Sesame Street
Telly learns rhythms
Air date February 9, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors L, 20


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Zoe greets the viewer and tells them that she'll be going to dance class soon. She then hears some nearby dinging and finds Gordon and Telly, who is frustrated. He's tries to play his triangle with his Ding Along with Mitch tape, but can't and becomes frustrated. Gordon calms him down and resumes the tape. Mitch plays a rhythm, but Telly finds it too hard to copy. Gordon shuts off the tape and has Telly sing the rhythm to himself, which helps him play it on his triangle along with the tape. Zoe is about head to class, but stays when she hears Telly will play his tuba next.
Film Kids play low and high notes on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3410)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie announces that her cat Feff will jump ON a box and say meow, but he keeps jumping OFF when she puts him on, so Suzie does it instead.
Artist: Mo Willems
Muppets Big Bird recites a poem about not being able to whistle. Unlike other birds (and the wind), he needs a toy whistle to do so.
(First: Episode 3196)
Cartoon Wilma Wiggins makes the very best of a very silly situation by hiccuping her way through an opera.
(First: Episode 2963)
Muppets / Celebrity Samuel Ramey performs "L Toreador."
(First: Episode 3337)
Cartoon L for Laugh
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2767)
Film L is for look, legs, light, lemonade, and ladybug.
(First: Episode 3427)
SCENE 2 Telly now struggles with his tuba tape, Tooting Along with Toodles. He tries about the singing method again and it works!
Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
Cartoon A determined little boy makes several attempts to fly, and eventually gets his dad to take him on an airplane.
(First: Episode 1871)
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)
Animation The word AIRPORT (with photographs of such)
(First: Episode 3373)
SCENE 3 Zoe arrives at Celina's studio for class, finding she's early. She asks Celina about counting backwards, in case she ever becomes an astronaut, so Celina teaches her to count down from 10 with a song.
SCENE 3 cont'd The rest of the class arrives and help Zoe count backwards, which will signal Celina to start their music. However, the boombox short circuits.
Animation Ten masked dancers are counted in Spanish.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3079)
Song "When You Grow Up"
(First: Episode 2912)
Muppets "African Alphabet Song"
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon African quilt pattern
(First: Episode 3145)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter L.
(First: Episode 3270)
Animation L / l (space paint)
(First: Episode 3216)
Film The floating kids form an L.
(First: Episode 3128)
SCENE 4 Zoe rushes to the park to find Telly, who misinterprets Zoe's need for music, believing the class wants him to provide the music on his triangle. He runs off with glee, unaware Zoe wanted to borrow his cassette player instead.
Cartoon A cowboy sings about "Feelings That Are Real."
(First: Episode 0954)
Muppets Muppet and Kid Moments: Grover and Karlena talk about the word "love" on a sign.
(First: Episode 2392)
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Animation Masked March #20
(First: Episode 3365)
Muppets The Count finds three Honkers and counts 20 of their honks. They then want him to honk his nose, but he ends up hurting it.
(First: Episode 1569)
Animation A chicken lays 20 eggs, which hatch.
(First: Episode 3122)
SCENE 5 Telly arrives at the studio with his triangles and whips out his biggest one. Celina lets him know they don't need triangle music, so he goes to fetch his tuba instead.
Cartoon Big / bigger / biggest (bikes)
(First: Episode 1245)
Song "Mom and Me" (new vocal track)
(First: Episode 2462)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster: MOM.
(First: Episode 1481)
Animation A portrait of MOM hangs in a gallery.
(First: Episode 3318)
Song "Family Song" - a rewritten version of "Brothers Song"
(First: Episode 3423)
SCENE 6 Telly returns with his tuba and demonstrates his skills. Celina admits they don't need tuba music either and are actually interested in just his cassette player. Telly feels used, but goes to get it anyway. Celina comes up with an idea to cheer him up.
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
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)

SCENE 7 Telly brings them his cassette player, but Celina keeps him around. She's created a new dance that incorporates Telly's triangle playing, to his delight. He then performs a solo for everyone, while Gabi announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Maria helps Zoe write her name with a song.

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