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Telly the Pogo Champion
Air date January 16, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors L, U, 4


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Susan watches as Telly bounces on his pogo stick. They're then approached by Mick the Stick, a pogo trainer who thinks Telly has what it takes to win the Pogo Stick Championship today. He promises Telly his victory will lead to trophies, television appearances and being appointed Secretary of Pogo Sticks by the President of the United States. Telly takes up Mick's training offer. Susan is skeptical about the situation, but Telly is too focused on victory to listen.
Cartoon A dinosaur demonstrates up and down with a pull-down window shade.
(First: Episode 2887)
Film A boy's mother and grandmother make him a pair of moccasins.
(First: Episode 2987)
Cartoon A salesman (voice of Martin P. Robinson) hawks the letter L in a commercial.
Artist: Mo Willems
Muppets Snuffy wears a green derby hat as he sings about L, "The Leading Letter of My Life."
(First: Episode 1922)
Cartoon L - shooting stars
(First: Episode 2237)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
SCENE 2 Oscar watches as Telly practices his bouncing and he plants the idea of losing in Telly's head. He points out that if he loses, he won't get any accolades, he'll just remain Telly Monster. Telly enjoys being himself and sees that as a win-win situation, thanking Oscar for his help.
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon A man juggles until he is told to STOP.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1340)
Muppets Game Show: Say The Word
(First: Episode 1373)
Film Rodrigo lives in the Philippines. He and his family like spending a day at the park.
(First: Episode 3219)
SCENE 3 Mick tells Telly he needs to be four things in order to win, all of which are "quick." He trains Telly in speed by having him catch a chicken (Peter Linz). Telly succeeds, but now Mick tells him there's another key to victory - the trick.
Film Egyptian #4
Film / Animation Four butterflies fly across a film of a waterfall.
(First: Episode 2834)
Elephant toon.jpg
Cartoon Elephants have four legs.
(First: Episode 0560)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson eats at an airport restaurant and is on his way to South America. When Grover learns about Mr. Johnson's trip, he gives a big lecture on South America, causing Mr. Johnson to miss his flight.
(First: Episode 2616)
Cartoon Geography Guy finds Brazil on the globe.
SCENE 4 Mick teaches Telly the trick - the triple clutch, where Telly bounces three times while spinning. Telly masters the trick, but the two see the chicken is just as good. Mick proposes they try the quadruple clutch instead.
Film A gymnastics team practices tricks for the circus.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon A magician writes in his diary about the many mishaps during his performance.
(First: Episode 2053)
Animation Playing cards form an L and limbo.
(First: Episode 3205)
Animation Sand L/l
(First: Episode 0632)
Film A Puerto Rican family get-together includes cooking, playing soccer, and finally the big dinner.
(First: Episode 3081)
Cartoon "Four Friends" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2242)
SCENE 5 Telly continues his training, when Baby Bear comes over for their scheduled game of football. Mick makes it clear that Baby Bear could interfere with Telly's chance at winning and tells him to buzz off. Baby Bear becomes very angry.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(First: Episode 2519)
Cartoon I've Got a Mind: Wind-up toy
(First: Episode 0255)
Film Caitlin gets her eyes examined, and picks out a pair of glasses.
(First: Episode 2948)
Cartoon A near-sighted princess goes to the eye doctor and gets glasses.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3056)
SCENE 6 Mick notices Telly's boinging is faltering. Telly admits that he feels sad without Baby Bear and if it'll help him win, Mick allows Baby Bear to hang around. They all have a happy, group hug.
Cartoon A girl narrates a poem about the sad time when her goldfish died.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1378)
Animation A girl's narration describing the city is illustrated with cutout animation.
(First: Episode 2838)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Muppets "I'm in Love with U"
(First: Episode 1701)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
(new sting and sound effects added)
Song Kevin Clash sings "(I Eat With) Chopsticks" over a film of kids doing so.
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird receives a visit from Marisa Tomei, and is reminded that he was supposed to say the alphabet with her today. Some drama ensues between them, but they say the alphabet anyway, and part on good terms.
(First: Episode 3224)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster is in a disagreement about where to go for vacation: the mountains or the seashore. Cookie Monster says he likes both, better than going to Cucamonga for the National Cookie Convention. 2-Head gets inspired, and heads off for Cucamonga, leaving Cookie to choose between the mountains and the seashore.
(First: Episode 2837)
Cartoon Zork lands on the coast of California, where he meets a slick agent.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2687)
SCENE 7 Susan sees the crew returning from the contest, where Telly was beat by the chicken. Mick is the most upset after their loss, but Telly assures him this is for the best; the fame of winning would give him no time for his friends. They invite Mick to play football with them, as Susan announces the sponsors.

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