Sesame Street
Telly writes a letter
Air date December 8, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Molly Boylan
Sponsors J, S, 1


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Bob runs to Gordon's apartment and asks if he's ready to go on their afternoon jog in the park, but he's not quite ready yet. Telly barges in, asking if the letters and number of the day have been said yet. After he says them, a postal worker (Julianne Buescher) comes to deliver a letter for him. An excited Telly mentions to Bob that it's the first letter he's gotten in his life. In fact, he's so excited that he doesn't know what to do. Bob insists opening it, and after a couple of silly attempts, he lets Bob open it.
Song "Dancin' Shoes"
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Cartoon Look both ways before you cross the street
Artist: Ray Favata
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.
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Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
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SCENE 2 After the letter gets opened, Gordon exits his apartment to find Telly happy with his first letter. He and Bob set off on their jog, but Telly's happy mood suddenly changes. He's too excited that he can't even read the letter. Gordon and Bob decide to read it for him, but not before Telly states this is "a very special occasion!" He runs off to grab some items.
Animation Luxo Jr. displays its front and back, eventually getting exhausted.
Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
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Film A blind class goes on a field trip to the park, using their other senses to experience their surroundings. The teacher sings "If You're Happy and You Know It."
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Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story (new music added)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J and Richard presents him with his own J.
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Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
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Song Jerry Nelson sings "The Inside Story," which shows what's inside various household objects.
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Cartoon A man finds and eats five apples, counting the number left after each one.
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SCENE 3 Telly returns with a radio, Freddy, and a bow tie, since he thinks a monster should dress up for any special occasion. Bob turns on the music (a simple fanfare), and Gordon reads the letter. It turns out the letter is from Telly's cousin, Amanda, and wants him to write her back. Thinking they're done, Gordon and Bob start to leave, when Telly interrupts and worries that he can't write. The two offer to help him write his letter. But first, Telly goes to get the supplies they need.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
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Film Various situations of before and after, to a hip-hop beat.
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Cartoon A red scribble demonstrates out and in.
Artist: Fred Garbers
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Song "We're Talking 'Bout the Number One"
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Cartoon Kids count one duck in the pond.
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Muppets Celina and Zoe talk about the number one and count the things they have one of.
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
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Film A mom and her son comment on a film of various animal babies and their moms.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to fool Bert with his disguises such as a pirate disguise and a bearded Red Riding Hood disguise, but Bert has recognized him and tells him to stop fooling him. Then a wolf knocks on the door and Bert is convinced it's Ernie in disguise again- until Ernie appears at the door!
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Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase S.
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Film / Muppets Alphaquest: S
A swimsuit, Grover as a silly surfer, a seagull, a sunset and a submarine.
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Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
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SCENE 4 Meeting in the arbor, they begin to write Telly's letter. Since he doesn't know how to write a letter, Gordon and Bob suggest using the same elements from Amanda's letter, such as "Dear", "How are you", and "Love". Telly doesn't think it's quite enough, so Bob asks him to name some things he did today. His list of events end up being more than the two expect, and Telly goes to get some more paper.
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"Grovero" is accompanied by a talking shoe, whom he convinces to cooperate with him and help him get to the Padua Mall.
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SCENE 5 Telly's list of events keeps going on, when Bob has to stop writing because of his sore hand. Concerned about his hand, Telly suggests he take a break. However, that doesn't mean Gordon doesn't have to write, so Telly makes him take over Bob's job.
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SCENE 6 After Telly's list of events reaches an end, Gordon has him sign the letter so the two leave. Telly points out one more thing that's missing—the sponsors, which Telly writes himself. Just before Gordon and Bob finally go for their jog, Telly alerts that he needs to take it to the post office, and he can't cross the street alone. Gordon and Bob fret, but Telly quickly changes his mind and says his mom will mail it instead. After the two head off, Telly decides to draw pictures to send as well.


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