Sesame Street
Baby Bear, Telly and Elmo form a bongo band
Air date February 9, 2001
Season Season 32 (2001)
Written by Adam Rudman
Directed by Victor DiNapoli
Sponsors V, 4


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Baby Bear finds Telly and Elmo and introduces them to "the coolest thing in the whole, wide world" - an empty porridge container. The monsters are unimpressed and confused, believing he should simply throw it away like regular, empty containers. However, Baby Bear shows them what he can do with it - use it as a bongo. The monsters' interest is piqued and want container-bongos of their own. Baby Bear takes them to his cottage, where they have plenty more empty containers.
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Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
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Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
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SCENE 2 Telly and Elmo now have their own containers and Baby Bear trains them by having them repeat rhythms he drums out. Elmo inspires them to form their own bongo band, which Telly names "The Bongo Boys" ("Oh yeah!").
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
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Muppets Bert and Ernie sing a "Song About Tr."
Film William Wegman's dogs portray an orchestra conductor and pianist.
Cartoon A beatnik bat reads poetry at a nightclub, as everything rhymes with the "AT" sound.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
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SCENE 3 Gabi is about to start dancing with the kids, when the Bongo Boys arrive. She invites them to play along as she sings "You Ought to Meet My Uncle."
Cartoon A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
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Cast Linda shows a girl how to sign the word dance.
Film A trip to an African dance school.
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Animation V Limerick: A vulture makes valentines.
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Film Floating kids make the letter V.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird has invited the Bongo Boys to today's Birdketeer meeting. They provide the Birdketeers with porridge containers of their own and lead everyone in a performance of "The Alpha-Bongo-Bet."
Film A rhythm is made of breaking eggs, door slams, cans dropping, ice, and feet stepping.
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Cartoon Animal Rock #4
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Film Ornate 4s fly through the air.
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SCENE 5 The Bongo Boys continue to play, when Mama Bear calls Baby Bear to clean his room. Baby Bear becomes angry that he must leave the group and bongos out his frustrations. He feels much better afterward and promises to return when he's done cleaning. In the meantime, Telly and Elmo watch the next segment...
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Animation Four butterflies fly across a film of a waterfall.
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Cartoon "Wall of Numbers" #4
Artist: Karen Aqua
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Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
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SCENE 6 Baby Bear has returned and is ready to bongo, but the others are feeling "bongo-ed out" and want to move onto other activities. Telly decides to turn his porridge container into a hat and Elmo uses his as a telescope, which allows him to see Dorothy in need of feeding and he rushes off. Telly remains optimistic that the Bongo Boys will reform one day, but for now, he and Baby Bear continue pretending with their empty containers.
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SCENE 7 The Bongo Boys get back together for their reunion tour ("Now, we're classics," Elmo declares), as Gabi announces the sponsors.

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