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Telly's speech for the Grand High Triangle Lover's birthday
Air date April 7, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Lou Berger
Sponsors A, P, 13


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Maria welcomes the viewer, when Telly rushes in with exciting news - today is the Grand High Triangle Lover's birthday and he's having a huge party with guests coming in from all over the world (and his mommy). The GHTL and Norman arrive with news for Telly: he'll be giving a speech at the party's beginning ("Welcome, Triangle Lovers!"). Telly is nervous, but Maria encourages him to practice.
SCENE 1 Telly practices his speech and gets more confident, until Oscar completely rattles his nerves by reminding him off the hundreds of people he'll be speaking before.
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SCENE 2 Telly runs into Savion and explains his nerve-racking situation. Savion recalls his first time performing in front of people...
SCENE 2 cont'd In a flashback, Savion is nervous to dance in his school's talent show. But, as soon as he started his routine, all his fears went away and he dances with ease. Everyone applauds him act.
SCENE 2 cont'd Savion's story helps Telly calm down, when Norm shows up to tell Telly that his speech is now a bit longer, to help convey to the guests the reason for the party. Telly freaks out about having a longer speech and runs away.
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SCENE 3 Savion comes up with a way Telly can give his speech: pretend he's the greatest speaker in the world. Telly invents a new persona and delivers his birthday speech with such gusto, an imaginary crowd applauds and throws flowers. With renewed confidence, Telly goes off to the party. The crowd throws cheers and throws flowers at Savion for his pretending as a teacher.
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Re-filmed version
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SCENE 4 Telly returns from the party and tells Savion what a hit he was. The GHTL and Norm also come back to commend Telly on his marvelous speech. Telly entertains them by passionately reciting the sponsors, which earns him more applause and flowers.

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