Sesame Street
Telly joins Jelani and Company
Air date February 5, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 26, 1990
Sponsors D, Q, 11


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly sees Jelani and some teens heading toward the Fix-It Shop. Maria tells him that Jelani and his friends (Duane, Lamar and Tyrone) have formed their own company, "Jelani and Company," to raise money by helping people, and she's hired them to clean out her back room. Telly asks the teens if he can join too and they accept, assign him to find a safe place for their books and jackets while they start to clean. Telly is happy to be involved, even if all the coats and bookbags piled on him cause him to topple over.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry and John-John observe a letter Q.
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Cartoon Q/q (balloons)
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Muppets "Sounds of Our Lives": Dirk tries to pop Deirdre the question, but keeps getting interrupted by sounds, like an alarm clock or a train passing through the house... until he gives up and makes the sound of a slamming door.
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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.
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SCENE 2 Telly informs the viewer about the word "important" by showing how his current task, holding the door open, is important. He inadvertently traps Tyrone and his box inside, then causes him to spill it once he gets out.
Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
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SCENE 3 Mr. Handford comes over to let Telly know that his mother has called for him on the phone. Telly lets go of the door, trapping Tyrone in again. Telly wonders how he can do his job and answer the phone. He leaves Mr. Handford holding the door while he goes to Hooper's Store. Mr. Handford doesn't understand what's happening and goes to the store to find out, shutting the door on Tyrone.
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SCENE 4 Tyrone has forgiven Telly (and Mr. Handford) and sends him to Hooper's to get milk for all of them. Telly makes certain he won't screw this up and confirms he has not only the milk, but four containers. When he returns to the guys, they point out he's made a mistake - he forgot a carton for himself. Duane offers to share his with Telly.
Cartoon A man rearranges a LIMK sign to make the word "MILK".
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SCENE 5 Maria and Gabi return to the store and Maria is pleased with their work. The teens muse about what they'll be when they grow up; Jelani claims he can hire them all when he becomes the governor (then President). They reward Telly for his help with a cut of their pay (a dollar), then head off. Telly hopes that when he becomes a teenage monster, he can start his own company too and help people. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.

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