Sesame Street
Telly doesn't want to give up his blanket
Air date February 28, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Jeff Moss
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors S, Z, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly tells Savion and Jaya why he's upset: he packed up to spend the night at his friend Malcolm's house, but his mommy told him not to pack his favorite blankie, which he calls "Softie." Savion asks why he needs Softie, and Telly comes up with a reason: to show Malcolm's little sister what shapes look like. He has Jaya help out by folding the blanket into a rectangle, a square, then a triangle.
Telly confirms with Savion that he does indeed need Softie to be able to teach shapes, but Savion notices that Telly also packed a handkerchief, which can also be folded into the same shapes. Telly, however, still likes holding his blankie up to his cheek.
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Video Fay demonstrates addition by placing 3 balls on a table.
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Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
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SCENE 2 Savion thinks he knows why Telly's mom forbade him to pack Softie: maybe she thinks Telly's getting too old to be seen holding a blankie. Telly panics at the thought of leaving Softie at home, and comes up with other uses for Softie: a dinner napkin (though Malcolm's mom might have napkins), a rain hat in case it rains (though they'll most likely be indoors), or a pretend cave.
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Cartoon A mother sings the story of how water travels down the drain and becomes rain.
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SCENE 3 Savion coaxes Telly out of his "cave," and suggests he leaves the blanket behind, one step at a time. Telly gets several steps farther and farther away, and when he finally gets 20 steps away, he notices he's okay, but then rushes back to Softie.
Telly thinks he could leave Softie behind if he had to... but then Telly's mom shows up, and explains what she meant -- she wanted him to carry his blankie, not pack it. Telly feels a huge sense of relief.
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Muppets Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn are out in the fresh air. Prairie loves the outdoors, but Cookie Monster can't get over that she did not bring any cookies. She tries to get his mind off cookies by getting him to focus on the clouds, trees and flowers. Everything he sees reminds him of eating cookies, but Prairie Dawn reminds him that if he ate all the flowers, there wouldn't be any left for other people to enjoy.
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SCENE 4 Savion asks some kids if they have a favorite toy or prized possession. Mikey has a car, Adrian has a Chrisopher Columbus ship, Alexis has a doll named Ryan, and Jessica has a doll named Mickey. Savion displays a car he had when he was young, which he called "Bill."
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SCENE 5 Telly watches Savion and the kids play with their toy cars. Telly's mom announces the sponsors, and the credits roll.

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