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The 99,000 Triangle Game
Air date April 21, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Lou Berger
Directed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Sponsors O, R, 15


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Outside Finders Keepers, Telly rushes to Ruthie to tell her today he'll be appearing on Sonny Friendly's game show - "The 99,000 Triangle Game!" Telly can win 99,000 triangles by answering one triangle question, he just doesn't know what question it could be. The Grand High Triangle Lover arrives, with Norman in tow, dinging away on his triangle. The GHTL has read about Telly's upcoming appearance in the Triangular Times (the club newsletter) and offers to coach Telly on his triangle knowledge.
Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
HerryJohnJohn loudsoft.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
Cartoon Soul O
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter O.
Artist: Karen Aqua
SCENE 2 Norm continues to ding away, while the GHTL quizzes Telly. He has Telly find some triangles in photos of a car, bridge and boat. He then tests Telly's knowledge of famous triangle quotes ("Give me liberty or give me a triangle!").
Insert The floating kids form a triangle.
(First: Episode 3122)
Animation Masked March #15
Film 15s on sticks cascade toward the camera as boats race by on a river on the background.
(First: Episode 3280)
Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(First: Episode 2743)
Muppets Biff tries to help Roxie Marie with her geography homework, but she knows more about the continents than he does. Roxy Marie wants to go to South America because there are more species of bugs there than anywhere else on earth.
Lake song.jpg
Song "(Sittin' On) A Boat on a Lake"
(First: Episode 2807)
Cartoon Leanna Williams explains why she loves her brother’s shoes - she has fun with the box they came in.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2985)
SCENE 3 Lastly, the GHTL asks Telly how to say "triangle" in Spanish. Gabi passes by and gives him the answer - "triangulo." Telly feels he's ready, which gets Norm so excited he begins dinging again. Some game show music begins and an announcer declares Sonny Friendly will be arriving soon...
Animation Looking for shapes on the Aztec Calendar Stone (Maria voiceover in Spanish)
(First: Episode 3049)
Film A boy makes fruit salad.
(First: Episode 1195)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder. (ending line cut)
(First: Episode 0779)
Song "Big R and Little R" (Christopher Cerf)
(First: Episode 3273)
Cartoon R /r paper fold
(First: Episode 3127)
Film Alphaquest: R
Running down a road past a rabbit, a radio, some rocks and a rainbow
(First: Episode 2726)
Cartoon A boy imagines his room turning into a jungle.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2808)

SCENE 4 Sonny Friendly appears and begins the game. He gives Telly ten seconds to guess the sound he's making (dinging). Telly struggles to think, but remembers where he'd heard it before - Norm's triangle! He guesses right and happily collapses on his prize - a large pile of 99,000 triangles. The GHTL and Norm return to congratulate him and Telly has Norm ding on his triangle in celebration, much to the GHTL's annoyance.
Cartoon The story of sheep, or where wool comes from.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1524)
Muppets "The Subway"
(First: Episode 0762)
Cartoon The word "Subway" rides the MBTA subway.

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
Animation As the seasons change, so do one's outfits. (early computer graphics)
(First: Episode 1898)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper tells the mailman that he has a letter for his mother: the letter R.
(First: Episode 0583)
Cartoon R for rhinoceros, racquet, robot
(First: Episode 2443)

Muppets / Celebrity Oscar tells Tito Puente to scram, but he, the other Grouches, and the Grouchketeers are unable to resist dancing when Tito and his band play "Ran Kan Kan".
(First: Episode 3075)
Cartoon Gerald's dog Sparky likes to pretend he's an alligator.
(First: Episode 1519)
Film A mother helps her child play the drums.
(First: Episode 3156)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird finds himself in Phoenix, Arizona, where he hangs out with Diego and his family. He learns that cacti can survive the hot, dry weather, and is treated to birdseed burritos at a picnic with the family later on.
(First: Episode 3016)
Animation Draw a line from the dog to the bowl and underline the hen.
(First: Episode 2178)
Muppets The Count sings "Counting Robins" with a group of robins.
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 5 Ruthie admires Telly's triangles and he states he'll be sharing all of them. The GHTL thinks this is the right time for some celebratory dinging, but Norm is too tired. The two argue while Ruthie announces the sponsors.


  • The GHTL claims not to know what the Spanish word for "triangle" is in this episode. Two years prior, however, he was seen speaking to a girl in Spanish, and explained to Norm how important it is for a person in his position to be able to speak to as many triangle lovers as possible.

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