Sesame Street
Plot Telly is "Yes Man!"
repeat of 3210
Air date December 22, 1995
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Sponsors E, Z, 12
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Big Bird announces the sponsors as Telly bounces by on his pogo stick, repeating "Yes!" Big Bird explains to Savion that Telly is pretending that he's "Yes Man," a superhero who always says, "Yes!" Big Bird is also playing his assistant and the two go off to look for those in trouble (scored by a play on the Batman TV theme).
SCENE 1 Savion asks the two how they came up with such a silly game. Big Bird explains it was in a book Ruthie read them and he calls her over to read it. She begins reading them "The Adventures of Yes Man..."

SCENE 1 cont'd In the story, a king suffers several misfortunes from his servants, as the only answer he can give is "no." Suddenly, he's visited by a superhero, Yes Man, who teaches him how to say "yes" instead and keep his pesky servants at bay.
SCENE 1 cont'd Following the story, Savion questions Big Bird's role, as Yes Man didn't have an assistant in the book. Big Bird states he got the job just by asking (and Telly is unable to decline).
Cartoon A man shows the viewers his "YES" machine.
(First: Episode 0822)
Song Kevin Clash sings "The Pasta Song."
(First: Episode 3137)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster asks Jahwara to point to parts of her head.
(First: Episode 3260)
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0619)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
(First: Episode 2696)
Cartoon A man has a small octopus on his head, but a little boy has a big octopus.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3270)
SCENE 2 Yes Man and his assistant asks Savion if he needs help. He declines, wondering how saying "Yes" all the time can help anyone. They then come across a little girl having trouble playing her recorder. By saying "Yes," they're able to instill some confidence in her and she is able to properly play her scales.
Film Antelopes nod "yes."
Music by Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0822)
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Animation Computer E / e
(First: Episode 3071)
Animation Planet E / e
(First: Episode 2840)
Muppets Grover and Prairie Dawn sing "Sharing."
(EKA: Episode 2212)
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(First: Episode 1469)
Film Kids narrate a film of how a river is formed.
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 1
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets / Celebrity Maya Angelou sings "My Name" with Lexine, Carlo and Elmo.
(First: Episode 3139)
Film Shapes vibrate as girls beat on their drums.
(EKA: Episode 2873)
Animation The Letter Z in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2855)
Muppets Telly and Zoe display things that begin with the letter Z. Telly brought such things as a (horse dressed like a) zebra, a zucchini, a zipper, and even a zydeco band, but Zoe only brought herself.
Cartoon Chant Z/z
(First: Episode 3332)
Film Armadillos on film
(First: Episode 2488)
Muppets Big Bird: "That was great! Makes you proud to be an animal, doesn't it?"
(First: Episode 3159)

Film A little girl narrates a film about how cans can be recycled. She washes them and collects them in a wagon, which she takes to the recycling center. There it is sorted and separated with a magnet. After it's loaded onto trucks, it is taken to a factory to be melted and shaped into new cans like the ones seen in her fridge at home.
(First: Episode 2740)
Cartoon A group gives a newcomer funny looks, which hurts his feelings, but then they invite him to play marbles with them. He turns out to be a good player. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2840)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 3 Savion continues trying to do homework, when he's interrupted yet again by Yes Man, who will now say "Yes" 40 times. Savion requests that Telly give it a break for awhile. Telly has trouble answering because of her persona and leaves in a huff.
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(EKA: Episode 0846)
Film A three-year-old African boy narrates a film about a day in his life.
(First: Episode 3267)
Animation Twelve kids are counted.
(First: Episode 2998)
Film Ornate 12s sail through the air.
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon The Bellhop has to make 12 wake-up calls.
(First: Episode 2529)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2a
(First: Episode 3185)
SCENE 4 Telly counts his "yes"s all by himself, when Ruthie and Big Bird arrive with a new story to tell him - "The Story of No Man."
SCENE 4 cont'd The story follows the same plot as before, only now the king suffers for saying "yes" to everything. No Man appears, encouraging him to say "no" now.
SCENE 4 cont'd Telly begins to learn a moral from the two stories: it's okay to say "yes" and "no" depending on the situation. He promises to say "yes" and "no" as necessary (and possibly throwing a "maybe" in the mix).
Song Gina and Maria sing "The Word is "No"."
(First: Episode 2548)
Cartoon Can a cat bark?
(First: Episode 0859)
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Film Fay Ray climbs over a box.
(First: Episode 2620)
Cartoon A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success.
(First: Episode 1042)
Muppets Over the Top, a ZZ Top-like band, sings "ZZ Blues."
(First: Episode 2317)
Cartoon Birds pop balloons of all the letters of the alphabet, making them lowercase.
(First: Episode 2552)
Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
(First: Episode 3080)

SCENE 5 Telly, sans "Yes Man" outfit, finds Savion in the park and apologizes for his behavior earlier. He reports he'll only say "yes" and "no" sometimes and adds he's loaned his costume and pogo stick to Ruthie, who enjoys pretending to be a superhero. Telly then announces the sponsors.

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