Sesame Street
Telly and the Slap-Happy Cap
Air date January 9, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors O, 15
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and his Uncle Talbot are selling his home-made “Happy Caps” in the arbor. What makes them “happy” is that the extra long peak of the cap will keep one’s feet protected on a sunny day. They try to sell one to Carlo, but he’s already got a normal cap. Uncle Talbot must leave to make more and makes Telly wear his cap the whole day, for promotional purposes. Elmo comes by, having heard about Telly’s new cap. Telly turns to respond, but the cap’s peak whacks Elmo and knocks him out cold.
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Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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SCENE 2 Elmo demands Telly take off his cap, but he fears he will upset his uncle if he does. Elmo warns him that if he keeps it on, he won’t be able to sing "The Alphabet Song" with him and his friends. Telly assures Elmo he can sing with his cap and they do so, without Telly smacking Elmo... but he does after the song.
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Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
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Kermit interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they don't live together anymore (though it is not directly stated whether her parents are divorced or separated).
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Animation A girl dances her way into a family portrait.
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SCENE 3 In the playground, Carlo, Elmo and the kids are about to play a game when Telly arrives, still wearing his cap and wanting to play. He demonstrates that if he turns slowly, he won’t hit anyone. They begin playing “One of These Things” with three number 15s and a letter O. Elmo knows the answer and Telly turns to ask him what it is, knocking him down again. Elmo moans “Ohhhhh”, leading Telly to believe the letter O is the answer. He picks Elmo up, who tells him to take the hat off before he faints again.
Cartoon A lady receives a letter O in the mail, which promptly rolls around her living room.
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Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter O.
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SCENE 4 In Hooper's Store, everyone is prepared to eat a snack. Telly tries to be careful with his cap, but knocks over some straws and Elmo off his seat. Elmo recovers and yells that as long as he has the cap on, they won’t play together, then he storms out. Telly now thinks the cap should be called an "Angry Cap."
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SCENE 5 Telly has finally taken his cap off, now siding with Elmo on how silly it is. He hears his uncle coming and fears he will be upset when he hears about his opinion of the hat. Telly tells his uncle there’s a problem with his cap. Talbot thinks it’s the price when Telly physically demonstrates what’s wrong to his uncle (whacking him in the face with the peak). Talbot isn’t angry, but rather proud that Telly could fess up. He leaves to go fix the problem with his caps.
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
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SCENE 6 Telly’s uncle arrives back, having fixed the problem – he’s added rear-view mirrors to the cap so you can be careful. Telly points out that, while effective, the mirrors won’t help you see what’s in front of you. His uncle then thinks of alternate uses for the hat, such as catching butterflies and tickling giraffes. He leaves to find one.
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SCENE 7 Telly is now standing around, promoting his uncle's “Happy Sunglasses” (much to his dismay). Elmo thinks they look silly and Telly shows what they can be used for – standing around and announcing the sponsors. Elmo has him take them off so they can play.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Cecille sings about the game of make believe.


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