Sesame Street
Telly gets interrupted
Air date January 11, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors L, Q, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly Monster wants to tell the viewer about the letters of the day, but first must wait until the theme song ends...
SCENE 1 Just as Telly is about to reveal today's letters, a rectangle appears and declares himself the "shape of the day." He gives a brief lecture about rectangles before moving along. Telly gets cut off thrice more by an apple (the fruit of the day), a pig (the animal of the day) and a shoe (the footwear of the day), who leads the rest in a dance number.
Film Looking for rectangles in the city (Maria voice-over)
(First: Episode 2714)
Celebrity Take 6 sings "Take 6," a song about themselves that counts to the number 6.
(First: Episode 3001)
Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)
Muppets On a cold day, the Twiddlebugs try to figure out what they should close to make themselves warm. After they try closing a book, a lunchbox and their mouths, Tina sees they must close the door. Once they're warm, they decide to go outside, but can't find what they should open.
(First: Episode 1621)
Film The Count (in voiceover) counts three children on a bench, then adds two more.
(First: Episode 2950)
Cartoon Two crows sing "Stones Don't Grow."
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1715)
SCENE 2 Telly vents his frustrations to Bob, who sympathizes with Telly and shows him that the coast is clear from any fruits, pigs or footwear. Telly once again tries to present today's letters, when he's interrupted by Big Bird and the Birdketeers introducing the word of the day - GO. They go away so Telly can finally do his intro, but he gets cut off by an unseen announcer, who intros today's number of the day...
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
(First: Episode 1955)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater
"The Sun Also Rises"
(First: Episode 2860)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "In My Book."
(First: Episode 2983)
SCENE 3 All the other characters who've gotten their slots today are chaotically making their intros again, when Telly asks them all to be quiet. Telly finally introduces the day's letters - L and Q, and everyone celebrates.
Animation Planet Q / q
(First: Episode 2838)
Song "Mom and Me"
(First: Episode 2462)
Muppets The Martians are looking for the Earth and find pigs in space and the Moon along the way.
(First: Episode 2725)
Animation Shake / lake / bake / take / make
(First: Episode 2935)
Film Two kids help an old Chinese man get his dragon kite in the air.
(First: Episode 0444)
Muppets "Forty Blocks From My Home"
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)
SCENE 4 Maria comes across Chicago, bawling over the fact that he has no one to play with. A slight miscommunication causes Maria to get roped into his game, "Hunt the Broccoli." Two costumers dress her up in a broccoli suit and Chicago begins the chase.
Song "All The Vegetables" Three girls clap rhythms while naming vegetables.
Muppets Betty Lou learns some Spanish words from her friend Carlos, including "Amigo."
(First: Episode 2042)
Animation Fans unveil Q and q.
(First: Episode 2895)
Muppets Kermit and some Anything Muppets sing "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above."
(First: Episode 2679)
Cartoon L for Laugh
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2767)
Cast Linda signs the word "pie," and gets hit with one, to Gordon's surprise.
(First: Episode 2712)

SCENE 5 Oscar compliments Fluffy's aim, revealing she is the one who threw the pie at Linda in the previous segment. He tells Maria that Fluffy is practicing for a pie-throwing contest and her next target is himself. Fluffy misses and hits Maria in the face instead. Oscar is dismayed that not only was it his last pie, but Maria can't help but crack up. "What a rotten sense of humor!"
Cartoon "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0362)

Muppets The Count's main jumping-over-the-bed flock of sheep quits on him, so he calls the "24 Hour Emergency Counting Service". A reluctant deliveryman in sheep's clothing laments, "It's not an easy way to make a livin' ..."
(First: Episode 2122)
Song "Ja, Ja, That is the Mountain"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2780)
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #11
(First: Episode 2885)
SCENE 6 Chicago pounces on Oscar, mistaking his head for a head of lettuce. Bob tries to get Oscar to admit Chicago's roar frightened him, though Oscar denies this. Bob announces the sponsors and Oscar ducks out of sight when he hears another roar.

See also

  • Episode 3746, where Telly tries to welcome the viewer but is repeatedly interrupted.

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