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Telly plays Señor Zero Jr.!
Air date April 20, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by John Weidman
Production January 2, 1992
Sponsors O, R, 17


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird tells the viewer today's sponsors and presents one of them, the letter R (Martin P. Robinson), who says a few R words. An angry letter O (David Rudman) bursts onto the scene and wants his chance to talk. The two letters begin arguing.
Film Ornate Rs fly through the sky to a song.
(First: Episode 2932)
Muppets Elmo sings about "The Sound That's in the Air."
(First: Episode 2948)
Film Pizza is made.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon Lady Marple-Bug solves "The Case of the Four Flyers" by identifying the bird as the one that didn't fit in amongst the group of butterflies.
(First: Episode 2963)
Muppets "Big Kids Cry"
(First: Episode 1488)
Cartoon Ranger Armbuckle talks about how plants travel -- by sowing their seeds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
SCENE 2 Big Bird allows the letter O a chance to talk and he boasts about himself, while the letter R grumbles from the side. Big Bird encourages them to stop fighting and "get together." The two letters then form the word "OR," where they find they have a lot in common.
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones climb the "Mountain of Love."
(First: Episode 2733)
Cartoon A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom she eventually runs off with.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2058)
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Animation Slide puzzle - elephant
(First: Episode 0389)
SCENE 3 At Hooper's Store, Luis requests an apple from Mr. Handford just as their supply is gone. Suddenly, Luis rushes off, claiming to have left his wallet in the dishwasher.
SCENE 3 cont'd A heroic theme plays as Señor Zero appears, swinging into the store in a rope (and looking suspiciously like Luis). He points out how there are now zero apples in the bowl and slaps a zero on it. With more zeros to find, he swings out.
SCENE 3 cont'd Telly wishes to become a hero just like Señor Zero when he grows up, but decides to not wait and do it now. Luis re-enters and denies possessing a cape and thin mustache. Telly borrows a pot and claims he's now going to get a camera and an eggplant as he leaves. "If anybody knows what's going on here, would you kindly fill me in?," Mr. Handford asks the viewer.
Film Fay Ray subtracts one ball.
(First: Episode 2634)
Cartoon Gloria Globe is about to pull a rabbit out of her hat, but pulls out a kangaroo instead, which belongs in Australia.
(First: Episode 2811)
Muppets / Celebrity The Count teams up with Kid 'n Play for a rap song about how they argued whether they should rap or count.
(First: Episode 2797)
Cartoon Number creatures #17
(First: Episode 2745)
Film Maria and some kids count katydids hiding in the leaves.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2364)
Muppets A diva sings the Alphabet Song while the stagehand instructs the gaffers to raise and lower the alphabet sign, but the diva thinks he's asking her to alter her singing voice.
(First: Episode 2964)
Cartoon Slot-machine legs: Cowboy & horse
(First: Episode 1702)
SCENE 4 Over at the Fix-It Shop, Telly sets up his master plan: he intends to remove his eggplant from the pot, thus leaving zero of them in it. This will then bring the arrival of Señor Zero and Telly will get a picture of him. Luis offers to take the picture so to the two can both be in it. However, when Telly removes the eggplant, Luis runs off to feed his undershirts.
SCENE 4 cont'd Then, Señor Zero appears! He puts a zero on the pot and finds there's also zero Luises around. Telly takes a picture of him before he dashes off once more.
SCENE 4 cont'd Luis returns immediately afterward and Telly shows him his picture. Telly adds it's what "Señor Zero Jr." will look like and wooshes off.
Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Much Ado About Nothing" by Wilma Shakespeare
Animation A Navajo blanket is formed as tribal music plays.
(First: Episode 2963)

SCENE 5 Oscar monitors Slimey's mud bath, when Telly appears, placing a tape player by his can. As Telly's tuba theme music plays, he swings by on his own rope, crashing into the trash can. Telly reveals himself to be "Señor Zero Jr." and shows how he matches the original compared to his photograph. Oscar points out one difference - he doesn't have a mustache. Oscar offers a number of suggestions on how to make one, then revealing the unfortunate catch that'd come with them.
SCENE 5 cont'd Just then, Slimey comes out from his mud bath. Inspired, Telly takes the muddy Slimey and sticks him to his face, forming his mustache. Telly swings off with another crash landing.
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0364)
Cast Linda signs the word wind, and Gordon is blown away.
(First: Episode 2734)
Film A girl narrates a segment about nature through winter and spring.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ...
(First: Episode 0821)

SCENE 6 Hooper's Store is covered with zeros, thanks to Señor Zero Jr. He swings into the store to add more zeros, but finally gets fed up with pretending; there's so many problems that come with being Señor Zero Jr. Mr. Handford tells him he can still admire Señor Zero without having to be like him, so Telly takes his costume off. Suddenly, Luis leaves to answer his ringing television...
SCENE 6 cont'd ...and Señor Zero appears once more! He puts a zero on Telly, since there are zero Señor Zero Jrs. Mr. Handford still doesn't buy any of it.
Film Two Navajo kids go to school in Arizona. This year, Dante enters pre-school.
(First: Episode 2680)
Animation Seventeen derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
Cast Linda signs the word "rain" as Gordon gets wet.
(First: Episode 2712)
Cartoon R for rhinoceros, raquet, robot
(First: Episode 2443)
Muppets "Barn in the USA"
Film Kids watch a silent movie with a man resting on the train tracks with an oncoming trolley - DANGER!
(First: Episode 0480)

SCENE 7 The letters O and R get drinks at Hooper's; the O gets a Root beer and the R gets some Orange juice. As Big Bird announces the sponsors, the number 17 calls, upset that she wasn't invited to the street today.


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