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Sesame Street
Telly is "Yes Man!"
Air date March 4, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Josh Selig
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors E, Z, 12

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Big Bird announces the sponsors as Telly bounces by on his pogo stick, repeating "Yes!" Big Bird explains to Savion that Telly is pretending that he's "Yes Man," a superhero who always says, "Yes!" Big Bird is also playing his assistant and the two go off to look for those in trouble (scored by a play on the Batman TV theme).
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SCENE 1 Savion asks the two how they came up with such a silly game. Big Bird explains it was in a book Ruthie read them and he calls her over to read it. She begins reading them "The Adventures of Yes Man..."
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SCENE 1 cont'd In the story, a king suffers several misfortunes from his servants, as the only answer he can give is "no." Suddenly, he's visited by a superhero, Yes Man, who teaches him how to say "yes" instead and keep his pesky servants at bay.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Following the story, Savion questions Big Bird's role, as Yes Man didn't have an assistant in the book. Big Bird states he got the job just by asking (and Telly is unable to decline).
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Cartoon A man shows the viewers his "YES" machine.
(First: Episode 0822)
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Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: Joe Raposo sings "Goats."
(First: Episode 2366)
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Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
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Song Ornate E's go easing by to a song.
(First: Episode 2937)
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Animation Planet E / e
(First: Episode 2840)
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Animation Three balls compare sizes. An orange ball (voiced by Daws Butler) boasts that he's the smallest, until his little brother comes onto the scene.
(First: Episode 0786)
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SCENE 2 Yes Man and his assistant asks Savion if he needs help. He declines, wondering how saying "Yes" all the time can help anyone. They then come across a little girl having trouble playing her recorder. By saying "Yes," they're able to instill some confidence in her and she is able to properly play her scales.
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Film Topi antelopes nod "yes."
Music by Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
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Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
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Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
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Cartoon zip, zoom, zoom, zig, zag, zany, zoo.
(First: Episode 0359)
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Muppets "Zig Zag Dance"
(First: Episode 1567)
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Muppets Poverty Z
(First: Episode 0085)
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Film Fay Ray dresses up as a "green elephant," a moose, and "Kermit the dog."
(First: Episode 2864)
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SCENE 3 Monty asks Nathan a few silly "yes" and "no" questions.
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Cartoon A dog answers "Yes" to every question.
(First: Episode 0783)
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Film Kids narrate a film about how Yufka, a Turkish flat-bread, is made.
(First: Episode 2937)
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Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(First: Episode 1895)
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Muppets Ferlinghetti Donizetti delivers "The Easy Rhythm Rappin' Alphabet" while Grover displays his super smooth break-dance moves.
(First: Episode 2033)
1041Zebra.jpg Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
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Animation A ball looks for its match on a brick wall.
(First: Episode 1470)
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SCENE 4 Savion continues trying to do homework, when he's interrupted yet again by Yes Man, who will now say "Yes" 40 times. Savion requests that Telly give it a break for awhile. Telly becomes offended and leaves in a huff.
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Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
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Film A child narrates a film of him and his brother, Andrew, taking a ride on the ferry.
(First: Episode 2951)
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Cartoon A movie director calls for 12 pilots, 12 airplanes, 12 parachutes, 12 clowns and 12 pies.
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Muppets "Honk Around the Clock"
(First: Episode 1631)
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Animation Clown Honking #12
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Muppets Herry Monster and Louisey sing "I Can Sing."
(First: Episode 2976)
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Cartoon Snacks On Parade: The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
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SCENE 5 Telly counts his "yes"s all by himself, when Ruthie and Big Bird arrive with a new story to tell him - "The Story of No Man."
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SCENE 5 cont'd The story follows the same plot as before, only now the king suffers for saying "yes" to everything. No Man appears, encouraging him to say "no" now.
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SCENE 5 cont'd Telly begins to learn a moral from the two stories: it's okay to say "yes" and "no" depending on the situation. He promises to say "yes" and "no" as necessary (and possibly throwing a "maybe" in the mix).
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Song Gina and Maria sing "The Word is "No."
(First: Episode 2548)
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Film Some Navajo kids narrate a film about how their blankets are weaved, and how they make paper blankets in school.
(First: Episode 2990)
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Cartoon Geometry of Circles #2 "Seven Circles with Designs"
(First: Episode 1394)
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Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings "Opposite Stuff." (new keyboard overdubs added)
(First: Episode 2425)
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Film A group of people form a human pyramid to illustrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 3144)
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater
Mel Gibson plays Hamlet, who keeps repeating "words, words, words" -- but Elmo can't read, so he only looks at "pictures, pictures, pictures".
(First: Episode 3047)
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Cartoon Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm) (Spanish dub).
(First: Episode 3045)
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SCENE 6 Telly, sans "Yes Man" outfit, finds Savion in the park and apologizes for his behavior earlier. He reports he'll only say "yes" and "no" sometimes and adds he's loaned his costume and pogo stick to Ruthie, who enjoys pretending to be a superhero. Telly then announces the sponsors.

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