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Telly is important to Rosita
Air date January 15, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors Q, 12
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly is practicing his tuba in the arbor, and has declared today as "Tuba Day," meaning he only wants to practice his tuba and not be involved with anything else. Carlo notices Rosita listening to him in awe, and admits how Telly's pretty important to her. He suggests telling him how important he is, so Rosita walks up to Telly and tells him, but afterwards thinks it wasn't enough. She decides to show him something more to express his importance and heads off.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert and Ernie go fishing. Ernie catches fish by yelling "Heeeeere fishy, fishy, fishy!", and they come flying into the boat. Bert tries it, but only catches a shark.
(First: Episode 1641)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Film Girls do a hand-clap game about the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3322)
Animation Airplanes carve the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3179)
Muppets Clementine and Elmo sing a song about things that are "Important."
(First: Episode 2702)
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)
SCENE 2 Rosita returns with flowers and a basket of fruit, which she thinks is the perfect way to show Telly their friendship. She presents them to him, but he's more interested in practicing his tuba and says to "just put them anywhere" before resuming practicing. Rosita thinks he still doesn't understand his importance to her and thinks of another method.
Animation Fred the fish needs water to swim in, and Betty the bird needs air to fly in. Vanessa the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the air and water, but can't hold it all in. (new narration by Jim Thurman added)
(First: Episode 2564)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird goes fishing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his friends Colin and Marlee. It takes awhile for him to catch one, but he finally does.
(First: Episode 3445)
Cartoon Bruce the moose invites Toulouse LaGoose over for juice.
(First: Episode 2498)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3160)
Animation Rubber Stamp #12
(First: Episode 2932)
Animation Milo Counting: 12
Pinball 12.jpg
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Song "You're Important"
(First: Episode 3396)
SCENE 3 The previous song gives Rosita some inspiration. She runs up to Telly and sings "You're Important" to him, backed up by a mariachi band. Telly strongly assures he understands that he's important to her (to Rosita's delight) and returns to practicing, hopeful he won't be interrupted again.
Animation Planet Q / q
(First: Episode 2838)
Muppets Elmo shows a trick you can do with the letter Q - by covering the stem of the letter, you get the letter O.
(First: Episode 3418)
Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that β€œQ” starts the word β€œquarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)
Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
(First: Episode 2668)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Song "One of These Things" (with Wegman's dogs and a poodle)
(First: Episode 3114)
Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(First: Episode 1513)
SCENE 4 Telly's still practicing when Rosita comes she wants to hear from Telly's side if there's anything he feels is important to him. He firmly states that his tuba, practicing, and getting better at it are all important to him, but especially practicing alone. Rosita asks if there's anything else, but he says nothing else is important to him, causing Rosita to walk away in shame.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
Celebrity Samuel Ramey sings a low-octave version of the alphabet song.
(First: Episode 3369)
Cartoon A photographic couple ballroom-dances on, in and under a plane.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3155)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon A man has a small octopus on his head, but a little boy has a big octopus.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
(First: Episode 2696)
Cartoon A magician writes in his diary about the many mishaps during his performance.
(First: Episode 2053)
SCENE 5 Rosita returns as Telly finishes his practicing session. Now free, he invites her to visit the park, but she refuses and declares in a twist on the "You're Important" song that he's not important to her anymore. Telly gets concerned and runs off to find her.
Cartoon A little boy describes a time when he got angry after his toy truck was destroyed by a big kid.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2764)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Samantha talks to Grover about what she does when she gets angry.
(First: Episode 3531)
Film An Indian boy narrates how Chapati bread is made.
(First: Episode 3204)
Muppets Bip Bippadotta and The Androoze Sisters sing "Everybody's Song."
(First: Episode 2064)
Cartoon A girl fantasizes what she could do without leaving her room if her nose, ears, legs, and arms got bigger.
(First: Episode 3285)
Animation Kids talk about families, often mentioning having rhinoceroses as pets.
(First: Episode 2759)
Song "Something Old Into Something New"
(First: Episode 3125)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finishes drinking milk, and doesn't know what to do with the cartons at first, but gets the idea to "recycle" them and play with them like a train.
(First: Episode 2726)
Animation A girl plays in, on, and under a sculpture.
(First: Episode 2898)

SCENE 6 Telly finds Rosita alone at the park and asks why she's upset. She rants about how Telly's tuba is all that's important to him, but he butts in to counter that Rosita is also important. She's not convinced, but after Telly proceeds to sing and play the song on his tuba, Rosita forgives him, and they both sing the song together. Carlo announces the sponsors nearby, while Telly jokes to bring his tuba on the seesaw.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Everyone sings and dances about triangles in front of the The Grand High Triangle Lover.

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