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Sesame Street
Telly and Elmo learn how to play ping-pong
Air date April 6, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors P, 2
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Elmo welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. Today he tells us that the letter of the day is P. Miles meets him near Hooper's Store and tells him that he and Alan are still setting up for the surprise. Elmo knows what it is: a pony, but its not the surprise. Elmo has another idea: piano, but that’s not the surprise. Elmo tries pumpkin, or paint, or penguin, but still that’s not the surprise. Alan comes to tell them the surprise is ready so they both go and find a ping-pong court in the courtyard. Elmo doesn’t know how to play so Miles tells him what ping-pong is by playing ping-pong with Alan. Elmo tells the viewer that Elmo was wrong about it being the start of the letter P because it starts with a whole bunch of letter P’s as they continue playing!
Song "Praise the Letter P, Please, Please, Please" (James Brown style)
(First: Episode 3400)
Cartoon P is for Painting
(First: Episode 0764)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Grover looks for you, and is glad when he finds you.
Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
Muppets A baby Honker hatches from an egg and learns to honk like all the Honkers.
(First: Episode 1616)
cut from the Noggin version


Cartoon In an homage to the musical cartoons of the 1930s, Cab Callomouse attends a revue at the Lunar Lounge.
(First: Episode 3713)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 2 After noticing Elmo being small near the ping-pong table, Miles tells him that he may be a bit small at the moment to play. Elmo thinks that he’s tall enough. He can see the ball. Miles passes the ball to him but since he’s small, he can’t see it before it goes on the ground. He tries to see by jumping but goes over his head. Alan comes out and asks how is it but Elmo thinks it’s not good at all so Miles tells Alan what happened. Alan lifts Elmo up and makes his first hit.
Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Super Grover intends to fly into the air and wave at the number of the day. He claims that his springy legs will propel him into the atmosphere. After a few boingy jumps, he decides to forget the propelling part and just do the waving part. The following segment presents the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3884)
Pinball 02.jpg Cartoon Pinball Number Count #2
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0987)
Song "2, 2, 2, Me and You."
(First: Episode 3690)
Animation Egyptian #2
(First: Episode 3291)
SCENE 3 Elmo hits the ball and passes Miles and Telly Monster is amazed when he comes and sees the ping-pong table in the courtyard. Miles looks at his watch and tells Elmo that it’s time to go home and see his mom so Miles has to bring him there. Like Elmo, Telly wants to play ping-pong but doesn’t know how to play it so Alan teaches him step by step how to play. Then, Alan tells him to not be surprised if he misses the first two tries because he can still practice. Alan drops the ping-pong ball when he was ready and in surprise, Telly hit it far away, past the net. Telly tells him that he is going to be very good at this.
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is reading a book about air, and tells Ernie that air moves things. Ernie decides to verify that with his electric fan, which blows Bert's book away - so that Bert can play baseball with Ernie.
(First: Episode 3552)
Film Wegman's dogs play baseball.
(First: Episode 3851)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon A number of kids named Joe play sports. Joanne plays kickball.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1871)
cut from the Sprout version
Film A parrot announces dos, or two, of everything.
(First: Episode 3108)
cut from the Sprout version
cut from the Noggin version
Animation Astronauts form a 2 in space.
(First: Episode 3713)
Song "Reggae Bounce"
(First: Episode 3609)
SCENE 4 Telly tells Alan that he's far away and Alan then tells him what happens when he hits the ball to him. Apparently, he misses the ball and gets upset that he didn't hit it. Alan tells him that the more you do it, the better you get. Alan then sings a song about practicing and every time he passes to Telly while he sings, he hits the ball back to him.
Cartoon Alice Kadeezenberry learns how to throw a ball by watching others do it.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 3714)
Muppets Grover introduces a segment with something fuzzy and blue, soon finding out it's Cookie Monster.
Muppets Prairie Dawn shows Cookie Monster how to draw a picture of a cookie on a computer. He learns that he can't eat the computer screen, but he can eat a printed picture of the cookie.
Animation The letter P is found on buildings.
(First: Episode 3329)
Film Alphaquest: P
A pack of painted purple penguins practicing a pop song in a pine tree park, and a pink pig with a parachute.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird and tennis star Michael Chang play tennis together and tie their shoes.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon Cherries fall through a moving hole onto a man who demonstrates up and down. (new music & sound effects added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0798)
SCENE 5 Telly tells Alan, he loves it so much, he wants to keep on playing and practicing forever and will never, ever stop! Alan tells him he will have to stop some time to do other things. He imagines he eating while playing, playing the tuba while playing, and even sleeping while playing! Alan is ready and hits the ball but Telly isn’t ready. He admits that he can’t imagine while playing and only play ping-pong while playing ping-pong. They continue practicing.
Muppets Elmo's World: Telephones
(First: Episode 3870)
SCENE 6 Telly says the sponsors with Alan.


Picture Segment Description
Cartoon We Are Kids from Far and Wide: West Africa
(First: Episode 2774)
This segment replaced the "Various Joes" cartoon in the Sprout version.
Song Holy cow, it's number 2
(First: Episode 3193)
This segment replaced the "Parrot - Dos" film in the Sprout version.

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