Sesame Street
Telly gets some hair
Air date March 6, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone
Production December 20-21, 1990
Sponsors R, Z, 13


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly shows off a new wig he's wearing, though Gordon and Barkley show signs of disapproval.

SCENE 1 The Two-Headed Monster gives Luis their "Learn Spanish" book and want him to teach them. He picks out a quick, easy word - "hola." The monster has trouble saying it, until he gets each head to say a syllable and blend them together. The monster happily repeats the word to all they meet, including Maria and Gabi. Maria, impressed they've learned Spanish, speaks to them with a more complicated Spanish message, but the monster simply responds with "hola."
Animation Abstract count to 13.
(First: Episode 2809)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon Two hippie kids wonder how to make their droopy plant grow.
(First: Episode 1484)
Song "Reach Your Hand Up High"
(First: Episode 2702)
Muppets / Celebrity Oscar and Danny DeVito laugh it up.
(EKA: Episode 2292)
Cartoon R for rose
(EKA: Episode 2363)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover talks to Zelda about "fast" and "slow."
(First: Episode 2611)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets The Three Little Pigs look for the Big Bad Wolf in a police line-up.
(First: Episode 2541)
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(First: Episode 1642)
Cartoon Two scribbles are hesitant to let a tall green one join them, until it protects them from the rain.
(First: Episode 1477)
SCENE 2 Telly watches as Lillian plays a game with the kids, when Amir's brother comes by to take him for a haircut. Lillian takes a look at everyone's unique hair, which seems to upset Telly.
SCENE 2 cont'd Elsewhere on the block, Telly frets that Lillian wouldn't consider his sparse, feathery hair as good as the others'. He imagines himself having hairstyles just like his friends (including a shaved head like Gordon), before deciding to get some more hair.
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Lightbulbs subtract from 5 to 0.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2188)

Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Job?" in which blindfolded monster contestants guess the occupations of different professionals, including Sonny Friendly.
(First: Episode 2573)
Film Alphaquest: R
Running down a road past a rabbit, a radio, some rocks, and a rainbow.
(First: Episode 2726)
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2628)
SCENE 3 The Count counts Alexis' individual stands of hair. He tries doing the same with Gordon, only to find zero hairs on his head. He decides to count his mustache hairs instead.
Cartoon A young man carrying a brown paper bag walks up to the bridgekeeper and asks him if he works there. He orders him to show him whatever circles are in the bag, and to eat them. He is ordered to eat three round foods: a cookie, a pepperoni pizza, and a slice of watermelon. Once he is granted permission to cross the bridge, however, he tells the bridgekeeper that he was merely trying to deliver the latter's groceries.
(First: Episode 1582)
Muppets Over the Top sing "ZZ Blues."
(First: Episode 2317)

SCENE 4 Telly has a small, black wig on and asks Alex for an opinion. Alex says it's different and suggests he get others' opinions. Barkley acts hostile toward him, mistaking him for somebody else, then the Two-Headed Monster (still saying "Hola!") mistakes the wig for a kitty cat. Maria and Luis agree he looked better without it and Telly storms off.
Film Ducks swim and fly.
Music: Chopin's Valse Op. 64, no. 2)
(First: Episode 2510)
Cartoon-eat a Z
Cartoon A red armless character is stalked by the letter Z until he eats it.
(First: Episode 1340)
Film "Visiting Iesha": Olivia sleeps over at Iesha's house, and spend the morning together. Olivia is white and Iesha and her family is black. Next time, Iesha wants to visit Olivia's family.
(First: Episode 2756)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie can't sleep, so Bert tells him to count sheep. Ernie tries to count sheep, but it's dull -- so he starts counting fire engines. The noise from the imaginary fire engine wakes Bert up. Bert says that Ernie's waking up the whole neighborhood, and tells him to count something quieter. Ernie counts balloons -- but the balloon gets bigger and bigger, finally bursting with a huge explosion that wakes Bert up again.
(First: Episode 0276)
Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)

SCENE 5 Gordon tries giving Telly a pep talk about his natural hair. Lillian brings over the kids and sings "Be Proud of Your Hair." Telly sees the value of his natural fur and takes the wig off. Everyone laughs at the sight of Gordon wearing it.
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(First: Episode 1469)
Film A man talks about his working horses.
(First: Episode 1466)
Cartoon A mouse riding an armadillo sings a song about 13, his lucky number.

SCENE 6 Maria shows Telly ways he can style his hair, when it comes time to say goodbye. The Two-Headed Monster pops up and starts repeating "Hola!" instead, then Gordon announces the sponsors.


  • Unlike most episodes, the theme song fades to black before the first scene rather than a cross dissolve.

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