Sesame Street
Telly hosts "The Wide World of Numbers"
Air date February 27, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Ted May
Production December 5, 1990
Sponsors O, Z, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Today, “The Wide World of Sesame Street” will be covering numbers. Reporter Telly Monster is asking what people’s favorite numbers are. He first visits the home of Polly Darton, but her back up group, the Get-Along Little Doggies, opens the front gate, smashing Telly against the wall. Polly addresses the camera and sings about how singing makes her feel “Proud and Happy”. They leave, and Telly remarks how proud, happy, and in pain he is.
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Muppets Elmo writes his own song and sings it for Big Bird and Snuffy, who then wish that they had their own songs. Elmo lets them insert their own names into the lyrics, resulting in "Big Bird's Song" and "Snuffy's Song."
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Cartoon The story of an old woman who lived in a nine.
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SCENE 2 As Maria fixes Polly’s toaster, Polly sings a sad song about her broken toaster.
SCENE 2 cont’d Still reporting, Telly has gotten word that Polly is inside the Fix-It Shop and he can now ask her about her favorite number. Instead, Maria exits the shop. He is star-struck to find Maria fixed her toaster and begins holding her hand to show the audience the hand that fixed Polly Darton’s toaster.
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
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SCENE 3 Polly has finished lunch at Hooper's Store and thanks Mr. Handford with a song about healthy food.
SCENE 3 cont’d Telly visits Hooper’s in hope of catching Polly inside, but finds he’s just missed her again. Mr. Handford points out she may be heading for the park, so Telly runs off to find her.
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SCENE 4 In the arbor, Telly has assembled Maria, Mr. Handford, and some kids (all dressed like cowboys). Polly appears there too, who sings about her favorite number – 9.
Cartoon Nine birds land in a tree.
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SCENE 5 Polly closes her show by announcing the sponsors and Telly signs off his report.


  • This episode was later repeated in Season 24 as Episode 3047.
  • The original script for the episode contains a scene not used in the final episode. Between scenes four and five, Telly visits the park to find Polly. He listens for her voice and hears it coming from Biff's radio (using a recording of "Counting One to Five"). He finally encounters Polly taking her dogs for a walk before she promises to reveal her favorite number after a commercial break.

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