Sesame Street
Reporters Telly and Baby Bear cover the "X" Games
Air date April 13, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Written by Mo Willems
Sponsors X, 18
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Gordon sits on the stoop, reading his newspaper and sees a bunch of kids and monsters running by, chanting “X!”. Telly and Baby Bear rush in and fix themselves up so they can introduce “The Sesame Street World of Sports”, which is covering today’s “X Games”, the event where letter x’s come from all over the globe to play games. They are then joined by a group of screaming, female X’s and tell the viewer to stay tuned for more “X Games” action!
Film The letter X dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3588)
Cartoon Stamped and painted X animation.
(First: Episode 2934)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie are glad the viewer is here.
(First: Episode 3808)
Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
Song "Count Me In"
(First: Episode 3738)
SCENE 2 The duo welcome us back to the “X Games” as the opening parade beings marching along the playing field, led by a monster holding an X (instead of a torch).
SCENE 2 cont'd Big Bird cheers for the X’s and notices a small, sad letter X on the stairs. He muses about being in the “X Games”, going back and forth on his skateboard. (“It may not be a big dream, but it’s mine.”) Big Bird decided to help the little guy out and be his coach.
Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie laugh out loud, thinking the previous segment was funny.
(First: Episode 3808)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Animation Abstract #18
(First: Episode 2859)
Film Kid mural painting #18.
(First: Episode 3582)
Cartoon A spoof of Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" - the number of sandwiches the singer has to choose from.
(First: Episode 2859)
SCENE 3 Big Bird begins training the tiny X. First, he must get on the skateboard, but he becomes scared and claims he may fall off and get hurt, until Big Bird reminds him he has helmets and kneepads on, plus he’s there to help. Big Bird places the X on the skateboard, and soon becomes dizzy and nauseous and wants to come down.
Cartoon A girl thinks about what might happen if she popped a balloon behind her friend Donald.
(First: Episode 1312)
Muppets / Celebrity Telly, Elmo and Baby Bear congratulate Terrell Davis on his great game, but he learns that he isn't quite done, since he hasn't yet said the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3835)
Animation A group of 19th-century sportsmen have fun with an X ball, which falls out of Henri Rousseau's painting. (Martin P. Robinson voiceover)
(First: Episode 3506)
Animation The letter X in various typefaces.
(First: Episode 2862)
Cartoon Two white squares try to push a great big object, and are reluctant to let a black square join them at first.
(EKA: Episode 2849)

SCENE 4 Telly and Baby Bear report back and show various scenes of the letter X’s practicing before they start playing. They watch the Tag-Team, the Hide and Seek Team the Big Bird’s little X practicing on the skateboard. He falls off the board and Big Bird tells the reporters he’ll need more practice. Telly and Baby Bear get choked up at the sight of all the letter X’s doing their best then sign off and head for lunch.
Film A girl learns how to rollerblade.
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets Ernie asks Rubber Duckie what he wants to see next.
(First: Episode 3786)
IMG 3300
Animation Masked march #18
(First: Episode 3427)
Animation Growing Numbers #18
(First: Episode 2933)
Muppets Ernie recites a poem which introduces the next Wegman dogs segment ...
(First: Episode 3813)
Film Wegman's dogs play baseball.
(First: Episode 3889)

SCENE 5 The X Game events continue with the 10-Second Tag Game. Telly and Baby Bear then get mobbed by two screaming, TV-crazed fans wielding "Hi mom" signs.

SCENE 5 cont’d Big Bird continues training the X, who’s not nervous about being on the board anymore and is ready for the next step in his training, which is to begin to move the board. However, his legs are not long enough to reach to box underneath, but Big Bird is sure they’ll find a way he can do it. They overhear two X’s talking about how helping others is the best part of the X Games, which gives Big Bird an idea to push the X along. They try it and he’s able to ride! But, he becomes dizzy again at the mention of being in front of TV cameras.
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy demonstrates the things feet can do.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0455)
Muppets Ernie recites a poem which introduces a Cookie Monster segment ...
(First: Episode 3824)
Cookie Monster notices he has one cookie left, and sings "What is Friend?" He ends up giving the cookie to Lulu, and remarks, "Me feel strangely okay about this."
(First: Episode 3885)
Animation Lillian is proud because she climbed a mountain all by herself.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2749)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy
Two boys are fighting over a swing, so The Teeny Little Super Guy teaches them how to share.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1967)

SCENE 6 Back at the X Games, Telly and Baby Bear cover the little X’s trick. With the help of Big Bird’s pushing and pulling, he is able to roll back and forth, much to his and the crowd’s excitement. The reporters get an interview with the X, who thanks his friends A, B, C, D, etc. and his coach, Big Bird.
Muppets Elmo's World: Farms
(First: Episode 3879)

SCENE 7 At night, the little X is still on his board, reminiscing about the great day he had. Telly and Baby Bear announce the sponsors and get joined by the rowdy fans again, who’ve changed their signs to “Bye mom”.

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