Sesame Street
Telly plays T-ball
Air date March 28, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Mo Willems
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors T, 2


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly Monster announces that today, he and Lexine will be playing T-ball. He produces his own "T-ball" (a ball marked with the letter T) as a gag.
SCENE 1 Telly and Lexine have all they need for their game of T-ball. However, instead of Lexine's whiffle bat, Telly has Gordon's regular bat, which he has much difficulty using.
Cartoon A man has a small octopus on his head, but a little boy has a big octopus.
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Muppets Zoe and Big Bird display the number two, and point out how many things they have in pairs (eyes, feet, etc.).
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #2
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SCENE 2 Telly realizes the key to being able to use Gordon's bat is to exercise first. He does a brief workout with some dumbbells and makes other attempt to swing at the ball, but the heavy bat makes him fall over again. Telly vows to make a hit with the larger bat if it's the last thing he does. "And at this rate, it just might be."
Song "Get On Up (Everybody Move)"
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Song "T, You're Terrific"
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Film The floating kids form a capital T.
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SCENE 3 Telly has recruited Count von Count to help him use the large bat, though the Count mistakenly believed Telly was referring to his kind of bat. The Count imparts some advice from his great second uncle - "If at first you don’t succeed, try try try try try try again!" Telly makes ten attempts to swing the bat, falling over each time; the Count takes great pleasure in counting each one of Telly's misses.
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SCENE 4 Lexine thinks she's gotten Telly to admit the bat is too big for him, when he realizes the solution - he needs to imagine he's big. He starts to act bigger, but the bat still causes him to fall over, giving him a big headache.
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Cartoon T for tiger, teapot, television, and taxi.
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Film T for Triangle
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SCENE 5 Telly sulks that he'll never be able to use the bat. Lexine offers to cooperate and they pick up the bat together, successfully hitting the ball from the tee with it. They celebrate while the Count announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird and Gabi perform a living room ballet.

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