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Sesame Street
The Grand High Triangle Lover's success story
Air date January 10, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors F, R, 17
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, HBO
Releases Sesame Street Classics


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly rushes over to the kids on the playground to tell them that the Grand High Triangle Lover is visiting today and will share a story about how he earned that position. Telly wonders when the GHTL will arrive, and one kid guesses right after a song...
SCENE 1 As predicted, the theme song finishes and the Grand High Triangle Lover arrives, along with Norman, whom he sends off to dust his triangle collection. With Norm out of the way, the GHTL begins his story, which begins in the kingdom of Canarsie...

SCENE 1 cont'd In the kingdom, there was a large rock with sticks in it and whoever could pull them from the rock would become a powerful leader. "Millions" of villagers try to remove the sticks, as the GHTL counts them off, but to no avail.
SCENE 1 cont'd After Telly points out the "millions" of villagers were actually only 13, Norm arrives back, having finished his task. The GHTL takes him away for another errand (so Norm won't ruin the story) and assures them he'll be back in a moment.
Cartoon "Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3006)
Film Lucia, who lives in Argentina, narrates a segment where she visits her abuelo's chocolate factory, where they make candy out of chocolate and mazapan.
Animation F candles
(First: Episode 3081)
Film Letter Garden: F
(First: Episode 3048)
Cartoon The letter F morphs into cartoon faces.
(First: Episode 2916)
Muppets The Big Bad Wolf sings about himself and his family. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 3001)
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 2 The GHTL returns, which means his story can resume. His story continues with him and Norman on their way to their very important job...

SCENE 2 cont'd Lou (the GHTL's real name) and Norm dance their way to the bowling alley (where they work at the bowling shoe counter), when Lou notices the rock. Norm reminds him that every day, he's tried to pull the sticks, but never does. Just as they're about to resume their walk, the rock speaks and makes him an offer he can't refuse; the rock has decided Lou will be the one who will be able to pull the sticks out. Using all his might, he pulls the sticks from the stone. But, before he can become a powerful leader, he needs to make something from the three sticks.
SCENE 2 cont'd Norm returns, telling the GHTL that his task of alphabetizing his triangles seemed futile. The GHTL suggests he name them first and brings him away to show him. Norm is getting suspicious.
Animation Looking for shapes on the Aztec Calendar Stone (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3049)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3160)
Cartoon A girl explains the concept of relativity by explaining how her house is a part of a neighborhood, the neighborhood is part of a city, the city is part of a country, etc.
(First: Episode 2742)
Muppets / Celebrity Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates sing a song about measuring, while The Count uses a ruler to do so.
(First: Episode 3105)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination and rides his chair.
(First: Episode 2754)
Film Kids in Jamaica play bongo drums.
(First: Episode 3160)

SCENE 3 Back in the GHTL's story, Lou has made a stick man with them, but the stone is not impressed and gives him a hint: he needs to make a shape. Norm tries to give him inspiration from his lunch. The round doughnut and square sandwich won't work, but the triangular tortilla chip gives him inspiration to make a triangle. Now that he made something, the stone appoints him the position of Grand High Triangle Lover. He tells Norm to forget calling him "Lou" and start calling him "Boss."
SCENE 3 cont'd The GHTL finishes his story with a speech about his love for triangles ever since then.
Cartoon A blue triangle looks for his friend in a museum.
(First: Episode 1522)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
(First: Episode 2750)
Muppets "Barn in the USA"
(First: Episode 2991)
Cartoon A girl notices some footprints near and far to her. They belong to a giant purple bird.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3134)
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon Gerald is repeatedly kept awake by his dog Sparky, who does a dance and poses as an alligator through his shadow whenever his parents close his door.
(First: Episode 1519)
Celebrity Maya Angelou leads Big Bird and some kids in a ring game, "Little Sally Walker."
Cartoon F - Face
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1162)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
(First: Episode 1641)
Film Footage of a coral reef, showcasing the plant life and the fish.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0466)
cut from the HBO version
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A capital and lower-case R appear on sheets of paper.
(First: Episode 3127)
Film Letter R hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0315)
cut from the HBO version
Cartoon Leaves form R and r
(First: Episode 3110)

Cast Luis reads Maria and the kids a musical story about two people in Mexico, who happen to be named Maria and Luis too, who love to have visitors and encourage them to visit Casa de Maria or Casa de Luis. Since they both enjoy to have people over, they turn their two casas into one for them all to enjoy.
(First: Episode 2978)
Cartoon A clam tells a fisherman why he's not catching any fish: he pulled all the plants out of the pond.
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Count von Count sings "Lambaba" as he counts sheep and other animals that pop into the room.
(First: Episode 2789)
Animation Seventeen derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
(First: Episode 2668)
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
Muppets While shopping in a China store, Simon Soundman helps Old McDonald find his lost animal - however his animal sounds attract animals to barge into the fragile store. (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 3068)
Cartoon "Magic Pig"
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 0772)

SCENE 4 Telly recaps the GHTL's story in amazement. Suddenly, Norm shows up, having finished his task. He mentions his favorite part of the story, where the GHTL finds a hat with triangles on it and starts calling himself the Grand High Triangle Lover. Norm is then silenced and dragged away. Telly announces the sponsors.


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