Sesame Street
Plot Telly and the Slap-Happy Cap
repeat of 3432
Air date January 6, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors O, 15


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and his Uncle Talbot are selling his home-made “Happy Caps” in the arbor. What makes them “happy” is that the extra long peak of the cap will keep one’s feet protected on a sunny day. They try to sell one to Carlo, but he’s already got a normal cap. Uncle Talbot must leave to make more and makes Telly wear his cap the whole day, for promotional purposes. Elmo comes by, having heard about Telly’s new cap. Telly turns to respond, but the cap’s peak whacks Elmo and knocks him out cold.
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror. (new music added)
(EKA: Episode 0834)
Boy's family portrait
Film A boy dances his way into his family's portrait.
(First: Episode 3129)
Cartoon Soul O
(First: Episode 3375)
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon O for open, off, owl, ocean
(First: Episode 3091)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
(First: Episode 2784)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
SCENE 2 Elmo demands Telly to take off his cap, but he fears he will upset his uncle if he does. Elmo warns him that if he keeps it on, he won’t be able to sing "The Alphabet Song" with him and his friends. Telly assures Elmo he can sing with his cap and they do so, without Telly smacking Elmo, but does after the song.
Film The letters of the alphabet are found in signs all over the city. (ska music, child voiceover)
(First: Episode 3652)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
(First: Episode 0538)
Cartoon Rap #15
(First: Episode 2567)
Film Kid mural painting #15
(First: Episode 3649)
Animation Counting to 15 (Oriental music)
(First: Episode 3157)
SCENE 3 In the playground, Carlo, Elmo and the kids are about to play a game when Telly arrives, still wearing his cap and wants to play. He demonstrates that if he turns slowly, he won’t hit anyone. They begin playing “One of These Things” with three number 15s and a letter O. Elmo knows the answer and Telly turns to ask him what it is, knocking him down again. Elmo moans “Ohhhhh”, leading Telly to believe the letter O is the answer. He picks Elmo up, who tells him to take the hat before he faints again.
Cartoon A lady receives a letter O in the mail, which promptly rolls around her living room.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3348)
Muppets Big Bird shows that the letter O looks the same upside-down.
(First: Episode 3479)
Animation Planting Letters: O
(First: Episode 3010)
Cartoon Fruta Manzana sings about keeping the place clean by throwing away fruit peels and apple cores.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1485)
Film Two boys walk though a city neighborhood to some funky break dancing music.
(First: Episode 2679)
Cartoon The word entrada tries to run through a wall, then runs through the entrance.
(First: Episode 0939)
Muppets Snuffy sings "Bubble on My Snuffle."
(First: Episode 3338)
Film Farmer McFay is very sleepy because she only slept for 5 hours.
(First: Episode 3215)
SCENE 4 In Hooper's Store, everyone is prepared to eat a snack. Telly tries to be careful with his cap, but knocks over some straws and Elmo off his seat. Elmo recovers and yells that as long as he has the cap on, they won’t play together, then he storms out. Telly now thinks the cap should be called an "Angry Cap."
Cartoon A mouse sings "Felines," a song about emotions, to the tune of "Feelings."
(First: Episode 3278)
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz sings "Songo's Song."
(First: Episode 3279)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1966)
Song "Look Who's Dancing"
(First: Episode 3665)

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 I am dry, he is wet (Shark fishing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0309)
SCENE 5 Telly has finally taken his cap off, now siding with Elmo on how silly it is. He hears his uncle coming and fears he will be upset when he hears about his opinion of the hat. Telly tells his uncle there’s a problem with his cap. Talbot thinks it’s the price when Telly physically demonstrates what’s wrong to his uncle (whacking him in the face with the peak). Talbot isn’t angry, but rather proud that Telly could fess up. He leaves to go fix the problem with his caps.
Cartoon "Big Kid Photo Album"
(First: Episode 3441)
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about going to the zoo, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3328)
Muppets "Wet Paint Sign"
(First: Episode 3261)
Animation Dueling palettes form the words WET PAINT.
(First: Episode 3371)
SCENE 6 Telly’s uncle arrives back, having fixed the problem – he’s added rear-view mirrors to the cap so you can be careful. Telly points out that, while effective, the mirrors won’t help you see what’s in front of you. His uncle then thinks of alternate uses for the hat, such as catching butterflies and tickling giraffes. He leaves to find one.
Film A gardener trims a bush to form a giraffe.
(First: Episode 3138)
Film Rodrigo lives in the Philippines. He and his family like spending a day at the park.
(First: Episode 3219)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster tries on different pairs of shoes, but can't agree on one pair. They end up agreeing to wear shoe boxes instead.
(EKA: Episode 2142)
Cartoon Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3039)
Song "Brand New Look" - people try on glasses.
(First: Episode 3271)

SCENE 7 Telly is now standing around, promoting his uncles “Happy Sunglasses” (much to his dismay). Elmo thinks they look silly and Telly shows what they can be used for – standing around and announcing the sponsors. Elmo has him take them off so they can play.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Humphrey and Ingrid sing to Big Bird about how they know when Natasha is happy – when she shakes her shoe.

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