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Telly vs. the two clingy triangles
Air date November 17, 1992
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Production September 17, 1992
Sponsors K, Y, 16


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly has trouble choosing whether he'd like to read or play ball in the park. Suddenly, a pair of triangles (Camille Bonora and David Rudman) show up and start singing in Telly's praise! They are drawn to him because they heard he's the greatest triangle lover in the world - but when they notice his baseball and his book, which are not shaped like triangles, they become offended and storm off.
Film Girls dance and chant about K.
Muppets Ronnie Trash sings about the importance of throwing litter in a can - "It's Yours and Mine."
(First: Episode 3004)
Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat
Voice: Daws Butler
(First: Episode 0770)

Film A montage of the evolution of mechanical technology, from wind-up toys, to robots that can spell "SESAME STREET" with blocks, to satellite transmitters.
Music: "Portrait d'un robot", composed by Janko Nilovic
(First: Episode 2226)
Animation Planet Y / y
(First: Episode 2859)
SCENE 2 The Count counts the two angry triangles trying to get away from an apologetic Telly. He explains his situation to The Count, and The Count suggests that he prove his love for triangles with a love song. Telly runs off, inspired.

Telly approaches the triangles with his triangle love song, which makes them want to stay with Telly forever! This doesn't bode well for Telly ...
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(First: Episode 2486)
Film A girl narrates a segment about her friend, Billy, who swims with dolphins.
Cartoon The Bellhop must take Mrs. Stein's bags to floor 16.
(First: Episode 2496)
Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Guadalupe, Arizona, and conducts a child mariachi band, who sing "Viva Mexico."
Film Fay Ray moves clockwise and ticks, until an alarm sounds.
(First: Episode 2597)
Cartoon Pencil box K / k
(First: Episode 2876)

SCENE 3 To help solve his sticky situation with the triangles, Telly enlists the help of Oscar, who's good at driving people away. Oscar suggests the use of his popular catch-phrases "scram" and "beat it". However, when the triangles approach Telly, he is unable to use those words with as much aggression as Oscar, but they pick up that he's angry, and are somehow attracted to his "anger."
Cartoon Young Chris Columbus explores the world of ants - and they, in turn, explore his house.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2816)
Cast Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting (Linda) at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
Cartoon Lillian discusses the adjustments she has had to make as a big sister. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2746)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "In, On and Under." He interviews Paul Pencil in a drawer, Vivian Vase on a mantle, and Jacques Shoesteau under a chair.
(First: Episode 2360)
Film Ornate Ks fly through the air to a song.
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2945)
SCENE 4 Telly runs into the giddy triangles again, and this time is straight-forward with them about his feelings: he loves triangles, but he doesn't want to be around two talking triangles all the time. He explains that "It takes a lot of shapes to make up the world," and he wants to be with all the other shapes, but he still wants to be friends with the triangles. They understand, and head home.
Once the triangles are gone, two angry squares (Joey Mazzarino and Alison Mork) show up, looking for Telly, whom they heard likes triangles better than squares. Telly refers them to Oscar, and makes a break for it.
Cartoon The Four Squares sing "It's Hip To Be a Square."
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2615)
Muppets / Celebrity Monsterpiece Theater
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star in Lethal Weapon 3. Gibson and Glover read a sign that says DANGER. Suddenly, they duck and take cover from a gigantic stone number 3 which falls from the sky.
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(First: Episode 2687)
Cartoon A brief animation of pouring milk in a glass, coupled with the word milk.

SCENE 5 Susan introduces The Count to some kids visiting from different countries. The Count, who is from Transylvania, remembers the day he left his village for America: he counted the goodbyes from his parents and his cousins. Back in the present, he reveals that he was all grown up by the time he finished counting goodbyes!
Film A girl who lives in El Salvador plays a counting game with her class, which involves running around and getting into groups of a number when it is called.
Animation Sixteen TV sets are counted.
(First: Episode 2850)
Song "Hot in the City"
(First: Episode 2751)
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(First: Episode 2835)
Animation Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2981)

SCENE 6 Susan, The Count and the kids are joined by The Countess, who reminisce about their romantic expeditions in song: "Ah Yes, I Remember it All."
Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, mentioning how the words "yak", "you", and "yes" all start with the letter "Y," and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak", charging toward the camera in a frenzy.
Artist: Al Jarnow
(First: Episode 0301)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
In London, Kermit tries to talk about the London Fog, but is interrupted by the London Frog, a Grenadier Guardsman carrying "The Famous London Log," and a London Hog. By the time he's ready to talk, the Fog has evaporated, and the others gather around to dance the London Clog.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon Abstract count to 16.
(First: Episode 2822)
SCENE 7 The Count and Countess are even more surprised when The Count's relatives show up for a visit! They have a happy reunion, as Oscar announces the sponsors.


  • Scenes 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been used as stand-alone Muppet inserts in various international co-productions (including Plaza Sésamo, Sesamstrasse and Sesamstraat). Scenes 5 and 6 would be stripped of the bookending street sections. Scene 6's musical number was shown with extra footage at the beginning and end not used on the American broadcast.
  • Additional performers include Kathryn Mullen (Mama Count) and Jim Martin (Counts' family cow), with Martin P. Robinson (Papa Count). David Rudman and Alison Mork also perform the Count's cousins.

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