Sesame Street
Telly tries to eat
Air date January 1, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors V, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly is in the arbor waiting for his breakfast, which is a nice, warm bowl of oatmeal. Carlo gives him it. Next, Rosita comes and tells Telly that every word in English is a word in Spanish. Rosita tells Telly that the Spanish words for oatmeal, great, interesting, eat, spoon, milk and fruit. Finally, Telly takes his spoon and eats some oatmeal. But it is cold now. Carlo comes out and Telly says that he doesn’t like cold oatmeal. Carlo goes inside Hooper's to heat Telly’s cold oatmeal. Rosita leaves and says the Spanish word for goodbye.
Cartoon A cartoon shows a few Spanish words - which are also English words.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3011)
Film A girl's grandmother teaches Spanish to her parrot Kuka.
(First: Episode 3101)
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
(First: Episode 3587)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz tells Big Bird about a hummingbird, and sings "Zunzun."
(First: Episode 2298)
Cartoon Is no one afraid of The Big Bad Wolf? (new music added)
(EKA: Episode 2405)
SCENE 2 Telly gets his warm oatmeal and is ready to eat when Baby Bear runs over and starts to describe his nightmare. When he thinks about it, he screams. It was about Goldilocks was as big as a building. She was stomping into his house. She walked to Papa Bear’s porridge and tasted it, then Momma Bear’s porridge. Then, to his porridge and then she ate it all up. Baby Bear starts eating Telly’s oatmeal and none is left. Telly calls for Carlo for more oatmeal.
Film A gymnasium switches from empty to full.
(First: Episode 2968)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon Underwater, there's a 9
(First: Episode 3283)
Film Milo Counting: 9
(First: Episode 3578)
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
Film Great Moments at the Sink
Timothy brushes his teeth, accompanied by sports narration. A 10.0 sink bowl!
Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1446)

SCENE 3 Inside Hooper's Store, Telly’s stomach is growling. Maria and Carlo are also there. Telly tells Carlo what happened to his oatmeal and Carlo gives Telly vegetable salad. The letter V appears on the counter. It explains that it is visiting Sesame Street today and is proud to start words like vegetable, very and vanish. V vanishes, along with Telly’s vegetable salad.
V in space
Cartoon V in Space
(First: Episode 0481)
Film Kids find a wild letter V in the jungle.
(First: Episode 3517)
Cartoon African quilt pattern
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Kermit sings "On My Pond".
(First: Episode 2328)
Cartoon Ranger Armbuckle talks about how plants travel -- by sowing their seeds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon Ball-dribbling characters count the feet on a wall ruler.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3227)


SCENE 4 Telly now has a sandwich, soup, pie and milk now. Telly gets interrupted for a fourth time when he hears triangle lovers music. Then, Norm and the Grand High Triangle Lover appear outside Hooper’s Store. The Grand High Triangle Lover has something important to say. They need someone to speak in their Triangle Lovers Club Lunch and they chose Telly, since he knows a lot of things about triangles. It’s getting set up now, right outside. Maria tells Telly that he should eat then and not later. Telly can’t eat, because he needs to practice his speech. Maria reaches over for the pie once Telly leaves and asks Carlo for a fork.
Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
Cartoon Three scribbles exercise.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1579)
Muppets Captain Elmo Cousteau searches for the treasure of the missing soap, with the help of a policeman fishy.
(First: Episode 2637)
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0004)
Film A boy loves learning about fish. He reads books about them, and even catches them.
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)



SCENE 5 A few kids and Muppets watch Telly making his speech. Maria, watching inside Hooper's says that she hopes Telly is okay because he didn’t eat breakfast or lunch yet. While saying his speech, his stomach growls and he stops. He continues his speech by talking about a triangle shaped chip and his stomach growls once again. He eats the chip and takes the rest of the chips in the bowl. Then, he takes a slice of pizza and talks about it. Then, one by one like the chips, he eats the pizza. Now, there is no more food and Telly is finishing up his speech. The Grand High Triangle Lover says that he ate all of the food. Telly explains that he didn’t know what went over him and everyone boo’s Telly. The Grand High Triangle Lover tells everyone to stop. He knows why Telly ate all of the triangle food, because he loved triangles so much. He has never seen that much love toward triangles before. Maria has never seen anybody eat a whole bowl of chips and two pizza pies. Apparently, there is nothing left for anybody else, but Carlo and Maria come out of Hooper's Store with triangular shaped sandwiches and triangular shaped cookies. Everyone is happy and Telly thanks Maria and Carlo. Telly is stuffed and faints.
Animation A pizza is made, and the slices form the word PIZZA.
(First: Episode 3393)
Waitergrover windy
Muppets Mr. Johnson has lunch at Charlie's Outdoor Al Fresco Fresh Air Cafe, where he's disappointed to find Grover waiting on him. The wind picks up, and blows his food away -- but when Grover gives him the bill, the wind dies down, and he has to pay.
(First: Episode 3105)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter V, for violin and valentine.
(First: Episode 3532)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: V for Violin
A musician plays a violin, which instantly breaks.
(First: Episode 0052)
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
Animation A girl plays in, on and under a sculpture.
(First: Episode 2898)
SCENE 6 The GHTL leads a cheer in honor of Telly, then dismisses everyone. Telly feels proud and declares this one of the happiest days in his life, but wonders how it could've started so poorly. Maria starts explaining how life works, as the GHTL and Norm announce the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: The story of "The Princess and the Bus."

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