Sesame Street
Telly makes a list
Air date March 28, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Mo Willems
Sponsors Y, 17
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly, Gabi, Lexine and Michael brainstorm activities they can do today, but Telly wonders how they can remember them all. Luis tells them to make a list and prepares one for them. The first item - make a list.
Cartoon A family goes over their camping checklist before they leave for the woods.
(First: Episode 3411)
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "The Boogie-Woogie Piggies."
(First: Episode 2922)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Animation Pencil box Y / y
(First: Episode 3043)
Film Y for yell, yellow, yodel
(First: Episode 3456)
Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0769)
SCENE 2 Luis finishes compiling their list, which includes 17 activities. Since they already made the list, that bumps the number down to 16 (then to 15 when they see subtraction is included). The next item is to read a book about triangles and Telly runs home to get one.
Animation Space frogs count to 10.
(First: Episode 3109)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz tells Big Bird about a hummingbird, and sings "Zunzun." (music added to intro)
(First: Episode 2298)
Film Amelia pretends she's an astronaut.
(First: Episode 2918)
SCENE 3 Telly joins the group in the park with his favorite book in the whole, wide world - "Caesar And The Great Triangle Party." Luis begins to read...

SCENE 3 cont'd In Ancient Rome, Emperor Caesar (Telly) decides to throw a triangle party. His subjects gather in the throne room to show off their triangles, when Brutus (Luis) arrives with what he believes is a triangle, but turns out to be a number 2. "A 2, Brutus?!" the emperor shouts. He sets Brutus straight as to what a triangle looks like and tears his own in half so Brutus can properly join the festivities.
SCENE 3 cont'd "That is the greatest story ever told," says Telly, who realizes they need to keep moving if they want to accomplish everything on their list.
Cartoon A young bespectacled man with an accordion asks how much it costs to cross the bridge. The Bridgekeeper says admission is free, but requires that the young man show him three triangles. Two of them are found in the bridgework, and the man uses the bridgekeeper's staff to draw a third triangle in the dirt. Although the bridgekeeper has his order filled, he asks the man to play a tune on his accordion. This additional request takes the young man by surprise, but he is told to do so for the opportunity to cross the bridge.
(First: Episode 1572)
Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Kerry.
(First: Episode 2776)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter Y.
(First: Episode 3323)
SCENE 4 The next activity is to learn about the letter Y. Telly wonders how they'll do that, when Gabi reminds him of the previous segment. The next item on the list - learn more about the letter Y...
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter Y.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3381)
Cartoon Mary doesn't like the letter Y at first, but eventually finds it useful, especially for her name.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3347)
SCENE 4 cont'd Now that they've covered the letter Y, the next item is to wear silly hats. They head to Finders Keepers to get some.
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about a fish named Billy, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3358)
Muppets Wanda's friends beg her to stay in the water, but she'd rather explore land and be "A Fish Out of Water."
(First: Episode 3247)
Cartoon Leanna Williams explains why she loves her brother’s shoes - she has fun with the box they came in.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2985)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie decides to set up an apple-selling stand, and has everything he needs, leaving out the apples.
(First: Episode 1219)
Film A boy takes a bite out of an apple after it falls off a tree above him. The word APPLE is then shown.
(First: Episode 3276)
Song "Exploring in Your Closet"
(First: Episode 3132)
Cartoon A shy girl wants to join a group bouncing a ball.
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2849)
SCENE 5 The youngsters show off their silly hats and cross that item off the list. Luis notes the next item is to watch Inside Sesame Street and they rush into Hooper's Store.

SCENE 5 cont'd Mr. Handford turns on the store television just as the program begins. Anchor Monty attempts to describe things one finds inside (clouds and trees), but the viewers set him him straight. Monty finds a piece that he is certain is correct - there are three, French penguins inside Hooper's. Sure enough, a trio of French penguins appear singing "Frère Jacques."
Song Jerry Nelson sings "The Inside Story," which shows what's inside various household objects.
(First: Episode 2724)
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson
Mr. Johnson asks Grover the concession stand monster for a box of popcorn. Grover asks him if he would want the big, bigger, or biggest box of popcorn. Mr. Johnson wants the big popcorn, but Grover suggests the bigger popcorn. The two have a tug-of-war over the popcorn, resulting in the biggest popcorn box falling over Mr. Johnson's head.
Animation Ornate 17s swing by.
(First: Episode 3319)
Muppets The Count introduces the number of the day - 17, and thinks Oscar can help demonstrate it. Oscar, of course, says no. The Count begins prodding Oscar more and more so he can count 17 "no"s.
Animation Rubber Stamp #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Muppets Elmo and Zoe sing "Share."
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
(First: Episode 2744)

SCENE 6 Telly notices there's still so much left on their list and is determined to finish it today. Luis reads off the items (including announcing the sponsors) as they all perform them as quickly as possible until Telly faints from exhaustion.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Rosita uses her wishing button to wish Zoe would finish the story she's writing.

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