Sesame Street
Telly gets a furcut
Air date November 16, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors K, M, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Mike tries bringing Telly Monster to the Barber Shop to get a furcut, but Telly stalls by pointing out the interesting spots on the sidewalk. Mike explains that he used to be scared of haircuts, but assures Telly it won't hurt. Telly claims he's had furcuts previously and knows they won't hurt, but stops once more to observe the spots on the stoop wall. Thankfully, Mike has brought some snacks while waiting for Telly.
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Muppets Gordon reads the story of "Stan and Dan." Dan copies everything that Stan does, until Dan becomes a hippie.
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SCENE 2 On another part of the street, Uncle Wally joins Mike on a bench as he waits for Telly, who's currently observing the different leaves in a bush. Uncle Wally reminisces about his first haircut in a sepia-tone flashback. He recalls being concerned that he would look different post-haircut and no one would recognize him. His fears were soon put to rest. Telly claims he's actually looking forward to his haircut, but runs home first to take his shoes out of the fridge. "He must have cold feet," Uncle Wally states.
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SCENE 3 The barbershop is now just a block away, but Telly stops their trip once more; he wants to make sure he still knows the alphabet. After reciting it, Mike continues dragging him to the shop.
SCENE 3 cont'd Exiting the barbershop is Spike, who's just gotten a new do, plus the word "GO" shaved in the back of his head. Telly begins stalling once more, trying to come up with an interesting word he could have written in his fur.
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SCENE 4 Uncle Wally tries talking to Telly some more about getting a furcut, when Mike brings out Barbra the Barber (Lee Chamberlin), who sings a song about the care she'll take in cutting his fur. Just as she's about to begin, he runs off in fear. The adults all go to find him.
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SCENE 5 The adults find Telly under the arbor staircase. Telly admits that he doesn't want a furcut because of the fur he'll lose; he considers his fur to be his friend and he misses it when it's gone. Barbra promises to bag his fur afterward so he can keep it as long as he pleases. Telly likes the plan and comes out of hiding.
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SCENE 6 Barbra finishes Telly's furcut and hands him the paper bag, full of his fur. Telly thinks of all the fun times he and his old fur can have, while Mike announces the sponsors and the credits roll.

Guest cast

  • Lee Chamberlin as Barbra the Barber
  • Billy Kay as Young Uncle Wally
  • Ernesto Gasco as Uncle Wally's Barber
  • Glenn Kubota as Man #1
  • Sandra Lovell as Woman
  • Jerome Preston Bates as Man #2

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