Sesame Street
The sky is falling!
Air date February 7, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors E, Q, 12


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN Telly believes today will be a calm, normal day and introduces the sponsors. Suddenly, Chicken Licken, aided by Turkey Lurkey, appears, proclaiming that the sky is falling, having been hit on the head by a piece of it. Tarah tries to logically reason with him, but Telly easily falls prey into their fear tactics.

SCENE 1 Telly joins the two in their plan to save everyone from the falling sky. Telly, whom they call "Telly Welly" (his sky-falling name), is tasked with providing everyone on Sesame Street with a hardhat. Chicken Licken and Turkey Lurkey go off to warn their other animal friends, plus the king. Telly heads to "Ruthie Wuthie" for some hardhats and bumps into Tarah, who asserts the sky cannot fall.
Film On a windy day, Maria (in voice-over) asks a man (Bill Irwin), "Does air move things?" The wind speaks for him.
(First: Episode 2876)
Letter E
Animation E / e (elephant / jazzy trumpet)
(First: Episode 2222)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
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 A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Cartoon Listening to sounds can tell you about danger.
(First: Episode 1741)

SCENE 2 Rosita joins "Telly Welly" as they warn people about the impending doom, as well as peddling hardhats. Rosita worries her grandmother, who speaks little English, will understand their warning and teaches Telly how to say it in Spanish. This attracts Rosita's friend Manolo, who is also bi-lingual. They also get Barkley's attention and attempt to give him a hat.
Cartoon A map of Puerto Rico forms into the shape of animals and other things that are found there.
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Film A girl helps her father train for a wheelchair race.
(First: Episode 3275)
Cartoon What if we celebrate Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
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Muppets Old West: Noel Cowherd challenges Billy the Grownup, the fastest draw in the west, to a "square fight" - seeing who can draw squares the fastest.
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Film A girl flies and form a circle.
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Animation Airplanes carve the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3179)
Film Girls do a hand-clap game about the letter Q.
Animation Planet Q / q
(First: Episode 2838)
SCENE 3 Joined by Lexine, Telly theorizes that without a sky, airplanes will drive on the roads (causing accidents), birds will walk instead of flying, there will be rain everywhere and eternal darkness because there's no sun. He calls some more kids to gather umbrellas, galoshes and flashlights, while Tarah tries to point out that they're overreacting.
Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Zelda look above and below.
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Animation 12 kids are counted.
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Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
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Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
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Film What sound does a rooster make?
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Muppets The Adventures of Prairie Dawn: Turning Off the Television To Save Energy
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Cartoon A little girl leaves everything on in the house, until the TV set recites a poem about sharing electricity.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
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SCENE 4 Gordon runs into Telly and Rosita and learns what's going on. He uses his science teacher knowledge to explain the sky can't fall down; it's made up of air, just as Tarah insisted. Chicken Licken returns, having told the king and everyone else, when he's told the news. He wonders what hit him on the head earlier and they find it was merely a pinecone. He goes off to redact his claims.
Cartoon Cherries fall through a moving hole onto a man who demonstrates up and down.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
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Cartoon Q for Quarter
Artist: Bud Luckey
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment
Herry & John-John observe a letter Q.
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Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
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Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: Joe Raposo sings "Bein' a Pig."
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Muppets / Cast Maria, Big Bird, Oscar and the Count sing "Happy Birthday to Me."
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Cartoon Kids sing "Happy Birthday". While they're singing, a birthday cake with animated candles is shown.
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Whoopi and hoots
Muppets / Celebrity Whoopi Goldberg talks with Hoots the Owl about how proud they are of their body parts.
(First: Episode 2835)
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
(First: Episode 1942)
Film A ferry terminal switches from empty to full.
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Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick) (new music added)
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Muppets "The Elephant Elevator Operator"
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SCENE 5 At Finders Keepers, Gordon explains to Telly that he shouldn't believe everything he hears and always ask questions first. Telly almost gets sucked into Chicken Licken's latest declaration - the sun has disappeared - but instead points out Chicken Licken's hat is just covering his eyes. Ruthie provides him options of more chicken-appropriate hats while everyone announces the sponsors.

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