Sesame Street
Plot Telly, a Jack of all stories
Air date March 24, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Sponsors H, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly and Rosita take turns reading the nursery rhymes in their book "Jack of All Rhymes". They get half-way through "Little Jack Horner", when the titular character (performed by Joey Mazzarino) runs in and tells them to stop reading his story. He says he’s “all the Jacks, man!" meaning he plays Jack in all the fairy tales and nursery rhymes. He is frustrated with being busy all the time and not having time for "jack." He decides to quit and nominates Telly to take his place. He offers to help and promises children all over the world will read about him (and he gets to wear his hat).

Cartoon In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930's, Cab Callowmouse hosts the "Mother Goose Jamboree" at night in a bookstore.
(EKA: Episode 3656)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird hosts "Big Bird's Poetry Corner," with guest Rita Dove.
(First: Episode 3318)
Cartoon A girl recites a poem about her first loose tooth.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3319)
Film Jerry Nelson, Roscoe Orman and Fran Brill narrate "Great Moments at the Sink," in which Timothy brushes his teeth.
(EKA: Episode 3689)
Cartoon Water travels from a cloud to a river, into a reservoir, and through pipes, and finally ends up in a bathroom sink.
(First: Episode 2708)
Film Planting Letters: H
(First: Episode 3016)
Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: H - Horse (new music and sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2040)
Film H for Hat - kids try on different hats as camera shutters go off.
(EKA: Episode 3368)


SCENE 2 Telly puts the hat on and is ready to learn about being Jack. The first Jack he’s going to be is "Jack Be Nimble." He shows he can run nimble and quick, but when the candlestick is brought it, it’s much bigger than Telly expected. Jack tells him the size of the candle depends on who draws it. Telly takes a running start and jumps over the candlestick with a crash landing. Now they move onto one of the harder ones...
Film Wegman's dogs: "Jack Be Nimble"
(First: Episode 3526)
Cartoon A girl writes a poem about the number of fleas on her dog, which add up.
(EKA: Episode 3481)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Morgan sings the alphabet for Grover.
(First: Episode 3133)
Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
(First: Episode 2733)
Film Kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the Shpritzer.
(EKA: Episode 3451)
SCENE 3 The next Jack-job is "Jack and Jill". Two stagehands bring in the hill and Jack calls in Jill, who seems less enthusiastic about working. Rosita reads as Telly and Jill climb up the hill and fetch some water. Telly then remembers what happens next – he falls down the hill. His pain is doubled when Jill lands on him.
Film Wegman dogs: Jack and Jill
(First: Episode 3464)
Cartoon A girl sits on her mom's lap in a Picasso painting.
(First: Episode 3318)
Cast / Celebrity Wanda the Word Fairy introduces the viewer to her parents. (introduction edited)
(EKA: Episode 2678)
Cartoon A cat learns not to be scared of its shadow.
Muppets Grover sings about his furry little shadow.
(EKA: Episode 2510)
Cartoon A man (Jim Thurman) is told that his dog looks thirsty, and says that his dog is a hot dog.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1180)
Animation The letter H appears in words on buildings.
(First: Episode 3368)
Animation Soul H!
(First: Episode 3368)
Film A boy anticipates the arrival of his new baby sibling. He listens to the heartbeat of both his mom and the baby, then sounds them out with pots, colanders and a grater.
(First: Episode 3643)
Animation Alligators, rabbits, birds, cheetahs, lizards and a monkey contribute to a rhythm and dance together.
Artist: Karen Aqua
SCENE 4 Now, Telly must learn how to be Jack from "Jack and the Beanstalk." They skip over the start and jump right to the climbing of the beanstalk. A beanstalk is wheeled in and Telly begins to climb. He does alright, but Rosita learns that if he looks down, he may get dizzy and fall from the large height. She yells to him from below to not look down, but he does anyway and clings to the stalk for his life. Jack and Rosita panic, not knowing what to do.
Cartoon A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All" as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2572)
Muppets Worms in Space
The worms form the number 9.
(First: Episode 3726)
Film Milo Counting: 9
(First: Episode 3578)
Cartoon "Nine Chickens"
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3382)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited, but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing Rubber Duckie with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie. (new music added)
(First: Episode 1621)
Cartoon "Felines"
(EKA: Episode 3314)
Film Wegman dogs play "Jack Sprat"
(EKA: Episode 3522)


SCENE 5 A crowd has gathered around the beanstalk. Luis brings a ladder, but it’s not nearly tall enough. Rosita tells Jack to go up and get Telly, since he’s the only one capable. He reaches Telly and has him hang onto him while they climb down, telling him to not let his fear get in the way. Once back down on the ground, everyone cheers and Jack offers to take his job back; it makes him who he is. Telly is relieved and Luis announces the sponsors and Slimey’s progress to Earth.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird has a dilemma. How can he go to the doctor's with Maria and let Snuffy know they can’t play?

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