Sesame Street
Telly starts a doo-wop group
Air date December 31, 1997
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Sponsors O, 1


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and Mr. Handford listen to a record he and his old singing group put out. In a flashback, we see Mr. Handford, in his youth, and his group singing their hit, “You Are the Only One for Me”. Back in the present, Telly gets inspired and wants to create his own singing group, with the name “Telly and the Triangles” already in mind.
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SCENE 2 Telly rings his triangle outside Oscar’s can, bringing him outside. He asks Oscar if he’d like to join his band, but he declines, since he’s already in his own band: Four Grouches Named Moe and Oscar. When the four Moes arrive, they sing “Big Bad Mess” for Telly. They invite him to be in the band, but Telly also declines and sets off as the band continues rehearsal.
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SCENE 3 Big Bird, Gabi and Baby Bear are about to play baseball when Telly rushes to them and gives them his pitch. He has them envision the group performing one of their hits, “Mary Had a Triangle”. However, his friends would rather play baseball.
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SCENE 4 Telly tries to convince his friends to be in his band, but Baby Bear, Big Bird and Gabi would rather sing about porridge, birdseed and caterpillars (respectively). The group then argues over their problem.
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SCENE 5 Mr. Handford inspects the yelling, and Telly blames him for it for giving him the idea. Mr. Hanford has them cooperate and sing a song about the things they each love in harmony.
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SCENE 6 In front of a crowd of street patrons (including Elmo, Papa Bear, Bert and Ernie), Mr. Handford presents the singing group now known as “Telly and the Triangle, Porridge, Birdseed and Caterpillar Lovers”, who sing a doo-wop song about the things they love. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Baby Bear tries to describe his nightmare to Telly.

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