Sesame Street
The Grand High Triangle Lover's success story
(repeat of 3171)
Air date January 18, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Sponsors F, R, 17
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly rushes over to the kids on the playground to tell them that the Grand High Triangle Lover is visiting today and will share a story about how he earned that position. Telly wonders when the GHTL will arrive, and one kid guesses right after a song...
SCENE 1 As predicted, the theme song finishes and the Grand High Triangle Lover arrives, along with Norman, whom he sends off to dust his triangle collection. With Norm out of the way, the GHTL begins his story, which begins in the kingdom of Canarsie...

SCENE 1 cont'd In the kingdom, there was a large rock with sticks in it and whoever could pull them from the rock would become a powerful leader. "Millions" of villagers try to remove the sticks, as the GHTL counts them off, but to no avail.
SCENE 1 cont'd After Telly points out the "millions" of villagers were actually only 13, Norm arrives back, having finished his task. The GHTL takes him away for another errand (so Norm won't ruin the story) and assures them he'll be back in a moment.
Cartoon "Animal Elevator": 1-10
(First: Episode 2530)
Cast / Celebrity Wanda the Word Fairy introduces the viewer to her parents.
(First: Episode 2678)
Cartoon A girl sits on her mom's lap in a Picasso painting.
(First: Episode 3318)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
SCENE 2 The GHTL returns, which means his story can resume. His story continues with him and Norman on their way to their very important job...

SCENE 2 cont'd Lou (the GHTL's real name) and Norm dance their way to the bowling alley (where they work at the bowling shoe counter), when Lou notices the rock. Norm reminds him that every day, he's tried to pull the sticks, but never does. Just as they're about to resume their walk, the rock speaks and makes him an offer he can't refuse; the rock has decided Lou will be the one who will be able to pull the sticks out. Using all his might, he pulls the sticks from the stone. But, before he can become a powerful leader, he needs to make something from the three sticks.
SCENE 2 cont'd Norm returns, telling the GHTL that his task of alphabetizing his triangles seemed futile. The GHTL suggests he name them first and brings him away to show him. Norm is getting suspicious.
Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)

Beat The Time
Muppets Sesame Street Game Shows: The Count is a contestant on Beat the Time, where today's wacky stunt is to bring back two things that come from the sky before the time runs out. The Count has too much fun counting the seconds, but ends up bringing his thunder and lightning.
(First: Episode 1698)
Cartoon The parts of a man's face move around as they are drawn.
(First: Episode 3410)
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon The letter F morphs into cartoon faces.
(First: Episode 2916)
Film The letter F appears, Jaws-like, out of a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3353)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie hates the letter F, until all F things disappear, including the furniture, the floor and the firefighter.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3274)

SCENE 3 Back in the GHTL's story, Lou has made a stick man with them, but the stone is not impressed and gives him a hint: he needs to make a shape. Norm tries to give him inspiration from his lunch. The round doughnut and square sandwich won't work, but the triangular tortilla chip gives him inspiration to make a triangle. Now that he made something, the stone appoints him the position of Grand High Triangle Lover. He tells Norm to forget calling him "Lou" and start calling him "Boss."
SCENE 3 cont'd The GHTL finishes his story with a speech about his love for triangles ever since then.
Cartoon Lightning bugs make shapes.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3150)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music, but Kermit the Frog lures them by whistling.
(First: Episode 0519)
Cartoon A capital and lower-case R appear on sheets of paper.
(First: Episode 3127)
Film Alphaquest: R
Running down a road past a rabbit, a radio, some rocks, and a rainbow.
(First: Episode 2726)
Cartoon Leaves form R and r
(First: Episode 3110)
Song "Exploring in Your Closet"
(First: Episode 3132)
Cartoon Are you the monster that ate the television?
(First: Episode 1970)
Insert Celina shows the the Grouchketeers how to do "Doin' the Grouch".
(First: Episode 3203)
Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
(First: Episode 2733)
Film Two Navajo children visit their grandparents who live on a ranch.
(First: Episode 2665)
Cartoon Something's missing ... is it a frog or a dog?
(EKA: Episode 2486)
Song "We Got the Power!" - a hip-hop song about computers
(First: Episode 3058)
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros
(First: Episode 2518)
Song "Big R and Little R" (Christopher Cerf)
(First: Episode 3273)
Celebrity Maya Angelou leads Big Bird and some kids in a ring game, "Little Sally Walker."
(First: Episode 3171)
Animation Rubber Stamp #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Animation Ornate 17s swing by.
(First: Episode 3319)
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
Film Lucia, who lives in Argentina, narrates a segment where she visits her abuelo's chocolate factory, where they make candy out of chocolate and mazapan.
(First: Episode 3171)
Cartoon A gorilla outgrows his toy fire truck, and is about to throw it away, when he decides to pass it on to his little brother.
(First: Episode 2840)
Song Christopher Cerf sings "I'm a Manatee."
(First: Episode 3069)

SCENE 4 Telly recaps the GHTL's story in amazement. Suddenly, Norm shows up, having finished his task. He mentions his favorite part of the story, where the GHTL finds a hat with triangles on it and starts calling himself the Grand High Triangle Lover. Norm is then silenced and dragged away. Telly announces the sponsors.

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