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Sesame Street
Telly sees a giant number 11
Air date March 2, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors F, Y, 11


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and admits that it's a pretty quiet day. Suddenly, he hears a tingling sound, along with a variation of "Also sprach Zarathustra," and then spots a giant number 11 in the courtyard! He is awestruck by this marvelous number (and the great music that comes with it) - it inspires him to make a triumphant count to 11. Then, the 11 fades away, and Telly makes sure the viewer also saw it, and calls for Luis.
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SCENE 2 Telly tells Luis about the 11 he saw, and Luis thinks it's no big deal - they've seen 11s on Sesame Street before. This number 11 is special, though: it comes with great music that makes Telly feel so ... eleven-y. He then begins to notice 11s on Luis: two pencils in his pocket, two of his pointy fingers, and even his legs, all of which look like a number 11. He tries to imitate the music that came with the 11 he saw, but Luis says he has to get back to work. Right after he leaves, Telly sees the 11 again, and calls Luis, but he doesn't come.
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SCENE 3 Telly tells Ruby about the 11 he saw, and she looks around for it, but doesn't see it. She gives a long speech about how curious she is about this giant 11 (and how many questions she has for it). While she rambles, Telly sees it come back, and stammers as he tries to direct her attention to it, but she never notices it while she's talking, and it disappears again.
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SCENE 5 With the help of the kids, Telly tries to recreate the eleven-y music he heard earlier, as they play kazoos. He hopes that by doing this, the giant 11 will appear again. Luis announces the sponsors, but just as he's about to mention the number of the day ... it appears again.


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