Sesame Street
Telly breaks Big Bird's toy car
Air date December 26, 1995
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors M, 17
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Finders Keepers, Big Bird tries to welcome the viewer to Sesame Street with a block in his beak. Ruthie takes the block out so he can properly greet the viewer, and then lets him finish stacking all the blocks on the top shelf. As a reward for doing so, Ruthie lets him pick a toy from an outdoor bin. Which one will he pick?
Animation Ten masked dancers are counted.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3102)
Film Wendy makes cookies with her grandmother. They later visit Wendy's great-grandmother at the nursing home, and give her some of the cookies.
(EKA: Episode 2244)
Animation Stop-motion: The word TOY is spelled in blocks.
(First: Episode 3394)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon "Hammer Time with Hammer"
(First: Episode 3179)

SCENE 2 Big Bird has picked a toy car with a control attached to it. The control can make the car go either forward or backward. Telly encounters him playing with the car, and is amazed at the way it moves. Big Bird realizes that he has to use the bathroom, and tells Telly to watch his toy car while he's gone. Telly vows to make sure nothing bad happens to the car, and tests it multiple times to make sure it works. However, the car suddenly stops working, and Telly panics.
Cartoons Backward and forward: dancing, flying and swimming.
(First: Episode 3083)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Doggy Paddle."
(First: Episode 1967)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog interviews the Invisible Man, who tap dances for him, and later introduces his family which crowds Kermit. All that is seen of the Invisible Man and his kin are their hats.
(First: Episode 1009)
Film Wegman's dogs make an M.
(First: Episode 3276)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot wants to demonstrate the letter M. Grover enters, making "Mmmmm" noises, so Herbert uses Grover to help him tell a story using M words. When the story is over, Herbert discovers that Grover's mouth is stuck together after eating peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0276)
Animation M for moon, monster, monkey and magic
SCENE 3 Telly rushes to the Fix-It Shop, and knocks on the locked door. Miles passes by, and points out to him that there's an OUT TO LUNCH sign on the door, which means that Maria and Luis are out to lunch. Telly decides to wait until they return from lunch, but he suddenly hears Big Bird coming back, and hides behind the Fix-it Shop bench.
Cartoon A car drives by the water.
(First: Episode 3378)
Muppets An Anything Muppet family sings "Let's Go Driving."
(First: Episode 2095)
Animation A girl dances her way into a family portrait.
(First: Episode 3134)
Muppets Biff asks Sully to recite the alphabet, but recites the whole thing without giving him a chance to speak.
(First: Episode 0873)
Song "Doing the Family Thing"
(First: Episode 3180)

SCENE 4 Telly, still hiding from Big Bird, wonders when Maria and Luis will return from lunch. Big Bird looks around for Telly, and asks Gabi if she's seen him. She hasn't seen him, but she invites Big Bird to play hide-and-seek with her. While she counts, Big Bird almost decides to hide behind the Fix-it Shop bench, where Telly is hiding ... but then he realizes that his feathers (or another body part) will still be visible if he hides there, so he decides to hide in the park. Telly breathes a sigh of relief, and thinks of another way of avoiding confrontation with Big Bird.
Cartoon Buttons ride a rollercoaster "up and down."
(First: Episode 3207)
Muppets Phil Harmonic introduces Ernie and Placido Flamingo, who sing "Up and Down Opera" to demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 2440)
Cartoon Typewriter: M for magic
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0841)
Animation The letter M appears on buildings.
(First: Episode 3385)
Cartoon Me and My M
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1545)

SCENE 5 Telly has disguised himself as a firefighter (with sunglasses and a beard), thinking Big Bird won't recognize him. Big Bird approaches him, and makes sure he knows what a firefighter does. When the disguised Telly gets all of Big Bird's questions right, Big Bird is convinced. He continues his search for Telly, who wonders how much longer he'll have to hide from Big Bird.
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Muppets The Martians are a "Yip Yip Family."
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
Animation Growing Numbers #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Animation Parade of Numbers #17
(First: Episode 3368)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello."
(First: Episode 2943)
Cartoon A boy shares his bubbles with some kids dancing in a field.
(First: Episode 1926)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
(First: Episode 2750)

SCENE 6 Telly, now out of his disguise, has decided to tell Big Bird the truth about the toy car he accidentally broke. Big Bird arrives with Luis, and is disappointed when he finds out his toy car is broken. Luis inspects it, and reveals that it's not really broken - it just needs new batteries. He puts some new ones in, and the car works again! Telly confesses to Big Bird that he was hiding from him, and they hug and make up. Luis announces the sponsors.


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