Sesame Street
Telly goes to the basement
Air date November 26, 1992
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors F, P, 19


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Gordon asks Telly to go into the basement of 123 Sesame Street and find a trunk, which has an old baseball mitt that Telly can use for a game later. Telly thinks he should bring some things with him.
SCENE 1 Telly orders a band-aid from Hooper's Store. He explains to Gina that he might step on a splinter on the stairs, so he's bringing some tweezers, boo-boo cream and needs a bandage to complete his kit. Gina tries to talk him out of it, when he realizes having a pair of boots would work better.
Cartoon Rap #19
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Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
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Film Penguins take a bath.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0233)
F bubble
Cartoon Speech Balloon: F for Fly
(First: Episode 0032)
Celebrity Robin Williams demonstrates the uses of knees.
(First: Episode 2765)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Cartoon Pat the Pilot skywrites a letter P with her plane.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0478)
SCENE 2 Gina talks with the kids about Telly's plan, when he arrives in a football helmet, chest protector and mittens, just in case he falls down the stairs. He then begins thinking about how cold and damp the basement is and runs off.
Animation Children's voiceovers (in English and Spanish) dictate how to draw a male's body.
(First: Episode 0528)
Muppets Guy Smiley promotes the use of "Air." He leads his marching band through the walls of a barber shop every time someone there says a word out loud that rhymes with "air."
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Film A STOP sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0930)
Cartoon St. Bernard dog leads Zork down the snowy hill.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2738)
Beat The Time
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
Song Girls wish they were "Short or Tall."
Artist: Jane Aaron
SCENE 3 Rosita finds Telly covered with even more stuff in the event he needs to stay warm or catches a cold. Rosita offers two things he's forgotten - a flashlight to see in the dark and a good friend to join him, herself.
Cartoon A green man demonstrates dark and light.
(First: Episode 1129)
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(First: Episode 1484)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The miller's daughter is in danger of losing her baby if she cannot guess the first name of Rumpelstiltskin. Kermit offers a hotline, Sesame Street-555, for people to call in and help her. The name ends up being Bruce Rumpelstiltskin, but unfortunately for Kermit, he picked the wrong place to hide: the baby's carriage!
(First: Episode 0724)
Animation Sand P/p
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Celebrity John Moschitta, Jr. plays Porter Pepper of Peter Piper's P Products, which produces products that begin with the letter "P". He mentions that two of his clients were Peter Pan and Pablo Picasso until Peter Piper, the boss, gives him a phone call. Pepper now presents a new problem: Peter Piper's "P" Products has been purchased, and is now Sam Singer's "S" Stuff Store. Pepper, without stalling, summons his staff to stand by, switches his products to stuff, and searches for snacks and saucers.
(First: Episode 2061)
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2628)
Cast Lillian shows some kids how to do "The Up and Down."
(First: Episode 2950)
Cartoon Cherries fall through a moving hole onto a man who demonstrates up and down.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0798)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Muppets Four monsters, including Elmo, sing "We Are All Monsters." (redubbed version)
(First: Episode 2731)
Cartoon A bird subtracts two balloons from a group of three.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0530)
Film Alphaquest: P
A pack of painted purple penguins practicing a pop song in a pine tree park, and a pink pig with a parachute.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets Super Grover: "Dial S for SuperGrover" - A little girl had plans to play with a friend, Bobby, but she has too much homework and has to cancel. Super Grover arrives to help her figure out how to tell him, but while Super Grover is busy coming up with ridiculous ploys, the girl decides to just telephone him.
(First: Episode 2745)
Cartoon Abstract count to 19
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SCENE 4 Gina reads Telly, Rosita and the kids a short book entitled Brave Things. Then all then discuss times when they felt brave or afraid.
Cartoon Is no one afraid of The Big Bad Wolf?
(EKA: Episode 2405)
Muppets "The Ballad of Slippery Slim"
(First: Episode 2827)
Cartoon F for Football
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
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Film Kids with special needs do gymnastics at the Mamaroneck Co-Op Camp.
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Muppets Ernie talks about the differences between himself and his cousin, Ernestine. He can't find anything that they have in common -- until he hears Ernestine laugh.
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Animation Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(First: Episode 2864)
SCENE 5 Telly, using Gordon's old mitt, enjoys playing baseball with everyone.

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