Sesame Street
Telly loves triangles
Air date December 28, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Lou Berger
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production September 24, 1990
Sponsors I, V, 13


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo is going mountain climbing and needs Oscar’s help in making sure he has prepared everything he will need. The mountain he climbs, however, is Oscar's trash can.
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
Cartoon "¡El juega hockey!"
(First: Episode 2114)
Muppets "The Dirtiest Town in the West"
(First: Episode 1461)
Film A still of construction equipment fades into a shot of a parrot.
(First: Episode 1535)
Muppets Super Grover tries to stop a fight between Sammy and Frankie, who are fighting over an apple.
(First: Episode 0786)
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)

SCENE 2 Telly rushes into the Fix-It Shop to show Luis a newly arrived gift from the Triangle Lovers Club. He expects it to be something triangular, like the hat and tie he received. However, when they open the package, they find three colored sticks. Telly is disappointed with the club’s choice of a package, until Luis finds a set of instructions that show how the sticks can be made into a triangle. Telly uses his new triangle as the steering wheel of his imaginary triangle car.
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
(First: Episode 2711)
Film A girl narrates a film of her grandpa putting a horseshoe on their horse.
(First: Episode 0505)
Cartoon Vitamins give vim, vigor and vitality to a droopy V
Artist: John Hubley
(First: Episode 0311)
Celebrity Big Bird attempts to dance ballet with Raven-Symoné. When that doesn't work, she puts on some dance music.
Film A zydeco band plays "Allons a Lafayette" while people dance.
(First: Episode 2498)
Cartoon Boy and the capital "I"
(First: Episode 0368)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert refuses to share his cookie with Ernie, who tells Bert that if the cookie was his, he wouldn't mind sharing. Ernie takes the cookie, and asks Bert to ask him if he would share it.
(First: Episode 0472)
Cartoon A man sees a giant OUT, yells the word, and everyone runs out of it.
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 3 Gina is about to dig into some triangle-shaped cookies she just baked, until Telly rushes to her, begging her not to eat the triangle. She explains to him that it’s a cookie, which is made to be eaten and that she can always make more of them. She eats one then wipes off the crumbs with a napkin, which is also shaped like a triangle. Telly begins pleading her to not wipe her mouth with the triangle.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
(First: Episode 2415)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentJohn-John and Herry Monster count to twenty.
(First: Episode 0441)
Animation Stop-motion: a bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
(First: Episode 1463)
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)

Muppets Spaceship Surprise
The crew lands on the Planet TR, where they are greeted by Trevor Trout.
(First: Episode 2607)
Cartoon V for volcano, violet, and violin
(First: Episode 1762)
SCENE 4 Bob is giving a music lesson to Genevieve, who plays the triangle. Telly rushes up to her and begs her not to hit the triangle with the stick, fearing for its safety. Bob has her show Telly that if she hits the triangle, it won’t break. It makes a lovely musical sound instead. Telly plays his own rendition of the “1812 Overture” on the triangle, but he hits it too softly to make any noise (as he still wants to be gentle with it).
Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
(First: Episode 1716)
Cartoon Rap #13
(First: Episode 2547)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie and Bert play "The Feelings Game" -- much to Bert's chagrin.
(First: Episode 2356)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
SCENE 5 Elmo joins Oscar and Slimey’s game of “Oscar Says”. Despite Oscar’s best efforts to make Elmo loose, an attentive Elmo listens to know when Oscar doesn’t say “Oscar Says”. He orders him to leave, but needs to say “Oscar Says” first. Oscar says it and Elmo goes off on his way. Unfortunately, Slimey obeys him too and ditches him.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give everyone directions to Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house. No one listens to Kermit. In the end, Red joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
(First: Episode 1955)
Animation Can you find the hidden objects in the picture?
(First: Episode 1520)
Film Some kids have a bike race by the river.
(First: Episode 1419)
Cartoon I for iron
(First: Episode 0314)

SCENE 6 Maria and Elmo are going to read Gabi a story. Elmo’s job is to say the word “I” whenever Maria holds up a letter I-block. After the story, they announce the sponsors and the credits roll.


  • Scene 1 would later be used as a stand-alone Muppet segment on several international co-productions, including Open Sesame, Sesamstrasse and Ulitsa Sezam. Scene 5 was also used on Sesamstrasse.

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