Sesame Street
Telly does something original
(repeat of 3182)
Air date December 18, 1995
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors H, N, 12


Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Kingston Livingston III teases that today, Telly will do something original, and explains what the word means.
SCENE 1 Telly tries a hop, but Kingston and the kids agree that hopping isn't original. They give him demonstrates of original moves and Telly comes up with his original idea - a dance where he waves his arms and chants "Boom-shaka-laka-laka."
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Film Kids dance around at gymnastics to "Rockin' Robin."
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Cartoon Autumn leaves form a capital "N" and lowercase "n."
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Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
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Animation Computer N / n
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Cartoon I've got a mind: squares make a box.
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Chopstick dance
Part 1
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SCENE 2 Telly does his dance down past the Fix-It Shop, where Maria tells him they much more to show today, like the number of the day, and Telly's dance will seem repetitive in comparison. Telly incorporates counting to 12 in his dance, cueing a fanfare and confetti.
Animation Rubber Stamp #12
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Muppets As ominous music plays, The Count walks around his castle, checks out the mirror (he has no reflection), and greets his bats. The mailman (Jim Henson) arrives, with a bunch of letters for Count. The mailman wonders why there are so many letters. The Count says that he wrote them all himself, so he could count them... and then he does.
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Animation Clown Honking #12
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Animation Cut-outs enter a house with an ENTRADA sign.
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Chopstick dance
Part 2
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SCENE 3 Luis reads two kids the story of "The Kingdom of the Same Old Dance," by an unknown author. In the kingdom, the citizens only know one dance, until a stranger (Telly) comes to town, doing a "Boom-shaka-laka-laka" dance. He teaches them his dance and they all rejoice that they now have a new dance. As Luis wonders who wrote the story, Telly comes down the street, doing his dance. "Wonder no more," Luis remarks.
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Animation A puzzle of an orangutan is put together.
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Muppets In the jungle, Joey and Davey Monkey see a bunch of bananas on a tree, and try to figure out how to get them down. They climb up the tree, knock the bananas off, and are about to climb down, when an elephant carries the bananas away. They decide to order a pizza instead.
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SCENE 4 Kingston finds Maria in the park, where she's eating some jalapeños. Kingston wants to try one, but Maria warns him they're very spicy. He counters, saying trying new foods is important. She hands him one, but advises him to take a small bite. He gobbles the whole thing and is sent into a spice-induced frenzy, until he lets loose a bunch of steam. He surprisingly enjoyed it and asks for another.
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Song "Something Old Into Something New"
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Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
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SCENE 5 Monty brings Big Bird into the Fix-It Shop to demonstrate the correct way to answer the telephone. When the phone rings, Monty answers with "watermelons and cheese" and "Elephants run wild in France." Maria takes the phone away from saying, saying that's now how to answer the phone. It rings and she answers, "Hello?," which Monty states is the correct way. The caller turns out to be his mother, who answers with the same phrases as Monty.
Animation The word TELEPHONE is displayed, followed by a ringing telephone.
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Film A TELEPHONE rings at a phone booth in the city, and someone answers it.
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Film A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N" and dances around it.
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SCENE 6 Kingston has a question for Maria - can she wave her arms and shake like he can? She says she can't and Kingston thanks her, then leaves. Once the coast is clear, Maria tries it and hurts herself, then resumes work.
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: STOP.
After the man reads the sign, two cars screech to a stop, one on each side of him.
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SCENE 7 Kingston now wants to ask Luis a question. Maria tells Luis the answer is "No," assuming it's his same one as before, but Kingston has a new question - can Luis make the same scrunchy face as him? Luis can't, nor can he do Kingston's original dance. Maria announces the sponsors, when Telly passes by, doing his dance. "Now that we can do," they declare and follow Telly, doing his dance. Then Kingston finishes the closing.

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