Sesame Street
Alan offers to give his customers what they want, just the way they want it
Air date April 7, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors C, 15
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Baby Bear goes to Hooper's Store to try the porridge of the day. When he tastes it, he is reminded of a similar meal his Mama Bear gave him one cold, winter morning, however hers had dried apples in it. Alan obliges by putting some into the porridge, surprising Baby Bear and causing him to blurt out – "Hooper’s Store: Where You Can Have What You Want, Just the Way You Want It", which gives Alan an idea...
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)
Muppets Big Bird introduces the letter of the day.
(First: Episode 3827)
Film Various "C" words are found throughout a yard.
(First: Episode 3590)
Cartoon A fan reveals the letter C.
(First: Episode 2746)
Film Girls do a hand-clap game about friends whose names start with C.
(First: Episode 3277)

SCENE 2 Alan hangs up a sign based on Baby Bear’s quote. Telly comes in and is told about the earlier occurrence. Telly orders the bologna sandwich and glass of milk he’s been looking forward to all day, but Baby Bear reminds him of the sign and he can have another thing he wants. Telly orders a pickle with his meal. Baby Bear exits and Alan gives Telly his pickle options...
  • Alan: "Do you want a half-sour, a dill or a gherkin?"
  • Telly: "Uh, I want a pickle."
Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
(First: Episode 3080)
Muppets / Celebrity Garth Brooks, Herry Monster and the daycare monsters sing "Together, We'll Make Music."
(First: Episode 3814)
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)

SCENE 3 Alan serves Telly his order. Telly says he’ll enjoy his pickle the most because he wouldn’t have gotten it if Alan hadn’t hung up the sign. But, when Telly looks at the sign, he thinks about triangles, which confuses Alan. Telly tells Alan he wants his sandwich cut into triangles. Another customer comes in and Alan tells him he’ll be a minute. Alan tends to Telly’s needs and even folds his napkin into a triangle, but then Telly sees all his triangle stuff and wants Alan to make his plate into triangles. Alan shows that the plate is glass and can't be cut, but a paper plate can.
Film The floating kids form a triangle.
(First: Episode 3122)
Muppets Big Bird and Radar introduce the Number of the Day.
(First: Episode 3827)
Cartoon Rap #15
(First: Episode 2567)
Film Kid mural painting #15
(First: Episode 3649)
Cartoon Number creatures 15
(First: Episode 2693)
SCENE 4 Telly receives his perfect meal the way he wants it. But, when Alan tries to tend to the other customer, Telly looks at the sign and realizes he wants something else – a triangle party hat. Alan reminds him that he’s eaten millions of sandwiches without a hat, but Telly reminds him of the sign and the hat is what he wants. However, that hat Alan brings isn’t the color hat he wants.
Film Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2855)
Muppets Big Bird asks Radar what he wants to watch next.
(First: Episode 3828)
Animation A strange poem with C words.
(First: Episode 3729)
Muppets Worms in Space make the letter C.
(First: Episode 3739)
Animation A cowboy sings about C words that are found in the Old West.
(First: Episode 3579)

SCENE 5 Alan places the hat on Telly. Telly announces he’s happy. Alan says he’s happy too since Telly has all he wants. When he’s about to eat his sandwich, he looks at the sign again and sees he wants something else – accordion music. Alan doesn’t know where he’d get accordion music, until the customer reveals he can play one and the rest his band is out in the car.
Film Kids play rhythms on pots, pans, a barrel and a washboard.
(First: Episode 3443)
Muppets Big Bird introduces a Grover segment with a riddle.
Muppets Grover attempts to announce the weather, but it changes, making it difficult for him to keep up.
(First: Episode 3526)
Cartoon An alien asks a boy for directions to the baseball diamond.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 1877)

SCENE 6 Telly grooves to his accordion music and proclaims how happy he is, then asks Alan to dance with him. Alan refuses, but Telly reminds him of the store's new policy and Alan is forced to dance to "Lady of Spain" with him.
Cartoon A girl dances with a tiger.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3387)
Muppets "You and You and Me"
Cartoon A boy draws a portrait of himself and calls it ME. (new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 2085)

SCENE 7 Telly now has a bologna sandwich, milk, a pickle, a triangle napkin, triangle plate, a party hat, a box of baseball cards, a set of jacks, confetti, accordion music, a tuba player, dancing cows, a dancing elephant and penguin. Alan wonders what more could he want, until Telly realizes that the dancing made him hot and he wants a fan. Alan refuses to get him a fan, but Telly points out the sign and demands a fan, which sends Alan off the deep end and he sends everyone out of the store so he make some renovations: taking down the sign. He admits he made a mistake, which surprises Telly, ("But Alan, you're a grown-up!"), but Alan points out that even adults make them and he made a "whopper". He explains to Telly that the sign was meant to give him what he wanted in the first place – his sandwich. Telly finally tastes his sandwich and enjoys it. The customer comes back to order something to go – a sandwich like Telly’s, a party hat, triangle plate and a side order of dancing penguins. Alan is shocked, but the customer reveals he’s just kidding.
Muppets Elmo's World: Music
(First: Episode 3824)
SCENE 8 As the customer plays the Sesame Street Theme on the accordion, Telly sings the sponsors and tells Alan the sandwich is just what he wanted.


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