Sesame Street
Telly pretends to be the Masked Tuba Player
Air date January 19, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors U, 10


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly Monster informs that viewer that today, he won't be ordinary Telly Monster, he's going to be...the Masked Tuba Player, the hero who uses his tuba to help the world!
Song "It's the Shpritzer Honker Splasher Sprinkler Tweeter Squirt," the wettest musical instrument.
(First: Episode 3408)
Muppets Elizabeth learns that Little Murray Sparkles loves dogs, and wants to see some of them ...
(First: Episode 3893)
Film Wegman's dogs play musical instruments.
Animation A quartet of horns arranges themselves in the proper order to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
(First: Episode 3769)

SCENE 2 Big Bird and the Birdketeers prepare to introduce the letter of the day, when the Masked Tuba Player appears to assist them. He begins playing is tuba, but he's so loud, Big Bird can barely be heard. They reach a compromise - the Masked Tuba Player will play a short riff before and after the intro. Big Bird presents the letter of the day - U - and applauds the tuba usage. The Masked Tuba Player goes off to help more people.
Film The letter U dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Little Murray Sparkles wants to sing along with the next segment ...
(First: Episode 3903)
Song "Rubber Duckie" (film footage of kids taking baths, with Ernie's voice-over).
(First: Episode 3811)
SCENE 3 Elmo has been assigned to present the number of the day, 10, but he hasn't got ten of anything to count. The Masked Tuba Player saves the situation by providing ten tuba notes for Elmo.
Animation Ten Dancing Kids
Animation: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3902)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie: Judge #10
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Ernie talks with Nicholas about his glockenspiel.
Cartoon African quilt pattern #3
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Elizabeth cheers as an alphabet segment comes on ...
(First: Episode 3924)
Cartoon Two girls sing a reggae rendition of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3269)
SCENE 4 Rosita intends to talk about fast and slow, but can't figure out how. The Masked Tuba Player appears and plays his tuba at the different speeds. Rosita asks him to do it over and over until he gets very winded.
Film Cars on the street go fast, then slow, then fast again.
(First: Episode 2988)
Muppets Elizabeth and Little Murray Sparkles love letters, and watch a segment about the letter of the day ...
(First: Episode 3893)
Song "My Friend U"
(First: Episode 3703)
Cartoon U knocks on the door of P's apartment. When she answers the door, they go UP.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3658)

SCENE 5 The Masked Tuba Player returns from his nap and is ready to help some more. Oscar yells to him to pipe down, making him realize he has yet to help a Grouch today. Oscar doesn't want his help and goes back in his can. The Masked Tuba Player sulks that there's no way he can help Oscar out. Gabi tells him there's someone he can help right now - himself, by playing some music to cheer himself up. Oscar now asks him to stick around, claiming the pleasant music makes him angry.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
Muppets Elizabeth loves numbers, and introduces the next segment ...
(First: Episode 3893)
Cartoon "A Number 10 from Tennessee"
Artist: Gene Barretta
(First: Episode 3526)
Film Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cast / Celebrity Linda performs a duet with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Before Glennie begins, she instructs Linda to join the performance when she's signaled. Linda shows enthusiasm for her participation, but by the end of the piece she has nearly fallen asleep. Glennie alerts her with a tap of the shoulder and Linda closes with one strike of a cymbal. When Linda receives the most praise from the audience, including flowers from a little girl, Glennie leaves the stage in a huff.
Muppets Elmo's World: Hands
(First: Episode 3925)
SCENE 6 The Masked Tuba Player provides some tuba fanfare as Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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