
(First: Episode 0898)
Cartoon A hand draws a bridge, which a train crosses.
(First: Episode 0793)

Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon Que es Esto?: Horse
(First: Episode 1974)
Muppets / Celebrity Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) interviews Oscar about his sock collection.
Cartoon Two scribbles are hesitant to let a tall green one join them, until it protects them from the rain.
(First: Episode 1477)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie's lost the nickel he was going to use for candy, so Shola gives him another one.
(First: Episode 0565)
Cartoon Five tail feathers are subtracted from a peacock.
(First: Episode 1449)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings β€œHand Talk."
(First: Episode 2622)
Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)

SCENE 4 Telly watches as Gina unloads groceries from a large carton marked "Ketchup." She asks Telly to take the carton over to Oscar's trash can, but he quickly realizes he could reuse it for many other things instead of throwing it out. A rainstorm starts and he converts the box into an umbrella.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster acts out different feelings.
(First: Episode 1982)
Cartoon The dot gets on top of the lowercase letter i.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 0462)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Me."
(First: Episode 0421)

SCENE 5 Elmo joins Telly in the carton, which they pretend is a spaceship. They blast off in search of the Planet Mayonnaise. They encounter the planet (shaped like a jar of mayo) and Elmo has them speedily head towards it. Telly stops imagining so they don't crash, but Elmo imagines one on his own. He winds up hitting his head on one of the flaps, so Telly converts the carton into the Ketchup-General-Hospital.
Animation Five ghosts carry the number 5 into a haunted house.
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 2255)
Film Looking for triangles in the city (Maria voiceover)
Cartoon A lion and mouse help each other.
(First: Episode 1868)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
Lowercase n.jpg
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
SCENE 6 Telly and the kids show how you can write and draw on the carton. Telly writes top and bottom so he knows where those sides are, while the kids make the features of a cat. The carton now becomes their pet, Ketchup, which they take to the park.
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
Little chrissy you're alive.jpg
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "You're Alive."
(First: Episode 1482)
Cartoon / Film Things that begin with N: nail, nest, net, notebook, needle, noodle, nuts, napkins, nose. (Don't make noise at night). The letter N is nice.
(First: Episode 0659)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert expects a visit from his identical twin brother Bart. Ernie notes that they're alike in many ways, but their major difference is that Bart has a sense of humor.
(First: Episode 0594)
Cartoon A blue man demonstrates in and out with the help of a barrel.
(First: Episode 2084)
SCENE 7 Telly now uses the carton as a table, having a luncheon with Gina by Oscar's can. He asks her to notify him anytime she plans to throw away anything else. Oscar overhears this and states, "This could be the ending of a beautiful friendship..." Elmo announces the sponsors.

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