Sesame Street
Telly's greetings and goodbyes / Snuffleupagus stories
Air date February 3, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors J, 4


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Alice has invented a new dance, which Snuffy names the "La, La, La and Turn Around Dance." Her dance makes her dizzy and she falls. Snuffy claims this as her second new dance, "The Stand Up and Fall Down Dance." (YouTube)
Film A girl dances a butterfly dance.
(First: Episode 3681)
Insert None, some and all of the dancers dance as Big Bird narrates.
(First: Episode 3360)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1966)
Film "We have a nice school"... with ducks.
(First: Episode 3144)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk - Dixie dance
Part 1
(First: Episode 3549)
Cartoon The dancing birds dance fast and slow.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3072)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk - Dixie dance
Part 2
(First: Episode 3549)
Film Korean girls do a spring dance.
(First: Episode 3170)
Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3016)
Muppets / Celebrity Erykah Badu introduces herself to Elmo, Baby Bear, Zoe and Rosita, who are hesitant to join her at first, but they end up singing "We're All Friends."
Animation Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2981)
Film Girls sing a jump-rope rhyme about naming a puppy.
(First: Episode 3279)
Cartoon "There's an Exercise That's Right" even for a snake.
(First: Episode 2962)

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 A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)

Song "What's Inside?" (Cookie Monster cameo)
(First: Episode 3134)
Cartoon The Carrot (censored version)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1132)

SCENE 2 Telly asks Luis to shake his hand, so that he can figure out how to make his own handshake. He mentions the others he’s shaken hands with today and claims each one is different. Luis encourages Telly to try out his idea, which is quite different than Luis expected.
Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat. (re-recorded soundtrack)
(First: Episode 1580)
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 A man wants a hat, but the hat shop owner's hats are all the same - except for a ten-gallon hat, which complements the customer's horseback riding nicely. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0781)
Song "We're All Growin'""
(First: Episode 3141)
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story (new music added)
(First: Episode 0231)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Cartoon The Typewriter: J for jump
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0772)
SCENE 3 Telly is still performing his long and complex handshake. Before Luis has to leave, Telly shares another note he’s made – everyone says goodbye differently too. Luis tells him he doesn’t have to decide it right away or even at all. As Luis returns to his book, Telly begins saying a whole variety of goodbyes, forcing Luis to leave.
Film Fay Ray's head moves across the floor from left to right.
(First: Episode 3034)
Animation The word DOG is spelled out over a wiener dog.
(First: Episode 3326)
Film Fay Ray's head moves across the floor from right to left.
(First: Episode 3034)
Muppets Count von Count sings "Lambaba" as he counts sheep and other animals that pop into the room.
(First: Episode 2789)
Animation Elephants appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(First: Episode 3627)

Film A girl helps her family prepare Trinidadian roti dishes for her dad's food truck. She and her dad drive to New York City to serve the roti to customers.
(First: Episode 3567)
Cartoon The Quadratic Equations (from the Lunar Lounge) sing about 4 and their four heads.
Film Four kids dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3149)
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)

SCENE 4 Ruthie finds a sad Alice and Snuffy in the park, whose mom was going to read to them, but had to leave for work. Ruthie offers to read them “Snufflelina”, with Snuffy intervening to remind her of how their mother reads it to them, including letting Alice sit on her lap (putting Ruthie in immense pain).
Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells a story of how he helped the monkey and the baboon reach a compromise.
(First: Episode 3361)
Muppets Mr. Johnson wants something to read, so Flight Attendant Grover suggests reading the EXIT sign, the safety manual and the tag on the collar of his shirt. After he informs Mr. Johnson that the airplane is out of newspapers and magazines, he sets the fat blue man on his lap and tells him to read his lips as he recites a story.
(First: Episode 3487)
Animation Four airplanes take off one by one.
(First: Episode 1242)
Song "Brand New Look" - people try on glasses.
(First: Episode 3271)
Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
Song "J, Just How Jazzy Can You Get?"
(First: Episode 3396)
Jenny Jeff Jacket
Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Film Puzzle pieces make a video of a bear.
(First: Episode 3085)


SCENE 5 After the story, Snuffy remembers that their mom reads the book twice, but the second time Alice doesn’t sit on her lap, he does! Ruthie pleads not be sat upon and suggest his snuffle rests on her lap instead. As Ruthie reads, Telly leans into frame, announces the sponsors and Slimey’s progress to the moon then says goodbye in a multitude of ways.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Oscar, Telly and Maria watch as the Wiggleprise crew’s pink bowling ball flies and hits the “Wrong Way” button!

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